6 Simple Ways for Creating an Employee Handbook

“Treat employees like they make a difference and they will.” – Jim Goodnight.

Imagine working in an organization where every employee is happy, satisfied, and absolutely in love with the work they do.

While that probably seems like a far-fetched dream, it’s not impossible to create a professional environment that’s stress-free and encourages employees to explore their creative endeavors.According to a report published by the World Health Organization, many employees feel stressed out because they feel they do not have control over situations. The report also states that the problem is made worse when employees feel they do not have any support from their supervisors.

But the trickle truth is that many businesses struggle with creating company policies that can help their employees grow. Creating an employee handbook doesn’t have to be difficult.

Here are 6 simple ways to get started:

1. Keep It Current

The thing about policies and laws is that they keep changing and there’s more change to come. Keeping your employee handbook updated is the best way to win your workers’ approval.

Make sure that it’s legally up-to-date and follows all the laws and regulations set by the current government.

2. Create a Culture for Your Company

Every company has its own values and culture. Make sure to create one for yours. Your employee handbook is supposed to be resourceful. Make sure to specify everything your company stands for, its background, history and achievements.

Moreover, you need to ensure that employees feel welcomed and feel like they are a prominent part of the organization.

3. Policies Should Align With Company Practices

It’s better to promise and over-deliver than to never at all. Make sure you’re following the rules you’ve set for the company if you want your employees to do the same.

In a nutshell, make sure the practices actually demonstrate company values.

For example:

Employee A complains about Employee B bullying them. If your company has a policy that bullying results in immediate suspension, make sure to follow through instead of excusing them with just a warning.

4. Keep It To-The-Point

If the handbook is too wordy or long, your employees won’t read it. Make sure every policy is to-the-point. Also, make sure to add an index so employees know which page to refer to if they need guidance.

When reading the company handbook, employees should not feel like they’re going through a contract or a terms and conditions policy.

Keep it concise and simple.

5. Make It Digital

We no longer live in a world that relies on paper handbooks. Everything is digitalized for convenience. Make sure the employee handbook is too.

This makes it easier because you can simply email it to employees and they can consult it whenever they need to.

It should also be responsive, being accessible on mobile devices for convenience.

6. Tell a Story   

So many organizations make their employee handbooks all about policies. While this is important, make sure to make it engaging to read as well!

Add short stories as examples. These tales should be completely fictitious, only highlighting specific problems and suggesting the best course for action.

These are just a few ways businesses can create simple but reliable employee handbooks.

When employees are educated about the company’s policies, it will help them make better decisions.

JS Benefits Group is an employee benefits consultancy agency in New Jersey.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your HR policies and create a simple but concise employee handbook, feel free to contact us at (877) 355 – 6070 or go through our employee benefits plans to learn more.

By |2018-11-01T02:32:33+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: HR|
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