What worker should know

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY - By JOHN BROS­NAN

So of­ten we hear what an em­ployer needs to do and how the em­ployer has this re­spon­si­bil­ity and that re­quire­ment to be a good em­ployer, well to bring some bal­ance at this time of year when many on farm em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ships have just changed I thought I should cover the re­quire­ments of be­ing a good em­ployee.

In to­day’s world where al­most ev­ery­thing is mo­du­lated or reg­u­lated it should be no sur­prise that there are also set ex­pec­ta­tions on what an em­ployee needs to bring to a work­place as staff.

What is sur­pris­ing is that there are still em­ploy­ees out there who don’t ap­pear re­alise this.

So what is required to meet th­ese fun­da­men­tal obli­ga­tions?

Here’s a gen­eral em­ployee needs to be:

To have hon­estly rep­re­sented them­selves through the in­ter­view and em­ploy­ment process – which means be­ing ca­pa­ble of do­ing the role ap­plied for and having been to­tally hon­est about work ex­pe­ri­ence, skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

To do all tasks re­quested by the em­ployer with a pos­i­tive and will­ing at­ti­tude. It is not a hard­ship that the boss asks you to do some­thing and they are en­ti­tled to ex­pect a nice work en­vi­ron­ment with a good at­ti­tude and man­ners – just the same as the em­ployee is.

Look af­ter your own health and well­be­ing so that you can do your job well. For young em­ploy­ees this means get­ting a han­dle on


of things an one’s so­cial life and not let­ting it in­ter­fere with work. So if you go out with friends dur­ing the week or like gam­ing then you need to man­age your so­cial­is­ing so that you are still able to get up and do your job fully the next day (with a good at­ti­tude).

Take in­ter­est in your farm’s health and safety poli­cies, pay at­ten­tion dur­ing ori­en­ta­tion.

This is all in place to help you have a safe work en­vi­ron­ment and you are required to do your part to make health and safety a liv­ing prac­tice on farm – for ev­ery­one’s ben­e­fit. Learn the health and safety stan­dards, fol­low them and con­trib­ute to their im­prove­ment where you can.

Be will­ing to com­mu­ni­cate, ask ques­tions and learn. Many em­ploy­ers will be good teach­ers, but they pre­fer to teach a will­ing learner and you show you are will­ing by ask­ing and be­ing in­ter­ested.

When things are busy and stress­ful re­mem­ber give and take is a two-way thing and some give and take with a bit of a sense of hu­mour goes a long way in a tough day on farm.

Both em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers ap­pre­ci­ate this.

Be re­li­able, aim to treat the job as if you own the busi­ness, No-one is per­fect but ev­ery­one ap­pre­ci­ates some­one who works well and main­tains a good at­ti­tude.

For more in­for­ma­tion call John Bros­nan on 07 902 2838. John Bros­nan, HR ad­viser, Coop­erAitken Ltd ac­coun­tants in Mor­rinsville, Mata­mata and Thames.

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