Effective workplace management

The employee lifecycle refers to the relationship between an employee and the organisation they work for. It’s often broken down into three critical stages: pre-employment, employee management, and termination. Being an effective manager throughout each stage is vital to not only employee retention but also for achieving successful workplace management.

So, what is effective workplace management? In this guide, we explain what the three critical stages of the employee lifecycle have to do with workplace management and why getting each one right is the first step in achieving it.

Stage one: pre-employment

Pre-employment or the onboarding process is an extremely important starting point for effective workplace management. It’s so much more than simply filling out a few forms, meeting your boss, and asking where the break room is. Onboarding represents a critical opportunity to introduce the newest employee to their colleagues, the business, and its culture. It’s also the time to set out and explain the goals and expectations of the business, what’s required of them in their new role, and share the company’s vision and values.

Onboarding isn’t a job just for the HR manager – it should involve the entire team. Ensuring all employees play a part in welcoming new team members, will not only reinforce a positive workplace culture but will also help build the foundations for a successful professional relationship.

Don’t forget to issue the following forms to your new employees:

  • a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement and a Casual Employment Information Statement for casual employees;
  • a comprehensive employment contract;
  • a Tax File Declaration and Superannuation Standard Choice Form; and
  • a copy of all your workplace policies and procedures?

Stage two: employee management

Having an effective employee management system is at the centre of having an efficient workforce. Whether it’s understanding your obligations around performance reviews or knowing the right way to counsel an employee for poor performance, misconduct or even initiating and investigating a complaint or grievance, having the right systems in place make this stage of the workplace management process a whole lot smoother.

It’s not just about the paperwork, there are compliance requirements for many management processes, and it’s important to get them right. It’s vital that employers don’t miss anything when completing these critical processes and procedures, and that’s where HR Assured can help. Our powerful HRA Cloud houses a library of checklists, step-by-step guides, and other regularly updated resources so businesses get it right every time.

Stage three: termination

As employers, we know how difficult this stage of the employee lifecycle can be. Whether you’re terminating within the minimum employment period, genuine redundancy or due to misconduct; you need to be certain that you’re following a compliant and fair process to protect your business from potential claims. Imagine being able to follow a simple yet compliant step-by-step termination process created by a group of HR experts and professionals? What about having access to 24/7 expert telephone advice to talk through your options and risks, and give you peace of mind when you finally press go?

Not only can HR Assured assist you in conducting a fair termination, but we can also advise you if the process you have followed is sufficient to cease an employee’s employment. When you ensure that your processes are compliant and reasonable, you’ll significantly reduce your organisation’s risks and chances of receiving any potential claims from employees past or present.