Creating an Employee Handbook: Where to Start

So. You’ve decided to create an employee handbook / company culture book. Exciting! Where do you begin?

If you’re wondering about the top 5 questions about employee handbooks, then you’re in the right place to start. There are a few things to consider when creating an employee handbook. First, it’s important to determine the purpose of the handbook. Next, think about who will see it and when they will see it. Additionally, consider what should be included in the content. Get some useful tips for making an employee handbook that employees will actually read, including these points and more.

What s the purpose of this handbook?

Typically, we see people using AirMason to build handbooks that they actually want people to read and adhere to. They are not 50-page documents filled with legalese. They are made to be enjoyed and get new hires up to speed in a really nice way. They are here to onboard new employees.

If you’re creating an employee handbook, it’s important to know what to include in it. The handbook should cover company policies, benefits, expectations for performance and conduct, procedures for reporting issues and grievances, and information about safety and security, among other things.

Who will see it and when will they see it?

Three possible answers:

  1. Potential new hires
  2. New employees
  3. Current employees

Most of the time, handbooks are given to new team members around the time that they are hired. New team members don’t know much about the company, so it’s important to be clear and concise. If you’re wondering what an employee handbook says about a company, it typically outlines the company’s policies, procedures, and expectations for employees.

Sometimes companies will send culture handbooks to potential hires to quickly and easily outline the company values etc. so the candidate can decide whether they believe in the values and if they d be a good fit. If you’re wondering how to create an employee handbook? Where to start? the blog post by Airmason provides helpful guidance.

Lastly, current employees will often go back and refer to the handbook especially in their first few weeks on the job. This is why it s important to make sure each section can be referred to (and makes sense by itself).

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What do you want to be in it?

This is the big one. There’s a lot you can include, but try and imagine yourself on the first day of a job. What are the things you’d like to know? What would help you get started smoothly? Creating an employee handbook is a must for any small business. It is the best way to communicate company policies, expectations and benefits to your staff. It also serves as a reference guide for employees should they have any questions or concerns.

onboard with the company mission?

While there a lot of necessities to include, be sure to include some humor and fun sections to keep people engaged and excited as they go through it.

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How will you build it?

You can use a word processor like Microsoft Word, a slide-based tool like Powerpoint, or an online builder like our tool: AirMason.

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