First and foremost HR should have a presence in your business as a strategic partner, as someone who can breakdown your business goals into practical and contemporary people and culture initiatives to both build capacity within the business, and to assist with achieving the strategic outcomes of the organisation.
Sure, on a base level HR is about protecting the business from unnecessary risk; embedding policies and procedures; ensuring said policies and procedures are followed; provision of industrial relations advice to management; ensuring you dot your i’s and cross your t’s. But beyond the legal aspect, the contribution by HR to your business success can not, and should not, be understated.
Introducing The People & Culture Office Employee Benefit Program
What is it? Well it’s absolutely FREE to my clients and strategically designed to assist with attracting new employees, retaining existing ones and building a positive workplace culture & employee brand.
What benefits are on Offer?
Salary Packaging – As a business you want to be as successful, and as sustainable as possible, a large contributing factor to achieving this is ensuring you attract and retain quality employees. As the Kalgoorlie / Goldfields region is located in a “Remote Area” as classified by the ATO, eligible employees are able to claim Remote Area Benefits on items such as rent, mortgage interest, selected utilities, relocation expenses and travel, thus reducing their taxable income and paying less tax.
The employee effectively receives a substantial increase to their overall earnings at no additional cost to the employer.
Corporate Gym Membership – Snap Fitness Kalgoorlie have come on board to supply corporate membership to the program. Encouragement of a fit & healthy workforce by way of corporate gym memberships can assist with a reduction in absence due to illness and a reduction of injuries, both at work and away, due to poor functional capacity.
Everyday Discounts – A host of local businesses have come onboard to to offer a range of discounts on products and services for both employees and the business owner.
Discounts on everything from financial advice, business planning, computer repairs, motor vehicle (mechanical & auto electrical) servicing, trades related products, women’s clothing, hairdressing services and gifts (phew!) are available to Reward Card holders as part of the Employee Benefit Program. See a comprehensive list of our Everyday Discount Partners here.
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People & Culture Foundations
People & Culture Foundations is a package of human resources solutions individually tailored for businesses that are either building their people & culture framework from scratch or reviewing and updating their HR functions. The People & Culture Office Foundations package contains the following:
- Letter of Offer
- Alignment to Award / Terms & Conditions of Employment
- Development of people & culture policies
- Employee Handbook (i.e. Company policies, company info)
- Other employee templates and forms (ie: job descriptions, employee details)
This product is also offered in a ‘mix & match’ format for companies who have some, or all, of the functions in place already, but wish to update, check, and fill any gaps in their existing HR processes.
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Businesses and hiring managers often forget the recruitment process is a two way street, yes you are assessing the candidate but remember they are judging you too. From your advertisement to the questions asked at interview you are building a brand for your business, remember, the candidate has a choice too and as the skills shortage begins to make a significant impact on business operations the ability for business to showcase why working for you will be a great career move will be pivotal.
The People & Culture Office can assist with all recruitment functions to ensure your recruitment strategy and processes enable you to source employees that not only possess the right skills and qualifications, but are the best cultural fit for your organisation.
With 14 years recruitment experience in local government, mining, including new mine start up, and the not – for – profit sectors The People & Culture Office can assist with attracting only the best quality candidates for your business.
From bulk recruitment for new project start-ups to ad-hoc recruitment, our professional approach will sell the best possible image for your organisation and set you apart from the competition
Strategic Human Resource Management
The aim of strategic human resource management is to create overall capability and ensuring that the organisation has the skilled, committed, engaged employees it requires to achieve sustained competitive advantage.
We will analyse your strategic plan and goals to identify opportunities to develop people and culture initiatives that will integrate with, and support the overarching business strategy.
Strategic Human Resource Management activities may include;
- Capability & Competency Model
To achieve business success you need to ensure you hire the right people for the right jobs keeping in mind their skills, expertise, and education. This objective is achieved by setting clear job descriptions and establishing job competency models for each functional area in the business.
- Talent acquisition and compensation strategies
Once it has been determined what competencies and skills are needed for the future we will align recruitment and compensation programs accordingly. Strategies will align with the organisational goals of your business and are designed to encourage behaviours and attitudes that align with your culture, or the desired culture.
- Human Resource Policies
HR Policies are general statements that serve to guide decision making and communication with employees. They generally serve three purposes; To reassure employees that they will be treated fairly and without prejudice; To assist managers and HR to make consistent decisions; To give managers and HR the confidence to resolve problems, knowing that they are following the policy and procedure set out by the organisation in a consistent manner.
- Performance management strategies
Performance management is an essential tool for business to help them align their employees, resources, and systems to meet their strategic objectives. It works as a dashboard too, providing an early warning of potential problems and allowing managers to know when they must make adjustments to keep a business on track through both formal and informal processes. Contemporary performance management is so much more than performance reviews. Performance management is all about making sure your employees are happy, engaged and working towards your collective organisational goals.
Organisational Development & Culture
Organisational development is the practice of changing people and organisations for positive growth. The process involves data collection, analysis and diagnosis of the current state of your business and the development of initiatives to improve business areas.
It can help in times of change within the business to enhance performance and it is often described as assisting with system-wide change. Organisational Development activities may include;
- Action research – this focuses on analysing data to identify problems and their likely causes ie, why is there a high turnover rate. An action plan is designed and implemented with an evaluation period.
- Survey feedback – this includes attitude, engagement surveys and the results are utilised to design interventions and programs.
- Conflict interventions – assist in resolving interpersonal conflicts and involve putting into place agreed actions to improve working relationships.
The values and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organisation are what is referred to as organisational culture. Culture is the underlying factor that drives your business, it’s a set of unwritten rules that tells employees what is acceptable behaviour and what isn’t. Organisations with a strong and healthy culture are easily identified by their happy & positive employees, low turnover, a communication structure that flows up and down and clients that WANT to do business with the organisation as they themselves can see the strong sense of integrity that management and employees alike display.
Research shows that organisational culture is significantly related to a host of important measures of organisational effectiveness. Culture gives a strong foundation and stability to the company and its workers. Aside from building a great rapport, culture in business is important because it provides the entire business the opportunity to grow and stay intact.
The People & Culture Office can create strategies, and identify tactics to implement cultural change.