Employee handbook, policy and procedure manuals, employee manuals, culture book. It doesn’t matter how you call them, that employee handbooks are often considered a necessary evil by both employees and employers.
They typically generate consternation from employees, especially if they are not clear, well-written, and specific to the business and if they focus mostly on negativity and on what not to do. Employers, meanwhile, typically look at these manuals in terms of how to cover their…assets…in the event of any potential lawsuits.
There is, however, a better way.
You may have no choice but to include specific policies and procedures required by federal, state, or local laws. Still, it doesn’t have to read like something that was spit out of an online employee handbook generator. One way to address these competing needs is to create a “culture book” for the more human aspects, and a separate legal document for the more formal HR policies and procedures.
However you decide to approach your employee handbook, the following examples may help reshape the way you think about them.