Your employee handbook—simple, engaging but filled with specifics

On Behalf of Dunlap Fiore, LLC |

You are about to launch your new business, a dream that is days away from becoming a reality.

You believe you have thought of everything with regard to the staff you expect to hire. But did you create an employee handbook? Though engaging and easy to read, this should be a company guide filled with specifics.

Easy reading

Go for simplicity in creating your employee handbook. Avoid legalese and use simple language along with visual images that will keep the reader engaged. Use the handbook as a guide, explaining company goals and how you expect employees to participate in reaching those goals. Let new hires know that management is always accessible. Encourage questions along with suggestions and new ideas.

A communication tool

The handbook is an excellent way to reach out to employees. Be clear about work hours, overtime policies and compensation. Some employees may be salaried while others may be hourly workers. Go over company benefits, vacations, and leaves of absence. The more thorough you are at explaining company policies and practices, the less likely it is for lawsuits to develop.

Legal issues

It is essential that you devote a section of the employee handbook to matters of a legal nature. For example, clearly state company policies pertaining to equal employment and non-discrimination. Seek guidance to ensure you avoid missteps in writing this section especially. In fact, it is advisable to have a legal review of the entire employee handbook. You want to protect yourself and your new business while ensuring that the handbook is a useful guide employees will want to read and use as ongoing reference material.