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When and How to Hire an Attorney for Your Business

Having your own business doesn’t mean you can and should everything on your own. There are some aspects of your business that you simply can’t handle yourself and are better to be done by an expert. For this reason, you should know the right time to hire an attorney and the right ways to find a reliable one.

 

When you need an…

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Added by Mike Parsons on May 24, 2019 at 22:58 — No Comments

How to improve heart health starting in the office

Australian’s have some of the worst heart health statistics in the world. According to the most recent released data by AIHW, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia. It has also been reported as many as 30,000 sudden cardiac arrests take place in Australia each year.

Cardiac arrest often has no warnings, and can strike at any time. It is the abrupt loss of heart function and if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately, it can be fatal.

As we spend an average…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on May 24, 2019 at 16:13 — No Comments

How and Why to Invest in your Employees

Good, quality employees are hard to find. They are even harder to lose. All business owners realize sooner or later that employee turnover can cost not only money but also time and effort. It is hard for a modern business to differentiate itself from the competition in terms of what it is offering to its employees. It…

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Added by Daniel Brown on May 22, 2019 at 23:57 — No Comments

Can Employers Investigate if Complainants Ask Them Not To?

One of the more difficult aspects of managing an employment relationship is appropriately dealing with complaints, both from the perspective of the complainant and the accused. This is made even more complicated when a reluctant complainant brings something to the attention of Human Resources or management, then does not want it investigated. 

We examine why a complainant might not want to take an issue further, and…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 22, 2019 at 17:23 — No Comments

5 Tips for Making Your ATS a Recruitment Marketing Machine

As a recruiter, your applicant tracking system (ATS) is one of your most important tools. Without one, it would be exponentially more difficult and time consuming to track all of the applications that are coming in, pull critical information from those applications, and find the right applicant info for…

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Added by Damian Samoila on May 21, 2019 at 22:12 — No Comments

How To Encourage a Stress-free Environment At The Office

When being a business owner or a manager, your job is not only to take care of the financial aspects of the organisation. One of the main things you will deal with is employee stress, which occurs for many different reasons. Here are a couple of ways to encourage a stress-free environment at the office.

Take work-life balance into consideration

You need to take into…

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Added by Emma Williams on May 21, 2019 at 20:00 — No Comments

Take It Back: Employer ordered to withdraw unreasonable safety warning

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has reminded employers of the importance of taking a measured and consistent approach to enforcing workplace policies and procedures – particularly those relating to work health and safety.

In Cordowiner v Ashton Coal Operations Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 2525, the FWC ordered an employer to withdraw a formal warning that it had issued to an employee following a safety breach, because its supervisors had condoned the conduct to the…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2019 at 9:34 — No Comments

The Clash: The FWC on employee disputes and workplace bullying

When employees clash it can sometimes result in claims that one or both are bullying the other. When emotions are running high and differences are unable to be resolved, employees often turn to the anti-bullying jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), the FWC can hear a bullying claim and make any orders it considers necessary (other than orders involving monetary compensation) to stop bullying from continuing. Before…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2019 at 9:27 — No Comments

Pay Attention: Director ordered to undertake training following due diligence failure

The model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act) imposes a duty on officers to exercise due diligence to ensure that the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) complies with safety duties.

In SafeWork NSW v Macquarie Milling Co Pty Limited; SafeWork NSW v Samuels [2019] NSWDC 111, a company and its sole director pleaded guilty to, and were convicted of, failing to comply with their duties to a worker, including a failing on the part of the director to…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

Beginners Guide to Online Business Startup

Considering running an online business startup is not as simple as people believe. Just like any business, even the one online requires dedication and time in order to be a successful venture. There are certain steps to follow to develop your online business and this beginners guide will help you right from the start.

1.    Manage your own…

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Added by Mike Parsons on May 19, 2019 at 0:36 — No Comments

Acoustic Comfort at The Office to Make Employees Feel Comfortable

Noise in the workplace is one of the most efficient productivity killers there is. Not only that but it’s also one of the easiest ways to cause misinterpretations around the place. Moreover, a scenario in which it’s difficult to hear is usually not the one where people feel comfortable talking. Just think about it, is a nightclub a perfect place for a conversation? Of course not. Even though this comparison might not be that fair, you still get the point. As…

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Added by Emily Wilson on May 15, 2019 at 23:00 — No Comments

Workplace Bullying: Observations from Our Investigators

Like schoolyard bullying, workplace bullying is far from a new phenomenon. When people who may not have much in common outside work are thrust together on a daily basis, there are bound to be disputes, friction and potentially even outright hostility. 

Of course, any serious matters need to be dealt with by conducting a thorough workplace investigation. Recently, our investigators have noticed a number of trends in…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 15, 2019 at 11:09 — No Comments

How Can Recruitment Marketing Impact Business Growth?

Let’s say you’re a scrappy young startup. You’ve got an innovative product and a dedicated team. While you’re certainly not working out of your friend’s garage anymore, you’re still in a pretty small, bare-bones office space without too many frills—which is just as well, because there aren’t too many people around to appreciate those frills. This is all well and good for now, but you know that it’s not going to be this way forever. Heck, maybe it’s not even going to be this…

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Added by Damian Samoila on May 14, 2019 at 1:00 — No Comments

Sharing Information After a Workplace Investigation

For employers, the completion of a workplace investigation can feel like the end of a marathon. The relevant issues have been aired and discussed, a report delivered and decisions made. However, it is also important to effectively share relevant information with affected parties and the broader organisation as the investigation process draws to a close. 

It is likely that employees and other stakeholders affected by…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 8, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

How RMA Promotes Diversity in Hiring

At this point, we’ve all heard the statistics: more diverse teams promote internal innovation, improve sales, and develop better products. You don’t necessarily need a reason to strive for inclusiveness in the workplace, but there are plenty of them to choose from. In spite of this fact, many or even most businesses are still struggling to create diverse workforces. This can be attributed to a whole host of factors, from work environment to historical factors, but on some…

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Added by Damian Samoila on May 7, 2019 at 18:40 — No Comments

Can't agree? Does it matter?

I’m starting with the assumption that we all agree it’s actually OK not to agree all the time. (Yes I see I’ve asked you to agree and we said we don’t actually have to! But just go with it. OK)?

So, what do you do if you are the facilitator in a conversation and people aren’t agreeing? Or, if you are a manager and…

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Added by Zandy Fell on May 7, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

Safeguarding the sanity of health professionals

They are the modern-day superheroes who play a critical role in providing quality healthcare to our siblings, parents, children and community. Their whole ethos is centred around helping others – yet the question must be asked, who is helping the health professionals when they face their own health challenges?

The mental health of our valued doctors and health workers is an ongoing concern and, for 85 per cent of doctors, mental illness is not just something they treat but something…

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Added by Paul Gordon on May 2, 2019 at 15:24 — No Comments

The importance of building T-shaped employees

In 2019, one of the terms we are going to hear more about is the ‘T-shaped employee’.

The term T-shaped employee was popularised a couple of years ago by Tim Brown, the CEO of the IDEO, a California design firm known for its innovative practices.

A T-shaped employee is an individual who has deep knowledge and skills in a particular area, along with a willingness and ability to make connections across disciplines. The horizontal bar of the T represents the ability to collaborate…

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Added by Rosie Cairnes on May 1, 2019 at 16:51 — No Comments

6 Proven Techniques for Improving Employee Productivity

Improving employee productivity is arguably one of the most complex tasks you could be required to undertake as a business owner or an HR professional, though with the right data and a reliable guide, the process might not be as difficult as you imagined.

Depending on the type of business you own or manage, you’ll need to make a few changes, invest in some new equipment and implement a few exciting new strategies. You’ll find that the productivity boost won’t happen immediately,…

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Added by Gina Banks on May 1, 2019 at 16:43 — No Comments

Substantiating Claims of Reportable Conduct

It is one of society's great shames that our most vulnerable individuals are often open to abuse by those entrusted with their care. However, it is somewhat edifying to know that stringent legal and regulatory measures are in place in Australia to ensure that employers and others act quickly when allegations arise of abuse in care. 

In the case of issues involving children, organisations such as the Ombudsman mandate…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 1, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

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