Introducing new policies to ensure a safe and productive workplace makes sense on all sides.
Unfortunately, if your employees don’t know about your policies, it won’t do a damn thing to solve your company’s problems. In other words, if your employee handbook doesn’t get read, you’re fresh out of luck.
There are two ways to all but guarantee your employees will never read your employee handbook.
- Use a cut-and-paste employee handbook template
- Never write one in the first place
Think of the copy-and-paste template as the cookie cutter cold emails we all love to hate – there’s no feeling of a person behind it, so we tune out, ignore it, and get on with our day.
Unlike cold emails, however, if your employees ignore your handbook they’re inevitably going to fall victim to a rule they didn’t know about.
Sure, you’re still covered for the aftermath (as long as it was in the handbook to begin with), but if you want to prevent these costly blunders from happening your employee handbook needs to be interesting and engaging.
After all, wouldn’t you rather read a document that talks to you as a person, rather than another cog in some merciless corporate machine?