Increasingly, policies, strategies and industrial awards and conditions are being negotiated to take into account the cultural needs of Aboriginal people from a work/life balance perspective.These conditions include leave to meet employee’s customs, traditional law and to participate in cultural and ceremonial activities.These strategies agreed to by employers and their employees ensures that the talents, skills and experience of employees are retained.
Work Life Balance
Work life initiatives are a key attraction and retention strategy for Western Australian businesses.The Western Australian Department of Commerce has a website that helps employers to implement flexible work strategies to improve work life balance and increase participation of groups such as women and mature age employees in the workplace.
Flexible work strategies can assist in retaining your current workforce and attracting quality new employees. The Better Workplace Guide for Small Business outlines how creating a flexible workplace can assist in meeting your business needs, including useful checklists and notes.
Code of Conduct – Code of Ethics
Building respect and trust within an organisation is essential to retaining employees. By having these codes organisations and their staff understand what is appropriate behaviour and help build respect and trust with the community.
Occupational Health & Safety/Work Health & Safety
A good OHS/WHS practice not only provides a safer working environment but improves worker morale and productivity.
By pursuing good OHS/WHS practices businesses face fewer workplace injuries and benefit from higher employee retention rates and enhanced corporate image. This reduces the costs associated with production delays, recruiting new staff and replacing equipment, and avoids the resulting uncertainty and workload pressure placed on co-workers.
There are a number of financial incentives available to the employee and employer. A primary benefit to the employee from the employers arrangements as a Public Benevolent Institution is the availability in varying degrees is salary sacrificing.
A salary sacrifice arrangement is also commonly referred to as salary packaging or total remuneration packaging. It is an arrangement between an employer and an employee, where the employee agrees to forego part of their future entitlement to salary or wages in return for the employer providing them with benefits of a similar cost (to the employer).
For more information about:
- making a donation through a salary sacrifice arrangement, see Fundraising – Tax basics for non-profit organisations – Salary sacrifice and gifts
- salary sacrifice arrangements, refer to Salary sacrifice arrangements for employees.
Other things to consider:
- accredited training to improve skills and knowledge
- literacy and numeracy training
- communication training for supervisors
- provide external financial management and budgeting advice
- providing external mentoring services