Many employers underestimate the value of producing and distributing employee handbooks. These publications are more than just documented policies and procedures. An employee handbook acts as a shield, protecting employers from potential legal pitfalls.
There are several ways that handbooks protect your business.
One of the purposes of an employee handbook is clear communication of the expectations and rules of the workplace. Your handbook can outline your company’s policies on key issues. Include policies on harassment, discrimination and a code of conduct. This helps employers establish a foundation for a respectful and compliant work environment. This reduces the risk of misunderstandings that could escalate into legal disputes.
Creates a legal foundation
In the event of a lawsuit, a company’s handbook is valuable evidence demonstrating that you had established guidelines and expectations for employees. It can be a key factor in a sound defense, showcasing a commitment to fairness and compliance.
Provides a path for conflict resolution
Disputes are inevitable in most work environments. How you manage those disputes makes a big difference for your company. Your employee handbook can define the dispute resolution process to ensure that every complaint receives the same consideration and response before escalating to any legal action.
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, litigation costs businesses approximately $1.2 million every year. Protect your business from avoidable employment-related litigation costs with a comprehensive employee handbook. Distributing handbooks throughout your staff can reduce the risk of conflict for your company, saving money and encouraging positive morale in the workplace.