You want your handbook to be a live document. Learn about holding a meeting which you then record for future employees explaining the most important provisions in your employee handbook. Depending on your workforce, you may also want to have that video or meeting translated as well.
- Given the length of most employee handbooks…and the fact that most are written in legalese,…it's my experience that most employees…don't read them all the way through.…What's the point of having a handbook…if your employees don't read it?…Unfortunately, it seems many HR executives…are content simply knowing the employee…signed the handbook acknowledgement.…The lawyer in me says that's not good enough.…Employers must give employees the time…needed to read through the handbook.…
Depending on their reading level,…that could take an hour or much more.…What I can tell you is 30 minutes won't cut it.…One thing I've encouraged clients to do…is to allow a place for employees…to initial the bottom of each page,…declaring they have read and understood that information.…You can do the same thing…with an online program like DocuSign.…However, given the reality of employees…not reading the handbook…or understanding the importance of the employee handbook,…I also suggest my clients…present the handbook live.…
Depending on the size of the company,…
- Recognize the company who had a major impact on the new wave of culture-first employee handbooks.
- Describe the characteristics of “at-will employment.”
- Identify the effect of the Faragher rule.
- Recall how many employees a company must have in order fall under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Determine a plan of action for a presentation when more than 10% of the employees speak a particular foreign language.