What is an Employee Handbook and why do we need one?
What is an Employee Handbook?
At its core, an employee handbook is a place to keep all of your official HR policies. It’s also so much more: it’s a document that describes and celebrates your company’s culture and values.
An employee handbook should also include an acknowledgment form where employees sign off on all of its policies.
Why do we need an Employee Handbook?
An employee handbook protects the business from legal exposure by defining what is—and is not—acceptable at your company.
Employee handbooks also protect the people on your team by informing them of their legal rights, and by setting expectations from day 1.
Can I just keep a folder of our policies instead?
A loose collection of policies—even if they’re all in one convenient place—is not as good as having a full employee handbook. For one, tracking who has signed off on which policies becomes a logistical nightmare. Updating policies over time and tracking changes quickly becomes an issue as well.
How does Castle HR do Employee Handbooks?
We make fully-customized employee handbooks that shout your company culture from the rooftops. Your values are front and centre, and every policy is written to fit your exact needs.
A modern employee handbook is more than just a way to stay legally compliant; it’s a document that employees will refer back to time and again because it has answers.
Castle HR also proactively updates our clients’ employee handbooks when something changes. Companies often find the need for new policies as they grow. An employment bill passing into law also presents the need to adapt—often quickly.
Can I use a template to create my employee handbook?
Templates—whether for the overall document or for specific policies—will never do your company justice. While a template may provide some coverage, the gaps are critical when it comes to legal exposure.
The presentation of a handbook also sends an important message to the team. What level of effort and care went into creating a document so central to the organization? They’ll know.
The bottom line:
An employee handbook is an important document for both new and tenured employees. It codifies your culture, and there’s power in writing things down.
It’s also critical to stay compliant with your legal responsibilities, both to protect your business and your people.
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