July 2018 Blog Posts (25)

MBTI Type Skills for Managers and People Leaders

We recently went on holiday with the extended family to Vanuatu and it was fascinating to observe how different we all were in our ways of being. For example, some of us were crazy organised with an agenda full of activities. Others were very present, focusing only on what was in front of them in that moment. Inspired by the family dynamics, we decided to look at personality types in this post and …


Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 31, 2018 at 14:29 — No Comments

Turning the Invisible Into the Visible

Tony Robbins’ quote is simple yet effective. How do we get where we want or need to go without that first realisation of a goal? Remember though, the setting of a goal is only the first step. “A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exuperey

How do we move from goal setting to planning and achieving? We can’t wish for ‘I want that to happen’ and expect it to be so. There is a process that needs consideration of what is desired/what can…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on July 31, 2018 at 11:50 — No Comments

Employee Engagement - The workplace miracle drug!!

Struggling to engage employees in your workplace? If so, you’re not alone! It is estimated that almost 80% of Australian workers are disengaged in some aspect in their jobs. Due to this, businesses are feeling the pinch with lost revenue... It is said that if organisations get employee engagement right, it is treated as the miracle drug for workplace challenges!!…


Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on July 30, 2018 at 10:10 — No Comments

Ideas to get the workplace wellbeing ball rolling

It’s no secret that ensuring the wellbeing of your employees is no easy feat. Former strangers from all walks of life are put into one place to spend most of their waking hours relying on each other in an environment with regular stressors and pressures. Everyone is different, everyone is busy and there can be thousands of factors within a workplace that contribute to its culture which each have their own causes and effects.

While the shift towards seeing workplace wellbeing as ‘core…


Added by Margo Lydon on July 27, 2018 at 13:10 — No Comments

Guarding the Vulnerable: Reporting Obligations in Focus

With the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australian organisations are now on notice in relation to their ongoing child protection reporting obligations.

Mandatory reporting of particular conduct or convictions is a strong means of ensuring that those who care for the most vulnerable in our community, do not slip through the regulatory net.…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 25, 2018 at 13:27 — No Comments

HR Postcard from Singapore - Insights from a HR Leader


Our latest HR postcard is from Matthew Kimball, VP and Head of HR for Shell’s Global Commercial businesses.  Global Commercial is a group of three business, operating in 150 markets with roughly 1.5 billion in earnings and close to 9,000 employees servicing 1 million customers.  
We are thankful to Matthew for generously donating the time to converse with us about his personal experience of HR across his…

Added by alan clare on July 24, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

3 Steps To Better, Faster, Easier, Cheaper And Less Risky L&D

As we approach the summer holidays, I want to plant a seed with you that will give you hope, optimism and greater belief in the impact of our function.

We read and hear, everyday, that L&D is changing and that we need to catch upor re-skill but there’s more to it than that…

The only…


Added by Kiren Kahlon on July 23, 2018 at 21:18 — No Comments

“You’re on performance management…”

Certain things in life come with a bad stigma. No doubt ‘performance management’ is one of those! When an employee is placed on performance management, it is common for other employees to automatically assume that the affected employee is not performing, and the employer is looking for a way to push them out of the business. However, this is a wrong assumption and should not be tolerated in today’s workplace. HR should not only assist with the performance management process but should also…


Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on July 23, 2018 at 9:54 — No Comments

The Ultimate Guide To Background Checks


Added by Christian Moore on July 21, 2018 at 7:40 — No Comments

Intelligent workspaces

The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistance will not only benefit all facets of the business, but HR departments specifically: enticing and retaining top talent, while improving the interviewing and onboarding processes.

AI as an extension of existing tools

For some companies, there’s a reticence to fully embrace AI in the workplace. This is perhaps understandable with the …


Added by Sarah Gilmore on July 20, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Can You Deny Access to Workplace Investigation Documents?

Parties involved in a workplace investigation will often wish to gain access to documents that form part of the process. A difficult question for investigators is when - or if - it will be appropriate to release particular information. The reason for the request and the nature of the information will be key considerations, plus the investigator must find the best way to ensure that the access process is fair and…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 18, 2018 at 11:31 — No Comments

Aligning HR strategy with business strategy

No doubt we have all heard the saying ‘I hope it turns out okay’ and it never does? Hence why it’s important not to rely on ‘hope’ and ‘luck’. The same applies in the business world. Organisations cannot take a chance with that kind of mentality when it comes to maximising its competitive advantage to accomplish its mission.  

Today’s businesses are evolving rapidly, therefore having a solid strategy is crucial for the success of any organisation. As they say, ‘an organisation without…


Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on July 16, 2018 at 9:46 — No Comments

The truth Hertz: Vehicle services attendant dismissed for lying on his CV

Employers are often required to exercise a significant degree of trust and reliance in job candidates, believing that they will be truthful in recruitment processes. Whilst it is good practice for employers to double-check a job candidate’s qualifications and experience prior to making an offer of employment, the reality is that information provided in a curriculum vitae or an interview will be relied upon by an employer when considering who to recruit.

For employers, the consequences…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 16, 2018 at 9:16 — No Comments

Checking it twice: the importance of pre-employment and reference checking in recruitment

The applications have closed, the interviews are conducted and you think you have your ideal candidate– but HR tells you that you cannot make an offer until pre-employment and reference checking is conducted.

For some, pre-employment and reference checking may be considered a needless step which creates additional administrative burden – particularly when an employer has their candidate ready and able to start. However, conducting pre-employment and reference checks may turn out to be…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 16, 2018 at 9:15 — No Comments

You say it best when you say nothing at all – The risks of providing unfavourable or false references

Providing references to prospective new employers about employees can be a tricky business. There are range of important considerations for those delivering references to take into account and often conflicting interests can creep into the equation.

Common concerns include:

  • The risks of providing an unfavourable reference;
  • The risks of giving an exaggeratedly favourable reference;
  • How much information to give away;
  • The impulses of managers to…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 16, 2018 at 9:12 — No Comments

Hire for 'Culture Add' and Create Diverse Teams

Culture. A word you probably hear often if you remain up to date with the latest business leadership articles or entrepreneurship blogs. It’s your organization’s North Star, how work gets done and is driven by a common set of core values, beliefs and behaviours that characterize your organization.

Establishing a united company culture takes a lot of work, but there are many payoffs to benefit your business’s…


Added by Lindsay Pavan on July 12, 2018 at 5:30 — No Comments

Fighting Age Discrimination in the Workplace

At any given time, there are multiple generations operating in the workforce: new starters, more established professionals and those heading towards retirement.

While this can create a diverse positive workplace, where a range of different…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 11, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments

Unmasking the Leadership Myth


The concept of ‘leader’ is hardwired into our brains.  Our life experiences, first with parents then teachers then managers, instil in us the unquestioned concept that social structures need a leader. 

This paper builds on some of the concepts outlined in my previous post, entitled ‘Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations’ .

The management literature and its associated supports (MBA’s,…


Added by Ian Plowman on July 10, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Yes, yes, no: FWC rejects employee’s bid to reopen unfair dismissal claim after parties fail to sign terms

One of the first steps that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) takes when dealing with unfair dismissal claims is to require the parties to participate in a conciliation.

The purpose of a conciliation is to help the parties resolve the matter without the need go to a full hearing before a FWC member. In its most recent quarterly report on unfair dismissal applications, the FWC reported that about 59% of unfair dismissal claims were settled at…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 9, 2018 at 10:19 — No Comments

Take me to your leader: FWC Full Bench rejects Aldi’s EAs due to restrictive NERR

A recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has once again confirmed that the precise content and form required for notices of employee representational rights is no trivial matter.

At the commencement of bargaining for a proposed enterprise agreement, employers are required to give relevant employees a notice of employee representational rights (NERR).

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) is very specific about the…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 9, 2018 at 10:12 — No Comments

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