Small Business owners often wonder when and whether they need an employee handbook.
In an ideal world, you would publish your handbook upon hiring your first employee. Realistically, this just doesn't happen. So, when should you bring out the employee handbook? Though there is not a defined guideline, as soon as you have a few employees and at least by the time you have 10, you should create and distribute an employee handbook. (Note, some regulated industries do require employee handbooks, so you may need one sooner.)
An employee handbook sets expectations for the employer and the employee. The handbook defines the standards for treating employees fairly and consistently without discrimination. The handbook establishes standards of behavior, complements the company's culture, and creates a uniform working environment across departments.
Elements of a Great Employee Handbook
Christine Jarzab Kuntz is an attorney specializing in the life cycle of businesses and nonprofit organizations. She is enthusiastic to share her knowledge, tools, and tips with the business and nonprofit community. She enjoys the excitement of tutoring start-ups, tackling the challenges of established businesses, and counseling her clients' transitions through all stages of the business life cycle.