March 2018 Blog Posts (29)

Who should attend our meeting?

For meetings that matter, who should attend our meeting?   Why do we often forget to ask the most important stakeholders?

We’ve held our meeting.  We’ve made our decision.  We are just getting into the execution of that decision when we are suddenly confronted with an objection we did not anticipate.

Has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever participated in a meeting where a decision was made, after which there was some unexpected pushback?  Have you ever…


Added by Ian Plowman on March 23, 2018 at 14:33 — No Comments

3 great ways to put thought leadership to work in your business

With the explosion of professional social media channels such as LinkedIn, it makes sense for your managers, leaders and future stars to get serious about building a presence. As we all remember from school science experiments, nature abhors a vacuum. If your people are not a voice in the market, chances are your customers are tuning into someone else.

Building a Thought Leadership profile is one of the key aspects of turning your leaders into INFLUENCERS. They need to build their…


Added by Mark Hodgson on March 22, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Why you should create an agile workspace

It’s important for everyone to be responsive, efficient and effective in their work, especially with how demanding our world has become. This might be difficult for some, but it can be made easier by adopting a flexible workplace that promotes the ability to work in an agile way.

Agile working means to be productive and flexible no matter where you are. As the days of having to sit behind a desk all day begin to disappear, employees are now able to complete tasks and respond to emails…


Added by Belinda Lyone on March 21, 2018 at 10:19 — No Comments

Improving Your Investigative Interviewing Skills

To any outsider, the job of investigative interviewing seems fairly straightforward - questions are asked and then answers are provided. Yet as we know, the job of interviewing parties in the course of a workplace investigation can be anything but simple. 

For example, the investigative interviewer must ensure procedural fairness at every step along the investigative pathway. And this raises other questions, such as can the…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 21, 2018 at 9:34 — No Comments

3 tools and an essential skill to help managers communicate better

Organisations ask a lot of their operational and line managers. The day-to-day administration of a team while also focusing on delivering business results can be overwhelming for even experienced…


Added by Jonathan Champ on March 20, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Next Generation L&D: From ‘Learning’ To ‘Performance’

A trend I’m seeing more and more, and which is reflected in the latest Bersin By Deloitte  ‘Market Trends’ Keynote, is L&D’s shift in focus from ‘learning…


Added by Kiren Kahlon on March 19, 2018 at 21:56 — No Comments

Why We’re STILL All Trying To Fix Company Induction

It seems to me that everybody is trying to fix Company Induction. I hear this from contacts, clients and it’s often a topic of conversation on LinkedIn:

“Has anybody got any ideas on modernising induction?”

I remember this perpetual cycle of…


Added by Kiren Kahlon on March 19, 2018 at 21:50 — No Comments

4 Tips for Keeping Your Employees Satisfied

Happy employees represent one of the backbones of a successful, smoothly operating business. Obviously, at the most elementary level, the best way to keep people satisfied is to offer them decent salaries. Some articles on entrepreneurship claim that money is not more important than…


Added by Emma Lawson on March 19, 2018 at 20:42 — No Comments

HR Postcard from Washington

Our latest in the HR Postcard series, comes from Rani Hammond who is a Global HR Executive based in Washington D.C.

Rani recently joined 2U as Chief People Office. A publically listed company on the New York Stock Exchange, 2U is experiencing a 30% year on year growth and has a market cap of 4 billion dollars.   2U is a technology company that has an education component to it. They partner with leading University brands across US and internationally, at graduate…

Added by alan clare on March 19, 2018 at 14:39 — No Comments

Workplace Complaint Investigation - reluctant complainants

How many of you have encountered the problem when a complaint is made but the complainant tells you that they don’t want the matter investigated

I often get asked by HR professional and managers, “What do I do if someone makes a complaint and then says that they don’t want me to do anything, they just wanted me to know.”

Despite what people think this is not a difficult situation, it becomes all about ownership of the complaint.

Once someone has made a complaint…


Added by Phil O'Brien on March 19, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Developing the INFLUENTIAL LEADERS your business needs

The rules have changed. To succeed today, your leaders have to stand out. Being expert and experienced is still necessary - but it’s no longer sufficient. The people charged with leading must actively develop their INFLUENCE to attract the people, customers and resources necessary for your business to win in volatile, uncertain and complex markets.

INFLUENCE doesn’t just happen

Turning your leaders into Influencers creates benefits for both the individual and the…


Added by Mark Hodgson on March 15, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

How to Deal with Workplace Conflict

As a hiring manager, it’s your responsibility to make sure that any workplace conflicts that arise are handled correctly. There are issues that you will have to face during your time as a manager, but one of the most important things that you will have to deal with is correct conflict resolution.

As a leader, you must be fair, understanding and firm, as this is the only way that you will get the…


Added by Hayley Powell on March 15, 2018 at 1:30 — No Comments

6 must-have and truly affordable HR tools for small business

Whether you run a startup or an established small business, technology has a huge role to play in your success. Taking advantage of purpose-built finance, accounting and HR tools for small business means you no longer have to be a slave to…


Added by Sebastian Reay on March 14, 2018 at 10:28 — No Comments

Inside the Fair Work Commission: How it Operates

Most employers and employees are likely have at least some contact with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) during their working lives. 

This might be as simple as obtaining information about award conditions and employee rights, or as contentious as appearing before the FWC in a workplace dispute or unfair dismissal matter.

So how does the Fair Commission work?…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 14, 2018 at 9:40 — No Comments

How HR-tech is helping an Australian resources giant evolve

With increasing pressure on the mining industry and fast-changing global conditions, Australia’s resources businesses are facing challenging times. To be profitable and competitive in this new landscape, they need to evolve.  

OZ Minerals is Australia's third largest copper producer, operating the copper-gold-silver mine at Prominent Hill, and developing one of Australia’s largest copper-gold resources at Carrapateena; both in South Australia. Listed on the Australian Securities…


Added by Noelle Smit on March 13, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

4 Ways to Improve Staff Productivity

Productive and well-motivated employees are essential to every business success. They're not just able to perform exceptionally, but they're also more engaged and willing to make an extra effort to complete their tasks. It's safe to say that every organization is aspiring to…


Added by Emma Lawson on March 12, 2018 at 22:38 — No Comments

Turn around: What is proper notice of termination and when does the exception to redundancy pay apply?

The loss of client contracts can be devastating for businesses – it can also be par for the course.

Some employers operate exclusively on a continuous rotation of cycling client contracts won and lost regularly. Of course, this a perfectly reasonable way of conducting a business, but what does it mean for the employees engaged to perform work under those contracts?

What is the status of their employment if a client contract is lost? And what are their entitlements if their…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 12, 2018 at 14:33 — No Comments

Don’t be so reckless: Work health safety prosecution update

Two recent work health and safety prosecutions highlight to employers the importance of following adopted safety plans and having regard to available guidance material when developing safety documents and the serious consequences for safety offences.

The harmonized work health and safety legislation creates three categories of offences, the most serious of which is a Category 1 offence, which attracts maximum penalties of 

  • $3 million for a…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 12, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Let’s keep it casual: “Casual” employee entitled to annual leave after 15 years of service

For roles that do not require fixed hours or only require staff “as needed”, hiring casual employees is a favoured option of many employers.

The benefit of hiring casual employees is that it provides both the employee and employer with flexibility. Casual employees are engaged to perform work on an ad-hoc basis and do not generally have fixed or regular hours, there is also no guarantee of ongoing employment and the employment relationship technically ends at the conclusion of each…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 12, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Frozen in time: Outdated yoghurt agreement terminated by the FWC

A teenage employee of a yoghurt shop has successfully applied to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for the termination of a workplace collective agreement that was “out of step with the contemporary minimum standards set by modern awards”.

In a blog late last year, we discussed the process by which an enterprise agreement can be terminated. In short, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provides that, once the nominal expiry date of an…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 8, 2018 at 14:25 — No Comments

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