It’s that time of the year. Time to clean out your desks, time to throw away all of those papers that you were saving because you thought you would “need” them and felt the need to “file” them. This time of year is also a great time for HR professionals to take a step back and take some time to update their Employee Handbook (and if you don’t have one, it’s a great time to get one).
Step One: Review. The first step in updating your Employee Handbook is assessing what needs to be updated. State regulations and commonly accepted HR best practices are constantly changing, which means it’s a good idea to get an Employee Handbook Review. This usually takes around 2 weeks and is a great way to find out what changes can be made to bring your Employee Handbook up-to-date.
Step Two: Revise. The next step is revising your Employee Handbook to reflect not only current regulations and best practices, but the changing face of your company as well. You might also find that you are missing some key policies that are standard in most Employee Handbooks. An Employee Handbook review and revision generally takes around a month.
Don’t Have One? Get One! If your company does not have an Employee Handbook, now is a great time to develop one. You can work with an HR professional to discuss your company’s practices and they will help you build a Handbook that is customized to your company.
Keep watching the Where Great Workplaces Blog in the next two weeks for two more great ways to “Spring Clean” your HR department!