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Employee handbooks: The essential people management tool

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A good employee handbook is essential for effective people management and litigation prevention. Without one, employees don’t know where to turn for basic information on your company policies. You may think operating without a handbook gives your organization flexibility. Nothing could be further from the truth. Or perhaps your CEO wants to maintain an open-door policy and doesn’t want to be tied to written rules. It’s your job to persuade her that a well-drafted employee manual actually creates flexibility and paradoxically fosters an open-door atmosphere.

Don’t rely solely on an employee handbook template. Using one may expose you to needless litigation. This frequently happens when you rely on a generic fill-in-the-blank that includes policies that don’t apply to your organization. For example, most employee handbook templates include an FMLA leave policy. But what if your organization isn’t covered by that l...(register to read more)

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