It doesn’t matter if you have one employee or 100, basic documentation, such as written job descriptions, employee handbooks, operating procedures, performance reviews and job applications, are a must in today’s world. First of all, documentation helps protect you legally, says Don Tyler, employee management consultant from Clarks Hill, Ind.

For example, if you fire someone and he sues, it’s difficult to prove he wasn’t doing his job without a written job description and performance reviews. And, second, you will only attract marginal employees. That’s because good employees want to work in an environment where everyone knows his or her job and is held accountable.