Employee Handbook Haiku
Often times, policies in employee handbooks are longer and wordier than necessary. If for some reason your company was required to fit its entire employee handbook into a single haiku poem, here is what I would recommend:
We monitor your e-mails,
This haiku accomplishes three of the primary goals of employee handbooks. It informs employees that they are employed at-will. It warns them not to expect their company e-mails to be private. And by directing employees to report harassment, it preserves the employer’s ability to assert the Faragher-Ellerth affirmative defense.
Takeaway: While it’s not advisable to fit an entire employee handbook into a single haiku, employers should keep in mind that sometimes shorter policies are more effective and more likely to be read by employees.