Sebastian Reay's Blog (16)

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.…

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

4 HR software tools no HR manager should live without

When you think about the mountain of rules and regulations that apply to all HR managers, it’s clear why employing and managing people is almost impossible without an HR software toolkit.

Just some of your legal obligations include:…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on February 7, 2018 at 13:43 — No Comments

Are employee benefits the key to attracting and retaining employees?

Free healthy meals at work, discounted travel, opportunities for personal development and study, flexible working, and paid time off for volunteering - these are just some of the compelling employee benefits that leading company’s offer.

And while it’s easy to see why these benefits…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on February 1, 2018 at 10:51 — No Comments

5 Things To Consider When Choosing HR Software Vendors

Choosing the best HR software for your business takes a lot of work. Not only do you have to figure out which key features you need, you’ll also then have to decide which vendor is the best fit for your business.

This task can be slightly overwhelming -…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on January 25, 2018 at 9:39 — No Comments

4 questions to help you assess HR software costs

To manage people in fast-growing small businesses like yours, you need to streamline all areas of HR administration - which would be hard to do without HR software. But how much will an all-in-one system cost your business?…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on December 15, 2017 at 8:10 — No Comments

Why you should make the move to more progressive performance reviews

While skill and performance are one side of the coin, overall cultural fit impacts cohesive team performance.

The challenge for business owners

When you think about the performance review in businesses that don’t have an HR…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on December 6, 2017 at 12:44 — No Comments

Make sure you don’t overlook this critical step in your employee onboarding process

So, you’re doing your homework on employee onboarding and preparing new starter kits infused with your company’s values. You also want to mastermind an onboarding process that even the tech giants would be proud of. As we mentioned in an earlier post, it’s so important to…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on November 27, 2017 at 9:11 — No Comments

Get Your HR Processes Sorted With These 4 Easy HR Hacks

If the business you work in is anything like other small businesses, then your role of office manager means you handle just about anything! So, along with managing office supplies, equipment, recordkeeping, furniture and reception, you’re also the de-facto HR manager in charge of all the HR processes.

And because of the enormous number of HR issues that can play out each and every day, this area probably tests your incredible…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on October 17, 2017 at 16:44 — No Comments

How to exit 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 25, 2017 at 10:25 — No Comments

4 telltale signs that you need a new HR system

These days, managing HR in a growing business is a constant task. As an HR manager, you’re probably overloaded with work and you never seem to get to the bottom of it all. It’s not unusual to rush from meeting to meeting, extinguishing fire after fire. You’re always checking your e-mail and making countless phone calls.



But there’s a big difference between being productive and just being busy. And if you’re…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on September 21, 2017 at 17:05 — 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

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

7 Common HR Mistakes Every Business Owner Can Avoid

Running a business is hard and it often feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that you want (or should) do. By the time you pay your bills, invoice customers, return calls, put the final touches on that big proposal, and get the stock order out, the day is over and it’s time to pick up the kids.  

Boring and seemingly…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on August 25, 2017 at 16:32 — No Comments

The happiness factor: 6 tactics for improving workplace productivity

Remember the old (and slightly misogynistic) phrase Happy Wife, Happy Life! ? Well, it turns out there is a workplace equivalent: Happy workers, productive business! (and no - we couldn’t make it rhyme). There’s a strong correlation between happy…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on August 16, 2017 at 10:37 — No Comments

4 Tell-tale Signs Of Toxic Employees In Your Business

Ask an HR consultant about the best way to deal with toxic employees and they’ll tell you to avoid hiring them in the first place! While this is sound advice, it comes as cold comfort to you if you’ve already made the hire and are now dealing with managing toxic behaviour.

Don’t beat yourself up. Potentially toxic employees can be difficult to spot when you first meet them.  

Be sure they are a…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on August 7, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

HR legislation updates: What you need to know

It’s a new financial year, and there is a stack of important HR legislation updates and changes to pay entitlements that you need to get your head around. To make sure you’re totally up-to-date with the changes that were brought in on 1 July, here’s a wrap-up of six of the most important things you need to know.   HR legislation…

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Added by Sebastian Reay on July 31, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

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