Employee handbooks are strongly encouraged by business gurus, human resource experts, and attorneys. A well-written handbook often acts like a sword and a shield for your company. Protecting you when you need it and allowing you to sever bad employment relationships quickly. Our President & CEO, Kim Gusman was asked by the Better Business Bureau to provide Tips for Employers on Employee Handbooks. Click on the video below to find out the top 5 reasons why your company needs a well-written employee handbook!
Hi, I’m Kim Gusman, President & CEO of the California Employers Association, or CEA. We have been serving employers since 1937. Today I want to talk with you about the Top 5 reasons your company needs a well-written employee handbook!
1. A well-written handbook starts the relationship off right. All good relationships start with good communication and your handbook clearly communicates what you expect from your employees and what they can expect from you.
2. A handbook encourages consistency. No one likes mixed messages. Good handbooks have clear guidelines which allow for uniform and fair treatment of all employees.
3. A handbook helps you (a company) end a bad relationship, quickly. Many employers make the mistake of hiring too fast and firing too slow. When an employee isn’t meeting your expectations, you can document the policies they aren’t following in your handbook and use progressive discipline to end the relationship swiftly.
4. A handbook protects your company. It’s actual documentation that shows your intent to follow the law. Your handbook acts as a shield to defend your business against claims and lawsuits.
5. A handbook showcases your company. It introduces your employees to your mission statement, your values, your benefits and sets the tone of your company’s culture. What’s your dress code, how do you feel about time off or allowing employees to work remotely? It’s all in your handbook!
In review, a well-written handbook:
1. Starts the relationship off on the right foot
2. Encourages consistency
3. Helps you end bad relationships
4. Protects your company
5. Showcases your business
We recommend you take time to review your company handbook every year and update your policies to be consistent with California laws. You’ll be glad you did!