Employee handbooks are not a legal requirement so many organizations have not prioritized developing one, or considered getting Creative with it, consider the benefits of creating this resource.
It is the first step towards building a great culture, it will open up the lines of communication and serve as a comprehensive guide that defines the rules for success as well as a motivational tool for compliance and illustrating why your company is a great company to work for! New starters will get up to speed quickly with the do’s and don’ts. Similar to getting a group hug from your team and cultivating a sense of job satisfaction during onboarding.
What message do you want to communicate to your workforce? Is it one of stability, community, opportunity, recognition, and innovation, OR one of fear, incompetence, uncertainty, and sabotage? Surveys indicate that Innovative Employers are using creative employee handbooks to engage their employees. They are incorporating big, bold graphics and a conversational writing style in the creation process to develop fresh, readable, and engaging digital handbooks.
I am sure you are in the know when it comes to employment laws regulating your industry, however, we often forget to apply our minds to how these laws impact our operations and how we can make them work for us.
As employers we want to attract and employ hard-working, committed, and conscientious humans to our workplaces who value what we have to offer. It’s in your best interest to develop and leverage the tool to draw in like minds to your business and define how you intend on supporting them so they can sparkle on their employee journey.
Start with discovering Why you do what you do, in order to identify your core values and convey your organizational Culture in your handbooks, strategize your learning and development initiatives, compensation and benefits aligned to your value system, and retention of your valuable human capital, without whom you would not have a successful business. Capitalize on why your policies are of importance and how you find them beneficial in supporting the growth of your human capital.
Whether your handbook exists and requires re-inventing, or you need to start at the beginning, here are 6 PRO-TIPS for developing a creative employee handbook your employees will want to read:
1. KEEP IT REAL & SIMPLE
2. EXPLAIN YOUR WHY
3. ILLUSTRATE COMPANY CULTURE
4. MAKE IT FUN AND ENGAGING
5. USE BIG BOLD VISUALS
6. GET SMART & DIGITISE
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