An employee handbook sets expectations and standards for employees.
In fact, an employee handbook is one of the best ways to protect your business from employee lawsuits and clearly communicate your company policies. The absence of a formal handbook or policy manual, or a poorly drafted one, puts you at a disadvantage to defend yourself should your business face a lawsuit.
Policies that are too specific and rigid can potentially limit an employer’s flexibility when dealing with real issues. Conversely, policies that are too general make it difficult for employers to hold employees accountable for their actions and behavior.
So how does an employer find the right balance? The first step is to be aware of the potential pitfalls. Download CalChamber’s “Top 10 Employee Handbook Mistakes” white paper and learn what your company can do to avoid them.