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The company handbook, sometimes known as employee manual, policies and procedures manual or staff manual, is a source for both new and established employees to refer to codes of practice, policies and procedures, company rules and employment legislation.
Whilst it is not a legal requirement, many companies see it is an invaluable business tool in communicating effectively with employees and reducing the potential for ambiguity and misunderstandings between employer and employees.
A company handbook could include information in areas such as:
- The history, background, ethos and culture of the company,
- A welcome note and information for new Employees
- Pay and benefits
- Working hours
- Holiday provision
- Diversity policy
- Equality policy
- Whistle blowing policy
- Maternity and paternity leave
- Use of company property
- Internet policy
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Training and development programmes
- Appraisal procedure
- Performance standards
- Promotion policy
- Reporting lines
- Absence and sickness policies
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Company rules
- Termination of employment
- Resignation procedures
- Health and safety
- Sick Pay
- Capability Procedure
- Personal Harassment Policy and Procedure
- Use of company vehicles
- Welfare and Hygiene
This list is not comprehensive and it is advisable to seek advice to ensure your handbook is up to date and covers all the key areas necessary.