If you're like most business owners, you already have more than enough paperwork to do. Why should you spend valuable time writing an employee manual? Sorry, but if you have more than one or two employees, you need one. You need it for the same reasons you need written contracts with customers: so you and your employees will know what's expected from each side, what the rules are, and most important, what happens when something goes wrong. As in your customer-contractor relationships, you need predictability in your employee-employer relationship.

An employee manual can head off the kind of misunderstandings that get you into trouble. It can protect you in court if your employee decides to sue you, or if some third party tries to sue you for something related to the behavior of one of your employees.

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