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The Anatomy Of Change: How To Change Your Mindset To Change The Way You Lead

Do you ever feel a little stuck or that you lack focus when at work? 

Working inside, whether you’re stuck in an office or a warehouse or at home, means your brain has ‘less space’ to think. 

The challenge for most people is not having enough space in between their meetings or between their thoughts to allow their creative juices to flow and allow something better to come to them. So it’s a good idea to look outside the window every…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 24, 2019 at 13:12 — No Comments

Interview Techniques for Workplace Investigations

In any workplace investigation, there will be multiple competing factors for an investigator to consider. One core issue is developing the appropriate interview strategy.

Investigative interviewing requires careful consideration of the purpose of the investigation, and exactly who will be interviewed. There is also the question of tone - ensuring that the interview remains cordial and does not begin to resemble an…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 24, 2019 at 11:31 — No Comments

Outsourcing Human Resource Companies - An Asset Your Company Should Have

The majority of business owners would undoubtedly agree that their most important asset are their employees. They realise that people are the real value of every business, and they take quality to another level.

So, naturally, the human resources department is essential when it comes to managing a business. However, the work of some HR departments can be too comprehensive to be optimally handled within the company.…

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Added by Emily Wilson on July 23, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments

How HR Can Enable the Success of Your Organisation

Whether your organisation is big or small, your human resources department is important to your success.

The HR team is not just there to file paperwork on personnel and do the payroll. They perform an important strategic role in looking after your organisation’s most important asset—its people.

By taking adult education courses in HR, or providing adult training to your…

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Added by Helen Sabell on July 23, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

Being genuine: Unfair dismissal, genuine redundancy and the redistribution of duties

Discussions with employees about restructures and redundancies are difficult and emotions often run high. Unfortunately, these things are a natural part of operating a business and can be the result of a range of factors from the introduction of new technology to the workplace, to a downturn in business.



With emotions running high, explanations about why a redundancy has occurred and what has happened to an employee’s job can sometimes get lost or confused. This is particularly so…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 22, 2019 at 12:54 — No Comments

Dealing with family and domestic violence in the workplace

Great to participate in this discussion on the HR Breakfast Club podcast with Genevieve Jacobs and Janice Hadgraft from White Ribbon on the intersection of family and domestic violence and the workplace. 
This can present complex and challenging situations for both HR practitioners and managers. Merely having a policy is just step one of building confidence and organisational capability in this key…
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Added by James Judge on July 17, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

How to Write Letters of Notification and Allegation

During the process of conducting workplace investigations, it is generally necessary to prepare letters of notification, and later, letters of allegation. 

We take a look at the difference between the two, and provide some tips on how to prepare these important documents. …

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 17, 2019 at 14:06 — No Comments

In the driver’s sheet: The importance of correctly characterising employee conduct

Employers regularly have to deal with issues relating to employee behaviour, work performance and misconduct. Often these concepts are interrelated and it can be difficult for employers to correctly characterise employee conduct and behaviour when a decision is made to commence a disciplinary process with an employee.



However, if the characterisation of the issue at hand is not made correctly in the disciplinary context, there is a real risk that an employee cannot properly answer…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 15, 2019 at 15:26 — No Comments

Not ok in any (con)text: Texting, dismissal and the FWC

Terminating an employee’s employment can be a confronting situation. It is difficult news to deliver and is often fuelled with emotion. For those reasons, many managers and employers attempt to avoid conflict or confrontation by delivering the news in a way that doesn’t involve a face to face meeting, such as in email or text message.

In two recent decisions, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has warned against such an approach and has heavily criticised two separate…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 15, 2019 at 11:31 — No Comments

Have a seat and take a stand: Why clubs need to regulate fan and member behaviour at sporting events

One of Workplace Law’s lawyers recently attended a sporting event at one of the largest sporting arenas in New South Wales, and had the unfortunate experience of having to listen to nearby spectators make inappropriate (and racially charged) comments about the players on the field. This issue was raised with the hosting club and the venue subsequent to the game, however, as the perpetrators couldn’t be identified, the response was that the matter could not be taken any further.

For…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 15, 2019 at 10:25 — No Comments

Australian and New Zealand workers are being upskilled at dial-up speeds according to new Skillsoft research

Australian and New Zealand organisations are upskilling their employees at “dial-up” speeds in a market that demands rapid learning and development programs, finds new research from Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate learning.

Based on a Vanson Bourne survey of 1,000 employees across Australia (855) and New Zealand (145) about their readiness for the future of work, Skillsoft’s Mind the Gap report released today reveals 55 percent…

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Added by Rosie Cairnes on July 12, 2019 at 14:11 — No Comments

Changing Behaviour: How To Effectively Manage Difficult Personalities In Your Team

In this post, we explore an issue that one of our podcast listeners is facing, but it’s a common problem in any high-performing team: dealing with difficult people.

Hands up, do you have a difficult colleague or somebody in your team that could be considered difficult?

In the case of our podcast listener, they felt their colleague has high IQ but very low EQ. So we’re going to give you a few ideas on how you might…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 12, 2019 at 11:15 — No Comments

Creating an Action Plan: ToR and External Investigators

When conducting a workplace investigation, it is crucial to be able to demonstrate that appropriate procedures have been followed. This is essential in defending any subsequent action that may be taken. 

It can be helpful for employers to create an action plan utilising Terms of Reference (ToR) and the services of an external investigator to keep the investigation process on track. 

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 10, 2019 at 12:22 — No Comments

Modern Slavery Legislation – Employers What Do You Need To Know?

The Modern Slavery Act (2018) came to pass on 1 January 2019, and for companies with a consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, it establishes mandatory reporting criteria. The first reports are due in February 2020 and information required will include:

  • Their structure, operations and supply chains;
  • Potential modern slavery risks;
  • Actions taken to assess and address these risks; and
  • How they assess the effectiveness of these…
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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on July 9, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

Identifying Your Key Stakeholders: Why Every People Leader Should Do It

We have been getting a lot of feedback from leaders who feel they don’t have a good relationship with their stakeholders. So we’re taking a look at a few strategies and approaches that can help you improve your relationships for better business success. 

Listen here or continue reading below.…
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Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 4, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

Receiving Workplace Complaints

Employers should be well aware of the legal and associated requirements that come into play when someone in the workplace raises their hand with a grievance. 

Complaints about unacceptable and/or inappropriate behaviour can arise from any work area, and in regard to a wide variety of issues. Grievance handling needs to be fair and consistent - yet with each situation being approached on an individual basis. …

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 3, 2019 at 14:24 — No Comments

Collaborative Leadership and LOVE?

Collaborative Leadership and LOVE?

I was recently reading an article about the principles of ‘Collaborative Leadership’. The author suggested that “Principled Leadership’ required a leader to be clear about their own values as well as those of the organisation and be able to articulate them. The author then gave examples of the values that they believed embodied the concept of a true leader. These values were listed as:

Collaboration

Group…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on July 1, 2019 at 1:00 — No Comments

Importance of a healthy workplace culture

In most workplaces, it is very common to hear terms such as ‘workplace culture’ or hiring managers, advising that they are looking for ‘the right culture fit’ when considering candidates for their vacancies. What does it really mean when we say, ‘workplace culture’ or ‘the right culture fit’?

What is workplace…

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Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on June 28, 2019 at 11:01 — No Comments

Why the office kitchen can be a health & safety battleground

The office kitchen is the heart and soul of a business. A place where employees come together to bond over a meal, collaborate over a tea or coffee, and make sure they eat enough healthy food to keep them going for the rest of the day.

With white goods like toasters out and being used all day, water boiling for tea, and unhealthy food options easily accessible, keeping the office kitchen safe and healthy is a challenge for most businesses.

While you might think you’re doing…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on June 27, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

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