As a small business grows it is important for everyone on the team to follow the same rules and live up to the same expectations. One of the strongest ways to set the tone and establish a common working culture is to create a professional employee handbook. Doing so will help ensure that operations run smoothly and procedures are understood and followed. This booklet can be a vital reference for employees and management to better enforce your business’s rules, policies, and values. Below is more information about the items typically addressed in an employee handbook and the benefits of creating this type of manual.
Items that are addressed in an employee handbook.
Every business wants to be successful. A large part of that success requires that the individuals that are part of your team are all on the same page. As a company grows it can sometimes be a difficult transition from being a small business to a larger, perhaps national brand. By utilizing an employee handbook or company manual you can continue to establish and communicate your company philosophy to new employees and staff.
Although this section is not required, it is a great way to introduce your company, business history, mission statements, and core principles to your employees.
Code of Conduct and Ethics
This section provides a guideline on how your employees are expected to behave, in regards to customer service, company ethics, dress code and provide an overview of how everyone should represent the business and the consequences for not meeting those expectations.
Many companies have their policies broken into various sub-sections that address and outline materials such as communications, vacation time, attendance, health benefits and so forth.
Working with a professional company
Employment law does play a large part in what company policies can legally be practiced and enforced. Bowen Law Professional Group has over 30 years of experience in not only employment law, but executive management as well. We can help create comprehensive manuals that address the full gamut of points every business should make clear to their team. This includes key items such as:
- Employment and independent contractor agreements
- Safety policy and injury prevention plans
- Compensation, pay and benefit structures
- Recruiting procedures
- Background checks, referral checks, medical testing, and drug testing
- Offer letters, new hire paperwork, and orientation
- Personnel files
- Workplace posters
- Performance evaluations
- Disciplinary procedures and termination processes
If you would like to learn more about the executive benefits we offer, or how our firm can create an employee handbook for you, contact our office today.