Many companies have personnel manuals they’ve worked hard to put together and have not looked at for 5 years or more. If you’re one of those companies, or are simply looking to put together a personnel manual for the first time, here are some things to consider:
- Do you have a section addressing social media and how entries reflecting badly on your company can result in disciplinary action?
- Do you have a section on post-termination references that actually reflects what you do in real life?
- Does the Manual address the last several problems or termination-level offenses your company experienced?
- Have you placed your employees on notice that the company reserves the right to monitor their online activities and even e-mail if company equipment is being used?
As with many things, it is better to have these policies in place and not need them, than to need them and not have them.