Featured Blog Posts – February 2016 Archive (26)

What does accountability actually mean?

People being more accountable, in my experience, is one of the top 3 outcomes that executives want from their leaders and any leadership development programme. But do they know what they are actually asking for?

What accountability actually means to most organisations is meeting targets or budgets or cutting staff when the market turns bad or when they…


Added by Joe Watkins on February 25, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Caught red handed: relying on CCTV footage in disciplinary proceedings

Workplace monitoring and surveillance is now commonplace and typically involves computer surveillance, tracking surveillance and/or CCTV recording. 

Employers implement and use surveillance for many reasons including security as well as monitoring safety and productivity. 

From time to time employee misconduct or misbehaviour is captured by surveillance and in such cases, employers must exercise caution to use the…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 25, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

How to prevent (and treat) disengagement at your workplace

The current state of employee engagement is startling. According to a study released late last year, only one in four employees are highly engaged at work. When engagement has a direct connection with bottom line results, it’s no wonder that talk about an employee engagement crisis exists.

Employee disengagement doesn’t happen…


Added by Brennan McEachran on February 24, 2016 at 2:37 — No Comments

The makings of an HR leader

A new report by Hays, The DNA of an HRD, polls HR directors on what it takes to get to the top, with stakeholder engagement voted as the most important skill to have.

For the report Hays spoke to 461 HR directors in Australia and New Zealand. The results show that 64% of HRDs are women, while HRDs are typically aged in their 40s and early 50s.

In terms of skills, over half (53%) say stakeholder engagement is the most important skill to possess, followed by commercial… Continue

Added by Eliza Kirkby on February 22, 2016 at 11:28 — 1 Comment

Addressing Personal Use of Social Media in the Workplace

There is no longer a clear divide between an employee’s work and private life.

Are your employees aware that their employer may:

  • Monitor personal activity on any piece of technology which accesses work systems or is directly provided by the business?
  • Evoke a formal disciplinary process if the employee attends to personal matters (i.e. engaging in private matters) when they are being paid to work?

Employee’s Right to…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on February 19, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Modern award compliance failures also relevant in unfair dismissal proceedings

A recent decision by Deputy President Bartel of Fair Work Commission (FWC) in Jaymon Hocking v Tackle World Adelaide Metro [2015] FWC 6519 (Hocking’s Case) provides yet another valuable lesson for employers in relation to Modern Award compliance.

In Hocking’s Case, Mr Hocking had been employed since 2012 as a sales assistant who worked regular days and hours. Mr Hocking was divorced and had access to his three children every second weekend.

Mr Hocking was given a new eight week…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 17, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Employee "Joke" enough for Fair Dismissal

An employee has recently had their unfair dismissal case upheld in the Fair Work Commission after the employee made a simple "slip of the tongue that just came out", which ultimately resulted in their dismissal.


The case 'Mr Claus-Dieter Hengst v Town and Country Community Options Inc. (U2015/12144)' surrounds the use of inappropriate language and whether the breach of trust and confidence in an employee is enough to warrant…


Added by Nathan Deslandes on February 17, 2016 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Employers’ vicarious liability for employee’s discriminatory conduct

The decision of the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission in Frances Newchurch v Centreprise Resource Group Pty Ltd, Mr Graham Ride and Ms Sarah Ride [2016] NTADComm 1 (Newchurch decision) highlights that employers may be found to be vicariously liable for their employee’s discriminatory conduct where it is not demonstrated that it took “all reasonable steps” to prevent the employee…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 16, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

When is a volunteer not a volunteer (for the purpose of the FWC's anti-bullying jurisdiction)?

Commissioner Peter Hampton of the, Fair Work Commission (FWC), has provided some clarity as to whether a volunteer can apply for a stop bullying order in his decision in the matter of Gaylene May McDonald [2016] FWC 300 (McDonald Case).

Section 789FC of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 16, 2016 at 7:30 — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Chuck Yeager!

This is the first in what will be a series of Driftwood Group heroes. People who don’t stop to think about work-life-balance, but rather mix the two together, and have some fun along the way.

Tomorrow, February 13th, Brigadier General (retired) Chuck Elwood Yeager turns 93.

His name may be…


Added by Alex Kelly on February 12, 2016 at 13:54 — No Comments

Why it's time to upgrade the old employee suggestion box

Lots of research has been done to illustrate the differences between the traditional employee suggestion box and high performing programs that manage employee ideas. All of these studies arrive at the same conclusion: that the traditional employee suggestion box is actually damaging to employee engagement, resulting in further disengagement. This well-intentioned system…


Added by Brennan McEachran on February 11, 2016 at 4:50 — No Comments

Is L&D approaching an Uber moment?

The Head of Emerging Leader Development for one of the oldest, largest and most reputable companies on the planet made a really interesting comment to my business partner, Josh Mackenzie, earlier this week.

She was being interviewed at one of our roundtable breakfast events in London and had been asked how an organisation like hers, steeped in a long history of innovation, approaches L&D.

“We've got to use a 'start-up' mentality for L&D” she replied.…


Added by Gary Lear on February 10, 2016 at 12:29 — No Comments

Proposed Short Term Mobility Visa in 2016

In 2014 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, announced a review of the current skilled migration and temporary visa programs.

As a result of the review a new proposal has been made for a 12-month skilled temporary visa. It appears the DIBP is working to implement this new visa in July 2016. The Federal…


Added by Maryke Wylde on February 10, 2016 at 11:01 — No Comments

If the boot doesn't fit

AJ Convenience Stores Pty Ltd T/A 7-Eleven Rozelle & 7-Eleven Bexley [2016] FWC 330

In order for an Enterprise Agreement to be approved by the Fair Work Commission under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), the proposed agreement must pass the ‘better off over all test’ (the BOOT).

Section 193 of the FW Act provides that a proposed agreement will pass the BOOT if:

‘the FWC is satisfied, as at the test time, that each award covered employee, and each prospective…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 9, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

The Lion’s Whisker

Once upon a time in a small village lived a manager who oversaw the staff who worked on the land for the local Lord. Unfortunately, the manager was not happy. So one day the manager secretly sought the advice of the local sorcerer.

“I need a spell” the manager said. “My workers are tired and disinterested and work productivity is down. I cannot get them to work hard. They hate me and sometimes, sadly, I hate them.  No one is happy,” he said.

The sorcerer understood and offered…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on February 9, 2016 at 12:41 — No Comments

Editing Your Organisational DNA: Is It Possible?

2015 lead to some amazing discoveries and few more talked about than Jennifer Douda’s scientific breakthrough regarding genome engineering technology called Crispr-Cas 9. Simply put, Crispr-Cas 9 allows science to achieve two things; 1) detect viral DNA in a human being and destroy the virus and; 2) make changes…


Added by Craig Mowll on February 9, 2016 at 9:25 — No Comments

Five Signs a Candidate will become a Star Employee

Most recruiters and HR agree that choosing a successful candidate is a bit like choosing the winning lottery numbers.  No matter how much homework we do, getting it right isn’t easy.

There are so many factors that come into play with employee/job/company fit and all too often those doing the recruiting overlook the key ones. 

1.     Actions speak louder than words.

What candidates have done in the past…


Added by Fiona Anson on February 8, 2016 at 11:28 — No Comments

An Open Letter to the World Economic Forum

Dear World Economic Forum,

Thank you for your achievements over the course of the last 45 years.

Thanks especially for the Water Resources Group initiative, helping to ensure everyone on Earth can have access to sustainable water.

Thanks for…


Added by Alex Kelly on February 5, 2016 at 14:26 — No Comments

Are legal claims a symptom of the courage or compassion leaders should have shown?

The story is all too common – the engineer, accountant, lawyer, stock broker, line manager [insert other profession or occupation of choice] who has been promoted for their technical expertise but lacks the business acumen, emotional intelligence and fundamental leadership skills to lead a team – the common conundrum of how to make sound technical experts good leaders.

"Reasonable management action" taken in a "reasonable manner" is a defence to applications to "stop the bullying"…


Added by Fay Calderone on February 5, 2016 at 8:54 — No Comments

Are you innovative enough to succeed?

Developing a new habit, implementing a new way of working or forging into a new market takes a lot of effort and persistence as well as knowing when to experiment and change or adapt your approach.  How versatile are you in these traits?

There is an interesting example of a man who at the age of 22 lost his job, the following year he decided to go into politics…


Added by David Klaasen on February 4, 2016 at 20:14 — No Comments

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