Employee Manual Templates

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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For those who have never written employee manuals in the past, a few basic pointers can go a long way. Realize first that the hard work has been done for you; thousands upon thousands of employee guides have littered the top desk drawers of countless workers all across the world. The bulk of these haven't strayed too far from a standard template that has included chapters on employee behavior, company policies, and disciplinary action, just to name a few.

What other topics must you address when drafting your own employee manual? A section on standards and practices is a must for establishing positive and effective trends in your office. These may include bullet points on your corporate ethos (if you have one), your values, and your customer's Bill of Rights. These laudable goals aside, don't forget that your real mission as a company is always to turn a profit. You should never shy away from stating this outright.

Choosing Your Template

One way to pick an employee handbook template is to do what all great artists do: borrow liberally (read: steal). Maybe you have your employee handbook from your previous job and like the way its chapters are indexed with multicolored tabs. Or perhaps you like the tenor of the writing itself. Keep in mind that companies, for the most part, do not patent or otherwise protect these materials. They may copyright their prose, but they have no monopoly on the form they use to do so.

Another option is to surf the Web and find any number of online employee manuals you deem aesthetically pleasing. If you're more creative by nature, use a desktop publishing application to design your own template. That way you can import your company logo and tag line (if you have them) and place your own unique stamp on your handbook and then add any graphics or other style points you wish.


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