When is it Time to Update the Employee Handbook?

When is it Time to Update the Employee Handbook?

Employee handbooks are vital for maintaining a healthy employer/employee relationship. They allow you to spell out exactly what you expect from your employees, while also giving the employees guidelines and clear instruction. 


If you’ve been using the same employee handbook for a while, or seem to be running into issues with outdated guidelines, or have had leadership changes, it’s probably time to update the handbook. In fact, your employee handbook should be updated on a regular basis. It is recommended that you update your employee handbook at least once a year.


Take some time to sit down and read through your employee handbook. You’ll probably be surprised how many areas need some adjustment. Here are a few areas of your handbook that may need some updating. 


Dress Code


If your dress code policy hasn’t been updated recently, take a look at it. Also, take a look at how your employees dress currently. If everyone around the office dresses more casually, including management, it might be time for the dress code to reflect that. 


If you’ve noticed there are clothing items being worn that are unsafe or inappropriate but aren’t covered in the dress code, add them in. It’s important to be specific about your dress code, but also be understanding of what attire the roles in your company require. 


Social Media Policy


Social media and online presences are an ever-changing landscape, that’s why keeping up to date on your social media policy is vital. When the social media policy leaves room for uncertainty, you’re setting yourself up for a headache. Make sure you’re straightforward with your policies and don’t leave room for speculation.


Work From Home Policy 


Working from home is no longer a mystery to most of us. If your work from home policy has changed or you now have a work from home policy that did not exist before, make sure that is included in your employee handbook.


Local, State & Federal Compliance Policies 


Local, state and federal compliance policies change on a regular basis. Make sure you’re keeping up with the most current ones and those are reflected in your employee handbook. Outdated policies are not a good look and can lead to some negative outcomes. 



If you’re not sure when or how you should be updating your employee handbook, speak with an HR professional. They will be able to help you ensure your employee handbook is up to par. Coastal Human Resource Group, Inc. is a Human Resource Outsourcer (HRO). We serve as a full-service human resources department for small and medium-sized businesses throughout the Southeast. Contact us today!