Greetings, everyone.

I want to take the space this month to tell you about our latest Business After Hours held this past Wednesday at People’s United Bank.  We enjoyed a presentation by Sage Payroll Group about the importance of having an up-to-date and accurate employee manual.  For any business with an employee, the recommendation is that you put one together and review it annually for accuracy and updates.

An employee manual should inform, orient, and help retain employees.  It also can help protect the business if policies and procedures are written down and employees sign saying they have read the policy and understand what it says.

Some of the elements of a good handbook will include clear, consistent expectations about basic workplace behavior (when to show up at work, what to wear, etc.), use of devices like cell phones and company computers, and how to treat customers and fellow staff.  It might include information about annual reviews, harassment policies, emergency procedures, vehicle policies, and benefits information.   

The Sage folks (Kevin and Kevin) can provide training on this topic – if you’d be interested in attending a workshop on this topic, let us know and we’ll set it up for our upcoming fall/winter workshop series.  We’d love to hear ideas for other topics you’d like to see covered -- Just send us an email and let us know! 

Thanks to People’s United Bank for their sponsorship of all the Business After Hours events this year and for hosting this one.

We invite you to consider becoming a sponsor of one of our events, too!  The Bridge of Flowers Race, the Iron Bridge Dinner, the Fall Breakfast, and Moonlight Magic are all terrific opportunities to get your business name in front of the thousands of residents and visitors who flock to the Village of Shelburne Falls for these world class annual events.  We have a variety of sponsorship packages (more info below) – just get in touch and we’ll put something together that promotes your business and supports our activities – a win-win!

Thanks for all you do.  Here’s to a great summer!


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