With the implementation of the NDIS, there will be an increase in the amount of staff needed for the disability sector.
I am currently researching into the NDIS area and one of the main issues that organisations have identified so far are the difficulties with finding the correct methods to retain and develop the staff that they have. Some of the reasons are as follows:
Looking beyond qualifications and focusing on staff qualities:
For many organisations, the difficulty in recruiting the right person for the workforce is constantly increasing because many RTOs are offering certificate 3 courses. However, in the new competitive era, it is so important to ensure you recruit the right person who will add quality to your workforce. From my research, I found that many organisations are looking at internal recruitment strategies to ensure they recruit the right staff.
Succession planning for future leadership development:
With the majority of staff being employed on a casual basis, it is extremely difficult for organisations to implement structures for succession planning. They say, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. For any organisation to thrive and compete, it is imperative to have planning in place so that the right people are in the right places at the right time to achieve successful organisational outcomes now and in the future.
Ensuring staff work in a person-centred way:
As the NDIS is being implemented, the focus for the workforce has changed. The workforce needs to increase the quality of service that they provide and ensure that the service that they offer is the best of their ability. If this is not done correctly, there might be unpleasant implications for any organisation.
These issues will be addressed in more detail at the upcoming Getting workforce ready for the NDIS to be held in Sydney on the 25th and 26th of November, where succeeding organisation will be sharing their experience of how they are transitioning to the NDIS.
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