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Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

The lady is a…

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Added by Susan Rochester on October 7, 2011 at 15:36 — No Comments

More “Style” Than Substance

A conversation about questionable psych tests with the delightful Nicole Underwood, Adelaide recruiter extraordinaire, and HR Daily Community Blogger yesterday, inspired me to re-visit this post, which I thought I'd share here:

 

A quick google search reveals all kinds of over-simplified and so called “psychometric” charts and graphics and tools, that have been deliberately, and I think cynically, designed to appeal to our human desire for colour and…

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Added by Lynette Jensen on October 6, 2011 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

How To Retain Top Talent

The recruitment industry is notorious for high staff turnover. Statistics range from 43% (Staff Turnover: A Recruitment Industry Crisis) to the average length of service of a new Recruitment Consultant being 8 months! Ironic for an industry that specialises in recruiting the right staff for their clients to make a buck!

So interesting as I reflect on my recruitment career, that I too left my…

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Added by Nicole Underwood on October 4, 2011 at 20:46 — No Comments

3 Key Tips to prevent bullying and harassment in your workplace - a non-HR practitioner's guide

Who's been bullied or harassed at work? Or known someone who has been? For the employee/s who are bullied or harassed, it can be a nightmare that results in significant mental anguish and trauma. For employers whose employees bully or harass others, it can be a very expensive exercise. Just ask David Jones.

So - I'd like to provide 3 key tips from an employer's perspective to reduce the risk around bullying and harassment occurring in your workforce. These are really basic tips - but…

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Added by Yvonne Walker on October 4, 2011 at 20:17 — 1 Comment

Win a free pass to "How to manage - and lift - workforce performance"

Hi all, and welcome to our new members.

We now have nearly 100 blog posts on HR Daily Community, so I'd like to thank each of you who has contributed in the nearly three months that we've been up and running.

To those of you who haven't posted…

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Added by Jo Knox on October 4, 2011 at 16:48 — No Comments

A simple workplace culture health test

 



Just like a garden can tell you a lot about the people who live in a house, I can tell the state of your culture and the level of employee engagement by the state of your office plants. To me, they are a marker of what is going on, what gets attention and what doesn’t.

 

Here’s what I mean . . .

 

 

 

  • Don't have any? This is a sterile work environment that doesn't feel natural.
  • Have fake ones? You…
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Added by Karen Schmidt on October 3, 2011 at 18:30 — 3 Comments

How are you managing talent shortage 2.0?

It’s an interesting question, and for forward looking employers, one worth exploring.

 

Many of our professional services clients who are looking to fill their business services and audit teams are now telling us that it’s really hard to find skilled people in this area – particularly at senior to management level. Despite bumps in business confidence, our take on this market is that actual demand for staff in these sectors is almost back to pre-GFC levels.

 

What…

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Added by Liza Garrido on September 30, 2011 at 18:19 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

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Added by Susan Rochester on September 30, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

THE GOOD FAITH BARGAINING DOOR SWINGS BOTH WAYS.....

So why are negotiators failing to secure productivity gains during union negotiations? One simple answer, they are unaware that the Good Faith Bargaining door swings both ways.

 

So lets examine, in brief, a typical negotiation scenario. The union surveys its members for what they want as outcomes to the negotiations. The employer (if properly supported/advised) establishes a negotiation framework. This sets clear boundaries for their negotiators in terms of what productivity…

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Added by Michael Cosgrove on September 30, 2011 at 11:04 — No Comments

Three situations where coaching is a waste of time

Have you ever looked at someone you’re coaching – either a team member or a client – and  felt you just weren’t getting anywhere?

What is it that gives us that uncomfortable feeling?  Looking back over my experiences, there seem to be three main factors at play when coaching just isn’t…

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Added by Susan Rochester on September 29, 2011 at 18:31 — 2 Comments

The search for talent is evolving ….are you considering the bigger picture?

Over the past few weeks I have met some amazing talent through my networks.  These people are not active job seekers trawling the papers and websites looking for their next move – they are successful business people in their own disciplines who are open to being "shoulder…

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Added by Nicole Underwood on September 28, 2011 at 12:31 — No Comments

Right of Entry requirements under the Fair Work Act

There seems to be a growing number of instances where HR Consultants/Advisors and Managers are confused about the minimum requirements for the provision of a Right Of Entry Notification under the Fair Work Act, allowing unions to gain access with non-compliant notifications.

There are a number of instances where union officials can exercise their right of entry, the most common being entry to hold discussions with employees who are members of the union under the unions…

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Added by Michael Cosgrove on September 27, 2011 at 8:02 — 1 Comment

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

You know that old…

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Added by Susan Rochester on September 23, 2011 at 15:26 — No Comments

Slam Dunk

In the novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany by Amercian novelist John Irving, famous for writing The World According to Garpthe central character Owen Meany spends his whole life preparing for one…

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Added by Lynette Jensen on September 21, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Hazard reduction, backburning or putting out fires? How do you manage?

As we experience our first bushfires of the season in the Blue Mountains, I think there’s a good analogy between the practices above and how managers behave.

Hazard reduction is the practice of burning, clearing and other practices done in advance of the fire season with the aim of…

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Added by Susan Rochester on September 20, 2011 at 21:35 — No Comments

Don't be afraid of Individual Flexibility Agreements

With the recent media reports around the rapidly decreasing level of productivity in australian businesses, and employer associations focused on unproductive political lobbying to have the Fair Work Act changed, one question springs to mind. Why are employers so afraid of IFA's? 

 

The intent around the use of IFA's is to allow the employee in essence to not only request, but to have a meaningful discussion around changing certain conditions of employment to facilitate a better…

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Added by Michael Cosgrove on September 19, 2011 at 12:42 — No Comments

Leadership and Life’s Little Luxuries: Are you rubbing your employees’ noses in it?

Last week I received a call from prospective client who was struggling with a high staff turnover. He pleaded with me to help him stem the outflow. He is a small manufacturer that sells his products largely through distributors. I arranged to visit his offices in the Eastern suburbs the next day.

 

As I pulled into his carpark it wasn’t hard to spot his Porsche parked next to the front door. Upon entering the building it looked as though the premises hadn’t been renovated since…

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Added by Aaron Dodd on September 15, 2011 at 19:37 — 2 Comments

Learning from mistakes....7 tips to making amends

A few months ago, one of my staff members rang me in a panic.  She had stuffed up. Big time.  She had accidentally hit reply to an email instead of forward to an internal colleague.  The content of the message was…well let’s say, pretty direct and used a few “internal” jargons referring…

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Added by Nicole Underwood on September 15, 2011 at 12:26 — 1 Comment

How to beat workplace bullying.....

There are various definitions of workplace bullying, but for those who are uncertain, it can be described simply as “the repeated, less favourable treatment of a person by another or others in the workplace, which may be considered unreasonable and inappropriate workplace practice.”

Now that I’ve got the definition out of the way I’ll scare you a little more.

There would not be a business in Australia that at some stage has not had a workplace bullying incident.

Examples…

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Added by Michael Cosgrove on September 13, 2011 at 9:08 — 2 Comments

Employers must defend Productivity Gains....So where has the Good Faith gone?

One of the regularly highlighted weaknesses of the Fair Work Act 2009 is the trade unions ability to impose work bans for indefinite periods in pursuit of unsustainable improvements to wages and conditions, without the necessity for any productivity improvements being offered to the employer as an offset.

Unions bargaining around the country continue to reject acceptable wages increases averaging 3-4%. This has been an acceptable and sustainable percentage wage increase across a…

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Added by Michael Cosgrove on September 12, 2011 at 14:35 — No Comments

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