Using Employee Handbooks for Team Building

tsuFor many of us, starting a new job can be both an exciting and stressful experience. As an employer, if you want your employees to stick around and maximize their efficiency, you’ll need to make them feel comfortable—like they’re were they belong. Many companies do this through retreats, luncheons, and other after-hours parties and get-togethers, but one simple, inexpensive method that’s often overlooked is the employee handbook.

An employee handbook can be more than just a dry, boring guide to rules, regulations, and procedures. It can be a great way to introduce your company’s culture and personality. If you keep things light and cheery, you can create a lasting impression on your new employees from their very first day.

When putting together an employee manual, it’s good to think outside the box. Yes, it is very important to include the aforementioned procedurs, policies, regulations, and other information, but how about information on your new employee’s coworkers? Consider including photographs of office holiday parties, or even art created by your other employees as illustrations or just small margin details. You’ll not only make the manual more engaging, you’ll create a sense of whismy that will be fun and engaging and really make your employees want to be part of the team.

And consider this: do you have employees who don’t speak your language natively? Having a translated employee handbook available in their language is probably the single most useful tool in your arsenal. By showing that you are willing to reach out to them and make their transition as easy as possible, you’ll convey a sense of belonging and attention to detail infinitely better than even having bilingual staff available to translate and interpret conversations and other information.

If you need some ideas for how tyo make your employee handbook more fun and engaging, check out this great article from the Society for Human Resource Management, or check out more information on employee handbook translation here.

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