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How Vehicle Leasing Can Keep Your Employees Happy

Is there a better sentence on Earth than – here is your car. Rarely is there something that will put a smile on your employees’ faces than handing them the keys to the company automobile. It’s a strong part of motivating them to do the best work they can and to truly show just how much you value their work and skills.

In recent years’ employers have understood the importance of keeping their employees happy and…

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Added by Emily Wilson on February 28, 2020 at 21:22 — No Comments

How Fact-Finding and Disciplinary Investigations Differ

When dealing with allegations of staff misconduct, employers must be able to clearly delineate between fact-finding and disciplinary investigations. 

This includes communicating the difference to staff involved in the process.

FACT-FINDING VS FORMAL INVESTIGATION

A 'fact-finding' process is often a necessary preliminary step in determining whether a…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 25, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

How to Redesign Your Office to Motivate Your Employees

Motivating employees and making them feel good and comfortable in their workplace is the most important job of every employer. One of the ways to keep your employees motivated and productive is by having a good office design. 

Yes, you read that right. The design of an office contributes a lot to the motivation and good vibes. So, in order to keep your people happy, productive and motivated think about redesigning…

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Added by Emily Wilson on February 20, 2020 at 23:30 — No Comments

Costs For The Coast – How Commercial Decisions Can Assist Employers In Obtaining Costs Orders

NB Lawyers – lawyers for employers recently acted for the Fraser Coast Regional Council (the Council) and successfully obtained a costs order following an unsuccessful application for reinstatement filed by a former employee.…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on February 20, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

Investigating Complaints Part 3 – Conducting a Risk Assessment

Investigating Complaints Part 3 – Conducting a Risk Assessment

This part 3 of a series is a step by step guide to help you investigate employee complaints.  The guides can also be used to investigate complaints from stakeholders including clients and customers.

This process is by no means the only process, it is however the process I use and have been using successfully for a number of years.

The next stage in the investigation process is to conduct a Risk…

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Added by Phil O'Brien on February 20, 2020 at 9:46 — No Comments

Sacked on Leave: Procedural Fairness and Unfair Dismissal

The rules around when staff can be terminated while they are on leave can be a source of consternation for management and human resources professionals. 

The consequences of getting it wrong are demonstrated in the recent Fair Work Commission decision of Tuan Nguyen v Adelaide Fencing and Steel Supplies Pty Ltd [2020] FWC 79 (30 January…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 20, 2020 at 8:55 — No Comments

Investigating Complaints Part 2 – Developing the Investigation Plan.

This part 2 of a series is a step by step guide to help you investigate employee complaints.  The guides can also be used to investigate complaints from stakeholders including clients and customers.

This process is by no means the only process, it is however the process I use and have been using successfully for a number of years.

Once you have completed your analysis of the complaint the next stage of the investigation is to develop your Investigation Plan.

The…

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Added by Phil O'Brien on February 19, 2020 at 12:49 — No Comments

Culture catch-all: “Cultural fit” and recruitment

Employers place a significant emphasis on workplace culture, and rightly so – a workplace that holds itself and its employees to a high standard – set against an identified set of values – is likely to garner support and respect from employees, clients and the public.



Employers with a strong sense of culture seek employees who are likeminded, so questions of workplace culture and cultural fit inevitably arise…
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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 19, 2020 at 11:25 — No Comments

Head in the cloud: FWC finds evolving technology not a significant role change for IT employee

Organisational change is a constant for business – whether it involves wider cultural change within a company, the introduction of new technology or systems of work, or even a restructure or downsizing of the workforce. These changes are necessary as businesses must respond and adapt to external changes so that they stay relevant and competitive in the marketplace.…



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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 19, 2020 at 11:19 — No Comments

How to Tell if Your Team is Overworked (And What to Do About it)

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A good manager will not purposely force the employees to work more than they are able to. Instead, they will motivate them to fulfill their full…

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Added by Catherine Palmer on February 19, 2020 at 9:54 — No Comments

How to minimise HR stress during periods of high change

As the stress and conflict absorbers of an organisation, a HR professional’s day can be filled with high-pressure situations, hard conversations, tight deadlines and negative energy. It is no wonder your HR team are susceptible to burnout.

But as one of the most crucial teams in your organisation, you can’t afford for them to skip a beat. So how can you manage HR stress, particularly during high change periods like restructure and redundancy? Here are some tips to help.…

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Added by Mark Brand on February 18, 2020 at 17:27 — No Comments

How to Navigate Counter Allegations in Investigations

It is not unusual when investigating allegations such as sexual harassment, bullying or theft for the person accused of the misconduct to make a counter allegation.

This in turn can generate further counter allegations, making it difficult for investigators to keep track of a growing litany of wrongdoings!

Steering through the sea of…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 14, 2020 at 12:57 — No Comments

Difficult Conversations Part 2

In the first part of this blog series the setting for the discomfort felt by both the manager (speaker) and the staff member (listener) was explored. Often the discomfort felt by the manager is momentarily acknowledged then put aside as though it shouldn’t happen and it is weak or poor management to feel this…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on February 14, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

5 Reasons Why Companies Need to Provide Training to Their Employees

Today's market is quite competitive and requires that companies are always one step ahead of the newest trends. This is achieved with novel approaches, innovation, and upgraded performance – all of which require that employees are in line with current practices. And, the crucial…

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Added by Neil White on February 13, 2020 at 19:00 — No Comments

Death by meetings!! Why it's time you got 'huddles' happening

We’ve all been there. That office meeting that drags on and on and on, when you have a thousand other things you really need to be doing in your day. It’s frustrating. It’s inefficient. And, frankly, it’s also very last decade.

If you haven’t yet come across the concept of ‘huddling’, read on! Because…

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Added by Debbie Morrison on February 12, 2020 at 9:44 — No Comments

People, processes and technology mindset needed for workforce of the future

You could be forgiven for thinking the workforce of the future has very little to do with us, the people who – at least for now – work.

Constant talk and fears of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) paint a picture of a dystopian future where jobs are scarce and completely at risk once machines’ intelligence can catch up and perform the role in a similar or better fashion.

A recent poll from Unions NSW revealed more than 80 per cent of respondents feared robots would…

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Added by Jarrod McGrath on February 10, 2020 at 10:33 — No Comments

It's the perfect time to audit your workplace relationships

It's the perfect time to audit those workplace relationships!

If you value your workplace relationships, like anything else you value, you will from time to time stop and reflect on what’s working and what needs improvement.

It’s the start of the year and as you slide back into your work, this is the perfect time to consider your workplace relationships.…

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Added by Tony Fell on February 7, 2020 at 6:00 — No Comments

Racial Discrimination at Work

We are all familiar with the more obvious signs of workplace discrimination; but with targeted racism and xenophobia spreading faster than the Coronavirus, it is vital to be aware of the more nuanced and subtle acts of discrimination at work. 

Queensland has seen MP Duncan Pegg slam a phoney health department …

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 5, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Summary dismissal, Serious Misconduct & Workplace Investigations

A case at the Fair Work Commission (Trialonas v Steric Solutions Pty Ltd) highlighted the need for employers to understand what Summary Dismissal is, how it applies to Serious Misconduct and the importance of thorough professional workplace investigations.

In this case a worker was summarily dismissed for using abusive language towards his supervisor but then allowed back to work…

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Added by Phil O'Brien on January 31, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Keeping you regular: Regular and systematic casual employment

Employers often supplement their workforce by utilising casual employees to perform work in addition to that performed by permanent employees. While such engagements might start out as irregular (or, truly casual), it is not uncommon for casual employment to become regular and systematic, and for a casual employee to develop an expectation of continued employment.



Risks then arise when those regular casual…
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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 31, 2020 at 15:21 — No Comments

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