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Have a Happy Easter!

Easter time is one of my favourite times of year, because in Australia around Easter the light is gentle, crisp and golden. In contrast to its underlying symbolism and meaning, Easter in the Southern Hemisphere is in autumn and in Australia there is a mellowness and relief in the air, as though the earth is resting from the intensity of summer, and gently closing itself in, in preparation for the hibernation of winter soon to come.…

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Added by Lynette Jensen on April 2, 2012 at 16:25 — No Comments

HR Manager's Effectiveness: 21 variables to aspire to

HR Manager’s Effectiveness:

I had been Director of HR for just over 5 years in a human services agency. Just after winning a promotion to a senior executive line management position the newly recruited Director approached me and asked me for my perspective on what makes for an effective Manager of the HR function. This is what I gave her:

1 Work hard to build, foster and sustain a special relationship with your CEO. This must be based on –

• trust

• personal…

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Added by wayne faulkner on April 2, 2012 at 10:13 — No Comments

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR EMPLOYEES

Facebook, Twitter, Myspace…The list goes on.  Without researching the exact figures, it would not be unrealistic to assume that well over half the world’s population has at some stage in their personal and professional lives either “posted” or “tweeted” something into cyber space.

 

The recent move from Facebook, to increase the privacy protection of its users, has been hailed as a good move by those of us that use the social media outlet to stay connected to friends and…

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Added by Michael Cosgrove on April 2, 2012 at 10:01 — No Comments

Here is a great idea for your next meeting. Cancel it!

In business, don’t we love a good meeting? Team meetings, status update meetings, budget updates, pipeline reporting, key account meetings, sales meetings, management meetings and finance meetings. The list is endless.

And here is the thing. Many of these meetings, some would argue most of them, are a total waste of time.

No doubt there are thousands of books, articles and training courses on how to run a good meeting. I don’t propose to emulate these. But let me share with you…

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Added by Greg Savage on April 2, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

How would your recruitment practice stand up to this scrutiny?

From the very first advertisement you place, your potential new talent is making judgments about you - and those judgments become a critical part of how much your new employee attaches to you and your team. Here's an article from our Social Media Manager, Karalyn Brown. She writes on questions you want (or may not want!) your applicants to ask.

You only get one chance to make a first impression. OK I know this is a cliché. But clichés are clichés for a reason. They contain a nugget of…

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Added by Anthony Sork on April 1, 2012 at 13:01 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

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Added by Susan Rochester on March 30, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

How to spot exceptional talent before everyone else

The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else by George Anders (Portfolio/Penguin, 2011) is an exceptional book on talent. In trying to find a way to capture the essence of the book I decided that it would be easier if I just provided an edited version of the final chapter as an inspiration for you to buy the book for yourself.

 So here it is.

The experts interviewed and profiled in Rare Find almost all agree on the…

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Added by ross clennett on March 30, 2012 at 7:39 — No Comments

Employer's Redundancy Assumption goes awry in Dismissal Case

In Brief

In a recent appeal case about a redundancy1, Fair Work Australia ("FWA") rejected an employer’s “assumption” that a manager would be insulted if offered redeployment to a more junior position following a restructure.…



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Added by Brad Petley on March 28, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

The Fortunetellers wheel of fortune....what does success mean to you?

Last week I was flying to Brisbane to run a workshop with an up and coming HR Consultancy. To kick start the first session I opened with the topic of success and what it means to their business and the individuals within it.  Before getting into the nitty gritty of achieving top performance and putting action steps…

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Added by Nicole Underwood on March 28, 2012 at 9:27 — No Comments

Engage like you should eat

In today’s culture it is almost impossible to not think about how you eat. Every day we are bombarded with the latest diet fad - hi-fat, low-carb, no-dairy, caveman diets, lemon juice detoxes and so on. There is even the sleeping beauty diet, which recommends sleep instead of eating to reduce those unwanted kilos!

As we all know the best approach is the most basic, eating in sensible moderation along with a reasonable amount of exercise. Simple, but by no means easy.

It turns…

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Added by Philippa Youngman on March 28, 2012 at 9:18 — 4 Comments

The Steve Jobs way: Seven lessons in business leadership

Having spent a couple of days reading the Steve Jobs biography I couldn't help but reflect on the remarkable accomplishments of the man and the lessons applicable for business owners everywhere, big or small.

This could have been a very long list, but here are the seven things that are most strongly front of mind for me (text is paraphrased and quoted from the book 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 2011).

1)    Focus: When Steve Jobs returned…

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Added by ross clennett on March 26, 2012 at 7:44 — No Comments

Leadership is Action! It's what you do that counts, not what you say

Managers have subordinates, leaders have followers.

That short statement took me many years to learn. When I was young, and thrust into a management role way before I was ready, I thought leadership meant, “getting people to do things”. And maybe, in the end, that is what it is. But it’s not by telling, or coercing or bribing. It’s way subtler than that. And if you are looking to carve out a career in managing a business or indeed any enterprise, developing your leadership…

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Added by Greg Savage on March 26, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

HR and internal recruiters, YOU need to lift your game too

There has been a great deal of criticism of Agency recruiters lately, quite a bit of it from me.

But a recent theme is emerging where Corporate HR managers and internal recruiters have launched some scathing attacks on the process followed by recruiters. A recent blog,…

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Added by Greg Savage on March 23, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Fun and money - the two reasons to come to work

There are only two reasons to come to work.

Fun and money.

And you have to have both. One of them will not be enough. Not if you want to love what you do, that is. Having a job where you get just one or the other, often seduces you into thinking you have found your dream job. But in most cases that dream fades like a mirage as you realise a key ingredient of ‘job love’ is missing.

And these days, where our jobs are typically is so demanding, you simply…

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Added by Greg Savage on March 22, 2012 at 13:09 — No Comments

This is how to get value out of your recruiter

It’s not uncommon to hear recruiters being heavily criticised by their clients. And often it’s well deserved. But as with most contentious issues in life, there is more to poor recruiter service than meets the eye.

Certainly it’s true that employers who invest in their relationship with their recruiter reap the best rewards. Check out this short video for key tips on how to get the best value from your recruiter.…

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Added by Greg Savage on March 22, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

How to pitch your HR stories to media

This week I gave a conference presentation on the topic of media pitches, specifically in relation to sharing stories with an HR audience. As I said at the time, I only realised during my preparation that the workings of a newsroom are quite mysterious to an outsider, and many of you who would like to be…

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Added by Jo Knox on March 22, 2012 at 10:33 — 3 Comments

Stop Reference Checking By Stealth!

Here’s a common scenario we face in consulting, particularly where we are recruiting in close-knit industries where everyone “knows” everyone else.

A candidate comes to see us. We build trust with them. We interview them at length. We understand their strengths, weaknesses, reasons for leaving or wanting to leave their current role. We talk about where they would like to work next. Then we reference check them.

Throughout this process we are not naïve.  

We know red…

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Added by Liza Garrido on March 16, 2012 at 16:31 — No Comments

TOXIC & PEOPLE AVERSE WORKPLACES - more

Hi HRdaily readers.

Jo Knox has kindly suggested that I give readers a bit more info on my forthcoming ebook. (I blogged earlier - 12 March)  Well, it's a highly interactive ebook about trouble in our workplaces, the disillusioned and disengaged that populate them and those that purport to lead.There are many stories derived from my experiences yet it is not all doom and gloom as the book provides many restorative strategies and ideas as to how the workplace can be made a better place…

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Added by wayne faulkner on March 15, 2012 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Ensure Compliance with Workplace Laws

Even though the Fair Work Act 2009 has been in full operation for just over 2 years, we are continually surprised by the amount of outdated employment contracts and workplace policies still in use.

The Fair Work Act introduced the National Employment Standards (NES) and Modern Awards.  The NES brought about changes to a number of minimum terms and conditions, which necessitated amendment to many existing employment contracts…

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Added by Brad Petley on March 13, 2012 at 11:29 — 1 Comment

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