Added by on 2012-09-28

Hiring Employees

Before hiring anyone, write out a job description that clearly outlines the work to be done and specify any special qualifications needed to fill the job. Interview the candidates, make your selection(s), and check all references.

Describe the basic rules

After selecting the most appropriate person for the job, describe the basic rules, setting clear standards and outlining things such as annual leave and sick leave entitlements. Advise them of a probationary period, how and when they are paid and have them sign a letter of offer.

Train Staff

Training sessions reinforce your expectations and ensure that standards are maintained. Types of training to include are motivational, technical and industrial.

Build Employee Morale

Studies indicate that employees take more interest in their work when they are encouraged to share their ideas and see them implemented. Employee morale and team spirit are important to the success of any business, so here are a few suggestions for building them:


Welcome your employee’s ideas on how conditions might be improved.

Make sure workers see the results of their labours.

Improve your general understanding of human behavior.

Hire people who are motivated and committed to building a business.

Keep staff informed of any changes.

Make reasonable efforts to keep jobs interesting and challenging.

Encourage promotion from within.

Conduct Employee Performance Reviews

Performance reviews tell employees where they’re succeeding, where they’re falling short, and how to put more money in their pocket.

Outline Salary and Pay Rises

Certain minimum conditions are implied in every job agreement, including a base salary, annual leave, sick days, public holidays, and paid redundancy leave. Performance-based bonuses are quickly replacing the annual pay rise. Tell an employee exactly what he or she has to do to earn a bonus and you’ll see how often the bonus is earned.

Turn Workers into Peak Performers

Establish clear goals and objectives, then let the employees do their jobs as they see fit. Give a lot of encouragement and direction if it is needed, but continue to allow workers to determine how their job gets done.

Assess Employee Mistakes

It’s important to determine whether the mistake was made honestly or if it happened as a result of sloppiness or laziness. Make sure that he/she understands how they messed up and watch that it doesn’t become a consistent pattern.

Be Aware of Government Regulations

As government regulations relating to work conditions vary from time to time, it’s important for every employer to be aware of current requirements, including worker’s compensation insurance, superannuation and PAYG.

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