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How can you create an effective employee handbook?

If you are a new business owner in Kentucky, one of the first things you will need to create once you begin hiring employees, is an employee handbook. This valuable resource is a necessary tool for your employees so they can reference the material for information regarding conduct. It is also beneficial for you to use as you train and instruct your employees to be the kind of workers your organization needs to succeed. 

QuickBooks has shared some helpful suggestions for you as you begin to draft and compile your own employee handbook. Some of the things you should do include the following:

  • Set boundaries: Your employee handbook is an excellent place to discuss boundaries and define the types of behavior that are acceptable. If you amend or change the rules at any time, the handbook should be updated to reflect the differences.
  • Use simple language: While you may be tempted to write formally and with reference to legal jargon, doing so can cause confusion for your employees. It is best to keep your language simple and to keep your tone casual and friendly.
  • Discuss ethics: Save a portion of the handbook for discussing ethical issues. Your expectations regarding how you expect your employees to respond to critical ethical decisions is imperative to include to help your employees understand which behaviors are ethical and which are not.
  • Define digital rules: Many companies allow their employees to use their electronic devices to an extent. If you wish to set specific rules regarding the use of digital equipment, the employee handbook is a wise place to share these expectations.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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