Not sure where to turn or what to pay attention to? Look no further. We know that navigating the world of Human Resources can be a daunting task. That’s why we created this quick guide to inform you of what is necessary to focus on!
Employment Standards Act
Employers must ensure they are abiding by the Labour Standards in their respective provinces. The Employment Standards Act includes the rights and responsibilities of employers and their employees. These standards include items such as the number of hours worked, vacation time, etc.
An employer must ensure they are providing equal opportunity without prejudice. The Employment Equity Act was developed to ensure better job opportunities for all regardless of gender, age, appearance, nationality, heritage, or beliefs.
One must consider the quantity and quality of employee(s) for hire. It is important to determine the minimum number of employees needed to run efficiently and effectively. Once the number of required employees has been determined, the competencies and capabilities of the employees need to be considered. It may be helpful and time effective to seek the assistance of a recruiter or placement agency. VISIT: www.hrmanagement.gc.ca Click on “Hiring Employees”.
Benefits and Allowances
A large portion of the total compensation package is comprised of employee benefits. In addition to health-related benefits, included in this category are other allowances (e.g., car, lodging) that need to be considered. It is necessary to consider whether it is feasible to provide benefits, which ones, and how much.
A well-planned and executed orientation plan for new employees will serve to welcome any newcomers to the organization, familiarize them with current policies/procedures, and ensure that all the necessary and relevant information is communicated during the first days on the job. It is important that the orientation help each employee understand the business goals, values, and expectations so that they can ensure their behaviours are in alignment with what the organization expects.
Adequate employee compensation is vital to success. It is important to choose the correct compensation amount and method. The surest way to determine adequate compensation is to compare the task and job to local market trends within your region.
Consider whether it is best to hire an external individual to take on the payroll task rather than managing it in-house.
Occupational Health and Safety
All organizations must ensure that they are providing a safe working environment for their employees. The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety provides occupational health and safety guidelines outlined by the government of Canada.
Remember that managing employees is an ongoing and involved activity. Providing motivation, proper training, and frequent feedback help promote a positive working environment and further employee retention.
For further information and direction, please consult your local and/or regional governmental offices.