Employee Handbooks from the World’s Most Culture-Forward Companies

Take a page from some of the world s most culture-forward companies during COVID-19.

As COVID-19 continues to keep companies hanging in the unfamiliar limbo that is remote work, many are wondering just how long offices will remain virtual. Will it be three more weeks? Three more months? For many, the answer is muddled, and depends on a number of individual factors, including location, industry, ability to socially distance in the office, and team size.

In the event that the latter timeline seems even remotely within the realm of possibility, then one thing is clear the longer remote work continues, the more important it is to take active measures to band together and unify your team. An easy place to start? Your employee handbook.

While it may seem like an insignificant place to put your energy during a global pandemic, your employee handbook is a crucial part of building strong workplace culture and employee loyalty, and when done right, can aid in employee retention all of which are more important now than ever before.

Taking the time to ensure your employee handbook is not only a helpful resource for staff, but also a direct reflection of your company s culture, is a simple way to engage employees in the company, remind them of the mission and values that they invested in by joining your company, and re-invigorate them to persevere together as a team through this challenging time.

Below is our take on the digital employee handbooks of four successful companies whose culture is apparent in everything they do. From brand colours and images, to the inclusion of mission statements, company timelines and welcome letters these digital handbooks should kickstart your creativity.

The Drake

The Drake is one of Canada’s most sought-after hotel, culinary, arts & retail experiences in Toronto & beyond.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market Inc. is an American multinational supermarket chain headquartered in Austin, Texas.


Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products.


The Hospital for Sick Children, corporately branded as SickKids, is a major pediatric teaching hospital located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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