Featured Blog Posts – January 2014 Archive (24)

Don’t let a workplace injury turn your relationships sour

Workers Compensation systems in Australia operate on a model of workplace rehabilitation, wherein an injured employee returns to work at a medically appropriate time either performing their pre-injury role, or on a return to work program consisting of suitable duties or a graduated return to work.

On paper, this is a straightforward process, however in many cases…


Added by Christina Willcox on January 31, 2014 at 15:40 — 1 Comment

Enterprise Bargaining - The Clawback Has Started. Are you planning to join in?

It is early days, but there are clear signs that employers are clawing back or planning to clawback terms and conditions in their enterprise agreements that are no longer affordable. How do you do this without alienating your employees and their representatives?

A successful outcome requires early planning and communication with all stakeholders including your employees and…


Added by Steve Champion on January 31, 2014 at 15:33 — 1 Comment

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

I know what you're thinking ... not another reality talent show! But this act is so different from any others that we've seen before. Trust me, these few minutes are mesmerizing! Enjoy! …


Added by Susan Rochester on January 31, 2014 at 10:07 — No Comments

Sorry for this blog post.

Today when meeting with a client, I apologised for my position in the company.  I am the Managing Director of Psylutions cut-e Australia, an entity that was formed last April when my company Psylutions merged with a global psychometric testing provider, cut-e.  I have been part of Psylutions, a company I started for over eight years. I have given my all to the development of the company, blood, sweat and a hell of a lot of tears and to merge with a global organisation was a real achievement…


Added by Prue Laurence on January 30, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

Was Your Termination Illegal?

Was Your Termination Illegal?

Being terminated from your job is a hard enough to deal with, but what if the termination was illegal? Wrongful termination happens when an employee is discharged from employment for illegal reasons or if company policy was violated when the employee is terminated. If you feel as though you were a victim of a…


Added by Gloria Lewis on January 30, 2014 at 10:58 — No Comments

HR Leaders who take responsibility for Customer Satisfaction are worth their weight in customers

After a number of years in the market research industry, I have now been a happy participant in the Human Resources sector for just over a year now working with organisations who are keen to improve their people-related performance.  Thanks to all of you who have submitted blogs – I enjoy reading every single one of them.

Reading from the sidelines, there is one thing I have noticed which I would like to bring to the table.  Too many times, I seem to pick up on sentiment suggesting…


Added by Jason Buchanan on January 28, 2014 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

This Feel Good Friday is a bit longer than usual! But if you can spare a few extra minutes, watch how even small actions can be transformed into agents of social change. …


Added by Susan Rochester on January 24, 2014 at 14:17 — No Comments

What Spurs you on to the Road to Success?

At the beginning of the year ,especially, we are spurred onto dream more, create those goals that we want to achieve and see realised.But what spurs you on?

What happens is that it all seems straight forward at the beginning and, yes, achievable – then the road blocks start to appear then the road blocks become hills then mountains that make us so uncomfortable that we can’t find over, around or even through.

So what can you do to get around those road blocks or climb those…


Added by Adrienne McLean on January 22, 2014 at 12:43 — No Comments

Which Reality are you living in at work?

Are you living in the one Reality of desperately trying to find that mythical work-life balance? Or are you able to access the other realms within you that provide so much more effective action and joy?

The key to getting off the treadmill is to go beyond balancing body, emotion and mind energies by focusing more on your Heart (Reality 2) and listening to the feelings you experience rather than getting caught in the various lower, often hormone-driven, emotions of your day. Once you…


Added by Indira Kennedy on January 22, 2014 at 10:42 — No Comments

Why Back to Work Tips Don’t Work!

One thing you may have noticed on social media since returning to work is the sheer number of articles and blogs on how to beat the back to work blues.  How many of these articles have you read?  Was it whilst procrastinating getting back into your work (oh the…


Added by Nicole Russom on January 20, 2014 at 15:02 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 actual engineers are women. GoldieBlox intends to change that by teaching them while they are young that these fields can be fun - and apparently epic, by the looks of this super-genius 2-minute video. …


Added by Susan Rochester on January 17, 2014 at 16:37 — No Comments

Young entrepreneurs prove age is nothing but a number!

SpotJobs entrepreneurs Lewis Romano and Jake Williams share their insight on how they turned a non-existent concept - into reality.

Don’t let their youth fool you, Jake and Lewis 25 and 26 respectively have acquired capital from top investors to finance spotjobs.com and have established the fourth biggest jobs board in Australia.

Research from consumer intelligence company Experian identifies that SpotJobs is the…


Added by Tina Zaf on January 17, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Avoiding the Tsunami - are your early warning systems in place?

I was recently returning from a business trip, and made the unusual decision to watch a movie on the plane.  I am normally one of these people who see plane trips as an opportunity to get some work done.

The movie was The Impossible, about the tragic events of Boxing Day in 2004 which saw a Tsunami wipe out hundreds of thousands of people without warning.  The most unfortunate part of the story is that there was probably enough time for many people to react and move to higher ground,…


Added by Jason Buchanan on January 16, 2014 at 15:17 — No Comments

Approving Personal Leave - the case for flexible policies

Approving personal leave – the case for flexible policies

Most businesses have a policy about the approval of personal leave, even if it’s only a verbal instruction issued by management to employees.    Of course, many businesses operate at the other end of the spectrum with comprehensive and documented policies.…


Added by Melissa Fitzpatrick on January 16, 2014 at 9:46 — No Comments

Employers- Are You Accurately Classifying Your “Employees”


Running and maintaining a business is a critical task. Although business owners attempt to do everything correctly with running their business, shortfalls may occur. One of the main tasks that business owners want to get correctly is the way that they classify their employees. There are a two ways that…


Added by Gloria Lewis on January 16, 2014 at 3:30 — No Comments

How To Significantly Influence Employee Performance At Work


Why should we be concerned about staff happiness at work?

Surely there are more important tasks to prioritise such as sales...marketing...operations...right?

The truth is managers are unlikely to succeed in their efforts unless they prioritise the people who are working day-to-day on these important tasks; their staff and teams.…


Added by Ben Young on January 15, 2014 at 9:09 — 3 Comments

What’s wrong with the job description, anyway?

Before we start analyzing performance, which is directly related to the next two conversations and indirectly related to the final two, it is important that we understand what we mean by the term “performance.”

I think there has been — and continues to be — too much focus on a person’s job and not…


Added by Dr Tim Baker on January 14, 2014 at 16:18 — No Comments

Learning and development: the Netflix way

In sorting out a few bits of filing over the break I came across the Netflix Reference Guide on our Freedom & Responsibility Culture which is worth wading through (all 126 slides of it) to really grasp…


Added by ross clennett on January 14, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Employers - Are You At Risk For A Wrongful Termination Lawsuit?


The decision to terminate an employee is almost never an easy one. Once the decision is made, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of an employee filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against you. As the majority of states are “Employment at Will”…


Added by Gloria Lewis on January 11, 2014 at 3:19 — No Comments

The 8 problems with the performance review

In my last book - The End of the Performance Review: A New Approach to Appraising Employee Performance, I discuss the eight biggest problems with the traditional performance review. These eight pitfalls came from my extensive research of 1,200 HR managers across 21 industries and seven countries.

Here is an overview of these issues and why we need to…


Added by Dr Tim Baker on January 10, 2014 at 6:39 — No Comments

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