07 Apr Three Questions a Highly Effective Employee Handbook Should Answer
It’s no secret that an employee handbook is essential to a company as it paves the way for employees to succeed. If your employees understand the company and its goals, and they can understand what to expect, you will be sure to watch your company blossom. These are the top 3 functions of a highly effective employee handbook.
What is the company culture?
Your employees play a vital role within your company. The way they think and act pave the way for the personality of the company and its environment. Your company culture, defined in an employee handbook, will create a surprising shockwave through the newly hired and the seasoned. It establishes your vision and mission statement and provides a window of what your employees can expect from the day to day. A company culture that is clearly defined also lets the employee know how they can play their part in the visionof the company. Of course, company culture is something that must be lived and fostered every day, not just written in an employee handbook. However, a handbook can describe situations and examples of a company’s strong culture at work and will give new employees a good understanding of what this will look like for them.
What is expected of your employees?
If your employees do not understand what is expected of them, how can you expect successful results? Clearly defined expectations of your employees will help you to uphold the company culture you have defined in your handbook, as well as hold your employees accountable for their actions. These expectations may include common sense items, such as documenting that the employee should arrive on-time and in proper dress. They might also include performance standards so employees have a barometer to measure their own success. Though these outlined expectations can range from simple to complex, they give your employees a road map to succeed.
What can an employee expect from management?
Management plays a vital role in any company, and a necessary role in an employee’s career. Management also is the embodiment of culture in the company, acknowledging and placing into practice the mission statement. A lot is expected of employees and employees may have some expectations of management. Clearly defined roles of management will lay down the foundation of interaction between employees and their superiors, including policies and procedures and ways to continue a positive relationship in the work environment.