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A Small Business Guide to Writing a Company Handbook

A Small Business Guide to Writing a Company Handbook

When your start-up or small business reaches a certain maturity, the level of staffing is appropriate, and a full HR department is still a pipe dream, in order to solidify the trust between employer and employee, and confirm what each expects of the other, it can be a good idea to create a (non-contractual) Company Handbook. Though not legally obligatory – and in no way a replacement for the legally required contract of employment – this can prove useful in several ways. Firstly, it helps consolidate and hone your business vision and goals. Secondly, it gives guidance and focus to new starters. If there is something that the company reasonably expects of an employee, it should be included in the handbook. Thirdly, it helps you get your head around (and formalise) the legal and ... »