Embracing the future of employment – are you ready?

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Remember playing hide-and-seek when you were a child? After counting to, maybe 50, we would yell out to everyone else playing: “coming ready or not!”. Sorry to be the bearers of these tidings, but significant changes are coming to those of us with staff who can carry out their jobs at home, whether we are ready or not!

As business owners, we are continually navigating the ever-changing world of work, as it’s essential to stay informed about the latest developments in employment terms. With the rise of remote work for many of us, we’re witnessing a significant shift in how businesses operate. While this evolution may present some uncertainties, it’s vital to view it as an opportunity for growth and innovation.

As employment lawyer Liz Coats points out in a recent Newsroom article, flexible work arrangements are becoming increasingly popular among Kiwi employees, leading to a reassessment of traditional employment contracts. For more insights on this topic, you may find this article by Emma Hatton particularly enlightening, as she explores the implications of flexible work arrangements for the future of employment.

This shift towards flexible work presents us with the opportunity to be nervous and anxious and contemplate selling up and moving to the country. It also offers an excellent opportunity for small businesses like ours to attract top talent and create a more adaptable workforce. We know first-hand stories of a lack of flexibility turning off great candidates, and also leading to resignations of good staff. Let’s not become part of those unhappy statistics.

Peter Drucker, the renowned management consultant, once said, “The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.” Embracing this change and adapting to the evolving needs of the workforce can help you stay ahead of the competition and contribute to the success and growth of your business.

In addition to updating your employment terms (and you can always reach out to us to help you with this) maintaining a strong workplace culture is crucial as remote work becomes more prevalent. Regular virtual check-ins, team-building activities, and open communication can help keep your team connected and engaged. Investing in your employees’ success by providing training and resources for remote work can also yield significant benefits.

To ensure your business is well-prepared for these changes, consider the following tips:

  • Review your employment contracts: Work with a professional to update your contracts, ensuring they reflect the evolving needs of your workforce and comply with current legislation. This is what we do for our clients, but if you have another HR provider, specifically ask them to do this for you.
  • Establish clear remote work policies: Outline expectations and guidelines for your employees to follow when working remotely.
  • Prioritise communication and connection: Implement regular check-ins, virtual social events, and collaboration tools to keep your team connected and engaged.

For specific guidance on adapting your employment terms and navigating the future of work, feel free to reach out to FixHR. Our expert advice and support will ensure your business is well-equipped to embrace the opportunities and challenges ahead. With confidence, optimism, and the right resources, you’ll be ready to lead your business into the exciting future of work.

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At FixHR, we understand the unique challenges faced by small business owners. Our tailored HR solutions are designed to help you implement these strategies effectively, ensuring your business thrives. Lead your business with confidence – let us help you get there.

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