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Our guide to avoiding the pitfalls of the silly season


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

Step out!

I’m a little tired. You probably are too. As we enter the stadium for the last lap, having run our personal marathon since January, the finishing line approaches. What kind of shape are you in? Are you coming home strong in front or a roaring crowd, or more limping across the line, unnoticed?

The New World of Work is tough

It’s natural to be tired of course. This ‘New World of Work’ is tough. The early breathless excitement about all the possibilities is being…


Added by Mark Hodgson on December 7, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Changes to 186/187 Employer Sponsored Visas Coming March 2018

If your business currently sponsors 457 workers, it is likely that your workers will be wanting to apply for Permanent Residency in the future.

There are some changes to the ENS and RSMS visas being introduced in March 2018 that will effect employers.

Skilling Australians Fund Levy - Commencing March 2018 

From March 2018, employers will be required to pay a training levy to the Australian Government when lodging a 186 or 187…


Added by Alexandra Cole on December 6, 2017 at 13:23 — 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…


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

Navigating the Choppy Waters of Mental Illness at Work

Mental Illness is highly prevalent in our society - 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, and …


Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 6, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Video conferencing and the recruitment process?

Video conferencing assists both me as a recruiter and candidates, making the hiring process quicker and easier for all, which in turn makes the client happy.

As things stand, the majority of recruiters seem adamant that candidates come in to their offices in order to register, and very few offer the video call as an option. That is a missed opportunity in candidate engagement as my candidates have only ever reacted positively to the suggestion of an initial meeting over Skype or…


Added by Rob Lewis on December 6, 2017 at 9:39 — No Comments

Workplace Investigations - Do it yourself or call in an expert?

Conducting workplace investigations into employee misconduct or complaints such as bullying, harassment or sexual harassment should be fairly straight forward and not beyond the skill set of managers or generalist HR professionals or is it?

Consider the case of Paulson v Industrial Relations Secretary (Department of Justice) heard at the NSW…


Added by Phil O'Brien on December 6, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Taking care of each other over the festive season.

Taking care of each other over the festive season.



So, here we are at the cusp of the festive season, almost daring to take our foot off the accelerator and allowing ourselves to visualise the summer sun and imagine the sound of waves crashing gently on the shore of a destination we worked hard all year to get to. For many it’s a trip home to catch up with family and meander through the local markets,…

Added by alan clare on December 5, 2017 at 15:59 — No Comments

I won't take it anymore! (A sexual harassment victim's guide)


Back in September 2016 I posted a piece on Sexual Harassment  and  20 indicators of the problem. (You can access the article by trawling through my past blogs.) Doubtless there are victims everywhere. In fact there are more victims than HR will get to see for reason that many do not report. Victims are always confused, embarrassed, shocked. They carry feelings of shame and even may blame themselves for the violation of their person. Most victims just do not…


Added by wayne faulkner on December 5, 2017 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

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 Create a Team Purpose Statement in Three Steps (and Why)

It’s fair to say that most organisations have a Purpose Statement, Mission Statement or something that determines the company's’ scope of operations and direction. However, though they need just as much clarity and direction (or perhaps more!), it’s rare that individual teams within organisations have their own distinct Purpose Statements. In this post (and this podcast…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on December 1, 2017 at 13:11 — No Comments

Why Trademarks Are Important for Your Business

Trademarks are all around us. Each day we are dealing with trademarks, it’s another way of referring to brands.

Trademarks or brands are always influencing consumer purchasing decisions. So, why are they so important? It's critical that owners, investors and employees all have a good…


Added by Gina Banks on November 29, 2017 at 16:04 — No Comments

‘Tis the season to be jolly sensible

The office Christmas party can be a great place to unwind, celebrate your wins and socialise with your staff and work colleagues. But unwind a little too much, or fail to act on employee’s complaints about inappropriate behaviour towards them, and your business, culture and potentially bottom line can take a big hit.

Every January and February there is a rise in policy changes, health and safety audits, investigations, disciplinary action, and subsequent dismissals as a result of…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on November 29, 2017 at 15:16 — No Comments

Crossing the Line: Flirting vs Sexual Harassment

The recent media attention on sexual misconduct in Hollywood is a turning point; what may have been considered 'innocent flirting' in the 70s and 80s is increasingly being called what it is - unwanted harassment. The public condemnation of film mogul Harvey Weinstein's conduct has emboldened people to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against other celebrities, in what some have described as the 'Weinstein…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on November 29, 2017 at 9:32 — No Comments

The Essential Traits of Intelligent Leaders

Intelligent leaders have confronted and analysed their fears and concerns. They no longer let such things unconsciously trigger emotional and reactionary decision-making behaviours from within them. They use mindfulness to be aware of every moment and every minute decision that flows from being alert to capture every thought they have and then constructively craft every comment and action they take.

Intelligent leaders support…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on November 28, 2017 at 11:33 — No Comments

Sexual Harassment Investigation

With the increasing publicity surrounding sexual harassment in Hollywood and the #MeToo campaign it may only a matter of time before there is an increase in the reporting of sexual harassment complaints in the workplace, is your organisation ready to deal with complaints?

Responding promptly and correctly is in the best interests of victims and the organisation.  For the organisation or business failing to deal with complaints can result in costly litigation,…


Added by Phil O'Brien on November 28, 2017 at 8:17 — No Comments

A 4 Step Framework for One-on-One Catch Ups for People Leaders

It’s important for managers to check in on their staff in regular one-on-one catch ups. But without a process or structure, these conversations can be quite transactional. In this post (and this podcast episode), we explain how we help managers pave the way to far more valuable and effective catch ups using four steps and five additional tips.

Step 1 - Follow…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on November 27, 2017 at 12:18 — 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

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…


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

Introducing the New World of Recruitment

Alistair Cox, CEO of Hays, recently shared some interesting insights on a new model of recruitment, which I’d like to share with you here. He wrote:

“In my ten years as CEO of Hays, I have never seen the world of recruitment and staffing evolve as rapidly as it is today.

I’m sure many of you can remember the days when sourcing staff involved advertising a role in a newspaper and waiting for applications to arrive in the post. Then came the rise of internet – which…


Added by Eliza Kirkby on November 27, 2017 at 8:47 — No Comments

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