An employee handbook is a document that teaches new and existing employees best practices, proper procedures and guidelines for following processes. It's an important part of new employee on-boarding and guiding current employees.
Regardless of the department, role or industry employee handbooks help company's ensure the sameness in actions and behavior across employees. It's an important part of the training of new hires and continual training of existing employees. Employee handbooks provide a reference for employees to do their jobs and conduct themselves with the same values and expectations the company has.
Title: Name the employee handbook.
Number of Employees
Welcome Letter from CEO: Write an introductory message to make your employees comfortable and at home.
Mission: Add a line describing your mission.
Vision: Add a paragraph or two about your overall vision as a company. Where are you headed?
Story: Include your founding story of how the business was started, who started it and why they started it?
Core Values: Core values summarize the reason for the existence of a company and what it stands for.
Products & Services: Describe your core offering and business activities. Who it is for, and why it's better than the alternative.
Equal Employment & Non-Discrimination Policies: Include how you do not discriminate against protected characteristics like gender, age, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, etc.
At-will Nature of Employment: At-will employment means that an employee can leave a job whenever they want for whatever the reason be, and employers can terminate an employee for any reason without any prior notice as long as there's no discrimination.
Code of Conduct: Include what kind of values you want your employees to have in the workplace. Write down do's and don't for what is acceptable behavior.
Workplace Policies: List down rules and policies you want followed in the workplace.
Non-Compete, Non-Disclosure & Employee Confidentiality Agreements: Nondisclosure Agreements help you protect your proprietary information.
Benefits: Employees need to be well-informed about benefits and perks your company offers.
Vacation/Leave Policy: Define sick, personal and vacation time off policies to avoid any confusion later. You can also include the set working hours, paid time-off, parental leaves and holidays.
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