Hiring good employees can be a great way to scale up your business. Hiring bad employees can be a great way to lose lots of sleep and maybe even your business.
Want to know the best way to avoid big, ugly, problems with your employees? Have good employee policies.
Hiring bad employees can be a great way to lose lots of sleep and maybe even your business.
Believe it or not, you might not be able to punish Bob for posting cat videos on the company Youtube if you never told him that was against company rules. And trying to stop your top sales person Sally from taking up a job with your arch-enemy competitor just down the street? Good luck unless you had a good non-compete agreement in place. Solid employee policies have saved many good small businesses and small business owners from lots of grief and courtroom time.
Some policies that your business may need:
- Social media policy
- Cybersecurity policy
- Sick leave and vacation policies
- Timekeeping policy
- Industry-specific policies such as HIPAA policies or food industry policies
- Non-compete policies
Watch out about policies you find online
It might be tempting to just use policies you “borrow” from your competitors or find online. However, this can be a risky bet, especially with something as important as your employees. Not only can some of these policies be poorly written and full of holes, but you won’t have anyone to give you any guidance on what you need and don’t need, and what works and doesn’t.
Don’t take a risk. Get your employee policies written right.
Whether you need a good employee handbook (yes, every small business needs one) or an ironclad non-compete policy/agreement, I can help. With over a decade working on employer-side legal issues, I can help you put together the employee policies and agreements your business needs to protect its interests. Now, and into the future.