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Meet me halfway? FWC criticises employer’s inflexible refusal of Pilates

In commentary that is particularly fitting for the story behind it, the FWC has found an employer was unreasonably inflexible when it dismissed an employee who had requested to finish work 15 minutes early to attend prepaid Pilates classes.

In Khutson v Chesson Pty Ltd T/A Pay Per Click [2018] FWC 2080, the employee argued that her dismissal was unfair because she refused to sign a revised employment contract that, amongst other things, had sought to change her working hours…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 14, 2018 at 10:32 — No Comments

Not on the shop floor: Inappropriate workplace behaviour justified summary dismissal

In a clear sign that employers should act on inappropriate behaviour, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has held, in Talevski v Chalmers Industries Pty. Ltd. [2018] FWC 1807, that an employee’s dismissal for serious misconduct arising from his unacceptable behaviour was not unfair.

The employee had been employed since 1986, most recently in the position of Handyman, with the employer who operated a truck transportation and logistics company.

In November…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 14, 2018 at 10:25 — No Comments

Create, Connect & Compete to unlock your hidden Super Powers

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. As I scan my world or work, friends and family, I see more and more people struggling. Australians are portrayed as a laid back bunch of irreverents - always at the bar, the beach or the barbie. In truth, most are more likely to be at the grindstone - particularly in Sydney - one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Nice view, shame we don’t have time to take it in.

Blame it on the VUCA

We can put most of this down to…


Added by Mark Hodgson on May 10, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

The challenge of dealing with Sexual Harassment Claims

How do you balance a victim or complainant centred approach with the realities of a sexual harassment claim in the workplace? There is a lot of talk at the moment about what is the best practise approach to sexual harassments claims in the workplace. From an HR perspective, it can be a real challenge.…


Added by Tony Fell on May 10, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

Awareness, Acceptance and Action

Today we’re sharing a simple yet powerful model we’ve been using to help our clients work through the process of change. It’s called the Awareness Acceptance Action Model, and it’s a framework or continuum with three stages. Moving through each stage will help you experience a different response in any given situation so that you can create real change.

The reason it works so well is that it’s not possible to do a 180 and make a big change all at once. This just creates…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on May 9, 2018 at 12:36 — No Comments

Identifying a Toxic Worker

Getting the mix of personalities in the workplace right can be extremely challenging. 

Creating a harmonious workplace is difficult at the best of times, and if a toxic personality is thrown into the equation, it can disturb the equilibrium of the workplace. 

Let's take a look at how you can identify and deal with a toxic worker in your organisation. …


Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 9, 2018 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

How fear of conflict affects workplace communication

Humans by nature encounter situations in which conflict occurs - it’s an essential ingredient for resolving a problem. In a workplace environment where supervisors, subordinates, external stakeholders, clients and customers are all required to make collective decisions on a regular basis, conflict is bound to arise every once in a while. Conflict occurs in the workplace for many reasons. Perhaps a manager’s feedback isn’t received as well as she or he had…


Added by David Leahy on May 8, 2018 at 11:07 — No Comments

The Rise of the Interim and Contracting HR professionals

Whilst having our weekly catch up across the Interim and Contracting teams, armed with coffee and curiosity, we got to thinking (dangerous but true!).

  • What HR skills are most in demand across the market? Analytics, Soft critical thinking, or change?
  • What is going on across the interim markets? Are we seeing growth through extended contracts?
  • What’s the ratio of Interim v Permanent placements as the shift to flexible working styles continues to…

Added by alan clare on May 7, 2018 at 18:29 — No Comments

Show and Tell: Employer ordered to advise employees about FWC’s stop-bullying orders

The purpose of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC’s) anti-bullying jurisdiction as provided by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) is not to punish bullies or to compensate an individual who has been bullied but to prevent future bullying in the workplace. It is for this reason that the jurisdiction does not allow the FWC to make a monetary order. The FWC does however have a broad jurisdiction to make any other orders it sees appropriate to prevent…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 7, 2018 at 16:19 — No Comments

Director delusion: FWC finds title of “Director” not sufficient to defeat award coverage

To be protected from unfair dismissal the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) requires an employee to:

  • Have completed the minimum period of employment; and
  • Earn less than the high income threshold; or
  • Be covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement.

It has often been the case that “managers” and senior officers of an enterprise will not be covered by a modern award or enterprise agreement, given the executive…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 7, 2018 at 16:13 — No Comments

Induction Construction: How to level-up your induction process to increase buy-in

Conducting a comprehensive induction for new employees is critical for compliance reasons but should also be viewed as an opportunity to connect new employees to the values and culture of the organisation they are joining.

An induction usually includes some kind of welcome, a walk around the workspace, a copy of the employer’s policies and procedures and a review of the emergency exits and muster points in case of an emergency.

Some inductions also include a workplace health…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 7, 2018 at 16:05 — No Comments

How much is your internal WHSE / quality audit program costing?

There are a number of hidden costs to using your staff for internal WHS / OHS, environment and quality audits, including;

  • diversion of salary
  • reduced task focus due to competing demands
  • competence atrophy with infrequent audit activities
  • re-training as staff turnover continues
  • reduced effectiveness of outcomes arising from “internal politics”

Read more at: …


Added by Lewis Stratton on May 6, 2018 at 22:20 — No Comments

Free information Sessions - ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems (Requirements with guidance for use)

Free information sessions in Adelaide SA about the newly finalised “ISO 45001:2018 Occupational health and safety management systems (Requirements with guidance for use)

Book now at

Happy to deliver this session on site for groups of 8 +.  Email or call on 0405…


Added by Lewis Stratton on May 6, 2018 at 22:14 — No Comments

Why Forced Mediations are Doomed to Fail

Mediation can offer effective resolution of workplace disputes. It's a fair process that allows parties to be heard and encourages them to find a resolution both sides are satisfied with. 

Mediation should only be used when parties are willing to discuss their differences. In the case of a bullying…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 2, 2018 at 15:13 — No Comments

Getting to the heart of conflict

‘Getting to the heart of conflict’ is the name of a book written by Professor Bernie Mayer, Lecturer in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University. I recently attended a workshop presented by Bernie. He offered a mixture of self reflection and group sharing opportunities along with offering the insights he has gathered, tested, and reflected upon over 30+ years of working in these fields.

To get to the heart of conflict implies that disputants present with many layers…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on May 1, 2018 at 13:17 — No Comments

How to get the most out of e-learning programs

E-learning is seeing a big rise in interest, and it’s forecast to more than double to US$325 billion by 2025. But as with many new technologies and processes, there are some problems with how it’s being implemented. Many businesses don’t yet understand how it works: what content is needed, how it should be structured, and the way it all comes together.

Many HR managers are tasked with setting up training, but have limited experience in e-learning programs. It’s easy enough to create…


Added by Scott Cooper on May 1, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Building Your Brand As A People Leader

Recently, we’ve coached a number of people leaders who’ve received feedback from their upline managers around the importance of building their personal brand. We thought it would be interesting to talk about how to build your reputation from a perspective of building relationships.

Though you may think relationships happen organically, the truth is, you can and should have strategies to grow stronger relationships across your networks in order to grow your reputation or brand. (You…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on May 1, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

The key to running a successful meeting

Meetings are a powerful tool that are widely misunderstood. Given the frustration most people feel when their time is wasted, gaining a reputation for running efficient and successful meetings is good for you and your career.

Running a successful meeting is more than sending out a notice that your team is to meet at a particular time and place. Successful meetings need structure and order, without these elements, they can drag on and not accomplish a thing.

So what makes a…


Added by Belinda Lyone on April 30, 2018 at 12:43 — No Comments

Best Practices to Welcome a New Employee

No company can operate without great employees. Nowadays, top talents and skilled employees are highly sought after by various businesses both big and small. Companies are looking to hire as many employees that not only fit into their…


Added by Emma Lawson on April 27, 2018 at 19:35 — No Comments

Who Really Is The Difficult Conversation For?

Hang on a minute – who really is this ‘difficult conversation’ difficult for?

Many managers have told me that they need to properly prepare for a meeting with a staff member because the meeting will be uncomfortable for the staff member and the conversation content will be difficult to receive.

What I believe the manager is really saying to me is that they have to properly prepare for a meeting with a staff member because the message and the meeting experience will be difficult…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on April 27, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

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