The following article originally appeared on the BerniePortal blog. BerniePortal is a human resources platform developed by EO member Alex Tolbert.
A road map for employees
The employee handbook is the single most important document for your organization. It is a road map for employees, clearly outlining what behaviors and work patterns are acceptable to the company.
Even so, many employers, particularly small ones, lack employee handbooks. Startups frequently make the mistake of considering handbooks unnecessary or outdated, but they are extremely useful for even the smallest organizations.
A detailed, easy-to-read handbook sets the tone of your company’s culture and expectations, and it communicates to new hires that they are joining an organization that has vision.