When faced with an allegation of serious misconduct made against a worker, an organisation may seek to suspend the respondent.
But in what situations is it appropriate to take this kind of action?
When taking the significant step of temporarily suspending an employee, an organisation must be able to…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 6, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments
I've been running workshops on soft skills and influencing principles for more than a decade and I have a confession to make. One of the things that really peeves me about certain parts of the professional and personal development industry is the sheer volume of articles or programs positioned around teaching someone the "tricks" to do "X" to another human being. The "X" in these instances could be influencing others, making people like you or getting people to do what you want, to name just…Continue
Added by Paul Mischel on September 5, 2017 at 14:54 — No Comments
What is web scraping?
Web scraping aka. web extraction or web crawling refers to the process of obtaining various unstructured information from any websites and turn it into structured, clean data such as xls, csv, or txt or populate the captured data to a database directly. Some common uses of web scraping include lead generation, data collection for academic researches, price monitoring from…Continue
Added by Nora Choi on September 1, 2017 at 18:40 — No Comments
The human element has always been crucial in business context. Talk of employees, employers, customers – existing or potential, clients, consultants, partners, mentors, investors, shareholders, community et al, the pervasive human element is applicable without an exception. People analytics is a structured business function to manage this element.
Research suggests that the HR leaders of tomorrow would understand what technology can do, how to mine…Continue
Added by Kushal Agarwal on August 31, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments
Technology is often used to make the performance of our daily or work tasks easier – however it has become increasingly sophisticated and can now be used to measure and monitor our every move and task.
Recently, financial institution Barclays introduced a new tracking devices system called “OccupEye” underneath employee workstations in the UK. The…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 17:32 — No Comments
Bullying complaints can often be difficult to manage and investigate, particularly when they involve allegations about the exercise of a workplace right to join or not join a union.
In King v The Trustee for Bartlett Family Trust T/A Concept Wire Industries  FWC 3867, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) considered an unfair dismissal…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 17:04 — No Comments
It is no secret that the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has been cracking down on employers breaching their employment obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FW Act) and exploiting vulnerable workers in order to gain financial and competitive advantage.
Indeed, the Federal Government is very close to passing a Bill…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 16:51 — No Comments
Allegations of workplace bullying can present some of the most demanding circumstances that an employer will face in the course of the employment relationship. There is the initial response to consider, an investigation, the possibility of counter allegations and, of course, the potential involvement of lawyers and unions.
The Fair Work Commission…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 16:45 — No Comments
Warning for employers relying on investigation reports in a termination
What happens when the relationship of trust necessary between an employer and an employee breaks down? As the employer, who do you trust when you are trying to ensure honesty in the workplace?…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 16:38 — No Comments
Feedback for team members in the work environment is a double edged sword. On one hand it can be constructive and useful, while on the other hand it can also cause stress and discomfort.
The stress and discomfort usually comes about because of the top-down aspect of feedback. Usually it’s a manager or leader providing feedback to a team member for the purposes of ‘course correction.’ Having the status of manager or leader poses a perceived threat to those who report to…Continue
Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 31, 2017 at 10:25 — No Comments
In a recent decision of the NSW Industrial Relations Commissions (NSW IRC), a senior corrective services officer (the Employee) was reinstated following his dismissal for involvement in an incident which lead to the escape of a maximum security inmate (Collins v Industrial Relations Secretary on behalf of the Department of Justice (Corrective Services NSW)  NSWIRComm 1051).…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 30, 2017 at 17:48 — No Comments
A disproportionately high number of allegations of bullying in emergency services and other high stress environments have led to a referral to the NSW parliament for an inquiry in May 2017, looking at the policy response to bullying, harassment, and discrimination in certain emergency services. A review is also being conducted…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on August 30, 2017 at 17:32 — No Comments
I went to my first speed networking event in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago and it was a very interesting experience. The event was positioned on Meet Up for Solo Entrepreneurs and I was invited by my friend Karen Cohen who has just started up her business Kaycee HR Consulting. Given that I am exploring the prospect of using Meet Up to advertise my …Continue
Added by Paul Mischel on August 29, 2017 at 12:35 — No Comments
Recently we published a post from an interview with Charles Caldwell, Director of Human Resources for the Hong Kong English Schools Foundation. The topic of that interview was managing change. Today I continue my discussion with Charles with a focus on neuroscience and the role of servant leadership in the modern organisation.
Added by Catherine Gillespie on August 29, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments
Usually, if someone brings an unfair dismissal or bullying claim, they won’t succeed if the conduct of their employer is considered ‘reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner’.
But what exactly does that mean?
What is reasonable management action? (What you can do)
The concept of “reasonable management action” exists in the legislation to essentially give permission for managers and business owners to take necessary steps to ensure…Continue
Added by Merilyn Speiser on August 29, 2017 at 9:49 — No Comments
There are thousands of big data tools out there for data analysis today. Data analysis is the process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision making. To save your time, in this post, I will list out 30 top big data tools for data analysis in the areas ofopen source data…Continue
Added by Nora Choi on August 28, 2017 at 13:42 — No Comments
Running a business is hard and it often feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that you want (or should) do. By the time you pay your bills, invoice customers, return calls, put the final touches on that big proposal, and get the stock order out, the day is over and it’s time to pick up the kids.
Boring and seemingly…Continue
Added by Sebastian Reay on August 25, 2017 at 16:32 — No Comments
In every workplace, there will eventually be a situation where an investigation needs to be carried out into an employee's compliant or conduct. One of the most crucial aspects of conducting workplace investigations includes preparing an investigation report which can be relied upon for any future purpose, including carrying out and implementing disciplinary action against an employee.
Added by Vince Scopelliti on August 23, 2017 at 14:27 — No Comments
It’s been said many times before, but we simply can’t understate the importance of employers enforcing health and safety policies and procedures in the workplace, including incident management procedures. These policies and procedures can save lives and limbs and allow employers to investigate incidents to prevent future occurrences.
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 22, 2017 at 15:11 — No Comments
At Workplace Law, we work with our clients to help them establish a set of workplace values and a Code of Conduct to set the standards expected from all employees.
Google’s much-publicised decision to dismiss an employee in America who wrote an internal memo to all staff criticising the tech company’s diversity policies has highlighted the necessity…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 22, 2017 at 14:56 — No Comments