The Importance of an Employee Handbook

June 14, 2021

It feels like we might finally be in the parking lot of the Corona Carnival, ready to hop in our cars and drive off as fast as we are able. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t check the rearview mirror. The last year taught us a lot: how to Zoom, how to pivot, how far six feet is when standing in line for the next trip around on the COVID Coaster.

Looking back, we all had to pivot and adapt to changing laws, mandates, and CDC guidance. We changed policies and procedures on little to no notice. I would be remiss as a small business attorney if I didn’t mention how important it is to have updated policies and procedures in writing. 

If you have a handbook in place already, it might be a good time to review it and include any new policies and procedures that you have implemented over the last year. While you are at it, you will want to look for anything else that might be outdated or needs to be changed. Handbooks should also be reviewed regularly to be sure they comply with new laws.

If you don’t have a handbook, you might want to consider writing one. Handbooks are important for many reasons, not the least of which is that it can prevent misunderstandings, complaints, and dissatisfaction that come from misunderstanding your policies and procedures. A handbook can also save you managerial time as employees have something to reference before coming to you with questions. 

Do you need help creating an employee handbook? I am here to help! Reach out and we can set up a time to discuss your needs.

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