There are several reasons why a company should have a well structured employee handbook. To name a few:
In this guide we will give you an idea on what to include in your employee handbook and also we share with you some employee handbook samples of some of the most respected companies in the world.
An employee handbook should at least include the following sections:
This section should cover compliance policies, employee commitments towards the company, how to treat integrity issues, penalties for violations of company policies.
This section should cover the responsibilities of all employees and their leaders. Specifically it should cover regulatory requirements, customer and suppliers relationships policies, government relationship policies, fair employment policies (working hours and wages) and how leaders should engage and motivate their employees.
It is a legal obligation for every company to protect the environment and the health and safety of employees. This section should cover how the company conducts its operations in a manner that is safe for employees and the environment. Also it should a guide on what the employee should do and what to watch out for
In most companies intellectual property is one of its most valuable assets. And all employees should work to safeguard these assets. This section should set the tone on how to treat intellectual property as well as how to use other third party intellectual property.
The leave policies should be document in the employee handbook in detail. It should cover family matters, military matters, jury duty and should be in line with the local laws. Also it should cover vacation and sick leave policy
This section should cover the policies for appropriate use of tangible assets e.g. laptops, mobiles, software.
A good question to ask is how the most respected companies in the world do it? here's few examples:
Nike's code of conduct focuses around doing the right time always and winning as a team. The expect from their employees to act as an owner, play fair and always speak up.
Google's employee handbook or employee code of conduct is build around measuring everything against the highest ethical standards of conducting business. Every employee is accountable to follow the code and if they fail to do so it may result in termination.
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