Employee Handbook Series – Part I – The WHAT
If you think that by now something has certainly replaced the trusty employee handbook, think again. Even in today’s high-tech world, the need for this comprehensive document has not diminished. If anything, the techie-ness of our society has created a greater need for this compilation of information. By definition, the employee handbook is an assembling of the policies, procedures, working conditions, and behavioral expectations for any particular workplace. Its contents guide both employer and employee expectations and as well as actions. Simply put it lays out how the employer wants employees to be treated and how workers are expected to behave. “It’s an introduction to who we are,” says Julia Grafton, an HR generalist at Boston-based architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch. Effective employee handbooks are:
- a management tool for employers
- a road map for employees
- a necessary ingredient for maintaining a professional environment
- a boon to a productive workplace
- Be too many for any hiring manager/HR supervisor to remember andCompletely overwhelm the new kid on the
- Completely overwhelm the new kid on the block should he/she try to absorb it all in one sitting.