There’s a lot of discussion around the changing face of employment across Australia and the challenges of finding and keeping your key staff.

As a business, there are some things you can do to off a positive work environment and foster growth and stability across your team.

With a new year, its a good time to review your current employment and human resources strategies to future proof your productivity.

Here are the top five things you can do as a business before the end of the year.  Of course, it might not be feasible to do everything on this list, but consider what you can implement that will make your business more competitive and attractive to employees and future employees:

1. Conduct Employee Feedback and Surveys:

o   Gather feedback from employees about their experiences, concerns, and suggestions. This can be done through surveys or one-on-one meetings.

o   Analyze the feedback and use it to identify areas of improvement and implement changes that will enhance job satisfaction and overall well-being.

2. Offer Professional Development Opportunities:

o   Provide opportunities for skill development and career advancement. This could include training programs, workshops, and mentorship initiatives.

o   Encourage employees to set personal development goals and provide resources to help them achieve those goals.

3. Review and Update Compensation and Benefits:

o   Evaluate current salary structures and ensure they are competitive with industry standards. Consider adjusting salaries or offering bonuses based on performance.

o   Review and update benefits packages to meet the evolving needs and expectations of employees. This may include health insurance, retirement plans, and other perks.

4. Promote Work-Life Balance:

o   Encourage a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options or flexible hours.

o   Promote mental health and well-being initiatives, like wellness programs, stress management resources, and access to counselling services.

5. Create a Clear Communication Plan:

o   Establish transparent channels of communication between management and employees. Regularly update staff about company goals, performance, and any changes in direction.

o   Encourage open dialogue, and ensure that employees feel heard and valued. Address any concerns or questions promptly.

Additionally, consider:

  • Succession Planning:

o   Identify potential leaders within the organization and invest in their development. This ensures that there are capable individuals ready to step into key roles if needed.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives:

o   Promote a diverse and inclusive workplace by implementing policies and practices that support equity and equality among all employees.

  • Technology and Infrastructure Upgrades:

o   Ensure that your technological infrastructure supports remote work and is up to date. This includes providing necessary tools, software, and cybersecurity measures.

  • Health and Safety Measures:

o   Continue to prioritize the health and safety of your employees, especially in light of any ongoing or potential future health concerns.

If you feel like you would benefit from some guidance or support, chat to us, one local business to another.

We really do enjoy passing on our expertise to help you build the best possible team.

Paul Callinan, Recruit Personnel.

02 4934 9900