If you are a supervisor or HR professional, you probably treat your company’s employee handbook as a sacred text (and if you don’t you should). You may not find answers to life’s deepest mysteries in an employee handbook, but you will find answers to many of the questions your employees most frequently ask of you:
For most employees, however, their employee handbook is just another stack of paperwork that they’re handed on their first day of employment. They may skim through it a few times in their first week of employment, but are unlikely to even think about the handbook until they are found to have violated one of the policies it contains.
So why do companies even bother to put together handbooks that employees may or may not bother to read? This is because the policies contained in an employee handbook act as a company’s first line of defence against claims brought against the Company by Employees.