What should you consider putting in an employee handbook?

Consider including sections like employee conduct, expected behavior, and more.

Establishing and creating an employee handbook is an excellent way to give employees information about company policies. The overall purpose of an employee handbook is to educate your employees on the procedures you have chosen that guide them in the workplace.

Each employee handbook is different and needs to be consistently updated to be of use. While you cannot (and should not) include every possible situation that could arise, here are some items you should consider adding to your employee handbook:


You can use a general overview section to introduce your company and the handbook and tell your employees what they can expect to read about. You can also talk about your company culture, values, and how employees can contribute to that culture.

Employee conduct and expected behavior

The people who work for you should know how to conduct themselves and how to represent the company. You can consider talking about the company's day-to-day workings, support available for your employees, a code of conduct, and any other policies your organization enforces.

Company policies

A section about company policies and how they're enforced can keep everyone accountable and consistent. Consider including policies that define the roles of the employer/employee, attendance, time off, technology and social media, and performance expectations.

Compensation and benefits

This section can showcase the benefits that your company offers. Whatever benefits you offer, you can include a section that describes what benefits they receive. Such examples can be:

  • Payroll schedule
  • Time tracking
  • Benefits eligibility
  • Insurance (health, vision, dental, life, and disability)
  • Retirement benefits
  • Bonuses
  • Workers' compensation