It’s a commonly neglected business tool, one that too often collects dust, gets marked with coffee stains or winds up under a stack of newspapers in the breakroom. Too bad, because the good-ol’ employee handbook is intended to help your workplace run more smoothly, orient new employees quickly and reduce the risk of costly legal battles. Too often given short shrift, this vital document can play a crucial role by communicating workplace policies and employee responsibilities. The result can be a more productive organization and a more profitable business.
What belongs in a rent-to-own employee handbook?Employee handbook policies will be as varied as businesses themselves. You should consult with your attorney to understand what should—and should not—be included. Here is some content common to many manuals:
- What is your policy on sick leave and vacation? On attendance and tardiness?
- May employees drink alcohol at lunch? Will you be testing for drug use?
- Will the employer be inspecting desks, email and voicemail messages?
- What insurance and other benefits will employees enjoy?
- How can employees ask for pay corrections related to overtime?
- In addition to the above, many handbooks clearly lay out policies prohibiting workplace harassment, as well as the gathering of any genetic or family medical information.