Man­ag­ing ru­ral staff changes

Matamata Chronicle - - & About -

The 2017 year is well un­der­way, many em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers have al­ready se­cured new roles for the 2017/18 sea­son.

Man­ag­ing staff is an on­go­ing process and means al­ways keep­ing on top of the changes.

How­ever, there are the core facets of em­ploy­ing staff that stay the same, de­spite the changes. These are:

You need to have em­ploy­ment agree­ments for ev­ery em­ployee.

Good ori­en­ta­tion plans are es­sen­tial and should also be a part of your health and safety poli­cies and plans.

Your health and safety poli­cies need re­view­ing and main­tain­ing.

You need to main­tain de­tailed and ac­cu­rate em­ploy­ment records, in­clud­ing timesheets, leave records, train­ing, health and safety.

You should be car­ry­ing out prop­erty in­spec­tions.

Work with con­trac­tors to re­new health and safety obli­ga­tions and sign ins for farm ac­cess.

The key to build­ing good and suc­cess­ful teams is be­ing con­sis­tent. As any sports coach will tell you – get the ba­sics right, do them well, and do them of­ten.

The min­i­mum wage also in­creases to $15.75 on April 1.

That means change for some and is a re­minder to keep an eye on staff timesheets and hourly wages.

If you need help with any as­pect of em­ploy­ment relationships on farm then feel free to give me a call.

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