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.
The longer it is, the less likely people are to remember its content.
Content and index pages ensure that people can easily find the information they need when they need it.
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 ;-)