No matter what kind of business you're running, it's important to have an employee handbook describing your expectations. There are several sections you're required to include, such as anti-discrimination and equal employment policies. However, it's up to you to write the rest. So how do you go about creating and presenting an exciting handbook that your employees will actually read? Check out the tips below for a few ideas:
1. Include your employees
If your business is new, chances are you don't have a handbook. When you're starting from scratch, it can be difficult to get the process started. If you already have workers, why not give them a shot? Have them summarize your company's goals in a few sentences, and then you can go through them and combine ideas, Entrepreneur said. Even if you already have a handbook, you could probably update it. Get your employees' input. Sections could be outdated without you even realizing it. Your staff will also be able to provide you with suggestions to make it more interesting for them.
2. Turn it into a game
We all have to read the handbook and follow the policies. However, that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Skip the black and white and add some color to attract their eyes. Come up with a way to get your workers involved so you know they actually read it, Fast Company explained. Activities such as Jeopardy, trivia and imaginary situations can engage your employees in the handbook without having to read it word for word.
3. Emphasize the benefits
Even if your employees like their new jobs, it doesn't mean they're not going to slack off every once in a while. However, if you promote all you have to offer, they may be able to stay on task more often. As a small business owner, you don't have such strict guidelines on what you can and can't offer, according to the source. While you may not have a lot of room in your financial plan, you'll definitely be able to come up with creative ways to reward your employees. Pizza parties, an afternoon off and gift cards can be great incentives to motivate your workers even if you don't have a large budget to offer larger benefits. Make sure you show them where in the handbook they're listed so they can check them all out.
Employee handbooks don't have to be a thing you and your staff dread. If you get your workers involved and present your policies in an exciting way, you'll all enjoy the process.