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Why every small business needs an employee handbook

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Business Consulting & Advice, Employment Law |

Creating an employee handbook may seem low on the list of priorities when you are first starting a business. However, having this in place can provide an array of benefits. 

The book itself is a guide providing information about rules, expectations and more for employees. Also, having it in place can potentially help your business avoid conflicts and litigation in the future. 

Expectations and performance

Part of the purpose of an employee handbook is to outline expectations, performance and behavior requirements for employees. Having this information in writing ensures that everyone is on the same page regarding business operations and how employees are treated. 

Also, if employees don’t meet the expectations outlined in the handbook and you let them go, you have tangible proof that they knew what was expected but fell short. This is going to help prevent wrongful termination claims potentially. 

Company policy enforcement

When you establish your company’s policies in writing, you show your employees that they aren’t the only ones held to certain standards. The book will show what the workers can expect from management and how to take action if these policies aren’t being followed. This helps to ensure equal treatment across departments and that all policies are being properly enforced. 

Reduce risks

Defining your workplace procedures and policies is a good first step in helping protect your business against all types of legal issues. Many lawsuits filed by workers are based on a lack of notice of company policies or inconsistent treatment. If this is outlined in your handbook, which is given to every employee, you eliminate this risk. 

Protecting your business with an employee handbook

Providing an employee handbook for your business provides several benefits. It can also help protect you from potential lawsuits, making it a smart investment of your time and money. Don’t wait until a dispute arises before taking action. Contact us today and learn how to protect your business.