June 2017 Blog Posts (56)

Why Managers Dismiss Workplace Conflict

Workplace conflict between staff, if left unchecked, tends to escalate – but most managers have a natural inclination to dismiss it.

Employees are often promoted to management positions because they have particular skills – which are usually technical as opposed to…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on June 21, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Are you supporting employees with their work rather than their learning?

If, like many of your L&D peers, employees in your organisation tell you they prefer classroom training, it’s important to understand their preference in relation to the perceived alternatives. I say this because I don’t know anybody who hasn’t had their perception of online learning tarnished by some dreadfully tedious and wholly ineffective e-learning at some point or another. But before you go searching for better e-learning, it’s important to also recognise employee preferences, not…

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Added by Kiren Kahlon on June 21, 2017 at 0:24 — No Comments

At least one person on your team feels very differently about how your last one-on-one went

Being a seasoned manager ain’t easy — but being a first-time manager brings its own set of unique challenges. At SoapBox, we’ve been doing one-on-ones…

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Added by Brennan McEachran on June 20, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Personality Profile Clarity 4D

We’ve been long time fans of profiling tools and use them almost every day in our business. Our primary tool is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), but we’re always keen to learn about other tools that can be of value to our clients. We recently became accredited in Clarity 4D and want to share some of what we learned here…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on June 20, 2017 at 17:07 — No Comments

‘Conflict is inevitable, combat is optional’



This quote from famous US author, Max Lucado rings so true for all conflict situations we can think of.

In all of life’s situations, it is how we chose to respond (and not react) that will determine whether the outcomes of conflict are constructive or…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on June 20, 2017 at 17:02 — No Comments

How to write a detailed job description for a new role

I recently wrote about the importance of defining your job title prior to even advertising the role.  Following on from that train of thought I wanted to go a little deeper in to detailing the job description for when you do advertise the role and ways that you can look at ensuring that you have…

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Added by Dan Jones on June 15, 2017 at 17:05 — No Comments

I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that: Can a computer be the decision-maker in an adverse action decision?

There is no doubt that human resources information systems (HRIS) have changed the face of HR.

A good HRIS makes onboarding and compliance easier and can provide real-time data on an organisation’s workforce.

As reported this month in HRM Magazine, Futurist Chris Riddell…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 15, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

I like to move it (move it): Relocation & Redundancy

The issue of relocating employees from one location to another arises when a business is restructuring, when a site closes down, or when a business decides to move its operations. 

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) considered the issues of relocation, redundancy and unfair dismissal. …

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 15, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

State of Play: Cricket Australia and NRL Industrial Disputes

Recently, there has been intense focus in the media on two of Australia’s top sporting codes and their negotiations for new pay deals. The threats of strikes and boycotts highlight why it is important to have and maintain good communication between the parties in the collective bargaining process.

Cricket…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 15, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Defining your recruitment process

As businesses we can often rush the recruitment process. This may be due to a staff member leaving at short notice and therefore leaving your business short staffed and under prepared. As such we do not always take the time to think through the recruitment process or give appropriate thought to what employing a new team member may look like. I previously wrote…

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Added by Dan Jones on June 15, 2017 at 13:08 — No Comments

Managing Change Strategically: Stakeholder Mapping

Change at work is a more complex process than most realise, with between 50-70% of workplace initiatives destined to fail. This is actually unsurprising as while most change initiatives are well thought through on the practical level with the aid of project planning tools like action plans and gantt charts, the people side of change is often overlooked - And change is fundamentally about the people who will have to implement change and live with the results.

Similar to planning tools…

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Added by Alistair Kerr on June 15, 2017 at 11:25 — No Comments

Keeping Your Uniform Policy Fair

Uniform policies and dress codes are an important element in a workplace. Studies show us that effective uniform policies can help to boost productivity, foster a sense of unity and increase the overall success of a business. But, they can also be a sensitive area for HR. Employees are sometimes unwilling to comply with a dress code and uniform policy can easily be made discriminatory or impractical. Today, we give you our top four tips for keeping a uniform policy fair.…

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Added by Fiona Anchal on June 14, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

An Investigation In The Balance

An investigation in the balance… It’s the case that all HR managers dread… You investigate, but it is all he said / she said... If the allegations are substantiated termination is likely! But if they cannot be substantiated…

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Added by Zandy Fell on June 14, 2017 at 14:55 — No Comments

4 proven elements of a successful succession plan

Succession planning is an age-old practice. In fact, it was a core tenant of the survival of many civilisations, with dictators and political leaders focusing heavily on cultivating the proteges they felt were most fit to fulfil their vision and continue their legacy.

Today, succession planning is critically…

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Added by Lance Hodgson on June 14, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Empowered Learner

Workplace learning has changed dramatically in the past ten years and technology has been the primary driver of that change. However, it has not necessarily been learning solutions supplied by organisations that have been the game-changer. The way that technology has enabled workers to self-direct their learning has been the significant factor. Whether it’s been fully…

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Added by Kiren Kahlon on June 12, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

6 Tips To Establish Assertive Management

Being able to communicate and manage in an assertive manner is a skill that takes practice and confidence.

Here are some tips for your behaviour, that will automatically see you being perceived by others as a more assertive communicator. These tips will help you feel more confident and will support your resolve to continue to practice being an assertive communicator.

Think of these tips like getting dressed in a suit or fashionable,…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on June 12, 2017 at 11:20 — No Comments

How to Prepare and Conduct a Difficult Conversation as a Manager

For most of us, the idea of having a difficult conversation makes our heart race a little (or a lot). People leaders have an extra layer of difficulty because, in most cases, these are conversations that can’t be avoided.

Let’s face it, it’s part of the job and something that has to be done. In fact, if you aren’t having difficult conversations on an almost daily basis, you probably aren’t doing your job to the best of your…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on June 12, 2017 at 10:41 — No Comments

8 common alternative facts about employment law

 When it comes to hiring and firing staff, a lot of what employers and employees believe seems to be based on myth, hearsay or out-of-date information. Some of these "facts" are very often wrong.

To help you cut through the noise and know where you stand, we set the record straight on eight of the most common employment law alternative facts.

'Fact' 1: An employee earning more than the high-income threshold can’t bring an unfair dismissal…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 9, 2017 at 13:40 — No Comments

The 5 Thinking Traps

All your decisions are biased!  This is a simple fact that we all need to get more used to.  If we don’t we are in danger of allowing a lot of automatic, and often unhelpful, patterns of thinking influence the major decisions we make. This could be anything from recruiting for a key role in our business or choosing a key supplier, to making a critical strategic decision…

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Added by David Klaasen on June 8, 2017 at 18:37 — No Comments

What's in a title?

Earlier this week I posted a blog about asking some pertinent questions in your business before advertising a role.  One of the areas that we looked at briefly was creating a detailed job description.  When doing this I believe it is critical to look at a number of areas, but one…

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Added by Dan Jones on June 8, 2017 at 15:15 — No Comments

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