Employee Manual: Where to Start

When you start a business, there’s much work behind the scenes to ensure the company is ready to roll when the doors open. Part of this work includes setting up an employee manual to determine and outline your policies and procedures for employees.

Set Expectations in Your Employee Manual

An employee manual is a helpful guide to set clear expectations for employer and employee behavior, as well as legal rights for both groups. This document will set the tone for your organization each time a new employee reads it, so use simple, straightforward language that clearly articulates the intended purpose of the document. 

A good manual will layout policy, benefits, and regulations clearly, to avoid:

  • Misunderstandings by Employees and Managers
  • Complaints 
  • Job Dissatisfaction Due to Misinterpretation 

It is also essential to regularly review and make updates to your manual as your business and expectations evolve, and just as importantly, as laws change. As new employees come on board, it is good to review the documents to ensure the integrity of the information and relevance remain as initially intended.

Working Together

Hiring the right employment attorney to help guide you through building your employee manual will help you make sure you’ve got everything you need to be included for legal compliance, while also giving your business a coherent message on expectations. 

Our experienced employment law attorneys at Terrazas Henkel, P.C. can walk you through building an excellent employee manual that will set you as the employer and your current (and future employees) on the same page about what needs to be done and when. Informing your employees of their rights while defending your company against lawsuits is something that is definitely worth the upfront effort and investment.

Give our team of professionals a call today at 406-541-2550 to set up an appointment and get the process started for your company.