Recruiters face inherent difficulties in educating white collar employees and candidates about Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and the need for training in this area, particularly those in traditional office based roles.
Employers are also placing more importance on OHS training for the white collar environment. While the hazards may seem less obvious than those prevalent on a building site, they are no less important.
As a candidate, Sharon Jebson, now Executive Assistant at insurance company CGU, talks us through her OHS induction experience using the WorkPro system and says the online workforce training tool should become a mandatory requirement for all employers to adopt.
Ms Jebson believes WorkPro is an extremely efficient training and information management system, particularly in comparison to paper based processes and other systems which are time consuming, repetitive and open to error.
“I have used the WorkPro system twice now. The first time was 12 months ago. Both times I was applying for contract roles through Spectrum Recruitment. Spectrum explained the WorkPro system to me and then I simply completed the relevant modules online.”
“As a long term temp, I had used many different induction systems in the past, both paper based and also systems that were specifically designed for individual recruitment agencies. These programs were often lengthy and difficult to understand,” she said.
WorkPro presents many benefits to both employers and candidates; it streamlines the compliance process for both parties, it is cost effective, easy to complete and the modules meet legislative requirements. The benefits of the centralised system are becoming increasingly apparent to candidates as more and more recruitment agencies implement the system.
“The other great thing about WorkPro is that results are available to recruiters and employers online. When you apply for a job, the employer or recruiter can simply look up your WorkPro results to verify that you have completed the relevant modules, so there is no need to repeat the same induction over and over,” she said.
OHS compliance is an essential part of every business and it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that training is undertaken and guidelines followed.
“Even if you believe you are familiar with a specific industry’s OHS guidelines, it is still beneficial to complete the relevant WorkPro modules – it doesn’t hurt to refresh your memory. I compare it to having your drivers licence. Over the years you forget the finer details, but it never hurts to have a look through the manual to refresh your memory!” she said.
“The WorkPro system is simple to navigate and quick and easy to use. I have been so impressed that I’ve recommended it to several people. I explained the benefits and told them to have a look online,” Ms Jebson commented.