As a business owner, if you choose to:
- underpay your employees
- not properly record and account for their entitlements
- not respect and fulfil your obligations to them under the National Employment Standards, or
- tolerate an environment that is either unsafe or disrespectful of community standards with regards to issues like bullying, harassment and equal opportunity ... you will be penalised.
This punishment is not necessarily about getting ‘found out’ by a union or an association representing employees, or about the government regulator chasing you for something you’ve failed to do.
You will be penalised because your business will suffer. The infographic below outlines some of the ways it may be impacted.
The implications of not respecting and complying with employment and IR obligations can be much further reaching and debilitating for a business than simply paying for a lawyer to clean up the mess.
Meeting obligations has multiple benefits
One of the core components of a successful workplace is ensuring your people operate within a positive workplace environment.
People's behaviour and actions in the business, that ultimately demonstrates its culture, need to be aligned to the objectives of the business and respectful of the individuals contributing to those objectives.
Doing the right thing by your team with regards to your IR obligations is critical to showing that respect, and creating a cornerstone for a solid workplace culture.
In our experience, if you as a manager or owner are at the stage of getting a lawyer involved in an IR-related dispute or incident, you’ve missed the opportunity to avert that risk through good business and people management practices.
Get it right, focus positively on your commitments and obligations, and the benefits will flow: your legal bills will be well reduced and your productivity heightened.
If you would like advice or support regarding an industrial relations-related issue in your business, or a people or team performance matter, contact the JPAbusiness team on 02 6360 0360 for a confidential, obligation-free discussion.