June 2016 Blog Posts (40)

How to make a strong case for developing frontline leaders

With frontline leaders being responsible for up to 80% of your workforce and making up 50% of your leadership team it is vital that they are able to perform their roles effectively. When they struggle it has a direct impact on your organisation. If you are having trouble convincing decision makers to spend money on developing your struggling frontline leaders I may have the answer.

The issue of a lack of investment in frontline leadership development was highlighted recently with the…


Added by Karen Schmidt on June 30, 2016 at 11:38 — No Comments

WANTED: First-Rate Intelligence

I’ve always been fond of English literature. I studied it as one of the three A Levels (the UK equivalent of HSC) and, 35 years on, I still remember loving one of the set authors, the American F Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is best known for his works, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Tender is the Night’. Like any good lit student, I could rattle off quote after quote, like “Her…


Added by Mark Hodgson on June 30, 2016 at 7:00 — No Comments

3 Ways to Motivate Employees

As a small business it can be extremely tough trying to save money while rewarding the successes of your employees. Here are some ways of motivating your employees, while still keeping to a strict budget.

Performance Management

There are often reports on performance management reviews gone wrong, but what happens when it goes…


Added by Danielle McNamee on June 29, 2016 at 14:14 — No Comments

I Promised You a Miracle! – The Fair Work Ombudsman and Enforceable Undertakings

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) continues to successfully prosecute and investigate businesses that exploit workers from overseas.

In a recent investigation of a Perth restaurant, the FWO found that two overseas workers had been underpaid by their employer to the tune of $13,822.  After admitting to a number of contraventions, the employer agreed to enter into an enforceable undertaking with the FWO to make good.

Enforceable undertakings permit the FWO to take legal action…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 29, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

You can leave your hat on (but take the union sticker off)

Recently in our blog article It’s my prerogative – Employer permitted to stop delegates wearing shirts with union logo we discussed managerial prerogative and the ability for management to direct employees not to wear shirts with a union logo on them in…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 29, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

The 8 Performance Myths Holding Organisations Back from Optimal Performance

Performance management is a hot topic; it has been for some time. Managers universally want to know what can be done to escalate company performance. What are the secrets, shortcuts, and strategies? Where do I begin? Employers and their managers all want answers to these and other performance questions. They…


Added by Dr Tim Baker on June 28, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

The Art of Saying “No”

No one likes to be the bearer of bad news. This is particularly true in the employment context when you are faced with having to tell an employee 'no'. 

These days employees can make a number of requests of their employer, be it leave requests such as annual leave, long service leave or a leave of absence, to flexibility arrangements such as part time hours, altered starting and finishing hours, working from home just to name a few. On most occasions these requests…


Added by Sarah Neideck on June 28, 2016 at 9:54 — No Comments

5 tips for setting up effective pay review processes

Many employers are beginning to see the value of merit- or performance-based pay rises over traditional, incremental increases. However, using a system that ties reward to performance also brings challenges. After all, employees who don't receive the review they're wanting or expecting can become despondent and unproductive, and even those who perform well may feel they’re not rewarded adequately enough.

By setting up a robust and transparent process for your pay reviews, you’ll make…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 28, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Understanding the Employee Engagement Hierarchy

More and more studies reveal that positive workplaces are the key to driving productivity, reducing employee turnover, and preventing disengagement. Where the real dilemma lies, however, is how to create those positive workplaces that engage…


Added by Brennan McEachran on June 27, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Intent to Harm: Does it Matter in Workplace Bullying Cases?

We understand that it can seem unfair when the label ‘bully’ crops up in the workplace – particularly when no harm was ever actually intended. We’re all aware of the importance of intent when we look at matters in the criminal space; without identifiable intent, any prosecution team…

Added by Vince Scopelliti on June 24, 2016 at 10:26 — 2 Comments

Some tips to avoid a HR hangover on 1 July!

As this financial year sprints to the end, a lot of employees will be looking forward to the much awaited ‘end of financial year’ party. While this is a great way for employees to take a breath after the year that was, it can become a testing time for HR staff when last drinks are called.

To help minimise or avoid poor behaviour, here are some tips:

  • Remind employees about what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and the consequences for such behaviour.
  • Encourage…

Added by Jason Clark on June 23, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

What Makes a Leader Inspiring?

Recently, I attending an event that featured Fiona de Jong, CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee. Fiona’s presentation and the answers she gave to questions left me pondering why I felt inspired by Fiona and for me, what is the source of inspirational leadership.

Fiona talked about her vision of “being the most respected team in the world” and her three personal values that for me, underpin that vision –

  • Giving her best and expecting only the best…

Added by Carolyn Dean on June 23, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

9 things to consider when putting together your company dress code

Is this your scenario?

You don’t have a company uniform in place, and you’re not planning to introduce one. The challenge you face is that you have staff of all ages and backgrounds within the organisation.  Often staff are not dressed appropriately and addressing what is considered ‘appropriate’ work attire is a sensitive topic. 

It can be a challenge to address these issues without offending staff.  If a uniform is not something your company is planning to…


Added by Fiona Anchal on June 21, 2016 at 11:37 — No Comments

Employer prosecuted for failing to “consult, cooperate and coordinate” with other duty holders under model WHS legislation

Who needs to read this Update?

Well everyone, we all have work health and safety obligations after all, but this update is particularly important for any employers that have a duty in relation to the same matter as another duty holder under the Model Work Health and Safety legislation (“WHS legislation”).

What sections of the WHS legislation are we talking about?

Section 16(1) provides that more than one person can concurrently have the same…


Added by Amy Richardson on June 21, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Help colleagues through tough times with the Lifeline Accidental Counsellor workshop

I wanted to let you know about the Lifeline Accidental Counsellor Workshop that I will be delivering in Sydney. It’s an excellent workplace program, drawing on Lifeline’s unparalleled expertise of helping Australian’s in crisis. This teaching can help everyone - whether you work for others or yourself.

Please feel free to contact me or pass on to others. Details are below and…


Added by Mark Hodgson on June 21, 2016 at 7:30 — No Comments

How to use brainstorming effectively

Brainstorming is a technique for finding the best solution to a known problem or challenge.

However, it’s often used for all ideation attempts, despite the limitations and challenges associated with it. It can be a very effective technique for creative problem solving, but only when used correctly.…


Added by Brennan McEachran on June 20, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

How to measure the ROI of a training program

When I think about measuring Return on Investment (ROI) of a training program, my brain lodges a protest. I agree that we need to measure the benefits of training - I just don’t agree that ROI is an appropriate measure to use. ROI is far too simple to cope with the complexity of professional development and performance management.

I suggest that what we really want to measure is the benefit vs cost, or ‘Cost-Benefit Analysis’.

So in discussing ‘ROI’ on learning, I’ll refer to…


Added by Lisa Harrison on June 20, 2016 at 12:38 — No Comments

How to engage and retain top talent

One factor that contributes to a top talent’s performance is engagement. Top performers are usually hungry for whatever it is that motivates and engages them. The job of leaders is to find out what that is. And even then, leaders cannot afford to rest on their laurels and assume that top performers are constantly and highly engaged, and won’t be on the lookout for opportunities elsewhere.Instigating regular check-ins to understand what inspires and motivates them, and providing continuous…

Added by Nina Mostafa on June 20, 2016 at 12:33 — No Comments

How to Handle Workplace Emergencies: Burns

With Australia’s rich forestry and the current unpredictability of the weather, properties are at equal risks of falling victims to bushfires and other fire-related emergencies.

As a business, not only can you suffer from great amounts of damages but can also put a lot of lives on the line.

Is Your Workplace OH&S Compliant?

It is vital to ensure that your place of business follows safety…


Added by Katrina McKinnon on June 16, 2016 at 17:01 — No Comments

It’s My Prerogative – Employer permitted to stop delegates wearing shirts with union logo

In a recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision in Alcoa of Australia Limited v AWU [2016] FWC 3582, the FWC looked at whether Alcoa was entitled to require all employees, including AWU delegates covered by the World Alumina Australia WA Operations AWU Enterprise Agreement 2014 (the EBA), and working on the Western Australia Mining site, to comply with the terms of the Western Australian Mining Dress Policy (the Policy). 

Alcoa applied to the FWC…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 16, 2016 at 15:20 — No Comments

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