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I need some help conceptualizing these questions:
1.) Should employers issue employee handbooks? If so, how should handbooks be constructed? Disseminated to employees?

2.) What are some feasible alternatives to downsizing? If downsizing must occur, what criteria should be used to select those individuals who will be downsized?

Please note these are discussion questions not an assignment, also please add references.

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1. Yes, the handbook should be created and given to each new hire upon signing contracts or filling out the forms required for payroll and other government needs. It should also be part of the hiring process to go through the handbook. Make sure employees understand the meaning of terms and procedures and who to contact when necessary. The handbook is both the aid to the employee and the protection of the company. Policies, rules, and information about the company are all included in the handbook and can clear up issues quickly. Behaviors, terms of service, expectations of the company are spelled out in the handbook. Safety is one key issues that should be addressed ...

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This solution contains a review of the employee handbook and why a company needs one and alternatives to downsizing. References included.

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