An Company Handbook can also be called a company manual, staff guide, or even company policy book. It is a booklet that brings together a number of documents for an employee. Typically these are:
a) Company Welcome Package / Message
b) General Information such as holiday entitlement and sick entitlement.
c) Company rules and procedures
By bringing these three key areas together into one campany handbook, your employees have the basic understanding of their role, the contract and what is expected from you as the employer.
There is a really useful article created by Forbes Magazine that outlines some of the key policies you should include in your company handbook from day one.
The company handbook in itself is not legally binding, however the document that it refers to around your employee rights, contractual obligations and company procedures will be legally binding. The handbook itself is what brings all these important legal binding documents together as an easy to use source of data for your employee.
It can take a lot of time and effort to effectivley write a company handbook.
Our team here at OptHR are able to assist you with the creation of your company handbook should you need us. Contact our team and we can discuss how we can help pull together your company handbook.
We can assist your team with company handbook templates or company handbook examples. If you are working through your company and its handbook, then we are here to help.