Help Me

Help Me

get help to become a worker ready business

I am an employer hosting participants from a Work Readiness for Growth Industries Program 

The first step to become a Worker Ready Business is to undertake the self assessment below.  

It's important to note that all businesses do things differently, depending on their size, experience, industry sector and business needs.  Part of achieving Worker Ready Business recognition is demonstrating how the business is committed to best practice.  With this in mind, when you review the questions below, just because you answer no to a question, doesn't mean that you're not worker ready, it may just mean you will need to provide your evidence in a different way. Rather than providing policies or documents, you can provide commentary to outline your practice. See Recognise Me for further information.

For example:

Q. Do you use a range of methods to recruit new employees?

A. No.  Our business is small and doesn't have much turnover.  Generally we only recruit apprentices, which we do through pre-apprenticeship programs that training organisations deliver.  We maintain our relationship with them so we can call on them for potential employees when we need them.  In the past I have recruited through recruitment websites and government employment agencies.  If our business was unable to recruit suitable employees through the current method, we would seek further information on options to recruit.

So what does this mean?

This business is demonstrating they they do not recruit through multiple channels, but knows what some of the recruitment options are or knows where to find further information on recruitment options. The business also knows that if the current strategy is ineffective, that they'll need to seek information on other options.

Is your business committed?

A Worker Ready Business is underpinned by the employer's commitment to being worker ready.  What does this mean? If you are not in a position to influence your business's policies, procedures and practices, then the first step is to make sure the boss, the owner, the manager, the CEO = the influencers, are on board and committed to the Worker Ready Business journey.

This will enable worker ready principles to be embeded within business practices and implemented across the entire business.
 
Is your business committed to being a Worker Ready Business?                                                                                            Yes, keep reading No, tell me more

How are you doing on recruitment?

 
Do you use a range of methods to recruit new employees into your business? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you undertake recruitment with the understanding that it is also a marketing exercise? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you understand and communicate the expectations of the position and the business when recruiting? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more

What's your selection process like?

Do you provide responses to all applicants - even the unsuccessful ones? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you have consistent and relevant interview questions and processes? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do your interviewers have some experience and/or training in recruitment practices, particularly interviewing? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you provide meaningful feedback to unsuccessful applicants upon request? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more

How do you induct and onboard?

 
Do you provide new employees with information prior to their first day? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you have up to date policies, procedures and practices? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do new employees have the tools, uniform and equipment required to perform on their first day?                                                         Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you clearly communicate expectations and identify any training needs? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more

Supportive workplace culture and leadership?

Do you use a buddy or mentor system to support new employees to fit into the team and to perform to the expected standards? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you use a new employee checklist to observe the competence of new employees? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you clearly communicate expectations and provide ongoing feedback to employees? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you have a process to identify and support training needs? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you have regular performance reviews? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more
Do you provide employees with ongoing professional development/training? Yes, keep reading No, tell me more