Being an employer in today’s world is fraught with peril. Department of Labor investigations, employee lawsuits, and managing unemployment claims are only a few of the many threats that can damage your company. Arming yourself with a good employee handbook will help you to defend yourself from such dangers while establishing your rights as an employer.
In addition to the risk management a good employee handbook can offer, it also helps set the tone for your company culture and lets your employees know that you care and are a professional organization they can be proud to be a part of. Employees thrive in an environment where expectations are clearly laid out.
A well written handbook can be the cornerstone of great HR practices. Establishing clearly communicated policies will help you remain consistent in your treatment of employees and can protect you from legal woes down the road. Be mindful that your employee handbook should be compliant with all applicable state and federal regulations and should also be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure compliance. To get you started, the Small Business Administration offers some useful tips for writing your own employee handbook. If you need more assistance writing your employee handbook, Veridian Payroll | HR is happy to help. Feel free to contact us today.