Employee Handbook

Help Renewing the Countryside improve transparency and accountability with clarified rights, policies, and other expectations in a new or revised employee handbook.
Renewing the Countryside
Minneapolis, MN, USA
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Renewing the Countryside
Minneapolis, MN, USA

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Posted May 11th

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What We Need
  • Audit of existing Employee Handbook, or internal communications regarding employment policies
  • Edit or creation of a new Employee Handbook, which may include any of the following: Standards of Conduct, Work Schedules, Leave Policies, Termination Policies, Safety and Security, Anti-Discrimination policies, Compensation and Benefits policies, any Non-Disclosure Agreements or Conflict of Interest statements that may apply, and any other pertinent information
Additional Details

We currently have a 12-1/2 page Employee Handbook for our 10 employee organization, but would like to review and update it, and include new policies especially around communication and social media.

We also are interested in ideas for creative offering of benefits to a crew with diverse needs (some covered under spouse plans, some needing full family coverage, some on Medicare).

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have an Employee Handbook, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a dedicated employee and a board policy committee, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $2,430 , allowing us to continue networking with other organizations and constituents to develop high-impact projects connecting food producers (farmers and entrepreneurs) to consumers and buyers.

We are a thriving nonprofit doing well overall. With the changing environment around us, and employees now working from home, we want to take the opportunity to update our personnel policies. We recently had an issue where a community member responded to an employee's (work-related) posting on social media, and realized we don't have policies governing this realm. We are a friendly and accepting organization, but see the need for strong policies that employees can rely on for guidance.

Project Plan

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Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with existing Employee Handbook (if applicable), internal communications regarding employment policies and any other employment policies in place that may not be clearly communicated
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Milestone 1: Audit of Existing Policies
  • Professional reviews existing materials, and asks any clarifying questions
  • Professional identifies any existing policies that should be modified
  • Professional identifies any new policies or areas that should be addressed and included
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback
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Milestone 2: Outline of Handbook
  • Professional drafts a detailed outline
  • Professional incorporates Volunteer Manager’s feedback
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Milestone 3: Writing & Delivery of Handbook
  • Professional drafts the Employee Handbook
  • Volunteer Manager provides any additional feedback
  • Volunteer Manager delivers final draft
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About The Org

Renewing the Countryside
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Jody P.

Grants & Special Projects Manager

Our Mission

Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists, and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.

We do this by sharing stories of rural renewal, building awareness and support for sustainable endeavors, connecting people interested in sustainable rural development to each other, providing practical assistance and networking opportunities for those working to improve rural America, and fostering connections between urban and rural people.

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