Employees. Choose the right people and you are on the way to success.
Maybe it’s not that simple – there’s training, leadership, fostering a positive culture, motivating, communicating, professional development and all the other things your favourite HR Staff n’ Staff HR consultants can help you with - but getting the right personality with the right skill set and you are laying a solid foundation. If you are at the start of your business journey, or looking at the structure of your established workforce, there are different categories of employment that you can consider and what you choose will be dictated by the needs of your business. Let’s take a look at the types of employees you can consider….
Full Time Employees
This is an easy one – full time employees represent the greater numbers in the Australian workforce. But what constitutes full time employment?
A full-time employee:
Part Time Employees
The very name lets you in on the secret – part time employees work part of the time of a full time employee.
From there, the entitlements and considerations for a part time employee are the same as a full time employee with some consideration given to pro rata application when it comes to most forms of leave. The NES outlines the minimum entitlements.
Employing casuals provides you with flexibility as you don’t need to provide a firm commitment in advance as to how long they will be employed or the when they will be rostered. Conversely, a casual employee doesn’t have to commit to all work offered either.
A casual employee:
Fixed Term Contract
As the name suggest, fixed term contract employees are employed for a specific period of time that is clearly defined within the employment contract. Fixed term employees are not permanent employees as the position is not ongoing – it has a predetermined end date.
Fixed term employees are generally full time or part time employees and usually access the same entitlements as their permanent counterparts but there may be some additional benefits to consider dependent on the Award or agreement or even the negotiated contract.
Daily Hires are an unusual category and exist only within building and construction as well as the plumbing industries. Daily hire employees are also similar to full time and part time employees in terms of the entitlements they can accrue and access.
The major points of difference are that they have the following entitlements and considerations:
This category is one that can get you into trouble if not managed correctly. Contractors are NOT employees – they are independent workers who are running their own business and as such, they have different rights and obligations to your employees.
For clarity, contractors operate with the following features:
Which category will you choose?
There is a lot to consider when looking at resources in and for your business. No matter if you are looking to employ for a new role or backfill a newly vacant position, it always pays to step back and take a look at what your business really requires and formulate a strategic plan for the type of employee you need, the skills they should possess, the type of team they will need to fit into and therefore the personality style that will work best. Importantly, the category of employee or contractor as outlined above should be reviewed to best suit the needs of your business.
Whilst it seems prudent to be quick to replace an outgoing employee or fill a new role, it may be more sensible to take time to really consider the position description which may in turn redefine the category of employee your business really needs. It may also be worth looking at psychometric testing as that may help guide you through the recruitment process and minimise the potential for choosing the wrong candidate. Call the team at HR Staff n’ Stuff as our HR consultants can provide the support and advice you need so that you can get on with leading your business, confident that you are putting the best people and structure in place to support your companies growth and success.
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