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How To Take Care Of Your Customers and Stakeholders In Your Planning Process

At the beginning of the year, our clients all share a keen interest in putting their plans into place, identifying objectives and rolling out the strategic plan. One of the key steps in this strategic planning process is a stakeholder analysis. In this post (and this podcast), we're going to step you through a very simple - yet very effective -…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on February 22, 2018 at 12:23 — No Comments

The standard you walk past…

Recently I posted a comment in LinkedIn about a particular incident in which a young CFA volunteer was subjected to physical assault by other CFA volunteers in the presence of so called ‘team members’ who witnessed…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on February 22, 2018 at 11:18 — No Comments

The Next Group - HR Postcards from Abroad

We are delighted to share some insights from Karen Pink who is a Human Resource professional with significant experience across a wide range of fast moving commercial industries delivering strategic through to operational HR service delivery. As a people & culture professional, Karen has operated across Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.



Added by alan clare on February 22, 2018 at 9:38 — No Comments

Single Touch Payroll: Are you ready for new and compulsory payroll reporting?

Here’s a new acronym to add to your burgeoning HR lexicon. STP. It’s shorthand for Single Touch Payroll, the new payroll reporting regime that will be compulsory from 1 July 2018 for all businesses employing 20 or more staff.

If you have fewer than 20 staff, you’ve got until 1July 2019 to make the move and become compliant (though this part of the legislation has yet to be passed).

New reporting requirements for PAYG and super

Single Touch Payroll is a…


Added by Sebastian Reay on February 22, 2018 at 8:24 — No Comments

Managing Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

Organisations are no doubt aware of the need to comply with anti-discrimination legislation, but actively encouraging cultural diversity in the workplace is becoming increasingly important - it can offer potential benefits far beyond simple compliance with the law. 

Let's take a look at some of the benefits, and how organisations can manage cultural diversity. 



Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 21, 2018 at 14:32 — No Comments

Improve Employee Communication Throughout Your Company with SMS

When you have a large, dynamic company, employee communication will be essential to your success. In fact, better employee communication can help your HR meet the biggest challenges of 2018. If you streamline communication through the use of text messaging, you make it…


Added by Ken Rhie on February 21, 2018 at 11:49 — No Comments

The balancing act - Hiring contractors versus upskilling your people

Generally speaking, many of your internal employees would love to be part of or any new programs of work. Unfortunately, they often lack the skill-set needed for new builds, implementations, or whichever innovative projects are being undertaken.

From a retention point of view and from an…


Added by Emily Wilson on February 19, 2018 at 10:57 — No Comments

Romantic relationships in the workplace

It’s a legit relationship, so why is it anybody else’s business?

There has been a lot of debate recently about the impact and consequences of romantic workplace relationships. There is the current barney over…


Added by Tony Fell on February 15, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

Handle conflict like a pro: Essential team conflict management examples and tips

Conflicts are inevitable, even in the most engaged of workplaces. Regardless of the source of the conflict, if they are left unresolved, conflicts can quickly impact employee morale and productivity.…


Added by Sebastian Reay on February 14, 2018 at 14:23 — No Comments

Recruiting your perfect match: 3 tips to making candidate connections that last

Going through the motions of finding a new job can be a daunting process. There are many hoops to jump though along the way: connecting with a recruiter, preparing a resume, submitting your application and then, hopefully, going through the interview process.

To encourage top candidates to commit to the entire process and put their best foot forward, employers should be cognisant of connecting with them on a deeper level.

Building a rapport and seeking an understanding of what…


Added by Barb Bidan on February 14, 2018 at 12:14 — No Comments

Evolving and Moving on from a Workplace Investigation

Most employers are aware of the importance of conducting workplace investigations to deal with complaints or allegations. But what happens after the investigation is over?

There may be a sense of disconnectedness, embarrassment, awkwardness or even anger amongst staff, particularly if disciplinary action has been taken or an employee has left the organisation. 

Although it is…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 14, 2018 at 9:06 — No Comments

Let’s Rethink Organisational Design

Let’s rethink job design. No wait – let’s rethink organisational design – for improved engagement and productivity through increased levels of employee health and well being.

The Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM which is a faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians) has released a ‘…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on February 13, 2018 at 14:55 — No Comments

The last straw: Assaulted worker denied access to workers comp for baiting and taunting co-worker to breaking point

In what circumstances must employees take responsibility for their own actions leading to injuries in the workplace?

In a recent decision of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (OneSteel Recycling Proprietary Limited v Workers’ Compensation Regulator [2017] QIRC 113), a self-insured employer’s decision to deny a worker’s workers compensation claim was upheld on the basis that the worker’s own serious and wilful misconduct lead to his injuries.

The worker,…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 12, 2018 at 15:07 — No Comments

Living together in (im)perfect harmony: Redeployment not appropriate for employee who did not trust manager

Most employers have a clear understanding of the importance of cultural “fit” to having a happy and productive workforce. Questions about “fit” usually arise during the recruitment process, but are rarely addressed in circumstances involving redundancy and redeployment.

The requirement to implement redundancies usually results from an organisational restructure where an…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 12, 2018 at 14:48 — No Comments

Workplace Investigations: How to set out allegation letters

Workplace Investigation Allegation Letters. This article addresses the how and the format of allegation letters.

In a workplace investigation allegation letters are used to advise the person subject of the complaint about what has been alleged and also to invite that person to attend an interview to provide their version of events or their side of the story.

There are certain components that I recommend you include in an allegation letter, the…


Added by Phil O'Brien on February 13, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Well that escalated quickly: Worker’s aggressive response was a breach of Code of Conduct and warranted summary dismissal

Implementing a Code of Conduct is vital to establish and maintain expected standards of behaviour in the workplace. In our previous blog Oh Behave!: What is a workplace Code of Conduct? we discussed the typical content of a Code of Conduct and how to utilise this Code to uphold the values of the organisation and provide a behavioural framework in the…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 12, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Workplace investigations: drafting allegations

Workplace investigations drafting allegations – One of the most important parts of workplace investigations is the drafting of the allegations to be put to the person subject of a complaint. There are a number of important considerations;

Timing: Personally I interview the complainant first, then witnesses and then gather any other available evidence before attempting to draft allegations. I know of others who like to interview the respondent…


Added by Phil O'Brien on February 12, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Four Misconceptions About Human Resources

The title Human Resources sounds simple enough, but what exactly does it entail? Employment begins and ends with human resources, and they are there for every step in between. Hiring, training and administrative duties all lie on the shoulders of the human resources team. Your human resources team is there to help get new employees adjusted to their new position and to make sure…


Added by Christopher D Ross on February 9, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

A Holistic Approach to Building Resilience - Ten Tips to Bounce Back from Life's Challenges

“Being resilient means that you are able to weather the…

Added by Kate Zourkas (nee Eggleston) on February 9, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Importance of Keeping Your Employee’s Data Safe

Data privacy and security laws are forever changing and updating in order to keep up with the technologically driven society that we live in. As a HR professional, the importance of keeping employees data, such as their medical records, previous convictions, personal address or salary is paramount, but as we conform to more salient digital HR processes, this task can become much more complex.

In Europe and the UK,…


Added by Hayley Powell on February 8, 2018 at 21:45 — No Comments

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