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One of the key factors affecting how successfully a business can grow is its own internal efficiency in dealing with those higher sales volumes.

Keeping internal organisation at the top of its game demands continuous adjustment. Step one in the process of getting there: the Company/Employee Handbook. This is the first in a seven-part series on ‘Company/Employee Handbook Guidelines’, brought to you by Murphy’s Rules Inc.

Spanning all aspects influencing business operations, the Company/Employee Handbook plays a significant role in ensuring harmonious internal organisation. With regards to internal aspects, the list below details the essential parts of the employee handbook to cover:

  • Company Background Information: History, Vision, Foundation Details
  • Profiles: Owner/Manager Bios, Officer and Board of Directors List
  • Employment Roles: Job Descriptions, Responsibilities
  • Core Products/Services Overview (Referencing Marketing Material)
  • FAQ (Internal Subject Matter)
  • Company Timeline: Milestones, Events
  • Office Procedures: Workflow, Processes
  • Key Contacts: Bank, Tax Advisor, Suppliers, Legal Counsel
  • Agreements Overview: Leasing, Rental, etc.
  • Internal Policies: Dress Code, Phone Usage, Parking, and More.

Incorporating Essential Departments

For a good handbook, such content should be arranged to sections on which departments do the effective job. Departments that should be arranged are:

  • Distribution
  • Inventory/Warehouse
  • Marketing (Lead Generation, Follow-ups)
  • Customer Support
  • Research and Development
  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Purchase/Procurement.

Tailoring Your Handbook for Success

Writing a Company/Employee Handbook might seem daunting, but start little by little with easy-to-find information, get employee help, and the advantages are many – simple processes, time savings – and a workforce ready to pick up tasks where the other left off.

Enhancing Employee Efficiency and Business Growth

Employees can enjoy a more structured handbook that is clear on the answers to the questions they have on a daily basis and that also saves a lot of time for investive training when a key person is absent. Employers can interview with lower requirements on education. And since Covid-19, a lot of people struggle with a lack for the motivation to get to work on time. With an effective, clear, and concise training structure, this aspect will be simplified for the company until a person is motivated to get to work as the training has now been shared. This clarity will also help with mergers and/or sales of the company since it’s got a framework and a structured way of improving the processes every day.

Streamlining Operations Through Automation

Having a Company Handbook can show automation opportunities in procedures. This can reduce time spent on a task, so you can re-allocate that time to where it’s needed most, such as increasing business. This can help your business see gains in efficiency, ultimately cutting costs and putting you in a position to take on more growth!

A Living System for Improved Organization

Treat the Company/Employee Handbook as a working document. Update it on a regular basis to keep it vital. Get buy-in from all employees and have them make it grow over time, strengthening internal structure and enhancing business outcomes.

Creating a Cohesive Handbook

Your handbook needs to be consistent. If you’re writing about job roles, or the job description for those roles, or the work that gets done, the same commitment should be evident. Coherence of evidence helps people to understand the whole version of things, as well as the individual bits of it. That means that every entry should be complete, as a standalone exercise, without many loose threads.

Accessible for Optimal Utilization

Be scalable by investing in an internet or intranet solution that matches your business size Align simplicity and effectiveness, and an accessible and structured handbook will noticeably boost your business results.

Take these three insights to power up your Company/Employee Handbook and optimise internal organisational efficiency and financial success. Best wishes on your new-and-improved path towards business prosperity.

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Questions and Answers:

What role does a Company/Employee Handbook play in a business's growth?

 A Company/Employee Handbook would contribute towards creating internal efficiency so that much larger volume of sales could be handled by a business when it reaches a certain size by reducing unneccessary work to a bare minimum and impoveing organisational structure.

What essential components should be included in a Company/Employee Handbook?

 Your handbook should contain information about the company, biographies of owners/managers, job descriptions, products/services, frequently asked questions, office processes, key contacts, agreements and internal rules and regulations.

Why is it important to include various departments in the handbook?

 Adding departments, such as distribution, marketing, HR, accounting and so on, means that these different operational strands of an organisation can be addressed.

How can businesses tailor a handbook to their needs?

 Build with what you know, and then continue to grow it as you incorporate employee knowledge to write up and flesh out your handbook.

What benefits do employees and employers gain from a Company/Employee Handbook?

 The advantages for employees are that they have are clear for them what needs to be done, they develop skills quicker and they have easier access to information. For employers, they have a way to arrage and be numibers for employees who have different education levels, and it is an input when the company grows and they want to be more organized.

How can a Company/Employee Handbook be maintained for ongoing usefulness?

 Have employees treat the handbook like a living document – set aside time for eager employees to update internal processes as the business evolves. And you may find that the office will also benefit from increased productivity.