February 2018 Blog Posts (41)

Award interpretation: Are modern award changes giving you a headache?

One thing that typically frustrates employers in small businesses is the frequency of updates to regulations that govern employing and paying people. Just when you think you’re up-to-date, along come new award provisions, minimum shift rulings, or other entitlements, and you need to go through the award interpretation process with a fine-tooth comb.

Award interpretation is complex, but it’s essential to…


Added by Sebastian Reay on February 28, 2018 at 9:47 — No Comments

7 common workplace hazards and how to best manage them

Australian businesses are bound by a legal responsibility to protect their employees in their workplace, but with so many health and safety requirements, and products to do the job it's easy to get snowed under.

To make things easier it's best to start with an idea of the hazards present in your workplace. Of course it's going to be different for every business so doing your research and making a list of your particulars is a must.

Here is a list…


Added by Belinda Lyone on February 27, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

The seven deadly sins of leadership in business

We speak regularly about values, purpose, and the importance of culture for a strategic advantage. We’ve looked at who is getting it right and shared insights about what to do when the wheels are falling off.  While there are many positive trends emerging, it seems there are also a few recurring behaviours impeding the progress of a few too many in leadership roles… …


Added by Richard Wynn on February 26, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

One strike and you’re out: Facebook and Google’s new workplace dating policy

In a proactive attempt to combat the issue of workplace sexual harassment, Facebook and Google have implemented new policies on dating in the workplace. This new approach adopts a “one strike and you’re out” rule, which states that employees only have one opportunity to ask a co-worker out on a date. If the co-worker rejects their offer, that employee is not allowed to ask again.

Like Facebook and Google, most employers have recognised that workplaces are often environments in which…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 23, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Let me go: Voluntary redundancies prove too popular

Making a decision to restructure operations, particularly where it may result in a reduction in the number of positions, is not easy for businesses.

While it is often an unpleasant process, in some circumstances (depending on the nature of the workforce) employers may choose to call for expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies before moving to compulsory redundancies.…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 23, 2018 at 14:18 — No Comments

The need for checks and balances on cheques and bank balances: Understanding and preventing employee financial misconduct

Financial misconduct committed by employees is unfortunately all too common in Australian businesses. It can range from invoice forgery to stealing from the register to abusing expense reimbursement entitlements or corporate credit cards.

Financial misconduct is, essentially, a form of theft from an employer but unlike most kinds of theft it can go undetected for long periods of time and in some cases, continue while the offender remains an employee.

This month alone, Fairfax…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on February 23, 2018 at 14:12 — No Comments

The 10 Key Steps of Team-Based Planning

In our last post and podcast, we introduced you to the idea of team-based planning and its many benefits. To recap, it’s an activity most commonly carried out at the beginning of the year (or whenever a refresh is required), and…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on February 22, 2018 at 13:11 — No Comments

How To Take Care Of Your Customers and Stakeholders In Your Planning Process

At the beginning of the year, our clients all share a keen interest in putting their plans into place, identifying objectives and rolling out the strategic plan. One of the key steps in this strategic planning process is a stakeholder analysis. In this post (and this podcast), we're going to step you through a very simple - yet very effective -…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on February 22, 2018 at 12:23 — No Comments

The standard you walk past…

Recently I posted a comment in LinkedIn about a particular incident in which a young CFA volunteer was subjected to physical assault by other CFA volunteers in the presence of so called ‘team members’ who witnessed…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on February 22, 2018 at 11:18 — No Comments

The Next Group - HR Postcards from Abroad

We are delighted to share some insights from Karen Pink who is a Human Resource professional with significant experience across a wide range of fast moving commercial industries delivering strategic through to operational HR service delivery. As a people & culture professional, Karen has operated across Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.



Added by alan clare on February 22, 2018 at 9:38 — No Comments

Single Touch Payroll: Are you ready for new and compulsory payroll reporting?

Here’s a new acronym to add to your burgeoning HR lexicon. STP. It’s shorthand for Single Touch Payroll, the new payroll reporting regime that will be compulsory from 1 July 2018 for all businesses employing 20 or more staff.

If you have fewer than 20 staff, you’ve got until 1July 2019 to make the move and become compliant (though this part of the legislation has yet to be passed).

New reporting requirements for PAYG and super

Single Touch Payroll is a…


Added by Sebastian Reay on February 22, 2018 at 8:24 — No Comments

Managing Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

Organisations are no doubt aware of the need to comply with anti-discrimination legislation, but actively encouraging cultural diversity in the workplace is becoming increasingly important - it can offer potential benefits far beyond simple compliance with the law. 

Let's take a look at some of the benefits, and how organisations can manage cultural diversity. 



Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 21, 2018 at 14:32 — No Comments

Improve Employee Communication Throughout Your Company with SMS

When you have a large, dynamic company, employee communication will be essential to your success. In fact, better employee communication can help your HR meet the biggest challenges of 2018. If you streamline communication through the use of text messaging, you make it…


Added by Ken Rhie on February 21, 2018 at 11:49 — No Comments

Key Tips to Succeed with Online Learning

Thinking of picking up an online course? In theory, it seems like the easiest way to fit study into your schedule - especially if you’ve got prior commitments like a full-time job. However it can become tricky if you get behind and fail to get back on top of things!

Once you decide that online education is for you, it’s time to…


Added by Helen Sabell on February 20, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

The balancing act - Hiring contractors versus upskilling your people

Generally speaking, many of your internal employees would love to be part of or any new programs of work. Unfortunately, they often lack the skill-set needed for new builds, implementations, or whichever innovative projects are being undertaken.

From a retention point of view and from an investment-in-your-people point of view, it would be ideal to give the…


Added by Emily Wilson on February 19, 2018 at 10:57 — No Comments

Romantic relationships in the workplace

It’s a legit relationship, so why is it anybody else’s business?

There has been a lot of debate recently about the impact and consequences of romantic workplace relationships. There is the current barney over Barnaby going on; In 2017 two senior AFL managers lost their jobs…


Added by Tony Fell on February 15, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

Ready to Dial Up Your Influence? - TAKE THE TEST

This week I’ve launched my BUILDING YOUR INFLUENCE diagnostic tool, developed from a 2017 blog ‘Dialing Up Your Influence’.

There are a lot of elements involved in creating the personal brand presence that we all need to stand out professionally. A lot of people struggle with confidence or simply don’t know where to start. I wanted to create a…


Added by Mark Hodgson on February 14, 2018 at 23:01 — No Comments

Handle conflict like a pro: Essential team conflict management examples and tips

Conflicts are inevitable, even in the most engaged of workplaces. Regardless of the source of the conflict, if they are left unresolved, conflicts can quickly impact employee morale and productivity.…


Added by Sebastian Reay on February 14, 2018 at 14:23 — No Comments

Recruiting your perfect match: 3 tips to making candidate connections that last

Going through the motions of finding a new job can be a daunting process. There are many hoops to jump though along the way: connecting with a recruiter, preparing a resume, submitting your application and then, hopefully, going through the interview process.

To encourage top candidates to commit to the entire process and put their best foot forward, employers should be cognisant of connecting with them on a deeper level.

Building a rapport and seeking an understanding of what…


Added by Barb Bidan on February 14, 2018 at 12:14 — No Comments

Evolving and Moving on from a Workplace Investigation

Most employers are aware of the importance of conducting workplace investigations to deal with complaints or allegations. But what happens after the investigation is over?

There may be a sense of disconnectedness, embarrassment, awkwardness or even anger amongst staff, particularly if disciplinary action has been taken or an employee has left the organisation. 

Although it is…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 14, 2018 at 9:06 — No Comments

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