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Implementing an employee handbook

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Make sure your company's employee handbook functions effectively

by Sandy Bradford
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An Internet search for information about employee handbooks will provide thousands of Web sites offering implementation tips, handbook templates and legal advice. The information may seem overwhelming, but don't let it deter you from publishing an employee handbook or updating your current one. An effective employee handbook will provide your employees with an understanding of their roles in your company's success, which can make your company a better place to work.

An employee handbook's primary function should be to serve as a communication tool within your organization. It provides answers to employees' questions about insurance and other benefits, attendance, safety, compensation and harassment, as well as facilitates consistent policy enforcement and legal protection for your company. An employee handbook also can help new employees gain insight into your company's culture by emphasizing your company's ethics and philosophies.

Creating and implementing a thorough employee handbook will require time and effort, but its positive effects as a communication tool for your work force will outweigh the efforts you and your staff put into producing it.

Whether you are updating an existing employee handbook or implementing a new one, the following tips will provide a formula for making the project...



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