August 2018 Blog Posts (33)

3 Popular and Effective Ways to Structure Your HR Team

Every HR team’s job is to ensure the wellbeing of the employees’ performance. Specifically, the goal of an HR department is to hire and fire people, to make sure that the employees are receiving their promised compensation and benefits, and to define, monitor, and report the employees’ work.

The purpose of every HR team is to maximize the productivity of the company by constantly optimizing the efficiency of all employees.

Therefore, as an employer, manager, or CEO, the best…

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Added by Jack White on August 31, 2018 at 21:48 — No Comments

The Importance of Claiming Ownership For Our Decisions and Actions

Scenario:

A Supervisor is attempting to manage a sensitive Return to Work (RTW) situation with a direct report. The direct report is keen to return to active fieldwork duties. The Supervisor is concerned such activities would exacerbate the worker’s injury. The Supervisor seeks HR’s review of the email to be sent to the worker communicating the delayed RTW process. The HR Manager approves the email content and the…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on August 31, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

Four steps to a smoother separation conversation

Let’s face it; no one enjoys sitting an employee down and telling them they no longer have a place in the company because their position has been made redundant. Unplanned redundancy conversations can be hard and challenging, and you can encounter some pretty big emotions.

While we often recognise the difficulty these conversations have on transitioning employees in the business world, we don’t always remember the effect it has on the person who has to deliver the conversation. To…

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Added by Mark Brand on August 29, 2018 at 23:30 — No Comments

The True Value of a Mission Statement for Your Business

I was fortunate to recently employ an additional staff member.  I appreciate how new employees can bring diverse perspectives, new knowledge and an opportunity to assess what we do, why we do it and the culture we have created around us in the workplace. 

As part of the induction process, I explained the organisation's mission statement and values to demonstrate the important elements of the…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on August 29, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Legal Issues When Conducting Workplace Interviews

When a workplace investigation has to be conducted, the most valuable information will generally be obtained through interviewing the staff involved in the incident and any witnesses. This information will play a critical role in determining what has happened or who or what was responsible. 

In order to obtain relevant and reliable information from the parties involved, good communication skills, an…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on August 29, 2018 at 13:22 — No Comments

Research reveals significant gaps in Australia’s marketing skills base

Most HR managers know there is a skills gap in marketing capability but what’s been difficult to quantify is exactly which skills are lacking that would pose a risk to marketing strategies.

The pace of change in most industries has resulted in many people lacking the right knowledge and capabilities to help support the new reality of digital-led, customer centric marketing that leverages the wealth of data at our disposal.

To address this challenge, the…

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Added by Neil Arshed on August 27, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

It takes change to make change

For us human beings, change has always been ingrained into our heads as something difficult; anything from changing houses to a household brand we use on a daily basis. The same applies within the workplace. When change is introduced, it brings a level of anxiety and discomfort for workers as it puts them out of their comfort zone. Despite this, for businesses to remain competitive and improve their performance, change is required. As Henry Ford once said, “if you always do what you’ve…

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Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on August 27, 2018 at 9:39 — No Comments

4 Tips for Successful Career Planning

Learn what you can do to take charge of your own career path and land in the field that's ideal for you.

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” (Katherine Whitehorn)

Envision where you want to be professionally in five years. Do you know a quick way to turn your vision into a reality? It’s…

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Added by Oli Kang on August 26, 2018 at 20:56 — 1 Comment

Importance of organizational structure for business

There is absolutely fundamental need in company for a solid structure. Organizational structure concerns who reports to whom in the company and how elements are grouped together. A new company cannot go forward with out this.

There are several organizational structures companies can choose from. The most popular structure is functional. The main benefit of this system is clear lines of communications from top to bottom. Another structure is organized along product lines. In this case…

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Added by Jack White on August 23, 2018 at 23:14 — No Comments

Our Top 5 Energy Boosters for People Leaders (Or Anyone For That Matter)

In many of our workshops lately, energy, or rather the lack of it, has been a big issue. In this post and podcast, we share our top five energy boosting tips. They’re all super easy and there’s not a piece of gym equipment in sight!

As a people leader, you really do need to be at your best if you're expecting the best from your team. And to be as effective as you can be, you need to be optimised mentally, physically, and…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 23, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

What To Do When Faced With Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

In the event of an allegation of child sexual abuse in the workplace, it is essential that immediate steps are taken to ensure the safety of any child allegedly involved. 

Following from this crucial first response, mandatory reports need to be made to the relevant statutory child protection authorities and subject to any police investigation, the allegations must be objectively investigated. The investigation report must…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on August 22, 2018 at 17:19 — No Comments

Do manager mindsets affect employee performance evaluations?

In an age where agility and diversity are increasingly crucial to organisational success, accurate employee performance evaluations are vital.

Research suggests managers with fixed mindsets are less likely to acknowledge improved employee performance, while managers with growth mindsets are more likely to acknowledge employee improvement. The academic literature notes the differing performance evaluations may be due to those with fixed mindsets being anchored by their first…

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Added by Helen Borger on August 21, 2018 at 0:17 — No Comments

How Digital Learning Is Working In Retail

I don’t need to tell you that the retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years.

Whilst online retailers, such as Amazon and ASOS, have been huge winners online, many traditional retailers have struggled to find their place in the modern world – and a large number of those have been lost from the high street, for good. In the UK …

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Added by Kiren Kahlon on August 20, 2018 at 20:25 — No Comments

Employer obligations to work-related injury or illness

Regardless of what state we reside in, an employer has a duty of care to provide and maintain a safe workplace for all its employees. However, unfortunately despite all efforts, incidents and injuries still occur in the workplace. When an employee becomes ill or injured because of their work, and has incapacity for work, the employer has an obligation to ensure that they are cared for; has every opportunity to recover and return to work. Let’s explore this in more detail for…

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Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on August 20, 2018 at 10:07 — No Comments

PCBU fined $375,000 following death of turf stacker

In yet another decision resulting from a tragic workplace safety incident, an employer has been fined $375,000 after one of its workers was fatally crushed by a turf harvester being driven by a co-worker.

In SafeWork NSW v Turfco Australia Pty Ltd [2018] NSWDC 191, the Court heard that, at the time of the incident, Turfco had in place a ‘hop-off’ system used by its workers that was contrary to its own operator’s manual.

Turfco is engaged in the growing, harvesting and…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 17, 2018 at 16:28 — No Comments

Deficient work practices resulted in ladder fall death

In SafeWork NSW v Li [2018] NSWDC 189 the NSW District Court convicted a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) of failing to comply with a health and safety duty after a worker died following a fall from a ladder as a result of a poor system of work.

Mr Li, who traded as Apple Electronic Security, operated a business that involved installing security systems. In June 2016, Mr Li was engaged by a smash repair business to install seven security…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 17, 2018 at 16:25 — No Comments

A moving experience – what to expect and what to consider when relocating Part 1

Down-sizing, upgrading, outgrowing and restructuring – change in the life-cycle of a business is inevitable and changes in size and operational needs often demand a relocation.

Relocating a business is a huge logistical challenge in itself and as a result, it’s not uncommon for the employment and HR aspects of a relocation to become secondary considerations.

In this two-part blog, we outline some of those key considerations and touch on a few issues that HR, managers and…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 17, 2018 at 16:21 — No Comments

Leadership Perspectives – Interview With David Ryan, MD City West Water

Today, as part of our leadership series, we’re sitting down with David Ryan, managing director of City West Water, a government owned retail water company, to hear his thoughts on leadership and running a large organisation.

The background is that People Leaders ran a six-month leadership programme for David’s team at City West Water in Melbourne. Based on the feedback and the shift in behaviour we've seen, it’s been very successful. David explains:

“Leadership is a journey of…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 17, 2018 at 14:45 — No Comments

Analysing Evidence: The Key Step of Workplace Investigations

One of the most challenging and important tasks undertaken by a workplace investigator is the analysis of the evidence that has been gathered during the course of the investigation. 

Key questions to consider include: What evidence should be contained in the investigation report? How do I analyse what I have gathered? How does this connect with the findings I make in the investigation report? …

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on August 15, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments

Are you ready (willing and able) for it? When employees are unable to perform their contractual duties

One of the fundamental principles of the employment relationship is the work-wages bargain – an employer pays an employee wages in exchange for work performed. The work-wages bargain assumes that employees are ready, willing and able to perform the work requested of them by the employer. This assumption is challenged when an employee is unable to perform the required work because of some limitation such as the loss (or suspension) of an essential qualification such as a driver’s…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 13, 2018 at 10:47 — No Comments

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