Your employee handbook can be an invaluable organizational tool. In recent years, Congress and state legislatures have been busy enacting laws that directly affect your employee handbook. If your employee handbook hasn’t been updated in the past six months, it’s out of date.
Here are 10 common handbook mistakes you should avoid:
1. Using form handbooks with provisions unrelated to your church.
2. Meshing policies and procedures, which may confuse employees.
3. Including a probationary period, which implies that anyone who stays with the organization beyond that time is then a permanent employee.
4. Being too specific in descriptions and lists, especially those involving discipline.
5. Not being consistent with other church documents.
6. Not adding a disclaimer, or not having enough disclaimers in the right places.
7. Sabotaging disclaimers by what you do or say, especially by reassuring employees that their jobs are secure and they’ll be fired only for a really good reason.
8. Not adapting the handbook for each state’s laws. You may need more than one version of the handbook if you have employees in several states.
9. Failing to update the manual frequently for changing laws.
10. Being unrealistic about what your employees understand. Don’t include policies you can’t or won’t enforce.
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