handbooks and SOP's

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by wiggins, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. wiggins

    wiggins LawnSite Member
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    anyone have any tips on writing employee handbooks, SOP's, safety sheets (i think i just contact OSHA for that), etc. I'm hiring a crew next year i'm ready and I need to get all this employee stuff going but have no clue on them.

    Thanks
     
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    Part of my annual golas is to write up some SOP's

    Penns State put out a "standard Operating Procedures: A writing guide" in pdf format written by Richard Stup.
    www.cas.psu.edu

    It doesn't quite apply to us, but it gets you headingin the right direction.
     
  3. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
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    An SOP is so unique to it's company that it wouldn't do much good to use someone else's unless you are looking for a template of sorts. We did just that and modified the information to support our policies. Here is a copy of our handbook. Feel free to use it as an outline, but you may not copy it verbatim.

    You may want to create your own resolution policies if your structure is unique.
    There are also numerous other clauses that will need modification. Make sure to include the "at will employment" clause or you could end up with a nitwit for 2 weeks stealing equipment and mucking up jobs. This is a VERY important clause for any company. Without it you are bound to labor laws on firing employees.
     

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  4. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here is our handbook that we are currently working on. It is a work in progress, and most likely something that will change with time.

    tips: Hmmm, It has to be a road map of what your goals for your business are. To me it is as important as the business plan because it tells your employees what, how, where, when, and defines everything they need to know to meet your goals. It also serves as a legal document should they screw up royally and come back on you. It is not legal in a hard sense, but can be evidence as to the training and instruction they recieved.

    Tim
     

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  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tim


    you might want to change the You're Handbook on the fititle page to Your Handbook

    Both of those are good documents guys....I really wish I could stuff like that....But the union has their own contract....SIGH....
     
  6. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Marc,

    Thanks for looking out for me!

    I'll make the change.

    Tim
     
  7. wiggins

    wiggins LawnSite Member
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    hey thanks Team green and Tim that helps a lot!
     
  8. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sure Thing.

    Tim
     

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