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By Kate Schieldt
Companies I work with often ask themselves, "Why should I have an employee handbook?" When I hear this, I know they are looking at the handbook as a potential enemy. "It will confine me in my decisions because if we have one, then we must follow it," they say. Or they say, "We haven't had a problem yet." Another enemy scenario is that they decide to develop a handbook, but then don't follow it or they just stash it away in a drawer with no intention of using it.
Nobody wants to be forced to use something, but sometimes it's necessary. Perhaps these eight ugly scenarios that could result from your company not having an employee handbook will make you think about it:
Obviously, you need an updated employee handbook. Any one of these eight reasons should be enough to end any apprehension or excuses you may have.
Kate Shieldt is the ABC human resources expert who can help you address these issues or get started on your employee handbook.