February 2017 Blog Posts (33)

Give me time – Employees reinstated following hasty redundancy consultation

Restructuring and redundancies can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Employers have obligations to their employees during these times and sometimes the fast paced demands of the business are at odds with those obligations. In a recent decision, Williams and Ors v Staples Australia Pty Ltd [2017] FWC 607, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) examined the obligations of a particular employer and found that its…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 28, 2017 at 10:07 — No Comments

Capturing Employee Insight

As a small company or startup, ideas flow naturally. If you have a good idea, it’s easy to talk to the right people. But as organisations become larger and more complex, this becomes much harder. Size, geographical, departmental or functional silos make knowing who the best…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on February 23, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Checking Candidate References: Don’t Leave it to the Intern

It’s been the status quo for decades. And it’s inefficient, inconsistent and risky. What am I talking about? Traditional phone-based reference checking for candidates.

But it remains the only way we can be sure our candidates are genuine. It’s the only way we can get an independent assessment of their strengths and weaknesses – yes, even independent of our own biases during interviews. And perhaps most importantly, it’s the only way we can get deep insight into a candidate’s…

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Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on February 23, 2017 at 15:39 — No Comments

Don’t set staff up to fail: How to establish if a potential manager will succeed

Have you ever been in a situation where a star employee, that person who hits every target and exceeds every objective, is promoted to a management role only to struggle for the first time in their career?

When people are promoted up the ranks, it is usually thanks to their strong technical skills. But as any successful manager knows, there are a whole new set of skills required at this level – which only increase if an employee will also be managing…

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Added by Eliza Kirkby on February 23, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Investigating Complaints of Abuse by Carers

When vulnerable individuals in our society are subjected to abuse by their carers, our response as a community is understandably one of outrage. It seems beyond belief that this could happen.But the sad reality is that some individuals within aged care facilities, disability care contexts, at home or in childcare centres can face abuse from the very people with whom they…

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Added by Harriet Stacey on February 22, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

It is all in the flexicution: Flexible working arrangements

What does an employer do in circumstances where it has granted flexible working arrangements and it is no longer able to accommodate the employee? 

The NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSW IRC) in Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (New South Wales Branch) v South Western Sydney Local…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 22, 2017 at 15:18 — No Comments

That’s my pejorative – Ethnic slurs in the workplace

All employers should be aware that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of a “protected attribute” is unlawful. For example, Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation provides that it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of “race.”

Significantly, however, the legislation extends beyond “race”: the Racial Discrimination Act 1975…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 22, 2017 at 15:14 — No Comments

Appeal dismissed – Investigation letters issued to ill employee not a breach of duty of care

In Govier v UnitingCare Community [2017] QCA 12, an employee’s appeal was dismissed, confirming an earlier decision that her employer did not breach any duty of care when it issued letters to the employee in the course of an investigation, resulting in aggravation of her psychiatric conditions.

The employee in this case was a disability worker…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 22, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Pinch of Thought - Crisis of Confidence?

This is the first Pinch of Thought for 2017. That’s shocking! I bang on about the need to create thought leading content once a week. And you do. But I needed a break, a re-set.



It’s so easy to tumble from one year into the next. Yes, there’s a brief pause for Christmas/New Year, a slowing around summer…

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Added by Mark Hodgson on February 22, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Why HR needs to embrace cross-company mentoring

HR professionals are typically strong advocates of mentoring programs. But so far, most HR professionals have kept their mentoring programs internal.

Companies have historically shied away from sharing their employees across…

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Added by Lance Hodgson on February 21, 2017 at 8:48 — No Comments

Ergonomic workshops to help you eliminate ergonomic risks from your workplace

There are over 19,000 serious worker's compensation claims in the white collar industry each year. The majority of these injuries are caused by poor ergonomics, which lead to an accumulation of physical stress and eventually an injury. 

To help combat this, The Ergonomic Physio is hosting a series of Ergonomic Workshops. The workshops will cover the following topics:

  • What an ergonomic workstation looks…
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Added by Jordan Lees on February 20, 2017 at 14:23 — No Comments

Employer Alert: New Deadline for Building Code Compliance

Employers seeking to undertake Commonwealth funded building and construction work will be required to ensure that their enterprise agreements comply with the 2016 Building Code by 31 August 2017 under a new Bill introduced in Federal Parliament.

The Code for Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (the 2016 Code) requires all…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 17, 2017 at 8:22 — No Comments

The Intern: Study finds over 500,000 people are participating in illegal unpaid work experience

When it comes to unpaid work experience, the question to be asked is, “Is it legal?”

In a recent study commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Employment, it was found that in the last five years there were over half a million Australians engaged in (or who were engaged in) unlawful work experience. …

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 17, 2017 at 8:16 — No Comments

Upping Your Coaching Game: 10 Tips to Help Busy Leaders Become Better Workplace Coaches

Coaching is one of the most impactful tools that a leader has at their disposal to support, and help members of their team improve performance. Coaching a team member to develop and reach their full potential can also be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a leader. That being said, in busy workplaces where stressed leaders are asked to wear many hats, prioritizing coaching can be difficult in the face of the struggle to get on top of day-to-day business as usual activities. With this…

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Added by Alistair Kerr on February 16, 2017 at 20:42 — No Comments

Developing employee creativity on demand

They take risks. Connect the dots. Observe everything. Turn obstacles into opportunities. These are just some of the qualities that differentiate people who are creative with those who are not. Creative people see the…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on February 16, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Carrot v's Stick

Presidential elections and British referendums aside, the western world has been drifting generally towards the left for some decades. In such an environment you might imagine the argument about carrot or stick management styles would be something of a no contest. Yet closer inspection across a…

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Added by Debbie Morrison on February 16, 2017 at 15:48 — No Comments

What Does Child Protection Look Like in 2017?

There is no doubt that the sobering outcomes of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse have caused Australian organisations to take stock of their child protection strategies. Investigating and preventing abuse in care has become a non-negotiable priority issue for many citizens and institutions across the nation. So what is the current state…

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Added by Harriet Stacey on February 15, 2017 at 19:29 — No Comments

What does Human Resources Business Partner really mean?

Our guide to HR’s most confusing role

The Human Resources Business Partner or HRBP. It’s a term that many companies have started to (mis)use and a career step many human resources professionals aspire to. But does anyone know exactly what it means? Or has it become so ambiguous that it’s lost meaning altogether? Find out in our guide to the most confusing role in HR.

As a specialist recruiter of HR professionals one thing I pride…

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Added by Matthew Mayoh on February 15, 2017 at 15:24 — No Comments

The New HR: Human Reconnection

Human resources is changing - changing because the needs of people are changing.

HR has always been a business function focused on people. In the past, this focus has been funnelled into hiring, firing, pay, benefits, and development. But now, HR must shift its focus, and align itself to the more urgent and pertinent need of…

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Added by Lance Hodgson on February 15, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

5 creative recruitment campaigns and what you can learn from them

Considering the current overflow of people looking for work, recruiting employees for your company may seem relatively straightforward. But, employing the right people is a lot trickier – and to do so you need to draw them in in the first place.

Recruiting the best requires a coherent campaign that encapsulates your brand’s ethos and makes the people you want to want to work for you. These five…

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Added by Faye Ferris on February 14, 2017 at 12:52 — No Comments

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