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Policies, Procedures & SafeguardsNovember 26, 2014
This week the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Glenn Stevens, spoke of a standing issue in today’s workplaces, one that has been impacting business owners “for some time”. This issue is the confusion which sits with employers when hiring, managing and firing staff.
Workplace relations is at the forefront of topical conversations of late. Governor Glenn Stevens may have stirred up some murky water this week with his speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, however the response may just prove that Australians really are finding it difficult to hire and fire staff.
Workplace relations is referred to when a worker dislikes their job, they blame the dissatisfaction of their role on workplace culture, management style or at times many more serious issues like bullying, harassment, discrimination and or not being paid correctly.
On the other hand many people when satisfied with their job commend their workplace relations. The organisation of payslips and record keeping, the existence of a work life balance, flexible working arrangements, the encouragement to take leave entitlements are all examples of the positive outcomes of good workplace relations. The fact that it sits on both sides of the fence means that many people can have very different views on workplace relations.
The question Governor Glenn Stevens asked was “whether we are doing enough to develop the relevant competencies and capabilities for the modern world.” He asked in reference to small businesses who have had employment relations issues, “how easy is it to start a business if the business fails, as many do, particularly small ones? Is it easier enough to try again?”
If an employer does not know their obligations in workplace relations they need to get up to scratch. The Fair Work Act was implemented to look after the welfare of Australian employees but it is like a makeshift gate, employers need to provide their employees with the foundation in order to get it right and in response employees give back with dedicated hard work.
Young and old, male or female it’s a political whirlwind however employers can grasp the Fair Work Act and manage their staff in an amicable way. It you would like to get once step ahead and ensure that you develop the relevant competencies and capabilities for the modern workplace world, call Employsure today on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below.
*Information sourced via the HC Online website and the Courier Mail website.