Shane Koelmeyer's Blog – August 2015 Archive (5)

Workplace Conversations & Resilience - Don't be Afraid

Modern day employers are increasingly required to adapt to the sensitivities of their employees – particularly when needing to raise performance issues.

Managers and key decision makers need to learn how to have those difficult conversations with employees – a key part of being a good manager. These conversations should take place in a way that does not demean or intimidate the employee as well as protecting the Company’s position when it comes to being able to defend claims for…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 26, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

"WAGs", "HABs" and team culture

The appearance of the wives, girlfriends and families of members of Australian cricket team on the current Ashes tour of England are not only fodder for celebrity gossip magazines and websites, they also attract the attention and criticism of cricket commentators.

After Australia lost the Ashes, the presence of the partners and families were labelled as a distraction to the players. The separate lives of the players off the field during a tour has been criticised as having an adverse…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 18, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Short Changed?

Since the introduction of the modern award system in 2010 many employers have found it difficult to understand the complex requirements. In fact, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) reported that for the 2013-2014 financial year it recovered more than $23 million for 15,483 workers.

However, it is not just small businesses who are finding understanding the modern award system difficult. In June 2015, the FWO found that 123 former sports bar and Hungry Jacks employees at Newcastle Airport were…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 12, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Workers' compensation claims – What employers can do to assist insurers

Employers often express their concern about being excluded and not involved in the decision making process when it comes to workers compensation claims that they consider to be ‘highly questionable’.

All Australian workers compensation legislation provides strict timeframes for insurers in relation to disputing or accepting liability for a workers compensation claim.

So, where there are concerns about whether a claim is genuine it is important that employers assist their…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 10, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

“Boo” or “Boo-Urns” – Australia’s racial discrimination laws – does intention matter?

There was much conversation last week regarding the certain sections of AFL crowds booing and jeering former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes. As most people know Adam is a Sydney Swans AFL player, a proud indigenous man and a prominent advocate on behalf of the Australian indigenous community.

The behaviour has certainly opened up significant debate about whether such behaviour is bullying fuelled by racism or if fans were heckling the player for other reasons, such as his…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 3, 2015 at 13:02 — No Comments

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