The 'Big Six'

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment4

New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment offers a range of free guidance to help employers follow good processes when employing staff.

Their free Big Six series of guides cover six areas employers have requested further assistance with: health and safety, hiring new employees, pay, holidays and leave, performance management and ending employment relationships. The Big 6 contains checklists of the main things employers need to know and links to further information.

The 'Big Six' 

Here is an overview of the 'Big Six' issues in employment relationships.  

Health and Safety

A safe and healthy work environment is essential. Not only will it help avoid tragic and costly accidents, but good health and safety practices encourage staff retention. It also positively contributes to improved productivity, efficiency and profit.


Finding and retaining the right people is vital to every business. Recruiting can be expensive so it makes good business sense to get the people that are right for your enterprise, and keep them.


Everyone expects a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. Ensuring that your employees receive the right pay creates good morale, increased efficiency and helps you avoid damaging employment relationship problems.

Holidays and leave

Employees having R&R and spending time with their families is vital to your business. It's also important to know how to assist employees who are sick or suffer a bereavement.

Performance Management

People work better when they have clear targets and perform to agreed standards. That's why it's critical for your employees to know what is expected of them. Managing their performance in a fair and clearly defined way also helps avoid problems later.

Ending employment relationships

If the time comes to end the relationship, it's important to understand and implement the correct procedures. It's the best way to avoid any costly mistakes which can also damage the reputation of your organisation.

Free online tools to improve your employment processes

In addition to The Big Six, the Department of Labour also provides tools and services designed to make management simpler and free up time for small employers to concentrate on the bigger picture. These tools help you implement good health and safety, and employment relations practice. They can be found here, at Online Tools. 


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