New Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell puts out a handbook that will make employees smile … and lawyers cringe
Have you ever read your employee handbook? Oh, sure, you’ve glanced through it … maybe. If you were looking for something specific, like whether or not it was OK to publicly make fun of “Diversity Day.” But did you ever take it home with you on the train? Did you ever curl up with it on the couch? Did you ever take it into that holiest of holy reading sanctuaries: the bathroom? Probably not. And why not? Because most employee handbooks are unreadable. They are written—or at least edited—by lawyers, who fill them with legalese and manage to make even the simplest of concepts confusing. The result? Hefty tomes which gather dust in the lower desk drawer—the same drawer that hasn’t been opened since your second week on the job.