April 2020 Blog Posts (13)

Comms Fatigue Causes Chaos

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  1. We’re all suffering from communication overload
  2. Give a highlights tour of what needs to be known…
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Added by Tony Fell on April 30, 2020 at 6:00 — No Comments

How to improve your team's collaboration tool adoption during remote working

During challenging times, when your workforce can’t work as they usually do, remote working could be the difference between your operations continuing or suffering.

But getting the right technology, connectivity and security in place is only half of the challenge. The other half is to make sure your people are ready and able to use the solutions and tools you have.

We’re seeing how quickly HR teams are responding to the impact of Coronavirus as they…

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Added by Binita Jilka on April 28, 2020 at 17:33 — No Comments

Send me your location? Staying connected while working from home

The coronavirus pandemic has not only upended our social and family lives, for many of us it has also required us to fundamentally change the ways that we work, including working remotely. When once employees could meet up to collaborate on projects, or chat face to face with each other, employees have now been confined to their homes, physically working in isolation.…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on April 22, 2020 at 11:46 — No Comments

General Protections Applications – How To Successfully Defend A Claim From A “Probationary Period” Employee

General Protections Applications – When an employee who has been working just a few weeks for a business doesn’t work out – they may get disgruntled.  They may be simply poor performers, have a bad attitude or simply are not a good fit.  A probationary period was built for this very reason to give an Employer options to terminate the employment of an employee if it becomes apparent they won’t work out.

But – – What if an employee during this short period of time also made complaints…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on April 22, 2020 at 11:42 — No Comments

Order up: FWC refuses to stay dismissal despite stop bullying application

The power of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to make orders in applications for stop bullying orders is unique. While the ambit of the FWC’s power is broad, in that it can make any orders that it considers appropriate (other than orders providing for monetary compensation), those orders must be directed at preventing or stopping workplace bullying.

A question that has arisen in recent decisions…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on April 22, 2020 at 11:39 — No Comments

Reduce uncertainty, work on your conversation culture!



There are some advantages when work changes in a tremendously dramatic way... It means you get to talk about it! It means you can set up some ground rules for how you are going to operate now and gives everyone a little more certainty. It’s like pausing momentarily to check…

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Added by Zandy Fell on April 22, 2020 at 6:00 — No Comments

Engaging and caring for your workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic

During a global crisis, employee wellness can be impacted in different ways – whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, or a combination of all three. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the way we work, the way we interact, and on our lives in general.

As the Australian Government said in its recently released…

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Added by Stephen Moore on April 21, 2020 at 21:26 — No Comments

How to Protect Your Small Business During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Economists agree that the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has hit the world worse than the 2008 recession. Some even compare it to the Great Depression from the beginning of the previous century, so it is clear that all companies, big or small, are feeling the effects of the pandemic.…

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Added by Emma Williams on April 21, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Carers and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Impacts to Employees

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has presented governments and employers with significant challenges. It has also bought about new challenges for carers and the people they care for. Before we look at these, it is important to remember:

  • A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a friend or family member who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition,…
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Added by Rachel Matheson on April 20, 2020 at 11:53 — No Comments

Conducting remote investigations and investigative interviews

Current social distancing rules and COVID-19 workplace safety measures are making it hard to undertake ‘business as usual’ for the investigation of complaints or claims.

Business are developing work practices that enable these functions to occur whilst ensuring that no person is placed at risk of contracting the virus.

The legal system has found these changes challenging but last week the Victoria Courts announced its strategy for conducting…

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Added by Harriet Witchell on April 17, 2020 at 11:25 — No Comments

Difficult Conversations Part 4

This is the fourth blog on the subject of difficult conversations. You can read the first article here, the second article here and…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on April 17, 2020 at 11:17 — No Comments

COVID-19 and modern award variations

In response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and employment across Australia, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has already introduced (and proposes to further introduce) a range of temporary variations to modern awards to provide increased flexibility for employers and employees during this challenging time.…
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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on April 15, 2020 at 15:40 — No Comments

The Emotional Impact of Redundancy

While the separation conversation can be difficult for you as an employer, not surprisingly, it’s even more challenging and confronting for the employee being made redundant.

To appropriately support your employees during this time, it’s important to have a greater understanding of what they will be experiencing and feeling upon learning about their involuntary redundancy.

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The first reaction a…

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Added by Mark Brand on April 3, 2020 at 14:15 — No Comments

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