A new survey suggests that some of the most common mistakes employers make when hiring new employees can be avoided by hiring a senior HR professional.
The survey, conducted by the Australian Council of Chief Executives, found that 41 per cent of companies were doing something right when it came to helping new employees find a new role or an extended time off.
But when it comes to making sure new hires can be paid for time they are on the clock, the average response was 29 per cent.
The report found that there are many other steps you can take to help your company to improve its HR practices, such as:The survey found that only 11 per cent organisations were doing their part in providing paid time off for new hires.
The biggest obstacle to employees getting paid time is not the HR professionals but the bureaucracy, the report said.
The research also found that almost half of organisations did not follow their HR policies to ensure that new hires are paid for their time.
The lack of paid time for new employees has prompted a range of employers to take the controversial step of offering paid leave.
The chief executive of the National Union of Students (NUS) said paid leave would only exacerbate the issue.
“It’s a very common mistake to think that paid leave should be for everybody.
It shouldn’t be for the lucky few,” she said.”
I think that the vast majority of employers are doing it, they’re not the only ones.”
What we’re seeing is employers are actually going backwards in their approach and in their understanding of what it means to be an employer.
“In a statement, the NUS said it supported paid leave for employees but it also recognised the difficulties that new employees face in finding a job.
The statement said: “The reality is that it can be very difficult for an employee to find a job when they have been on unpaid leave.
“As well as ensuring that employees can have access to the time they need to complete their coursework, paid leave offers an opportunity for employers to make sure that their staff are provided with the necessary support and tools to get back to work as quickly as possible.”
That’s why the Nus supports the creation of a national employment agency to provide a single, unified national platform to provide paid leave to employees in every industry.