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Do I Need an Employee Handbook?

Posted December 9th, 2014 by bbsadmin & filed under Human Resources.

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Many employers offer an employee handbook. But as a small to medium-sized business owner, you may be unsure if you need to create one. Good question.

In short, there is no law that says you absolutely have to offer your employees a handbook. However, just because you are not mandated to do so doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea. In fact, in many instances it is in your best interest to do so.

Why You Should Have an Employee Handbook

  • An employee handbook can keep expectations high. If you want to get the most productivity out of your employees, you need to make sure you set high expectations. However, without a handbook, employees may not really understand your expectations.

  • An employee handbook can offer legal protection. Your handbook presents the perfect opportunity to write down and collect your different policies. Should an employee need to be disciplined for failing to comply, your handbook can serve as a useful defense should an employee attempt to challenge you in court.

  • It’s an efficient way to make sure everyone is informed. When you put out an employee handbook, you can ensure that all employees are receiving the exact same information, in a clear and concise manner.

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