The success of your company likely depends on your employees. Ideally, you want to instill your core business ethics, objectives and rules into each worker. You can do this orally, but it is much better to have everything in writing.
Why your business should have an employee handbook
An employee handbook is a written legal document that should include important provisions that:
- Outline employee rights: You want your employees to know that they are valued and treated fairly. An employee handbook can outline the key rights of your workers, such as pay scales, vacation entitlements and much more. This is beneficial for a number of reasons.
First, your employees will feel appreciated and confident that they work for a business that complies with all state and federal employment laws. Second, having clear guidelines in writing can help to avoid confusion and thus employment disputes.
- Outline employee obligations: Employment relationships are not one sided. As a company, you should hold up your end of the bargain but your workers must also do the same. An employee handbook can clarify the rules and expectations within your company. You can state potential bonus schemes for admirable conduct and also possible penalties for breaching the company rules.
Drafting an employee handbook is important but not necessarily easy. You must make certain that your provisions are in compliance with all state and federal laws. Also, it should be enforceable. The best way to make this happen is by having experienced guidance behind you. We help Florida businesses draft, update and enforce employee contracts and agreements. Contact us for a consultation.