Updating the company handbook may be the last thing on your mind in a post-pandemic world. However, it’s a task you shouldn’t overlook. Below are 3 things to add to your handbook.
The changes brought about by COVID-19 have necessitated new and improved policies for many companies. Adding the following items to your handbook will help your company stay up-to-date in today’s changed work environment.
Add a Remote Work Policy to your Handbook
Remote work is becoming commonplace. Many employees are seeking the opportunity to work from home on a part-time or full-time basis. This is 1 of 3 things to add to your handbook. A remote work policy can help your company maintain consistency when fielding these requests.
You should designate the terms under which employees can work remotely, including the process for seeking approval. It may also be helpful to tie in information about how relocating will (or won’t) affect your pay and benefits as a remote worker.
The policy can be as loose or strict as you want it to be. What’s essential is that it can be applied fairly across the company.
Add Security Standards to your handbook
If your company is sticking to a remote or hybrid work model for the foreseeable future, it’s a good idea to add new security standards. This is another of 3 things to add to your handbook.
These may include setting restrictions on the devices that can be used for work-related communications, requiring employees to use VPNs, and mandating that all remote work take place through secure networks.
Establishing work-from-home security protocols will help prevent security breaches and encourage employees to stay vigilant about protecting company data when they are physically outside of the office.
Add Disaster Preparation to your handbook
The COVID-19 pandemic required workplaces in all sectors to make sweeping changes overnight. With little time to strategize in advance, businesses had to move their operations online and transition to a remote work model.
Companies can stay prepared for future upheavals by developing a disaster response plan for inclusion in their company handbooks. This is the last of 3 things to add to your handbook.
This plan can address scenarios such as natural disasters, power outages, emergency evacuations, and other situations that call for immediate changes to business operations.
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