It is important that all new employees receive induction training at the start of their employment to welcome them ‘on board’ to their new workplace environment.
While some employers view the induction process as an annoyance or inconvenience, others consider it an essential piece of the hiring process because it creates the foundation between the employer and the employee.
An induction is designed to provide the employee with the necessary information to ensure the business can obtain the maximum benefit from the employee’s engagement as quickly as possible.
Benefits of induction programs include increased retention, improved morale and increased productivity. The steps outlined below will help principals not only comply with their legal obligations, but also implement best practice induction procedures.
Ensure that you receive the following documents from the employee before they begin their employment:
For real estate employees this will commonly include:
If you are a member of REEF you can download a template contract, commission structures and job descriptions from the REEF website.
Provide your employee with a detailed Position Description detailing the duties, responsibilities and performance expectations associated with the job.
In conjunction with the Position Description, ensure your employee is aware of the award coverage, classification and work type (being either full-time, part-time or casual) that will be applicable to them.
Provide the new employee with the following documents:
The above documents can be found on the REEF website, except for the Tax File Number Declaration form, which can be obtained at most newsagents or by ordering online through the Australian Taxation Office website.
Ensure that you comply with workplace health and safety requirements by doing the following:
Explain the Continuing Professional Development obligations to employees who are required to undertake it to maintain their Certificate of Registration.
Instruct the new employee of their required duties and work expectations. This will include confirming any Key Performance Indicators contained in the Position Description. It can also include providing the employee with a copy of a “performance plan” that should be met during the probationary period.
For the future, set the following reminders:
Ensure you perform all other basic induction tasks for the new employee, including:
If the above steps sound complicated and confusing, REEF has designed a simple and fool-proof People Management System (PMS) to help you meet your legal obligations.
Details regarding REEF membership can be found at www.reef.org.au or by calling REEF’s Membership Services Director, Greg Paterson on 02 9261 2666.
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