Creating an employee handbook that is more than a list of HR policies can be a challenging task.
An effective handbook should be a resource for your staff to refer to throughout their employment. It will also help your team to understand your business values, aims and goals.
Your employee handbook will be unique to your business and will set out key policies and procedures. These could include:
- holiday entitlement
- parental leave
- sickness and absence
- disciplinary and grievance
- health and safety
Setting these out provides consistency and transparency about how your business will approach several aspects of employment.
Having policies and procedures in place can protect your business and enhance your contracts of employment. It can also help demonstrate a consistent and transparent approach to managing your team.
Your employee handbook is also an opportunity to set out what you expect from your employment relationship. You can use it to reinforce the culture, values and goals of your business.