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Tough Conversations

When I start thinking about the term ‘tough conversations’, it brings to mind the movie  ‘Iron Lady’ with visions of Meryl Streep playing a very committed Margaret Thatcher taking stances on trade unions and driving through  violent riots. On reflection, I wonder if this is because the movie is so memorable, or because we’ve become programmed to expect a fight when we think of having ‘tough conversations’ in the workplace.



Added by Katherine McQuinn on August 16, 2012 at 10:46 — No Comments

How to Motivate Your Staff

There are multiple, worldwide organisations which are solely dedicated to bringing results to businesses that are desperate to motivate their employees. Whether it’s in order to drive sales higher or improve customer service relationships, all corporate objectives can be linked back to the will to pump up…


Added by Mark Robinson on August 15, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

What Does Sport Teach Us?

Every 4 years, the Olympic Games bring sport into sharp focus across the world, and in most ways the Games are the highest expression of human sporting prowess and endeavour that we have.

Why do we participate in and honour sport so much, and what does it teach us about the rest of life and work?

The Olympic Games are a celebration of being human. They symbolise and encapsulate competition and…


Added by Lynette Jensen on August 11, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Married to the Job? 6 Principles of Commitment

After the retirement of a respected and long serving senior leader, his new bright-eyed replacement newly selected for the position visited the team.  The arrival of the thirty-something female whose career had been fast paced and widely reported was met with eager anticipation.  Not only was she completely different from the outgoing leader; she had a liveliness about her, which together with her highly acclaimed reputation, gave off an air of professional brilliance.

Upon her…


Added by Christina Lattimer on August 10, 2012 at 23:59 — No Comments

Experience an asset as labour market changes

Australian businesses need to train and retain their older workers as well as hire mature age candidates.

There is considerable evidence that mature age workers deliver a net benefit of $1956 per year according to the report Business, Work and Ageing, ‘Profiting from maturity: The social and economic costs of mature age unemployment.’

Compared to other workers, older workers have high retention rates, lower absenteeism, decreased recruitment costs and greater return on…


Added by Malcolm King on August 10, 2012 at 9:32 — No Comments

Fifteen things about the Australian labour market you probably didn't know

Each year the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) releases a variety of reports that provide an overview of the state of the labour market. One of the most comprehensive, and interesting, of these reports is their annual Australian Jobs report.

 Here are my fifteen random extracts from that report:

1.  In the five years between…


Added by ross clennett on August 9, 2012 at 22:25 — No Comments

The boomers - working longer

In a world of change, of fiscal gaps, demanding KPI’s, of never-ending audits and the parry of organisational politics, one struggles to find good news. But it’s coming from an unlikely source – your HR department.

In the next forty years Australia’s organisations – both great and small – will no longer repel younger workers because they have ‘no experience’. Nor will older workers in there 50s and 60s be forced to retire or fail to be hired because they were ‘too qualified’ or ‘might…


Added by Malcolm King on August 9, 2012 at 14:06 — 3 Comments

[PART 2] "Warning, Warning" - Taking Account of Past Workplace Sins When Disciplining Employees

In Brief

In Part 2 of our discussion about the recent Patrick Stevedores1 case, we consider whether the actions of an employer over a prior disciplinary warning can be called into question in a later dismissal case by Fair Work…


Added by Brad Petley on August 9, 2012 at 8:00 — No Comments

Nice Leaders don't Empower People

An authentic leader is someone who empowers rather than dominates, and they also know that at times their job requires the right amount of demand on others for them to be effective. 

The difference is that the demand isn’t coming from a narrow self-interest – like the leader’s concern for how they look to the Board or the Shareholders, it stems from a desire to truly empower others.  It’s authentically coming from their concern for the team winning, and the individuals in that team…


Added by Carolyn Dean on August 8, 2012 at 15:04 — No Comments

The Latest Research on Employee Engagement Levels


With engagement levels and retention rates remaining high on the list of priorities for HR managers and employers, research continues to develop valuable insights into these problematic areas. The CIPD has recently released quarterly findings as part of its ‘Employee Outlook’ series; the results…


Added by Mark Robinson on August 8, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Spin: AHRI and the Economist Intelligence Unit

A few readers might have seen that the AHRI used a co-sponsored report recently to make some very odd comments about how the Fair Work Act is hampering workplace flexibility.

The AHRI joined with the Society for Human Resource Management to hire the Economist Intelligence Unit to undertake a “a global assessment and benchmarking tool that would show the capacity of national economies to perform effectively and efficiently within workplaces that were fair, equitable and flexible places…


Added by Malcolm King on August 6, 2012 at 19:29 — 1 Comment

10 Ways to Make to Make Your Employees Happy

“People join companies, but leave people.” What does this mean when it comes to your workplace culture?

Firstly, it means that leading by example is always a good idea. If you want to see punctuality, enthusiasm and team player behaviour then you will need to display them yourself…


Added by Ben Thompson on August 6, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Seek and you shall find age prejudice

Lets go on a journey together and using the Seek online jobs site wander through the bits and bytes of the virtual employment market and discover how some recruiters and their clients favour prejudice over experience.

Seek has about 70 per cent of Australia’s online job listings. Unfortunately, in my experience, it takes little action to remove ageist or discriminatory recruitment ads.

It states that under its terms and conditions that “You (the advertiser) agree that it is a…


Added by Malcolm King on August 6, 2012 at 12:09 — 1 Comment

Setting boundaries in the workplace

Some may find the concept of workplace boundaries a challenging notion given a boundary can’t be seen, but their importance shouldn’t be underestimated. In fact, understanding and working within defined boundaries can help you to thrive at work. 

What is a workplace boundary?

The definition of a professional boundary can best be described as understanding a colleague’s need for space, setting limits, determining acceptable workplace behaviour and creating a sense of…


Added by Mandy Geddes on August 6, 2012 at 11:23 — No Comments

Mid-Winter Check In: Simple Ways to Drive Up Employee Engagement

August. Part way through the calendar year, and smack dab in the middle of Winter. To ensure your organisation doesn’t lose sight of the goals and objectives set earlier in the year, now is the perfect time for a mid-year check in to review progress-to-date with employees. These discussions can help to ensure employees are engaged in their work and provide a proactive channel for addressing any issues that may be hindering progress on goals.

Consistently engaging employees in…


Added by Melany Gallant on August 3, 2012 at 3:00 — No Comments

Human Resources & Innovation

Innovation and Creativity articles dominate the July issue of HR Monthly, the official magazine of AHRI, Australia’s peak Human Resources body.

Like businesses and organisations the world over, who are increasingly recognising that innovation and…


Added by Lynette Jensen on August 2, 2012 at 15:16 — No Comments

Fair Work Act Review Report handed down

For those of you with some spare time, the 294 page Fair Work Act Review Report  was released today. 

Whilst I have not yet had time to review the report in any detail, I understand that 53 amendments have been proposed,…


Added by Kristin Ramsey on August 2, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

Do You Understand Your Millennials?

Generational theories are commonplace in today’s working world, as workplaces fast approach…


Added by Mark Robinson on August 1, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Do your interviews stink? 10 ways to turn pro

This week I met with a promising new client. They have a handful of vacancies, one position that has been vacant for 3 months and another that they have interviewed 30 candidates for (yes, face to face) and still haven’t found the right candidate. Hmmmm…. Houston we have a problem!

The managers are pulling their hair out as it…


Added by Nicole Underwood on July 31, 2012 at 10:54 — 1 Comment

5 Tips for Recruiting, Retaining & Engaging the Right Team

We asked 5,000 business owners, managers and HR professionals what their biggest employment headache is, here's what we found:

Biggest Employment Headaches

#1. Recruitment (25%)

#2. Retention & Engagement (24%)

#3. Performance Management (17%)

The results show that your biggest concerns are getting the right people through the door, and keeping…


Added by Ben Thompson on July 30, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

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