Specific advice for the business practices of Crown Entities

Employer Elements

There are seven key elements that organisations need to concentrate on as they move towards being a ‘good employer’. They are:

1: Leadership, Accountability and Culture

Uses diverse networks when recruiting staff; demonstrates leadership and vision that articulates the values of the organisation and the importance of people and diversity; a structure that is supportive and equitable; managers that are accountable for providing equal employment opportunities for their staff and managing diversity; willingness to build engagement processes with employees and their representatives; opportunities for staff to participate in organisational decisions; and a learning culture which recognises and supports the aims and aspirations of all employees.

2: Recruitment, Selection and Induction

Implements an impartial, transparent employment process with no barriers or biases to employing the best person for the job regardless of gender, ethnicity and disability; and provides a comprehensive introduction to the organisation for all employees setting out the organisation’s values and employee opportunities.

3: Employee Development, Promotion and Exit

Provides a learning environment and takes a positive, equitable approach to developing all employees through internal and external training, coaching and mentoring; develops employees in line with organisational and individual requirements; provides equal opportunities for all employees to move up, through and out of the organisation in a positive way; and provides performance management practices that are transparent and fair.

4: Flexibility and Work Design

Workplace design and organisation takes account of the need to assist employees to balance work with the rest of their lives and ensures managers relate to employees in a respectful and flexible way, considering the employment requirements of all groups including parents and other carers.

5: Remuneration, Recognition and Conditions

Has a transparent, fair, gender neutral remuneration system which is regularly reviewed; ensures equitable job opportunities and conditions; and recognises employee contributions.

6: Harassment and Bullying Prevention

Provides a zero-tolerance environment to all forms of harassment and bullying; takes a pro-active approach to training managers and staff on their rights and responsibilities; has a specific policy and procedure for dealing with harassment complaints and acts quickly to address complaints

7: Safe and Healthy Environment

Provides a healthy and safe workplace and trains all employees on their rights and responsibilities; creates an environment that supports and encourages employee participation in health and safety; takes a pro-active approach to employee health and wellbeing in order to provide physical, cultural and psychological safety; deals with issues in a supportive way; and reduces workplace obstacles to accommodate people with disabilities.

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