Human Resources are the resource that resides in the knowledge, skills, and motivation of people. Human Resources Management is about getting the most out of this resource for your business.
The days of employing labour on a handshake deal are gone. In Australia, there is an award system which regulates the employment of labour in nurseries along with strict industrial laws which affect all employers. The Fairwork Commission (formerly known as Fairwork Australia) is the national workplace relations tribunal. It is an independent body with power to carry out a range of functions relating to:
- the safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions
- enterprise bargaining
- industrial action
- dispute resolution
- termination of employment
- other workplace matters.
Non observance of industrial laws and regulations can be enforced at a later date, and at considerable cost to the employer.
This member guidebook aims to assist you in identifying your duties and responsibilities as an employer, to avoid making those costly mistakes, and meet your obligations as an employer.
The functional areas of Human Resources can be defined as but not limited to:
Recruitment is the process of identifying that a need exists for the business to employ someone up to the point at which applications for the position have been lodged with the organisation. Selection then consists of the processes involved in choosing from applicants a suitable candidate to fill the position.
It also includes samples documents that cover Position Description, Job Advertisement, Unsuccessful Applicant Rejection Letters, Interview Guide, Reference Check and Induction.
Compensation and benefits refers to how the employee is rewarded by the employer for the services they render for the benefit of the organisation.
It also includes samples documents that cover Sample Letters of Engagement (Full time, Part Time or Casual), Sample Leave Form Sample Leave Policy and Sample Payslip
Employment Relations cover all aspect of maintaining employer-employee relationships. The aim is to work towards satisfactory productivity, motivation, and morale for the workplace, preventing and resolving problems involving individuals which arise out of or affect work situations.
It also includes sample documents that cover Nursery and other relevant Industrial Awards, Introduction to the National Employment Standards, Fairwork Information Statement, Right of Entry Fact sheet, Sample Performance Appraisal Form
Sample Counselling Procedure, Sample Warning Letter, Record of Counselling Template, Sample Termination Checklist and Letter, Sample Exit Interview and Sample Fair Dismissal Code Checklist for Small Business
Employee Development refers to the process where employees are encouraged to gain new skills
and knowledge. Often referred to as Training and Development (T&D) this encompasses three main
activities: Training, Education, and Development.
It also includes samples documents that cover Training Needs Analysis for Individuals & Teams, Training Schedule, Training Course Plan and Training Evaluation Forms.
This function was previously known as Occupational Health and Safety and covers all aspects of keeping both internal (employees) and external (customers) parties safe. It covers areas such as: Development of Safety Policies and Procedures, Conducting Safety Audits, Injury management and Safety Training.