Check your employee handbook: Changes in laws, greater awareness among employees mean the time has come to consider an update

If your New Year’s resolution was, finally, to update your employee handbook, keeping that resolution at the top of the list this year makes a lot of sense. Your handbook is an important communication tool. Apart from spelling out the “dos and don’ts,” the handbook can introduce employees to the mission, culture, tone and management style of the organization. It can be a dry list of rules, or it can personalize a company. It can be a quagmire of information, or a big time-saver for HR to help employees answer basic questions.

How you communicate the information is just as important as what you communicate. Make the tone of your handbook your own and ensure that it covers what is more important to your culture.

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