The Staff Handbook is not a book to cure insomnia....

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 28 Jun, 2016

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It comes a time in the life of a small business where a set of policies is required (or for bigger companies to update their Staff Handbook or, better still, recognise that their current handbook is not really understood and/or used by employees) and the question then arises:

how can one design a Staff Handbook that is legally compliant, protects the Company, is representative of the Company's culture, but doesn't put people to sleep?

Keep it simple

Write in short sentences, using easy to understand words, not legalese. The Plain English Campaign offers some very good free guides.

And short

The longer it is, the less likely people are to remember its content.

Have a content page

Content and index pages ensure that people can easily find the information they need when they need it.

Use pictures

Break up the pages with some colourful images, in line with the Company's branding.

Avoid punitive language

Try to focus on positive nudging rather than negative language.

Make people smile

Even though the Staff Handbook may contain serious information, try to present it in a way that makes people smile and reminds them of the positive aspects of the Company.

Or you can always get some help ;-)

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