Whether it’s because you’re moving office or undertaking a refurbishment, how you go about fitting out your office can have a big impact on workplace productivity, employee engagement and also brand perceptions.
Fitting out an office can also be a stressful time. There’s a lot to think about including whether the new office will adapt as the business grows and evolves, the type of furniture and technology to invest in, making sure the fitout results in an efficient and prosperous…Continue
Added by Belinda Lyone on January 31, 2018 at 13:04 — No Comments
It wasn’t that long ago that you needed a downtown office to do business. A bricks and mortar presence was essential. Corporates traded with other corporates and the little guy could hope for little more than the occasional crumb. Work was done in offices. Meetings (lots of them) took place in meeting rooms. Consultants, entrepreneurs and contractors worked in a…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on January 31, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments
Do you still think of the Jaws movie every so often when you are swimming in the ocean? Yep, I thought so. And if it’s not conscious it is definitely there… lurking in the back of your mind… It’s bizarre when you actually think about how fake the shark is in that classic film. Just hearing the Daaa…Continue
Added by Zandy Fell on January 30, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments
Most professions are changing as the world of work continues to evolve, but there are few that compare to the level of change that faces the HR community.
Added by alan clare on January 29, 2018 at 10:47 — No Comments
“Happy 2018 you magnificent Grand Final winning bastards. Pre season is almost upon us and need to know who is saddling up again for 2018”.
This is the text sent to me by the captain of the mighty Newport Rugby Club 3rd team. I am 53 in February. By any measure, that’s old to be playing rugby. It’s easy to give in to a prevailing narrative - “time to hang up your boots”, “most of those blokes could be your son”, “Mate, you’ll be the slowest bloke on the park”. In…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on January 25, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments
It's hard to find an article on a recruiting topic these days that is not focused on some new online tool or strategy. This thing called the internet (you've probably heard of it) seems to have changed recruiting forever.
What you don't see very often is articles that are focused on helping managers and employers find the hourly employees they need for their business to be successful.
When you're recruiting these employees online, your options are overwhelming. Where do you…Continue
Added by Spencer Rule on January 25, 2018 at 1:47 — No Comments
It was not too long-ago that business normal often consisted of ‘old guys’ – those who had spent years working their way up to the so called ‘top jobs’. Usually found sitting in their closed-door offices at one end of the building; with the so called young ones – sitting in their cubicles, waiting for their own chance to move up the ladder and into an office of their own.
Fast forward to today where we now work in a far more complex and diverse workplace environment. One that has…Continue
Added by Tony Simonsen on January 24, 2018 at 13:29 — No Comments
Team-based planning is something we work on with our clients at the beginning and end of the year as a top and tail activity. But what exactly is team-based planning? Who’s involved? And what are the benefits? In this post and this podcast episode we take a look.
Added by Jan Terkelsen on January 24, 2018 at 11:44 — No Comments
A current investigation by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine into the improvements in resilience, stress and somatic symptoms following resilience training has stated:
There is ‘a growing body of evidence [which] connects employee resilience with important work-related…Continue
Added by Catherine Gillespie on January 24, 2018 at 11:41 — No Comments
There are many different skills which are required for an effective leader - such as excellent communication skills, perseverance, the ability to inspire and motivate staff, clarity of thought, and efficiency. But one detrimental trait that many leaders may possess is aggression.
Although it is often accepted that a domineering personality seems to go hand in hand with successful leadership, in many…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 24, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments
The gig economy has arguably revolutionised the labour market, allowing short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs.
The gig economy provides a platform for businesses to offer their services to their clients or customers via the engagement of short-term contracts as contractors or consultants. The most famous examples are Uber and Airtasker however business consultants and graphic designers are just as prone to this type of engagement.
Care ought to…Continue
Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 23, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments
Added by Merilyn Speiser on January 22, 2018 at 10:24 — No Comments
Many people start off each year with a bundle of resolutions - to eat better, to exercise more, to spend more time with the kids... the list goes on. The start of a new calendar year is also a fantastic time for businesses to take stock and reassess. If your workplace culture is getting in the way of your business fulfilling it's potential, make change your top New Year's resolution for 2018.
Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 19, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments
There has been significant discussion around working outside normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) and whether those extra hours should be paid as either overtime or time off in lieu (TOIL).
In a decision by Commissioner Mathews in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Commissioner made it abundantly clear that employees who work in “professional” roles (such as a certified practicing accountant) need to accept that in the real world…Continue
Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 18, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments
I was recently driving back from holidays with my wife, Nicki, listening to Russell Brand’s excellent podcast, ‘Under the skin’. His guest Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and author of ‘The Age of Anger’ said something that really resonated.
“Most lives end in disappointment”
Simple, profound, confronting. But true? We paused the podcast and debated the idea.
On balance, I suspect, sadly, he’s right. Mishra frames his argument in terms of a world in which many…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments
Okay, these are not really hacks.
I can't offer quick-fix answers to your employee engagement problems.
I can provide a common sense approach to engaging employees at work.
Want to know the truth?
Employees are people.
To get more engagement out of…Continue
Added by Spencer Rule on January 18, 2018 at 3:44 — No Comments
Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question...
Added by Catherine Gillespie on January 17, 2018 at 16:31 — No Comments
The importance of building skills, abilities and knowledge in your HR function, required to shape successful business in 2018.
Added by alan clare on January 15, 2018 at 12:13 — No Comments
An employer who relied on their zero-tolerance alcohol policy when dismissing an employee who drunkenly tried to access the workplace out-of-hours has successfully defended the dismissal before the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
In Lewer v Inco Ships T/A Inco Ships Pty Ltd  FWC 6666, the FWC heard that an employee, who worked on a tanking vessel, attempted to re-enter the vessel after dinner and a few drinks so that he could sleep-off the alcohol. When he…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 13:24 — No Comments
Employees have an implied duty to obey their employer’s reasonable and lawful directions. Whilst employers cannot direct an employee to engage in conduct which is unlawful, the reasonableness of an employer’s direction will depend on the individual circumstances.
In Parkes v Fat Prophets Pty Ltd  FWC 6121, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) held that an employer’s “unreasonable ultimatum” to an employee that he relocate to Sydney or lose his job was a…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 13:13 — No Comments