Handbooks are used by many businesses because they keep a lot of information together in an easy-to-reference format. They are especially useful for businesses when training new employees, in presentations or introducing new products. Handbooks often include note pages which gives the user the opportunity to make their own notes that they can reference in the future. The coil bounding also makes it easy to switch between different topics when necessary. Keep reading this article to find out some helpful tips on how to write effective handbooks. Westmount Signs and Printing would love to help you with your next handbook project of any size! We’re conveniently located in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and can provide your Cambridge, Kitchener or Waterloo business with free mockups to ensure you like our product. If you want to get started or learn more, contact us today!
Why A Handbook?
A handbook is the best way to disseminate information on a large scale. For many businesses, handbooks are crucial to making sure that every employee understands the same concepts in the same way. This uniform thinking helps create consistency in the workplace and a systematic response to any problems or challenges that might arise. Handbooks are accessible and durable when compared to paper printouts or handouts. They are very durable as well for almost any work environment. Westmount Signs and Printing can help you create the perfect handbook for your company.
What Should I Put in My Handbook?
Handbooks can be used for any form of instruction. It is up to you what information might be the most important for your company. However, there are certain things to keep in mind when writing and formatting your handbook. Here are the top three tips:
- Always write in plain English: it may seem like a no-brainer, but trying to make a sentence flow or using complicated terminology is a recipe for disaster. By writing in an easy to read, self-explanatory style, you will be able to impact more employees. Writing in this way helps new and old employees avoid confusion. An easily accessible style also applies to keeping your handbook neat and organized.
- Be aware of any updates: things may change for your company. Maybe a new policy was added. Maybe you have a new product or service that requires additional training. Whatever the case, you must be prepared to create a new version of your handbook each year, at a minimum. Keeping everyone in the loop of what’s going on in your company will help provide an overall put together team of employees.
- Understand your employees: there’s nothing worse than not getting through to someone. So why would you want this to happen to your entire business? When you’re writing your handbook, make sure you write for the intended mindsets, skill levels and ages. If you write in an all-inclusive, appealing way, your employees will get more out of their work, be more responsive and will appreciate the handbook.
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How Should My Handbook Be Made?
When it comes to handbooks, durable is the way to go. Who knows where your employees may need to reference it! Most handbooks are created by using a durable binder with hole-punched pages. This ensures that pages can be taken out, referenced, and put back. Pages can be laminated if the work environment is dangerous for paper, such as with a bakery, a mine, or any type of factory. Finally, despite the name handbooks are not usually very small. When looking at sizes, aim for a shape that will hold standard 8×11″ pages, or one that is easy to carry.
Why Westmount Signs and Printing ?
Westmount Signs and Printing has access to high quality, high tech printing machines that ensure bold colours and smooth pages, perfect for handbook printing. We give free mockups to potential clients so that they can know exactly what their finished product will look like. This will give the opportunity to tweak anything so it better fits those who it is intended for. We prioritize having personable services and do our best to always be there should you have a question or concern. We believe that the process of making handbooks should be inclusive and that both our employees and clients can work together to create the best possible result!
“Westmount Signs has always stepped up to the plate to deliver all our printed needs and sign needs for more than 8 years. They help us represent our brand and have always delivered, even on short notice. They have even arranged special pick up when the store was closed and they ensure I am well pleased with the final product. They value getting it right for the client and they follow through to ensure we are well pleased! I highly recommend Westmount and am thankful they jump each time I call!”
–Brent Ferguson, CMO/Managing Director, Brentwood Livery. Click here to see more of what our customers say!
Westmount Signs and Printing : The Only Supplier You Need
Westmount Signs and Printing is located in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. We provide quality printing and signage to K-W and the surrounding area. Digital printing is not our only strong suit. We also make exterior and interior signs, vehicle graphics and perform maintenance and installation for signage. It is very important that we strive to meet your every need! If you have a handbook project in mind or would like to learn more, call us at 519-885-1400 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see a similar article on manual printing!