January 2019 Blog Posts (21)

Returning to work got you feeling down? Here are 5 ways to boost your mood at work

We can all get in that mood slump at work. Whether it be stress, anxiety, or you may just be so plain bored you end up on Facebook.



There are some solutions in boosting your mood at work, we’ve listed a few to try and help you get through that work day.



1. Decorate your space



Choosing fun desk accessories that appeal to your creative genius senses will greatly lift your spirits and you can even try selecting colours that are believed to improve…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on January 31, 2019 at 12:59 — No Comments

Learning HR Lessons from Real World Cases

In recent years, there have been a number of cases heard in the Fair Work Commission and the courts which have resulted in important practical outcomes and learnings for employers, particularly in the area of workplace bullying. 

Let's take a look at some of these seminal cases.…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 30, 2019 at 15:17 — No Comments

The Culture Fit Myth

As the evidence for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace mounts, the idea of Culture Fit is fast falling from favour. Recruitment attitudes are shifting to consider how diverse candidates can contribute to the culture instead of fitting into it, and hiring processes at forward-thinking companies are being examined in order to remove the notion altogether.…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on January 30, 2019 at 10:23 — No Comments

Free free, set them free: common misconceptions about dismissing an employee in their probation period

A recent decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Court) has shown why employers must always exercise care when seeking to dismiss employees – even during their probation period.

In Pacheco-Hernandez v Duty Free Stores Gold Coast Pty Ltd [2018] FCCA 3734, an employer was ordered to pay $10,000 in compensation to a former supervisor who had been dismissed five months into her probation period.

At the time of the dismissal, the employer’s…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 29, 2019 at 14:41 — No Comments

Culture club: workplace culture gone wrong and how to make it right

Workplace coaches and HR gurus talk a lot about the art of cultivating a positive and productive workplace culture. But what does “workplace culture” really mean and what happens when workplace culture becomes damaged or toxic? 

The tail end of 2018 saw a series of reports in the media about failing workplace cultures in a number of organisations, all of which suffered some serious consequences.

The Google protests

In November 2018, Google employees…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 29, 2019 at 14:38 — No Comments

Is it safe???: The importance of documented and accessible safe systems of work

A workplace incident involving a worker struck by a forklift has demonstrated the importance of having documented systems of work and induction processes in place that are accessible for all workers.

The worker was employed as a stock picker by Phong Warehouse & Distributor Pty Ltd (Phong). Phong was contracted by Williams Pressing and Packing Service Pty Limited (Williams) to provide stock picking services out of its warehouse.

On the worker’s second day…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 29, 2019 at 14:35 — No Comments

Dependency - an insidious affliction

In March 2017 I posted, on HR Daily, The Toxic Grinch – it attracted nearly 2,700 reads. A Grinch in the workplace makes for a cheerless and gloomy environment. A variant on this type of dysfunctional employee is the dependent. It is likely that you have encountered one or more in your work history. You will remember because they are unforgettable. If you work in HR you will know them well for reason of the grief and distractions they create. Happily they are not great in number –…

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Added by wayne faulkner on January 28, 2019 at 11:59 — No Comments

Addressing Post-Investigation Workplace Culture

Workplace investigations may cause disruption and even animosity in the workplace. An incident occurred and a workplace investigator must attempt to get to the heart of the problem. Once the investigation is over, there will inevitably be fallout in the workplace, which any employer would be well advised to address actively. 

We examine the pitfalls facing managers after a workplace investigation, and the best methods for…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 23, 2019 at 10:15 — No Comments

How to build a team that’s greater than the sum of its parts

As leaders, we’re defined by the team we build around us. You want to create a complementary team that’s greater than the sum of its parts. One that’s fit for the future, working together to create new opportunities. Yet building and managing a team in a complex global environment isn’t easy. We’re expected to be superheroes, but we’re not.

From hiring for tomorrow, preventing isolation, and communicating and collaborating across a diverse team, our multi-faceted world has resulted in…

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Added by Bernadette Wightman on January 23, 2019 at 9:48 — No Comments

6 ways HR can increase office productivity

Increasing office productivity is probably one of the main goals for all managers. Regardless of the type of business, in order for a company to stay competitive and continue growing, it is essential for the teams within it to be efficient and productive. Stress, prolonged hard work, and poor interpersonal relationships can impact the productivity of employees and lead to a significant drop in efficiency. In order to avoid this, HR teams are constantly looking for ways to mitigate the…

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Added by Daniel Brown on January 21, 2019 at 17:19 — No Comments

Before butting heads, try these strategies!

There is a game I love playing with my family. It’s called …

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Added by Zandy Fell on January 18, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

Importance of legal knowledge in the HR department

Human resource department has gotten more and more important as time progresses. It used to be a simple “hire and fire” type of a deal. But today, it also focuses on various other aspects of employee engagement. Often at times, the human resource department is misunderstood by most companies. It is the lifeblood of any organization as it ensures that we get the most out of an employee. Investing in people is serious business and as with any investment, we…

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Added by Emily Wilson on January 17, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

Whistleblower Changes - Getting Your Policies Right

With the new changes to whistleblower legislation soon to be debated and enacted, it's essential to assess whether or not your business is compliant. An important part of ensuring compliance with the changes lies in the development of robust policies to protect whistleblowers. The Human Resources function has a central role in preparing staff for the new approach to whistleblowing in the workplace. 

We examine best-practice…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 16, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

A band-aid on Workpac v Skene? - Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018

On 18 December 2018 the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (Cth) (Amendment) to vary the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth) (Regulations) in light of the decision in Workpac v Skene, a case we have reviewed previously (…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 14, 2019 at 7:30 — No Comments

Delegate Your Way To Better Leadership

Today’s topic of choice is one we have found people leaders really struggle with, and can really open up so many opportunities for them: delegation.

In coaching or workshops, we often hear managers say, "Yes, but I'm so busy, surely I can't push any more work down on to the people that report to me." Our answer is simply, “Ask, you might be surprised by the response”.

If it's the right kind of work and is something your team is…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on January 9, 2019 at 12:57 — No Comments

How to Transform a Toxic Workplace for a Productive 2019

A toxic workplace culture can place significant barriers in the way of achieving business objectives. If toxicity has invaded your office, it is likely that you are dealing with staff who are unproductive, resentful, unmotivated and perhaps difficult to discipline - and it can affect senior managers to junior employees. 

This can have significant effects on all areas of the business, and can even impact your bottom line. We…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 9, 2019 at 10:28 — No Comments

Councils beware of General Protections claims – “slow the process down”

General Protections claims have become a convenient tool for employees working in local councils to avoid or even unnecessarily prolong legitimate performance management issues, action regarding illness and injury and misconduct concerns. Executives and managers in Councils need to be aware of how to protect their organisation against such claims and reduce the risk and liability that may arise from general protections claims.

A case which has highlighted the steps Councils should…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 9, 2019 at 7:00 — No Comments

All we need is love and understanding (also in the workplace)

Hi there,

Since mediating hundreds of workplace conflicts - between 2 or more than 100 people - I have come to the conclusion that all we need is love and understanding, in life but also in the workplace.

I hear you say: hallo Thilan, that's no rocket science!

Yes, I know it's cliche and it is not original, but if we all know this to be true than why do I still see such a a lack of love between colleagues in some…

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Added by Thilan Legierse on January 7, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

Foodora Driver was an “Employee” says the Fair Work Commission

The constant issue of not having a clear definition of what is an “independent contractor” in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act) has reared its ugly face again as a landmark decision against Foodora was handed down. Commissioner Cambridge found that a Foodora driver should be considered an employee whilst applying the multifactorial test. 

The Commission found that in the case of Klooger v Foodora (…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 7, 2019 at 7:00 — No Comments

Insights From 2018: The Top 5 Strategies Of Effective People Leaders

As the year draws to a close, we’re reflecting on the strategies and habits of the most effective managers and people leaders we have come across.

We’ve worked with hundreds of people over the last year, so we’ve gathered a lot of insights into the most effective management and leadership skills in action. Today we’re going to share these  with you so you can be the best people leader.…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on January 4, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

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