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77% of Australian SMEs are not getting it right

77% of Australian SMEs are not getting it right (Last Updated On: November 30, 2015)

A recent survey of more than 500 Australian small businesses have found that almost 80% do not have adequate workplace policies.

A survey conducted by legal start up, LawPath, has found that 77% of businesses do not have established workplace policies, ranging from social media to drug and alcohol use. 40% of businesses surveyed do not have contracts for part-time, full-time or casual employees.

An alarming 91% of businesses who operate as a partnership have stated that they do not have employment contracts in place.

The survey also found that whilst 61% of SMEs surveyed hired contractors, they neglected to have contract agreements.

Below are some advantages of having workplace policies in place.

– Employees understand what is expected of them in regards to behaviour and performance

– Policies set guidelines for decision making in routine situations

– They enable employers to demonstrate good faith that employees will be treated fairly and equally

– They are a means of communicating company information to new employees

– Policies set a framework for the delegation of decision making

– They offer employers protection from breaches of employment relations


A company should ideally have the following policies and procedures in place:

– Workplace health and safety

– Drug and Alcohol Policy

– Workplace Bullying Policy

– Social Media Policy

– Code of Conduct

– Performance Monitoring and Review Policy

– Internet and Email Usage Policy


However, having workplace policies and procedures in place are only worthwhile if they are correctly implement and monitored.

Employsure understands that employers may struggle with understanding employee contracts and workplace policies. Business owners often find it time consuming and difficult to understand all their obligations. With Christmas approaching, now is the time to review your workplace policies, so give Employsure a call today on 1300 651 415.

Source via Smart Company

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