The Most Common Mistakes when writing a handbook. 

1. Using form handbooks, which usually have many provisions that have nothing to do with your company.

2. Blending policies and procedures, which confuses employees.

3. Including a probationary period, implying that anyone who stays with the company 90 days is then a permanent employee. Never use “probation language”

4. Being too specific in descriptions and lists, especially those involving discipline.

5. Not being consistent with other company documents.

6. Not adapting your handbook for each state’s laws.

7. Failing to update the manual frequently for changing laws.

8. Being unrealistic about what your employees or supervisors understand.  Keep it simple and direct.