5 December Are you a real estate employer of choice? December 5, 2018 By Reef Admin General 0 As an employer, you're on the look out for great employees. Likewise, employees are on the look out for a great employer. So what are they looking for? And do you fit the bill? Research shows that 50 per cent of employers experience a shortage of candidates when seeking new employees. There’s also increasing evidence of ‘job snobbery’, with candidates becoming more choosy about the jobs they’ll accept. So what can you do to attract good employees? One vital element is to be regarded as an ‘employer of choice’ by both your existing employees and potential candidates. But what does that mean? Will offering higher compensation and lots of benefits and perks make you an employer of choice? Not necessarily. It’s about a lot more. It’s about offering a work culture and work environment that will attract and retain employees. How does your agency rate? All employers of choice are not the same. Not every employer fits every employee. One candidate’s employer of choice may not be the same as another candidate’s, but research shows that employees want to work for employers who: Provide training and development opportunities Allow for flexible work hours and leave arrangements Give as much empowerment or control over job responsibilities as possible Put on events and get togethers, and invite family members to join in Show support and sympathy when family problems arise Deal with employment and discipline issues as quickly and fairly as possible Has clear employee policies in place Provide information about progress, strategies and other aspects of the business Make as much effort as possible to provide a reasonable work environment Make a fuss of special occasions like birthdays and weddings. For some, being an employer of choice may seem like spoiling employees or giving too much away. However experts agree that the quality and productivity rewards reaped by an employer can be high where employees see themselves as highly valued. Related Real Estate Industry Award: Out with the old, in with the new After a long battle, the Fair Work Commission has now finalised the four-year award review and the new Real Estate Industry Award will commence on 2 April 2018. Here's what you need to know before the changes kick in. REEF President gives 2017 annual report at AGM At the recent AGM, REEF President Fred Andriessen presented his annual report and provided a snapshot of just some of the activities REEF has been involved in over the course of 2017. All aboard: New employee checklist for real estate employers Successful recruitment takes time and effort. As an employer, you need to ensure your new employee is properly introduced to their role and your business. Here's your new employee checklist. Payroll tax and independent contractors In recent years, far too many real estate employers have paid a heavy price for failing to understand the difference between bona fide independent contracting arrangements and those ultimately found to be an employment relationship. Don't be left in the dark: New industry award starts on 2 April 2018 After a long battle, the Fair Work Commission has now finalised the four-year review and the Real Estate Industry Award 2015 will commence on 2 April 2018. Big changes are ahead. Here's what you need to know. Timetable set for Real Estate Industry Award review Over the last 18 months, a lot has been written and discussed in relation to the statutory four-year review of our Real Estate Industry Award. At long last, the review is scheduled to reach a conclusion in November 2016. Comments are closed.