How to Write an Employee Handbook

Written by ehow business editor | 13/05/2017
How to Write an Employee Handbook
Write an Employee Handbook

By following a few simply steps, you can write an employee handbook for your business without having to hire someone to do it for you. Having a customized handbook produced can cost thousands of dollars. By doing it yourself, you can cut down on the cost significantly and have more power over what is and isn't included.

Download an employee handbook template. By using a template, you will drastically cut down on the time that it takes for you to write the employee handbook. Most employee handbooks contain the same basic information, so it makes sense to use a template. To get your employee handbook template, go to and click on the "Employee Handbook" link. Once on the next page, you'll be given different types of employee handbooks to select from. Select the one that makes the most sense for your business.

Customize your employee handbook. After selecting the employee handbook template that fits your needs, you'll be able to customize it to fit the specifics of your business. Begin the employee handbook with a personalized mission statement from your business. Also include all of your business policies including payment policies, vacation policies and attendance policies.

Proofread your customized employee handbook. Look for typographical errors and clear up anything that might be ambiguous. For further proofreading needs, consider using a site such as At, they will proofread your work with a quick turnaround time and affordable prices.

Get an attorney to read over your employee handbook. In some jurisdictions, there are aspects in an employee handbook which, by law, must be covered. An attorney can make sure that you have covered everything that is required by law and ensure that the wording you used is appropriate for an employee handbook.

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