Recruitment & On-Boarding

Finding the right people is the key to business success.

In your business, your employees are your biggest investment and most valuable asset so it’s important that you hire the right people. The right employee will have the experience and skills to drive your business in the right direction.

Many businesses wonder why they cannot get the employees they need. Most of the times poor processes, pressure to find staff quickly, skill shortages and non-competitive pay rates lead to an increased probability a less than ideal employee joins your business.

This guide will help you find the right people for your business.

Assess your current situation

Recruiting unsuitable staff can cost your business both money and time. Before you begin recruiting evaluate your current situation to get a clear idea of what your business needs

  • Do you have a well thought out recruitment process that is consistent?
  • Do your recruitment practices comply with legal requirements such as anti-discrimination laws.
  • The real need for a job and alternatives to employing for getting the work done that needs to be done.
  • What is involved in your job?  What skills and qualifications are required to do the work and what sort of person do you want as part of your workforce?

Research

It is important to keep up with current industry trends to ensure you attract the right people for your business

  • What do you know about the state of the labour market, the availability of skills, legal minimum conditions of employment, and the going rates of pay?
  • Where are you likely find the skills you need – for example, by advertising, head hunting talent, labour hire firms, local schools, referrals by existing employees, searching outside the local area, or resorting to skilled migration?
  • Have you kept up with advancing technology and use online recruitment sites and social media?

Plan for the future

Planning your recruitment process pays off in finding your new star employee.

  • What documents do you need to have such as advertisements, position descriptions, interview guides, offers/contracts of employment?
  • Is it easy for people to apply for a job and do you get the necessary information from them to decide to interview them or not?
  • Do your interviews use well-chosen consistent questions that give you the information you need and are practical skills test appropriate?
  • What other forms of screening do you need, such as fitness for work assessments, criminal record checks, and working with children checks?
  • Who needs to be involved in the decision making about whether to recruit and making offers of employment?

Once you have reviewed your recruitment practices, making corrections to get the best from your recruitment will be possible.

NatRoad has more detailed information about recruitment in its factsheet on Recruitment.

NatRoad’s advisers have significant recruitment, human resources management and workplace relations expertise. Contact an adviser to discuss how they can help you.