You might think your start up doesn’t need staff handbooks while still in the early stages, but too many employers wait until they are facing disputes to see the value in well written policies. Clear, easy-to-read policies can help you avoid misunderstandings that lead to disputes. When disputes do arise, a good handbook can help in the defence of claims against you, as Tribunals often look at employers’ policies and practices when making decisions on whether good practice has been followed.
It’s never too early to start setting foundations for the company culture you want, and a good handbook can be integral to this by setting out how you treat staff, what standards you expect, and how grievances or disciplinary matters are dealt with. Policies that demonstrate your workplace culture can even help you to recruit talented, like-minded staff. If you wait until your company has already grown, you may find it difficult to change the culture that has grown without guidance.
It’s valuable to invest in handbooks that are tailored to your business needs, for the peace of mind that they truly reflect your company culture and your business interests.