Merilyn Speiser's Blog (28)

5 HR issues every business needs to know about in 2018


Added by Merilyn Speiser on January 22, 2018 at 10:24 — No Comments

Our guide to avoiding the pitfalls of the silly season


Added by Merilyn Speiser on December 11, 2017 at 11:11 — No Comments

How to build a talent management program that works in 2018

For many CEOs, ‘talent management’ is fast becoming a number one HR priority. But what does that actually mean and how should you go about building a talent management program that works? We explore.

Ask any CEO what’s on their list of HR priorities for 2018 and chances are ‘talent management’ will place high. But what exactly does that mean? Why is it so easy to get this wrong? And how do you know if you’re getting it right?

Read on…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on December 4, 2017 at 14:03 — No Comments

How to make flexible working work for you

Think flexible working will hurt your bottom line? A recent study found flexible workers were more, not less productive, than their peers. So how can you make it work in your workplace?

Flexibility is no longer a nice to have, it’s the law. But, more than that, it actually helps enable more engaged, more productive workers who can help you achieve your business goals. So how do you build the benefits of flexible working into your workplace? Read on to find…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on November 27, 2017 at 11:49 — 1 Comment

What is reasonable management action? Unmasking one of employment law’s most misunderstood terms.

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…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on August 29, 2017 at 9:49 — No Comments

3 signs pointing to a workplace investigation (and 5 signs to call in help)

Workplace investigations may seem like an extravagance but the reality is they could save you both time and money. So when should you do one? And when should you go one step further and enlist outside help?

Workplace investigations sometimes seem extravagant – HR overkill I’ve heard them called - but often they’re 100% necessary. Without conducting one, you may leave your business exposed, create severe cultural issues amongst your people and cost yourself serious…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on August 8, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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…


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…


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…


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

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