Why digital employee handbooks?
About seven years ago, one of my customers and now friend, ran a start-up construction business. His business was an innovative product, which was built off-site and then delivered and installed on-site.
One day, one of his employees took one of the prefabricated wall pieces off the crane and leant it against the factory wall by the door.
A freak gust of wind blew the wall piece over and killed the employee.
The death of an employee obviously devastated my friend, but he then had to endure years of a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation.
During this stressful time, he had to try to prove that he was a good employer, had met all his obligations in informing his employees on safe working practices in the workplace. Although the employee had signed to say he had read and understood the Health & Safety handbook, the HSE wanted to be sure that the employee knew about the specific working practice that led to his death. Of course, my friend couldn't prove that he had read that specific part of the handbook.
After five long years, the HSE concluded that my friend wasn't at fault, but at an enormous cost to his mental well-being, business and personal life.
Having seen what my friend went through, I thought there must be some way to help protect business owners and so MyEmployeeHandbook was born.
With user logins, activity tracking and access 24/7/365 from any device, business owners can now prove that an employee has read specific policies and procedures.