SHOP LOCAL: Employing good staff leads to success

SHOP LOCAL: Employing good staff leads to success

David Eaton – WA Small Business Commissioner

BUSINESS is all about people.

Having the right people on board is vital if you’re planning to grow your business, and for future success.

Employing staff can transform the productivity and culture of your business and address feelings of isolation often experienced by business owners.

It is important to recruit and retain employees who will share your vision and are capable of taking your business forward.

Before you start recruiting, think about the type of skills and capabilities required for each role.

You will also need to consider whether you can actually afford to employ someone and whether they would be needed on a casual, part-time or full-time basis.

Understanding your legal obligations is essential when employing staff.

These include:

  •        Obtaining workers’ compensation insurance
  •        Establishing and maintaining a safe workplace
  •        Understanding the correct pay and employment conditions for the role
  •        Paying tax and superannuation
  •        Keeping employee records
  •        Knowing which leave entitlements apply
  •        Abiding by equal opportunity laws
  •        Establishing an injury management system

It is also important to understand which industrial relations system – State or Federal – applies to your business.

Generally, all incorporated businesses – those with an ‘Ltd Pty’ or ‘Pty’ in their name – come under the Federal system.

Contact the Fairwork Ombudsman for assistance on 13 13 94.

Sole traders, unincorporated partnerships and some trusts come under the WA State system.

WA’s Wageline can assist business owners with information on pay rates, leave entitlements and much more.

They can be contacted on 1300 655 266.

The Small Business Development Corporation is here to help.

We have lots of information to assist small businesses with recruiting and employing staff on our website, and we cover the topic in our ‘Starting a Business’ workshop.

Learn more by visiting smallbusiness.wa.gov.au or contact one of our experienced business advisers on 13 12 49.