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Why is having an employee handbook important?

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2023 | Employment Law |

As a California business owner, the details you manage are infinite. Drafting an employee handbook may be on the back burner now, but it is not something you should overlook. In fact, it may serve as a foundation for a thriving business.

Here are a few reasons why having an employee handbook is vital for your organization’s health and future.

1. Sets employees up for success

Employees are more likely to be and feel successful when they know what you expect from them. A thorough employee handbook can answer many of the questions and uncertainties new employees face, allowing them to perform more confidently in their roles.

2. Promotes consistency

Just as an effective employee handbook defines expectations, it also clearly outlines the consequences of not meeting those requirements. When the repercussions are the same across the board, you do not have to waste time figuring out what actions to take on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, employees may be less likely to break the rules if they know what action will result.

3. Reduces legal liability

Providing employees with a set of rules, expectations and procedures can make it easier to let them go for violating company policies. If an employee threatens litigation for firing them, you can use your business’s handbook as a defense to help protect you from legal liability.

Creating an employee handbook may be a significant amount of work upfront, but it could enhance your company’s success and protect you from some legal trouble in the future.