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What should go into your employee handbook?

As an up-and-coming business owner in Georgia, there are several aspects of running a business that you will need to look into. For example, one indispensable part of your arsenal as a manager will be your employee handbook, which you must craft to suit your business and the needs of both it and its employees.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, employee handbooks are integral to the communication between you as an employer, and the people you hire to work for you. There are some sections that should universally be in every handbook, no matter what type of business you run. These sections include:

  •          Benefits and compensation
  •          Conduct standards
  •          Company policies and general information
  •          Security and safety information

Benefits and compensation sections are for describing what sort of packages your employees will get by signing on, such as dental or health care. Compensations will include information about state and federal taxes, overtime pay information, salary raises, bonuses, performance reviews and anything else that has to do with the flow of money.

Conduct standards include how your employees should behave while on the clock. This can include anti-discrimination policies, dress codes, or any potential legal obligations that your business may have.

The policies and general information are where you can slot things that don’t have a schedule of their own. This can include work schedules, labor laws, union information, or information about employee termination. This section can also be for immigrant employees or foreign workers.

Finally, safety and security is for outlining all of the precautions that should be taken in order to limit the amount of accidents that could happen at your workplace. This includes OSHA guidelines and how to operate machinery.

This booklet is where you lay the foundation for expectations and communication with your team, so be sure to be as thorough as possible.

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