Handbook Co-Pilot

Does thinking about your employee handbook make you cringe?  Like, you know it's out of date, or you know there's some language in there that you don't love, it just doesn't feel like you and your business, or you started working on it but never finished?

You need a handbook co-pilot.  Someone who understands you and your vision, also knows a thing or two about HR, and can help guide you through the project.


Handbook Co-Pilot streamlines the process and holds you accountable for finishing

When it comes to your handbook, you work on it in fits.  Starting and stopping.  Sometimes ignoring, and most of the time it's just at the bottom of your long to-do list. 

On top of that you feel like it never actually says what you want it to, and it's a living document, so how do you even deal with that?


Additional Appendices
Employers with employees in multiple states, or with classes of employees that have very different employment types, may need an appendix for those staff. 

Here's what it's like
to have a Co-pilot

Introductory Session
We'll talk about what's working and what isn't with your current draft (if you have one).  Your goals for your handbook and the timeline for the project ahead.

Handbook Draft
I provide you with a handbook customized to your business's needs based on your size, industry and anything else you wanted to include.  If you have a previous handbook that you want to use, then I incorporate your previous work into this draft.

Read the Draft
Before we get together for our next session, your homework is to read through the draft and to add your comments and edits.  This usually takes 2 - 4  hours.

Review Session

You'll add all your questions, comments and edits to your handbook and then you and I will get together and make sure it reflects your business's actual operations.

First & Second Revisions
I'll incorporate your feeback into the document and send it back to you for your review.  Sometimes it takes one more revision for the document to fully reflect your vision so I include two revisions of the draft.

Final Draft
When we're finished I will send you Word and PDF versions of your handbook.

Investment $2.5K
Additional Appendix $500 each

Handbook Co-Pilot is for you if. . .

  • You're a business owner, CFO, controller, OBM, or run a non-profit

  • You have employees, or you expect to hire employees next year

  • You don't have an employee handbook, or. . .

  • You have a handbook but, you know it needs a lot of work

  • You work well with deadlines

  • You like working on hard projects with kind people

This program isn't for you if . . .

  • You're never going to read the draft (because then we'll never finish, and I hate it when projects are unfinished!)

  • You want to include every possible legal policy and possible issue  in your handbook - if that's the case, you should reach out to a lawyer (happy to refer you to someone!)

  • You don't want an employee handbook because you'd rather just take things as they come for a while. 

Interested but not quite sure if Handbook Co-pilot is for you?
No worries!  Book a call with me and let's talk about what you're looking for.


Here's what people say about working with me

Candice, you're a miracle worker! I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and guidance on our employee handbook and other HR developments over the last year. I feel so much better about the state of the organization and look forward to working with you in the future!

Emily Ham, Executive Director, Santa Cruz County Business Council

A fellow business owner recommended I reach out to Candice after I mentioned some concerns I was having with an employee.  Candice was incredibly warm and welcoming, immediately helping me to find ways to address my concerns.  Her answers are empathetic, thoughtful and informative. Candice provides a wealth of resources over email, through webinars, and her regular newsletters. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Meredith Keet, Owner, Ethos

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3rd Person Style

Candice Elliott helps impact-driven leaders grow their team with values-aligned HR best practices.  She focuses on increasing employee retention, making work more meaningful, and of course saving $$.


Her background is in HR.  She has a Masters in HR from Penn State, the Senior Professional certification in California and has worked in the field for more than 10 years.  During the Pandemic, she supported the small business and non-profit community by giving 100s of hours of assistance to help meet the challenges of the changing world of work. 


She is a mom, and when she's not helping support growing organizations you'll find her adventuring in her home, the unceded land of the Awaswas speaking peoples so called Santa Cruz, CA.