Restructuring and redundancies can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Employers have obligations to their employees during these times and sometimes the fast paced demands of the business are at odds with those obligations. In a recent decision, Williams and Ors v Staples Australia Pty Ltd  FWC 607, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) examined the obligations of a particular employer and found that its…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 28, 2017 at 10:07 — No Comments
As a small company or startup, ideas flow naturally. If you have a good idea, it’s easy to talk to the right people. But as organisations become larger and more complex, this becomes much harder. Size, geographical, departmental or functional silos make knowing who the best person is to evaluate or implement an idea difficult. Idea management software can scale a company’s…Continue
Added by Brennan McEachran on February 23, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments
It’s been the status quo for decades. And it’s inefficient, inconsistent and risky. What am I talking about? Traditional phone-based reference checking for candidates.
But it remains the only way we can be sure our candidates are genuine. It’s the only way we can get an independent assessment of their strengths and weaknesses – yes, even independent of our own biases during interviews. And perhaps most importantly, it’s the only way we can get deep insight into a candidate’s…Continue
Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on February 23, 2017 at 15:39 — No Comments
Have you ever been in a situation where a star employee, that person who hits every target and exceeds every objective, is promoted to a management role only to struggle for the first time in their career?
When people are promoted up the ranks, it is usually thanks to their strong technical skills. But as any successful manager knows, there are a whole new set of skills required at this level – which only increase if an employee will also be managing…Continue
Added by Eliza Kirkby on February 23, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments
When vulnerable individuals in our society are subjected to abuse by their carers, our response as a community is understandably one of outrage. It seems beyond belief that this could happen.But the sad reality is that some individuals within aged care facilities, disability care contexts, at home or in childcare centres can face abuse from the very people with whom they…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 22, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments
What does an employer do in circumstances where it has granted flexible working arrangements and it is no longer able to accommodate the employee?
The NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSW IRC) in Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (New South Wales Branch) v South Western Sydney Local…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 22, 2017 at 15:18 — No Comments
All employers should be aware that discrimination in the workplace on the basis of a “protected attribute” is unlawful. For example, Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation provides that it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of “race.”
Significantly, however, the legislation extends beyond “race”: the Racial Discrimination Act 1975…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 22, 2017 at 15:14 — No Comments
In Govier v UnitingCare Community  QCA 12, an employee’s appeal was dismissed, confirming an earlier decision that her employer did not breach any duty of care when it issued letters to the employee in the course of an investigation, resulting in aggravation of her psychiatric conditions.
The employee in this case was a disability worker…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 22, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments
This is the first Pinch of Thought for 2017. That’s shocking! I bang on about the need to create thought leading content once a week. And you do. But I needed a break, a re-set.
It’s so easy to tumble from one year into the next. Yes, there’s a brief pause for Christmas/New Year, a slowing around summer holidays for those ‘down under’. Most of us will go through…
Added by Mark Hodgson on February 22, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments
HR professionals are typically strong advocates of mentoring programs. But so far, most HR professionals have kept their mentoring programs internal.
Companies have historically shied away from sharing their employees across…Continue
Added by Lance Hodgson on February 21, 2017 at 8:48 — No Comments
Employers seeking to undertake Commonwealth funded building and construction work will be required to ensure that their enterprise agreements comply with the 2016 Building Code by 31 August 2017 under a new Bill introduced in Federal Parliament.
The Code for Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 (the 2016 Code) requires all…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 17, 2017 at 8:22 — No Comments
When it comes to unpaid work experience, the question to be asked is, “Is it legal?”
In a recent study commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Employment, it was found that in the last five years there were over half a million Australians engaged in (or who were engaged in) unlawful work experience. …Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 17, 2017 at 8:16 — No Comments
Coaching is one of the most impactful tools that a leader has at their disposal to support, and help members of their team improve performance. Coaching a team member to develop and reach their full potential can also be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a leader. That being said, in busy workplaces where stressed leaders are asked to wear many hats, prioritizing coaching can be difficult in the face of the struggle to get on top of day-to-day business as usual activities. With this…Continue
Added by Alistair Kerr on February 16, 2017 at 20:42 — No Comments
They take risks. Connect the dots. Observe everything. Turn obstacles into opportunities. These are just some of the qualities that differentiate people who are creative with those who are not. Creative people see the world differently than others and think outside the box, making them…Continue
Added by Brennan McEachran on February 16, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments
There is no doubt that the sobering outcomes of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse have caused Australian organisations to take stock of their child protection strategies. Investigating and preventing abuse in care has become a non-negotiable priority issue for many citizens and institutions across the nation. So what is the current state…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 15, 2017 at 19:29 — No Comments
Our guide to HR’s most confusing role
The Human Resources Business Partner or HRBP. It’s a term that many companies have started to (mis)use and a career step many human resources professionals aspire to. But does anyone know exactly what it means? Or has it become so ambiguous that it’s lost meaning altogether? Find out in our guide to the most confusing role in HR.
As a specialist recruiter of HR professionals one thing I pride…Continue
Added by Matthew Mayoh on February 15, 2017 at 15:24 — No Comments
Human resources is changing - changing because the needs of people are changing.
HR has always been a business function focused on people. In the past, this focus has been funnelled into hiring, firing, pay, benefits, and development. But now, HR must shift its focus, and align itself to the more urgent and pertinent need of…Continue
Added by Lance Hodgson on February 15, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
Considering the current overflow of people looking for work, recruiting employees for your company may seem relatively straightforward. But, employing the right people is a lot trickier – and to do so you need to draw them in in the first place.
Recruiting the best requires a coherent campaign that encapsulates your brand’s ethos and makes the people you want to want to work for you. These five…Continue
Added by Faye Ferris on February 14, 2017 at 12:52 — No Comments
With change becoming the new constant in business, owners and managers can face the difficult decision of making staff redundant to ensure their survival.
But how do you make sure you do it in an ethical, strategic and legal way that won’t make your redundancies redundant? Here is a step-by-step guide to doing it the right way.
A genuine redundancy is when you no longer need an…Continue
Added by Jonathan Mamaril on February 14, 2017 at 10:52 — No Comments
Whether you’re just setting up your office, or if you’ve been working in it for years, you’re probably wondering how setting up your space can help you be more productive. Finding a balance between a creative and uplifting space and one that helps you stay calm and focused can be tricky. Here are some tips for developing an office design that can help to maximize your…Continue
Added by James Pointon on February 10, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments