HR documentation: Employee handbooks
An employee handbook is a book given to employees by an organisation and contains important information about company policies and procedures.
It is often given to employees at the start of their employment during the induction process and is a good way of helping them understand the key policies, benefits and expectations of your organisation.
The employee handbook and employment contract
Usually the employee handbook accompanies the main contract of employment and as such organisations are recommended to make it a requirement of new employees to sign a confirmation that they have received the handbook.
Having an employee handbook is not a legal requirement; however you must ensure that all employees are aware of all company policies to avoid claims of unfair dismissal should any issues arise.
It is therefore advisable that organisations collate all their policies and procedures into a convenient handbook which can act as a reference point for all staff and management.
What does an employee handbook contain?
Employee handbooks vary in size and content and should be tailored to the needs of your organisation.
A good employee handbook should contain the following:
- Introduction and welcome note from the Leader(s)
- Company background
- Information on your corporate culture and approach to business
- Hours and conditions of work
- Holidays and time off
- Employee benefits
- Training expected and opportunities
- Performance and appraisals
- Expectations around dress code, email/internet/mobile phone usage etc.
- Dismissal and disciplinary procedure
- Drug and alcohol policy
- Equal opportunities policy
- Flexible working procedure
- Grievance procedure
- Harassment policy
- Health and safety policy
- Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave
- Redundancy procedure
- Staff sickness and absence policy
- Data protection policy
- Whistle-blowing policy
Benefits of having an employee handbook
A well written employee handbook has many advantages. Some of the most important benefits of having a handbook for your organisation are as follows:
Lets employees know what the rules and benefits are in relation to their employment with your organisation.
Clearly define the expectations and obligations of employment both in terms of behaviour in the work place and performance.
Avoid litigation and disputes by clearly setting out the policies and procedures in relation to employment and communicating these to employees.
Demonstrate that you are acting in accordance with Employment Law and treating everyone consistently.
Answer employee questions and refer employees to the handbook saving you time and money.
Creating an employee handbook
Creating a handbook can seem a daunting task. There are many different aspects to consider and it is often very time consuming.
PeoplePointHR HR consultants can help you to devise and implement an employee handbook that will work best for your type of organisation and employees.
By working closely with you we can draft a HR handbook along with associated policies, procedures and HR documents that will leave you safe in the knowledge that you have a compliant suite of documents that meet the needs of your business.
HR documentation service
As part of our HR documentation service we will:
- Review your current HR employee handbook (if you have one)
- Review any associated HR policies in line with current employment legislation
- Provide you with guidance on how to update your handbook when there is a change of policy or legislation
Leaving you with your own personalised and professional HR employee handbook that is well written and compliant with the latest employment laws.
Contact our expert HR consultants today for advice tailored to you. Call us on 0330 555 2555 today.