Inspiring Tips

Does your Employee Handbook
Inspire or Scare Them?

Here's an example of the Table of Contents for an inspiring handbook. REMEMBERyou always, always, always need to have your labor attorney review your language before giving it to employees. Then you can make an informed decision about language that could cause a problem later vs. the need to create inspiration.

ABC Company

(It's best to have a title that relates to your company, a motto, mission, etc.)


  • An interesting and challenging experience awaits you as an employee of ABC Company. To answer some of the questions you might have concerning ABC and our policies, we have written this handbook. Please read it thoroughly and keep it for future reference. The policies stated in this handbook are subject to change at the sole discretion of ABC. We will strive to inform you of all changes as soon as possible through written updates to the handbook. If you have any questions please ask your supervisor for assistance.

We wish you the best of luck and success in your position and hope that your employment with ABC will be a rewarding experience!

  • About ABC Company (history, why in business, what we do, growth, current facts, future)

  • Company philosophy


  • How we recruit new employees

  • Equal employment opportunity

  • Employment of relatives and friends

  • Proof of citizenship

  • Hiring ex-felons

  • Reference checks

  • Hours of work

  • Your job description

  • Medical examinations

  • Your personnel file

  • New employee orientation

  • Probationary period

  • Your supervisor's role

  • Performance appraisal system

  • Changing jobs within ABC

  • What to do if you're having trouble or have a question

  • Change of address, phone, etc.


  • Classifications of employment

  • Recording work hours (time sheet, time clock)

  • Overtime pay

  • Pay day

  • What will my paycheck look like?

  • Changes in pay (deductions, increases, reductions)

  • Group health and hospitalization insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Disability insurance

  • Pension/profit sharing plan

  • Credit Union

  • Worker's Compensation

  • Unemployment Insurance

  • Tuition assistance

  • Uniforms

  • Vacation (number of days, maximum accumulation, requesting)

  • Sick (number of days, maximum accumulation/bonus, requesting)

  • Leaves of absence (bereavement, jury duty, medical, educational, maternity, parental, military)

  • Holidays


  • Safety program

  • Security (buildings, cars, company property, personal property)

  • Smoking

  • Emergencies (fire, snow, flood, electrical)

  • Drug-Free Workplace


  • On-going training

  • Suggestions

  • Personal appearance and interacting with clients

  • Expense reimbursement

  • Employment in addition to ABC

  • Personal telephone calls

  • Employee visitors

  • What to do if you have a problem or concern

  • Discipline process

  • Separation of employment with ABC

  • Reemployment


  • The information contained in this handbook is meant to acquaint you with general procedures and policies of ABC Company. This information may change at any time as management deems necessary. ABC will strive to inform you of these changes as soon as possible through updates to this handbook. This handbook is not a contract guaranteeing employment for any specific duration. Although we hope our employment relationship is enjoyable and fulfilling to both of us, either you or ABC may terminate this relationship at any time. Please understand that no supervisor or representative of ABC, other than the President, has the authority to enter into any agreement with you for employment for any specified period or to make any promises or commitments contrary to the preceding statement. Any agreement of this nature must be in writing.

  • Signature of employee and supervisor/date received and signed


TRAINING SYSTEMS, INC., would be glad to help you create an inspirational Employee Handbook that is easy for employees to understand.
Call 800-469-3560 or email


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