HR manual versus employee handbook: What’s the difference?

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What, exactly, is the difference between an employee handbook and a human resources (HR) manual – and does your organization need both?

It’s a good idea for companies to develop both an HR manual and an employee handbook. Even though they cover many of the same topics, these documents have different purposes.

Different readers, different goals

It can be helpful to think of your employee handbook as the “what” of your company culture and the HR manual as the “how.” With an employee handbook, the goal is usually to:

Communicate company policies. Set expectations. Reduce

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