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Things to Keep in Mind When Drafting Your Employee Handbook

Posted on in Employee Handbooks and Policies

Arlington Heights business law attorneysOne of the best ways to legally protect your business as well as yourself as a business owner is to have a comprehensive employee handbook. Developing a list of employee policies, procedures, rules, and regulations should be at the top of your priorities if you own a business and have not already done so. An employee handbook allows your employees to know exactly what you expect of them and also helps protect you from liabilities. If you are in the process of drafting a handbook or list of company rules, experts suggest the following tips.

Avoid Adding Superfluous or Unfounded Rules

Employees are like anyone else. Understanding why a rule exists provides motivation to follow the rule. If you are going to include a certain rule in your handbook, make sure you have a good reason for doing so. Including rules with no real purpose other than for “discipline” in your handbook can break down employee morale. Rules which are not really necessary or do not have a defined purpose are rarely enforced. This can diminish your authority and credibility as an employer and business owner.

Keep It Concise and Easily Understandable

Make sure your employee handbook does not look more like an employment contract than a reference. Using overly wordy language and legalese will not encourage anyone to read your handbook. Employees need to know what is expected of them as well as what behavior is not acceptable at work in language they can understand. Handbooks, unlike other business documents, can be written in a casual, conversational tone. Referring to yourself and management as “we,” can add a friendly attitude to the handbook and help your employees feel included. Make sure your handbook also promotes the work perks and benefits employees can enjoy.

Do Not Forget Digital Concerns

Almost every business will involve computers in some capacity. If your employees will be using digital devices during work, make sure your employee handbook clearly explains company policies about social media accounts, passwords, and personal internet usage. For example, if your employees are allowed to take company tablets or laptops home, you should include the expectations for this process in the employee handbook.

Contact a Lombard, Illinois Business Lawyer

If you have questions about employee handbooks or another aspect of business law, contact the experienced Arlington Heights business law attorneys at A. Traub & Associates today. Call us at 847-749-4182.



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