Human Resources Policy at Startups

March 4, 2018

As we’ve shared in the past, we get many questions from our founders related to talent, including everything from diversity to compensation to performance management. Given the many reports of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior in the tech industry (and more broadly) in the past year, we decided to be proactive about an important set of topics – HR policies and creating a safe, inclusive and engaging work environment. While we’ve historically provided our portfolio companies with guidance in these areas on an ad hoc basis, we wanted to both formalize our advice and share it more broadly. All startups should be establishing these policies early in the company’s life to ensure a safe, enjoyable and productive workplace.

In Human Resources Policy at Startups we present our suggested guidelines for both basic HR policies and HR handbooks. In the guide we’ve included a legally-vetted (U.S. law), standard Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation and Bullying that can serve as a template for startups. As always, we welcome your feedback and questions – this is a living document that we’ll update as we learn. Please contact Beth Scheer, Homebrew’s Head of Talent, with your thoughts.