The gig economy has arguably revolutionised the labour market, allowing short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs.
The gig economy provides a platform for businesses to offer their services to their clients or customers via the engagement of short-term contracts as contractors or consultants. The most famous examples are Uber and Airtasker however business consultants and graphic designers are just as prone to this type of engagement.
Care ought to…Continue
Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 23, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments
Added by Merilyn Speiser on January 22, 2018 at 10:24 — No Comments
Many people start off each year with a bundle of resolutions - to eat better, to exercise more, to spend more time with the kids... the list goes on. The start of a new calendar year is also a fantastic time for businesses to take stock and reassess. If your workplace culture is getting in the way of your business fulfilling it's potential, make change your top New Year's resolution for 2018.
Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 19, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments
There has been significant discussion around working outside normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) and whether those extra hours should be paid as either overtime or time off in lieu (TOIL).
In a decision by Commissioner Mathews in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Commissioner made it abundantly clear that employees who work in “professional” roles (such as a certified practicing accountant) need to accept that in the real world…Continue
Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 18, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments
I was recently driving back from holidays with my wife, Nicki, listening to Russell Brand’s excellent podcast, ‘Under the skin’. His guest Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and author of ‘The Age of Anger’ said something that really resonated.
“Most lives end in disappointment”
Simple, profound, confronting. But true? We paused the podcast and debated the idea.
On balance, I suspect, sadly, he’s right. Mishra frames his argument in terms of a world in which many…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments
Okay, these are not really hacks.
I can't offer quick-fix answers to your employee engagement problems.
I can provide a common sense approach to engaging employees at work.
Want to know the truth?
Employees are people.
To get more engagement out of…Continue
Added by Spencer Rule on January 18, 2018 at 3:44 — No Comments
Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question...
Added by Catherine Gillespie on January 17, 2018 at 16:31 — No Comments
The importance of building skills, abilities and knowledge in your HR function, required to shape successful business in 2018.
Added by alan clare on January 15, 2018 at 12:13 — No Comments
The Christmas tree is up, the fairy lights are lit, the bonbons are set on the table, the trifle is in the fridge - and you are sifting through your phone, replying to just one more email, tweaking just one more slide on the Powerpoint, making just one more phone call to a prospective client. Happy holidays, right?
If this resembled your Christmas, you're not alone. Nearly 73% of Australians continue to work in some…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 12, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments
An employer who relied on their zero-tolerance alcohol policy when dismissing an employee who drunkenly tried to access the workplace out-of-hours has successfully defended the dismissal before the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
In Lewer v Inco Ships T/A Inco Ships Pty Ltd  FWC 6666, the FWC heard that an employee, who worked on a tanking vessel, attempted to re-enter the vessel after dinner and a few drinks so that he could sleep-off the alcohol. When he…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 13:24 — No Comments
Employees have an implied duty to obey their employer’s reasonable and lawful directions. Whilst employers cannot direct an employee to engage in conduct which is unlawful, the reasonableness of an employer’s direction will depend on the individual circumstances.
In Parkes v Fat Prophets Pty Ltd  FWC 6121, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) held that an employer’s “unreasonable ultimatum” to an employee that he relocate to Sydney or lose his job was a…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 13:13 — No Comments
In a recent decision of the Victorian County Court, a university has been ordered to pay $275,000 in damages to a security control room operator who worked on the university campus (Savage v Monash University and Programmed Maintenance Services Ltd  VCC 1774).
The control room operator was walking from her car to the security control room in steel capped boots when she stepped through a puddle onto the uneven surface below and injured her ankle. The ankle injury…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 12:54 — No Comments
During the recruitment process, employers want to present their best side to prospective employees in order to entice top talent to join them. Employers can potentially expose themselves to litigation for representations made or made on their behalf that are misleading and deceptive and later relied upon by prospective employees in the recruitment process.
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) provides that it is illegal for a business to engage in conduct that…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments
Ending the employment relationship can sometimes be difficult and often, those responsible for facilitating the termination are so relieved to have it all over that they don’t worry about pursuing the return of seemingly insignificant employer property, like used uniform items.
The return of uniform items at the end of employment, particularly those with company branding, can seem like quibbling over something small. However, the purpose of pursuing the return of such property is not…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 12:25 — No Comments
Some say that your company is only as good as your HR department is, and there is a lot of objective truth to this – do a good job hiring-wise, and the business will thrive in passion and determination. This is exactly what your HR department is for; without a rock-solid HR team behind your brand, the very hiring process is compromised. While employee hiring, retention and satisfaction are all cornerstones of HR professionals, it is up to you, as the…Continue
Added by Emma Lawson on January 10, 2018 at 6:10 — No Comments
Employers may be exposing themselves to unnecessary risk due to old employment contracts that have not been updated to reflect their current policies.
A recent decision in the Brisbane District Court has seen former Wallabies coach John Connolly awarded a sum of $150,000 (excluding costs and interest) as a result of his former employer, Queensland Rugby Union, terminating his employment.
The termination occurred under the…Continue
Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 9, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments
It seems that as 2017 gathered steam, more and more brave survivors of sexual harassment in the workplace gained the courage to name their alleged harassers.
From Hollywood bigwigs and actors to Australian TV personalities; it seems that a vast array of perpetrators and inappropriate actions within the entertainment industry have finally come to light.
There is no doubt that…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 3, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments
In this post, we want to share with you our 5 favourite leadership practices that we’ve shared or discovered in the past 12 months. These have worked for hundreds of leaders during the past year, including us, especially those who practiced and made them their own. They found ways to incorporate these into their day to day life that were authentic and appropriate for them.
Start by having regular…Continue
Anybody who’s delivered Induction programmes before will know that, far too often, they’re packed full of content that new starters couldn’t possibly remember.
Organisations seem intent on overwhelming new starters…Continue
Added by Kiren Kahlon on December 22, 2017 at 0:41 — No Comments
Below is a sample of some feedback received from a participant in a Resilience and Wellbeing workshop we conducted at their place of work. Knowing the impact it has on workplace harmony, we decided to create a resource that other readers could use (see below for details).…