As a business owner or executive, have you ever thought about complying with Federal and State regulations? Have you wondered how to make your work-life easier? If yes, keep reading. If no, well…good luck with your future business endeavors and avoiding lawsuits.
For those of you who kept reading, all you have to do is create an Employee Handbook. A Handbook is like an employer’s cheat-sheet for complying with laws and regulations. Also, a good handbook always has your back. I jotted down a few reasons below to have a handbook. It doesn’t have to be a hundred pages long, you just have to have something.
- Less worry, more business. Once a handbook is created all you have to do when a situation arises is open up the handbook, find the appropriate policy and confirm that you are consistently implementing policies and procedures. And voila! No more remembering or researching how you handled the last three situations. See, you just saved time, money and precious resources.
- Documentation for life. All of your precious policies, procedures, benefits, expectations, etc. are right there in one place. So, when you hire a new employee, all you have to do is provide them with a handbook, have them read the handbook and sign an acknowledgement that they read and understood the handbook. And just like that you and your employees are on the same page.
- Communication is key. The handbook can act as a segway for easy and tough conversations with employees. No one enjoys confrontation, but when you all have the same book with the same policies those conversations seem to be much easier to start.
- Get out of jail free card. Last, but not least, the handbook needs to list the laws and regulations that pertain to your business. A handbook is not an employment contract, but it needs to contain material that you and your employees are obligated to comply with for employment purposes. A handbook is no stranger to helping employers out when legal issues arise.