Merilyn Speiser's Blog (20)

8 HR changes you need to be aware of from 1 July 2017

1 July 2017 brings a whole range of changes and updates that HR need to be across. These changes will affect payroll, superannuation, minimum wage, award-based employees and more.

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening, as well as what your business needs to do to prepare.

1. 3.3% Minimum wage increase

A 3.3% minimum wage increase kicks in from the first full pay period after 1 July 2017. That means the national minimum wage will lift…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 21, 2017 at 23:02 — No Comments

8 common alternative facts about employment law

 When it comes to hiring and firing staff, a lot of what employers and employees believe seems to be based on myth, hearsay or out-of-date information. Some of these "facts" are very often wrong.

To help you cut through the noise and know where you stand, we set the record straight on eight of the most common employment law alternative facts.

'Fact' 1: An employee earning more than the high-income threshold can’t bring an unfair dismissal…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 9, 2017 at 13:40 — No Comments

The changes from 457 Visa to the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Subclass 457 Visas will soon be scrapped in favour of a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa. But what’s really changing and how will you - and your business - be affected?

The Commonwealth government recently announced it would be abolishing the subclass 457 Visa and replacing it with a new system for employment-related immigration. With little notice of the changes and lots of questions still to be answered, this move has left a lot of employers and sponsored…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 2, 2017 at 10:17 — No Comments

How psychometric testing can help overcome bias in hiring

 We’re all biased, whether we care to admit it or not. And bias becomes a real problem when it interferes with your ability to find real talent and affects your business’s growth.

We are all biased, whether we care to admit it or not.

That’s not the same thing as saying we’re all racist, xenophobic, homophobic or misogynistic. It’s not even the same thing as saying we prefer people who have the same background as us or think the same way we do (although,…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on May 19, 2017 at 15:58 — No Comments

The benefits of a mentally healthy workplace

The benefits of a healthy workplace are well documented. But, as we mentioned in our recent blog about the most important HR trends for 2017, the need to create a mentallyhealthy workplace is becoming increasingly important too.

After all, statistics…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on February 4, 2017 at 17:52 — No Comments

5 HR trends to look out for this year

So here we are at the start of another year! It’s worth pondering about the HR trends we think will be big in 2017.

We think 2017 will be another big year in HR – both in terms of opportunity and also from a workplace relations perspective.  

There has been a lot of interesting data on workplace trends released during 2016 and this data gives us strong indicators for direction and policy over the next 12 months. 

Here are 5 key things we think you need to…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on January 3, 2017 at 10:38 — No Comments

Flexibility: Workplace fad or strategic imperative?

 

The term ‘flexibility’ is no longer reserved for part-timers. Companies like Telstra, PwC, ANZ and Ten are aiming for the “All Roles Flex” approach, which lets all employees propose an alternative to the standard desk-bound 9 to 5.

We strongly believe businesses that can truly integrate flexibility into their workforce…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on August 30, 2016 at 9:04 — No Comments

Reverse mentoring: turning the tables for better results

Logic says that a mentor should be more senior and experienced than their mentee or protege. But logic can sometimes be, well, wrong.

If you’ve ever been part of the mentoring process, you’ve probably already seen first-hand how skills gaps and opportunities to learn exist on both sides….

Welcome to reverse mentoring.

What is reverse mentoring?

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on August 22, 2016 at 12:45 — No Comments

How to (and how not to) use social media for recruitment

How (and how not) to recruit someone using social media

You’ve probably heard stories about the latest trendy businesses that do all their recruitment via social media. They attract grads and fill new positions by luring them in through Instagram or Pintrest or Facebook or Twitter.

Well, guess what? There’s no reason that trendy business couldn’t be you too. You just need to go about it the right way.…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on August 17, 2016 at 11:40 — No Comments

What to say to someone who doesn’t get a pay rise

How do you deal with someone who doesn’t earn a pay rise? It’s one of the few downsides of moving from mandated pay reviews to performance based-ones.

Setting up effective remuneration policies and plans will help you get part of the way there.  But even with the clearest process in place, there will almost always be a few people who’ll be disappointed by what they receive.

By meeting with any unhappy staff and addressing their concerns directly, with tact and empathy, you can…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on July 19, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

How's the air up there? HR in the Cloud space.

Why the Cloud will help your HR processes

If the words “Cloud” or “Cloud-based” have you silently sweating it in meetings, don’t worry. This new world of online data storage brings so many benefits for HR in general, and your business in particular.

What’s the Cloud and why should I care?

As PC Mag puts it, using the Cloud simply means “storing and accessing data and programs over the…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on July 12, 2016 at 11:47 — No Comments

5 tips for setting up effective pay review processes

Many employers are beginning to see the value of merit- or performance-based pay rises over traditional, incremental increases. However, using a system that ties reward to performance also brings challenges. After all, employees who don't receive the review they're wanting or expecting can become despondent and unproductive, and even those who perform well may feel they’re not rewarded adequately enough.

By setting up a robust and transparent process for your pay reviews, you’ll make…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 28, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Should you hire an intern under the government’s new scheme?

This year’s budget brought news of a new internship program: up to 120,000 paid placements for young people over the next four years.

So is this something that could benefit your business?

The details

In a nutshell, the new internship program looks like…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 6, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

How to manage a workplace investigation

Investigating claims around issues like bullying, harassment or health and safety may seem unnecessarily costly and time-consuming. But time and time again, I’m reminded that the costs of acting without first investigating are usually far greater still.

That’s why I’ve put together this step-by-step guide that lets any business conduct a safe, effective workplace investigation.

1. Decide whether you need to…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on May 30, 2016 at 9:51 — No Comments

5 ways to take the risk out of redundancy

No employer looks forward to redundancies. After all, if having to be the bearer of bad news isn’t bad enough, there’s also the very real risk that something could go wrong. And that could mean you’ll be left with an unfair dismissal claim on your hands.

But the reality is most of us will have to make positions redundant at some stage in our business journey. So when your…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on May 9, 2016 at 23:15 — No Comments

What to do when personal issues start affecting work

Everyone has a tough day at some stage. Even the most professional employee can be knocked off balance by a difficult situation that's happening outside of the office. But what if someone in your team is consistently showing signs of non-work related stress and they've started dropping the ball and making glaring errors? 

It’s more common than you’d expect

In a…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on April 28, 2016 at 9:06 — No Comments

8 steps to building a mentoring program

A mentoring program is one of the most effective things in your business toolbox. It’s hugely beneficial, not just for mentees but also mentors and the business as a whole.

 What is mentoring?

A mentor is a workplace counsellor or guide. Mentees often feel more comfortable asking questions of their mentor than their manager.

Advice from a mentor can include the most basic of information about everyday…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on April 8, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Underperformers: It's time to have that conversation you've been avoiding

It’s no fun dealing with an employee whose work is just not up to scratch. But unfortunately, it’s one of those things that needs to be addressed – and it’s a case of the sooner the better for everyone involved.

How to spot an underperformer

  • The nice guy (or girl)

We’ve all worked with this person. They’re so lovely. But no one will vouch for their work. They simply don’t perform the duties of their…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on March 23, 2016 at 11:09 — 1 Comment

The Bean Counter's Guide to People - how finance and HR can work together

Finance and HR: they’re the yin and yang forces within any business. While they can seem to be contrary forces at times – dollars v people – they’re also forces capable of fitting together seamlessly as powerful complements.

To bring finance and HR together for the greater success of your organisation, I’ve created this easy guide to HR for CFOs and other finance professionals.

1. It all starts with a little…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on March 16, 2016 at 7:29 — No Comments

How to build an effective employee incentive scheme

Nothing is more valuable to an organisation than happy, motivated employees who work hard to help you achieve your business goals. And one obvious way to boost feel-good vibes and ramp up productivity is by introducing an employee incentive or bonus scheme.

After all, research shows that bonus schemes can boost both employee satisfaction and your bottom line.

But don’t make it a token effort or turn it into a carrot-dangling…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on March 9, 2016 at 14:58 — No Comments

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