Good Employment Practices

These are some other elements of good employment practice you should consider:

  • All employees should have a written contract of employment when they start their employment.
  • Have a written staff policy and/or a staff handbook, that is amended as soon as new laws are enacted or working practices are changed.
  • When recruiting, start with a very clear job analysis, then write a detailed job description, followed by a focused person specification that will form the basis for selection.
  • Advertise positions as widely as your budget will allow and use a range of screening and selection techniques that are focused on equality of opportunity.
  • Use a probationary period to find out if you are right for each other.
  • Have a thorough induction process for all new employees.
  • Invest in training and development for all staff.
  • Provide good systems for supervision, support and appraisal (including external non-managerial supervision for the most senior member of staff).
  • Accommodate, where possible, flexible work practices that will enhance employees’ life balance (for example, working from home, time-off-in-lieu(TOIL), career breaks, study leave, child care provision).
  • Have written disciplinary and grievance procedures.
  • Have systems for staff ceasing employment (exit interviews, references, retirement planning, redundancy, etc).
  • Consider using some form of appropriate pay-scales with increments and also the possibility of honouring national wage agreements.
  • Consider making company contributions into pensions or PRSA's.
  • Consider covering the cost of health care schemes.