The employee handbook, sometimes called an employee manual, staff handbook, or policy manual is a document given to employees by their employer which outlines both the company’s policies, culture & expectation of employee behaviour and work. Employee handbooks should be given to employees on their commencement of employment and be regularly referred to in shaping their working life.
The employee or company handbook (or manual) is one of the best ways for employees to learn about your workplace. It usually includes codes of practice, policies and procedures, company rules and simple explanations of employment law.
You do not legally have to provide an employee handbook. But many employers like them because they help to clarify expectations and reduce misunderstandings at work. You usually provide them to new employees as a way of welcoming them to your company and introducing them to the way you do things.
An employee handbook includes, for example:
It also sets out your policies and procedures, for example:
You need to keep the employee handbook current and are free to include other topics not listed here.
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