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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…

Added by James Judge on July 17, 2019 at 18:47 — 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. …


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…


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…


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.



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…


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…


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. 



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…

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.…

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. …


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:




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…


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…


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

5 Ways to Improve Your Construction Company’s Safety Culture

Safety is most certainly one of the major concerns of every construction company. The job, obviously, comes with a wide variety of risks. This is why it is essential for your business to have a strong safety culture. Engagement with each and every employee is crucial because they all need to be trained and fully aware of all the possible risks, as well as the ways to make sure that everyone on the worksite is protected. …


Added by Emily Wilson on June 26, 2019 at 22:10 — No Comments

Uncovering the Steps of an Effective Investigation Process

For many employers, a workplace investigation process can appear quite challenging to navigate. Questions around the actual subject of the investigation, and who is best qualified to carry out this important task, can immediately arise.

The investigation process itself is characterised by a number of important processes that are designed to reduce the risk of negative perceptions and/or potential legal pitfalls at a…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on June 26, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

How to Make a Healthier Workplace

Working by yourself is hard enough, so when you add other people to the mix, keeping a healthy workplace becomes even harder. Working in a collective has many perks, but you also need to take into consideration the health and habits of those around you. Even if you are just an…


Added by Emma Williams on June 26, 2019 at 0:00 — No Comments

Being fused with the CEO and CFO is the future of HR

With so much buzz around “The Future of Work” it seems only natural to think about “The Future of HR”.

Certainly, it feels like there is a shift occurring in the field. The external imperatives are there with technology, globalisation, growth, change and consolidation. The business environment is also evolving rapidly and the need for transformation, innovation and agility is critical.

Whilst HR now largely has its desired seat at the table, the hard yards are not over. HR must…


Added by Alicia Roach on June 25, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments

Changes in executive recruitment and why executive outplacement needs to adapt

We are operating in a business environment that is demanding more from our leaders than ever before. Executives need to be able to innovate, influence and pivot at an unprecedented rate all the while managing more significant risks, regulations and technological change.

It should come as no surprise then that executive recruitment is changing. Here are three changes that we have seen to executive recruitment and why your executive outplacement program needs to adapt to these trends if…


Added by Mark Brand on June 25, 2019 at 8:30 — No Comments

Common New-Hire Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

The fun thing about being a hiring manager is that you never stop learning. The not-so-fun thing is that you usually learn through mistakes.

The competition for talent, limited budget, workforce planning, and not having access to the right system and tools – those are the four major challenges that Australian recruiters face when…


Added by Jack White on June 21, 2019 at 21:30 — No Comments

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