“Sustainability includes how you run your business, and my bottom line includes how you treat your people. Sustainability starts with your staff.” – Tom Douglas
The employee handbook is meant to be an addition to the contract of employment and is often referred to in the contract of employment.
The Employee Handbook is intended to cover areas that apply to all employees equally, and refers to policies which should be applied consistently across the organisation. The booklet will often cover the companies policies on many areas including:
- Company mission statement
- Information about the company
- Joining the company (induction)
- Quality & service expectations
- The way the business works – ethics, values, authority, dress code
- Sickness / absence
- Annual leave
- Time off work
- Capability procedure
- Data policy
- Electronic mail & internet policy
- Telephone & mobile phone policy
- Business expenses
- Studies policy
- Smoking policy
- Leaving the company
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These documents are often out of date before they are printed, so once you invest in a Handbook, you’ll need to invest in keeping it up to date on a regular basis. Here at the Yorkshire Powerhouse, we would recommend creating an electronic copy of the employee handbook to allow this maintenance task to be easier. As you would expect, there are many professional organisations keen to provide you with their services to produce your employee handbook to relieve you of the burden.
As with all aspects of employment law and employing staff, we would strongly recommend you reference the excellent information available from www.acas.org.uk
Templates are widely available but think about your own business and the policies you want to utilise. Don’t write about a policy unless you intend to practice and enforce it. We’d always encourage you to seek professional help and support with employing staff.