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New Workplace Policy Handbook Software Showcases Company Culture And Expectations
KnowledgePoints New Policies Now 6.0 Turn Lackluster Employee
Into Powerful Recruitment and Retention Tools
(Petaluma, Calif., November 15, 2001) With
employment laws having increased 700 percent over the last 50 years, Policies Now 6.0 is
more vital to organizations than ever. Still the quickest, easiest and most affordable way
to develop clear, legally defensible workplace policies and handbooks, the new Policies
Now, releasing today, goes several steps further by adding features that help companies
attract employees and keep them.
Despite the economic downturn, human resource (HR) managers continue to cite
recruitment and retention as their major sources of pain, according to a recent
KnowledgePoint survey. Communicating company culture and values to prospective employees
through a well-done employee handbook can be an effective way to attract people who would
be a good fit for your organization. Making your employee handbook a living document that
reflects your companys distinctive personality and clearly conveys expectations can
also support retention efforts.
"I dont think most employers realize just how important the workplace policy
handbook is in setting the tone of their relationship with their employees," says Ian
Alexander, president of KnowledgePoint. "I challenge all executives to crack open
their employee policy manuals and answer the question: Would I want to work here?"
Key Features of Policies Now 6.0
Policies Now 6.0 is a desktop software program that walks users through every
step of writing customized workplace policies and publishing a complete employee handbook
in a fraction of the time it would normally take and at a fraction of the cost.
Utilizing an easy wizard and Q&A process, this program provides expert HR and
employment law advice, and much more.
In response to customer feedback, the new Policies Now includes all of the features,
functionality and expertise of the previous versions, and a number of new enhancements,
- Different language styles: Policies Now 6.0 offers a choice of three different
language styles formal, informal and plain English for those companies with
bilingual workers or less educated employees. Choose whichever style (or styles) best
suits your company culture.
- Employment law information and analysis: HRLegiState, a linked online service,
offers instant access to affordable, up-to-the-minute Federal and state employment law
information and analysis developed by the labor law experts at CCH INCORPORATED. (Separate
paid subscription and Internet connection required.)
- Multiple design styles: Improved graphics capabilities pave the way for publishing
professional results either in print or on the Web. Users now have a choice of eight
printable graphic styles and three Web versions. Policies Now 6.0 also supports the use of
pictures, graphs, lists and tables.
- Editing tools: The program now offers full word processing and formatting
capabilities, plus a spell checker and thesaurus.
- Routing capabilities: Users can now share single policies or entire handbooks by
email for comment, approval or general distribution.
- Direct links to online tools, information and resources through embedded Web links.
"The growing diversity one finds in todays organizations makes it essential
that employers find new ways of communicating with their workforce," says Alexander.
"With its different language styles, distribution options and more graphic approach,
the new Policies Now makes it easy for employers to communicate corporate policies and
values in a way that best suits their individual workplaces."
Availability, Pricing and Operating Requirements
Policies Now 6.0 is available now at the suggested retail price of $179. The program
requires a Pentium-based computer with minimum 32 MB RAM for Windows® 95/98 or
64 MB RAM for Windows NT®/2000/ME (128 MB RAM recommended for Windows 2000), at least 30
MB hard disk capacity, and Internet Explorer 5.01 with Service Pak 1 or higher.
Since 1987, KnowledgePoint (a division of CCH INCORPORATED) has been a developer of
knowledge-based human resource management software and Internet services for the
enterprise, small business, HR professionals and individual managers. For more
information, contact KnowledgePoint at 800-727-1133, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
on the Web at www.knowledgepoint.com.
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