Employee Handbook

Use this Employee Handbook to make your new hires to understand some of the expectations your company has from its employees and what behavior is acceptable.

Document Overview

Use this customizable PeopleGoal Employee Handbook template as a starting point, helping you on the way to creating your own company’s employee handbook. This document covers the following:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Business and Workplace Policies
  • Health and Safety
  • Employee Practices and Policies
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Resignation and Termination

Beyond this, the PeopleGoal Employee Handbook template contains an assortment of more particular classifications typically found within an employee handbook.

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What is in an employee handbook?

The employee handbook is a valuable resource for communicating to both the employer and the employee. Within a handbook, anyone can find information about ethics, practices and other administrative guidance.

An employee handbook functions like a rule book, keeping the whole organization in check. For culture-first organizations, the employee handbook can serve as an important point of reference to better understand the expectations upon employees.

Applications of employee handbook

From expectations around dress codes to the clarification of vacation time, an employee handbook will set the tone for the company culture.

What is included in an employee handbook may contrast significantly from a small business to an enterprise or even depending on state laws. Consequently, it is important to update your handbook in accordance with employment laws and your company's specific mission statement.

So, what NEEDS to be in your employee handbook?


Why do we need an Employee Handbook?

In a nutshell, the employee handbook assists organizations to define how they intend for employees to engage and perform in the workplace. Providing an employee handbook will reduce the likelihood of workplace disputes as all individuals will better understand unacceptable forms of behavior.

Within the employee handbook, organizations can include various policies and guidance on expecations around practices. During the onboarding process, the employee handbook is extremely useful for informing new hires about the company culture. Moreover, it provides a concrete resource as a point of reference to support them in the initial phases of joining the organization.

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The PeopleGoal Policies are general templates and should only be used as a basis for company policies. Please take into account all local, state, and federal laws when drafting your company’s final policies. This is not a legal document or a contract, and PeopleGoal will not assume any legal liability associated with the use of this document.

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