As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its third year, Australian employers are facing one of their biggest challenges yet, so how do you retain staff in The Great Resignation?
With many employees being drawn to the prospect of leaving for greener pastures overseas or interstate, retaining staff is now more important than ever.
This shift in the employment landscape has been dubbed the “Great Resignation”, as many employees who maintained the status quo during the pandemic may now be looking to move on.
This is unsurprising, given the WA state Government’s recent pivot from eliminating Covid-19 to living with the virus, and the reopening of state and international borders.
To prevent this mass exodus and to maintain a strong workforce, employers will need to consider various strategies to attract and retain employees.
While having an employment lawyer on your side can’t prevent all resignations, it is a powerful tool to assist employers in retaining valuable staff members and protect their business interests.
So what can your employment lawyer do to help you retain your carefully trained staff?
Having an employment law expert can be a useful tool in preventing staff from resigning, or at the least give employers some recourse if employees do resign.
For example, an employment contract may contain a clause specifying that the employee must provide a certain amount of notice before resigning, which allows some time to seek a replacement and train new staff members.
Employment law guidance can also protect an employer’s business interests, such as if an employee knows trade secrets or has access to confidential information.
In these cases, an employment contract may contain a clause prohibiting the employee from disclosing this information to anyone else, or from poaching other staff.
A great employment lawyer can:
- Advise on requirements specific to your industry, business and relevant jurisdiction, including robust employment contracts and employee retention strategies.
- Offer guidance on how to manage and reduce disputes or legal issues that may arise during or after employment.
- A great employment lawyer should be one of the most powerful allies to have in your corner, especially in times of change and uncertainty.