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Employee handbook

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by SharpBlades, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I am starting to work on a much overdue employee handbook that will outline what is specificly expected of my employees (both plowing and lawn care/landscape).

    I am hoping that some of you may have a handbook to share, or at least ideas for what should be included or how things should be handled.

    I know that I can go to an HR company and have them work something up, but honestly... I'm a cheapskate when it comes to things like this... especially with such a dry winter.

    I appreciate any help :salute:
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Go online. Plenty of examples to see. In the end though it will be cheaper to hire someone then the cost of a lawyer later on if something happens.
     
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Did you use an HR company for yours? Just curious as to what information they needed from you in order to create a handbook to fit your needs. I'm doing my own because ive been taught how, but just curious as to how the HR approach works.
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I don't have any employees.
     
  5. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    No one wants to work for him. I was hired but quit 5 minutes later.
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Looking for more of a Romanian
     
  7. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    I'm lookin' 4 snow. Had 2" this season!
     
  8. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Thanks for the "help"

    Glad I could provide a place for yall to add to you post count
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Each company has a unique handbook.Depends on if you have just an employee or many levels of them or management ,even depends on your state. So to find a cheap copy may not work for you. There are plenty online sites with samples to look at.
     
  10. windrowsnow

    windrowsnow Senior Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 168

    i asked my buddy this a few months back, hes been in business for over twenty years runs twelve trucks services over 100 properties. his response was employee handbook? who needs that? i just tell em show up to work when your told work until your done and go home simple lol
     
  11. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    From experience, They will not read them and most likely just throw them away!!
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Make sure they sign it and have them say they didn't read it. Employee handbooks are to protect you.
     
  13. edgeair

    edgeair Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    That used to be how things worked, you know, before the day and age of the ministry of labor and where the employer is presumed guilty unless he has a 3 foot high stack of paper for each employee to "prove" things were done.

    I have always done things in the past like your friend, but I've known a few local colleagues that got stung a couple of times by lazy employees that were fired, only to find out a few weeks later that they have made up some sob story to the labor board and want a settlement for some thing "the boss" did wrong. In those cases, the employer had little defence against the government paid lawyers that represented the employee and their made up story. Every bit of extra due diligence you can have (ie. employee handbook) helps in this crazy world we live in.