Starting the relationship off on the right foot

February 20, 2013
 

Starting the relationship off on the right foot

Terms and conditions of employment may be straightforward enough but are often limited in regard to the transactional and economic element of the relationship.

Job roles and duties may give an indication of what is expected of an employee but not necessarily to the level at which they are to be performed or how those tasks or duties are to be carried out within your organisation. It is important to make this clear at the beginning or else it is easy for misconceptions to arise, especially at the start of the relationship, about what is acceptable and what isn’t.

Do your new employees undergo an induction period when they start work?  If you have the resources an effective induction into your company’s practices, especially your ethos and values can be very useful. It is important for all employees to understand the way your business operates and the culture so that they can familiarise themselves with it.

Whilst new employees may have done things differently in the past their way may not fit into your organisation. They might be resistant to change or on a positive note, bring energy, commitment and new ideas that will benefit your business.

The probationary period, if used well, is an effective mechanism for monitoring and discussing observations of the performance and suitability of new starters. Good and bad.

If an employee knows they are doing a good job chances are they’ll keep delivering. Let’s be honest, we all like to be praised and feel like we are making a difference.

If they’ve been told they need to improve and how they can do this, well, it’s up to them, and if they don’t then you’ll have to decide if you want to continue to employ an under-performer or use the probationary period for what it was originally designed for.

The human resources support offered by Honest Employment Practice Limited focuses on the employer-employee relationship. We are there to sort out employment issues which make your life easier and allow you to get on with the important job of running your business.

Give us a call if you need help with getting a new relationship off on the right foot. We are here to HELP.

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