Published On: April 24th, 2023Last Updated: April 24th, 2023Tags: , , , , , , ,


Written by Sandra Reder
Founder and President
Health Bridge HR

As a business owner or manager, should you have an employee handbook? While this might seem like a small detail, the truth is that having a handbook can make a huge difference in your business. It can improve the overall performance of your employees while reducing mistakes and misunderstandings.

The five reasons why having an employee handbook is valuable for any business:

  1. Sets Clear Expectations 
  2. Functions as a Training Tool
  3. Reduces Legal Risks
  4. Enhances Communication
  5. Develops Trust

1. Sets Clear Expectations

Whether you’re onboarding a new employee or have a team member who has been with you for 20+ years, an employee handbook sets clear expectations. The handbook enables you to clearly define what is, and what is not acceptable behaviour in the workplace, how employees should perform in their roles, and their overall responsibilities. It ensures that employees are aware of what is expected of them, it helps to prevent confusion, misunderstandings and workplace conflicts.

2. Training Tool

The Employee Handbook is the “how-to book of your business for new hires. It will save you time onboarding, they can learn important information about your company, your policies and the workplace culture you strive to achieve. The Employee Handbook can also be a helpful tool when conducting performance management meetings as a means of reminding employees of the ground rules.

3. Reducing Legal Risks

When you have a handbook, you can document important policies and procedures, such as bullying and harassment policies, DEI policiesovertime and code of conduct policies. This can mitigate legal risks and make it easier for you to respond if something goes wrong. This is where you can also include what type of training is required by law for your business, like workplace bullying and harassment.

4. Enhancing Communication

Providing your employees with an Employee Handbook can help you to ensure that important messages are understood by everyone. For instance, you can include information on company culture, benefits, and the overall vision and mission of the company. This is also where you can outline policies that can include vacation days, sick days paid time off and any additional benefits that you may provide, making it clear for employees how you as an organization prioritize their well-being.

5. Developing Trust

When you have a well-developed Employee Handbook that is consistently applied, employees can trust that they are being treated fairly and equitably, which in turn fosters a positive work environment.

In conclusion, having an Employee Handbook is critical for any organization aspiring to create an efficient and effective workforce. It sets clear expectations, provides an essential tool for training, reduces legal risks, serves as an effective communication tool, and helps promote trust among employees. 

Are you ready to create your Employee Handbook?

Whether you need assistance developing a manual from scratch or updating and existing one, we can work with you to ensure that your employee policy manual is tailored to your business’s unique needs.

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About the Author

HealthBridge Sandra Reder

For over 20 years, Sandra Reder has been a driving force within the human resource community. She founded Vertical Bridge HR in 2005 and her understanding of current HR best practices and trends is extensive. She has worked within a wide range of industries including health care, private sector, not-for-profit and public sector.

In late 2014 Sandra identified a need for HR support within the health care sector. She founded Health Bridge HR in order to provide health care practitioners with HR expertise that they might not otherwise have access to. Her desire to ensure that Health Bridge HR is providing innovative programs and services to health care professionals is what drives her and the business forward.

Sandra is a well-regarded facilitator and speaker on a variety of subjects, including Human Resource Best Practices and Inter-Generational Communication within the Workplace. She is a sought after key-note speaker on the topic of human resources and has presented at numerous association and industry conferences.


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