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Putting Things Off: Why Procrastination Can Be Good For Your Career

Routine to rare, procrastination grips most of us from time to time. Generally seen as a problem simply to overcome, we are learning that procrastination may actually be controllable, and a way to help us differentiate ourselves in a crowded workforce.

The Good and the Bad

Frequent procrastinators are often unfairly…

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Added by Jim Raychrudhury on September 19, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Divided opinions needn’t mean a fractured team.

Diversity. It’s typically one of the greatest strengths of a thriving business. Yet while differences in skills, backgrounds and opinions can often be harnessed to great effect, inevitably some issues are so fundamental they can instead create tension and conflict, turning a smooth-running workplace into anything but.

There’s arguably no better…

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Added by Debbie Morrison on September 15, 2017 at 8:56 — No Comments

Document Examiners: When to Make Use of Them

Should the outcome of a workplace investigation be taken on review, the integrity of the evidence, amongst other aspects, will come under scrutiny. 

In cases where documentary evidence is relevant, it can be valuable to present expert evidence or obtain an opinion from a document examiner. 

But as a recent NSW case involving document examination demonstrates, it is also…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 14, 2017 at 11:08 — No Comments

Workplace Misconduct - Things to consider when terminating an employee

Recently an employee who was terminated for workplace misconduct as as result of drinking too much alcohol on Anzac Day and was awarded $8229.00 after the Fair Work Commission found that her dismissal was valid but none the less harsh under the circumstances.

Avril Chapman was employed by the Tassal Group. Her job  involved scaling, slicing, weighing and packing fish.  She had  been employed since 1 August 2012 and was terminated for workplace misconduct on 1 May 2017.

On 25…

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Added by Phil O'Brien on September 13, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Vulnerable workers bill: Don’t fall short of the new rules

Employers and franchise operators take note. Stiff new penalties are about to come into force after reforms to protect vulnerable workers passed the Senate.

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 also gives the Fair Work Ombudsman more muscle for evidence gathering to ensure they can carry out investigations into in the most productive manner.

The bill significantly boosts fines for …

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Added by Sebastian Reay on September 12, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

6 Good Coaching Habits For Managers and Leaders

As you move up the leadership chain, your role steadily changes from supervisor to manager to leader. Supervisors are very task oriented and the focus of their work is ensuring that outputs are met in a particular timeframe. Managers and leaders however are more focused on empowering their team members to take responsibility for their own outputs.

In the modern work environment, this requires managers and leaders to be coaches and mentors, usually to their team members but also…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 12, 2017 at 10:31 — No Comments

How to Deal with Passive-Aggressive People

  

We all know them; passive aggressive people.

It is that colleague who in meetings always rolls his eyes, makes snide comments and refuses to engage in any way, shape or form.

Or the co-worker who murmurs under her breath: ‘yeah, yeah, been there, done that, why are we reinventing…

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Added by Thilan Legierse on September 8, 2017 at 11:35 — No Comments

All Eyes on Me: Workplace surveillance

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…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 17:32 — No Comments

To join or not to join: Employee found to have bullied co-worker to join union not unfairly dismissed

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 [2017] FWC 3867, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) considered an unfair dismissal…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 17:04 — No Comments

Integrating HR Systems for Better Interoperability and Management

Integrating Human Resource systems help organizations in receiving many great benefits. A unified and single source of truth can streamline HR operations, provide real time view of employees, and improve employee records. Integration between Human Resource Systems is an imperative but it is also a rugged challenge.…

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Added by Prince Kumar on September 7, 2017 at 20:49 — No Comments

Why soft skills are vital for business success

At SalesDNA, our clients, prospects and networking acquaintances often ask what they can do to enhance the productivity of their people.  While our answers vary to suit the situation, we invariably end up talking about the skills and behaviours their people demonstrate when interacting with their clients and with each other.

It is now well recognised that success in business can be significantly enhanced by developing the interpersonal and emotional intelligence behaviours of people…

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Added by Angus Patterson on September 7, 2017 at 18:58 — No Comments

Bad is stronger than good

Is your fear of losing out clouding your thinking?  Are you persisting with a poor strategy just because you have invested a lot of time, effort or money in it?   Our evolutionary hard-wiring and hyper-sensitivity to danger and loss has helped us survive and become the most successful species on the…

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Added by David Klaasen on September 7, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Baby plans, pregnancy and the workplace – do employers have a right to know?

It is a question that has been up for public debate since Jacinda Ardern, the recently elected Labour Party leader in New Zealand, had to deal with controversy hours into her new job after radio show announcer Mark Richardson said New Zealanders had a right to know whether there was a possibility their potential prime minister might take maternity leave.

While on air Mr Richardson said, “If you are the employer of a company you need to know that type of thing from the woman you…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on September 7, 2017 at 12:32 — No Comments

Can you transition staff without hard feelings?

It’s a pressing question many organisations who are about to embark on change and restructure ask and the answer is yes – provided you have the right approach to redundancy.

At the end of the day transitioning employees want three things from employers – significance, support and sensitivity.

Significance

Unexpected redundancy can be a big blow to an employees…

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Added by Mark Brand on September 7, 2017 at 10:45 — No Comments

Five steps to exiting employees in a positive way

Whether you’re planning to fire an employee or one of your people tells you they need a chat, having to exit employees is never easy.



Firing someone is probably the most difficult thing you’ll ever have to do as a boss. By the same token, it’s hard not to take it personally when someone who you’ve nurtured tells you they’re leaving. Yet, people resign for many reasons, most of which are beyond your control.



Both scenarios can be gut wrenching, though it’s important to…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on September 7, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Considering Suspending an Employee? What You Should Know

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?

THE LEGALITY OF SUSPENSION 

When taking the significant step of temporarily suspending an employee, an organisation must be able to…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 6, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Enough with the tricks.......

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…

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Added by Paul Mischel on September 5, 2017 at 14:54 — No Comments

“All spaghetti and no meatballs”: FWO seeks penalties against a restaurant that deliberately disregarded advice and underpaid employees

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…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 16:51 — No Comments

Changing nature of people analytics in organisations

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…

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Added by Kushal Agarwal on August 31, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

I’ll get my people to call your people: Employee awarded compensation after employer sidesteps representative

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…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 31, 2017 at 16:45 — No Comments

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