September 2014 Blog Posts (25)

Invest in workplace health and wellbeing programs to improve your bottom line

Reduce employee risk of depression and anxiety by 25 per cent with physical health program

With Mental Health Awareness Month in October, Sally Kirkright, CEO, AccessEAP is calling on business owners and managers to introduce structured health and wellbeing programs into the workplace to reap the business benefits.

Mental health costs Australian employers $10.9 billion a year and absenteeism due to mental…


Added by Sally Kirkright on September 30, 2014 at 12:50 — No Comments

What challenges do you face in developing frontline leaders?

Developing effective frontline leaders is a challenging task but one that is well worth the effort. If you can get it right your organisation will thrive. I believe successful development begins with understanding the issues you face and how your programs can address them.

When I sit down with potential clients I take them through a matrix of scenarios to pinpoint their challenges so I can recommend the most appropriate course of action.

I have found those challenges can be…


Added by Karen Schmidt on September 30, 2014 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

Fitness First wins Best Learning and Development Strategy award at the HR Awards

Sarah Sammut, Head of Human Resources at Fitness First, shares with us the journey that led to their win at the 2014 Australian HR Awards for Best Learning and Development Strategy. Congratulations to the team at Fitness First!

The team were thrilled to win this award and we were up against some solid competition. A special thanks to my local…


Added by Kristina Still on September 29, 2014 at 20:30 — No Comments

Boost Your Productivity: 3 Powerful Thoughts For Scheduling Your Schedule

Infinite distractions, pressing deadlines, the sheer volume of work on your desk!!... I believe this is a challenge many individuals face and I want to share with you 3 crucial thoughts that will encourage you to go to another level of excellence in your life, not just at work but in how you feel after you leave the office…


1. Create Time Margins

If everything gets invested into only one aspect of our lives we don't have the time, energy or…


Added by Ben Young on September 29, 2014 at 16:14 — No Comments

The Four Strategies to Influence


Added by Dr Tim Baker on September 26, 2014 at 7:52 — No Comments

Using technology to train and induct new employees

Induction is a very important process in the employee engagement cycle. It can either provide the foundations for rapid growth and performance or lead to disappointment, confusion and disconnect.

The preparation and implementation of the induction phase can be very time-consuming for both the HR professional and operational manager who will directly engage with the new employee. If the right approach isn’t used, the information provided to this worker can also be out-of-date,…


Added by Bruce Nixon on September 25, 2014 at 15:50 — 1 Comment

FWC warns against “SCATTERGUN” approach by HR Personnel

Mr Francesco Gaglioti v Pilbara Mining Alliance Pty Ltd [2014] FWC 6439

On 17 September 2014, Commissioner Cloghan upheld the Employer, Pilbara Mining Alliance Pty Ltd’s decision, to terminate its Employee, Mr Francesco Gaglioti, after he failed to follow a lawful direction to inspect and replace, if necessary, an isolator on a dump truck.

The Employer in dismissing the Employee, stated in its letter of termination that the Employee’s conduct was in breach of…


Added by Amy Richardson on September 25, 2014 at 11:07 — No Comments

Overcome The ‘Impostor’ Syndrome

Do you ever have those moments where you feel completely out of your league, like you’re trying to perform in a shoe size that’s much too big for you? Or maybe it’s just the daily pressure of thinking that your best is never good enough!

All of us, not just an unfortunate 1 or 2 individuals, experience this tension between responsibility and pressure. It’s like the higher we climb the greater risk there is of falling. With great responsibility comes great internal doubt.…


Added by Ben Young on September 22, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Your Front Line Managers – Are You Neglecting a Critical Asset?

In May 2014, Harvard Business Review Analytics published the surprising results of a global survey of its readers. The survey sought to discover the importance of front line managers and the extent to which they were prepared to fill their roles. The results were astounding not because most respondents indicated that front line managers were critical to the success of…


Added by Melany Gallant on September 20, 2014 at 6:56 — 1 Comment

Are your workplace practices up to scratch?

With continually developing workplace laws and increasing penalties for non-compliance, it is becoming more important to stop and consider whether your workplace practices are up to scratch.

Conducting an audit of your workplace practices can give you peace of mind that your organisation is compliant and/or on the flip side,…


Added by Amy Richardson on September 19, 2014 at 9:35 — No Comments

Six focus areas for your frontline leader development strategies

When it comes to developing leaders you probably have limited resources to work with. Unless you are lucky enough to have a bottomless bucket of money you will need to achieve success in the most cost effective and timely manner possible. The last thing you want to do is put in a lot of effort and have nothing to show for it. That is why you need to focus your attention on the development areas that will give you the greatest return for your investment.…


Added by Karen Schmidt on September 18, 2014 at 12:10 — No Comments

What hiring managers really think of HR

HR professionals and in-house recruitment specialists spend a lot of time with hiring managers when recruiting for new roles, but what do those managers really think of their peers in recruitment?

Through my job writing for recruitment news publication Shortlist, I recently got to hear talent expert and futurist Kevin Wheeler share the feedback he receives from hiring managers – and it's not good news for in-house…


Added by Hannah Gartrell on September 16, 2014 at 13:07 — No Comments

How To Manage Difficult Conversations

Being able to manage and communicate a difficult conversation with an employee is a skill all high-performing managers must master. When speaking with leaders and managers, often the reason they tend to avoid these conversations is because in the past they have had a confronting and negative reaction from an individual they have challenged.

Regardless, not engaging in these much needed conversations often causes leaders and managers to:

- Feel like they are being taken…


Added by Ben Young on September 15, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Christmas Shutdown ... Time to get yourself in order

Are you planning to shut down over the Christmas and/or New Year’s period?

Some employment contracts, enterprise agreements and/or Modern Awards allow an employer to require an employee to take annual leave during a shut down over the Christmas and New Year period.

If you intend to shut down over the Christmas and New Year period, now is the time to start thinking about what length of notice is required to be given in order to ensure you…


Added by Amy Richardson on September 12, 2014 at 16:58 — No Comments

Unmasking the 'Masters of Disguise"

The subject of mental health has been very prominent over the past few months following the suicides of high profile individuals such as Charlotte Dawson, the beloved actor Robin Williams and, most recently, the husband of local radio personality Robin Bailey. When hearing about such tragic endings and how they affect even high profile celebrities who seem to have it all, it brings into perspective just how widespread and insidious mental health issues such as…


Added by Trish Cloete on September 11, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Data Analytics for HR - The Big Unknown

TQSolutions reviews what may be holding organisations back from full-scale data analysis; and so from top performance and optimal organisational value.

Talent is THE differentiator of corporate performance and organisational value. At TQSolutions we refer to the existence of the ‘Talent Value Multiplier’, or the cumulative impact of making the right investments or interventions relating to talent; an impact that steadily builds performance and organisational value.…


Added by Gareth Flynn on September 9, 2014 at 12:09 — No Comments

How To Hold An Effective Meeting

Today we bring together the final piece of our goal setting series:

Evaluate- How are we going in our commitment to our top priorities?

If you missed the other 3 parts to this series:

Click Here for PT. 1

Click Here for PT. II

Or Click …


Added by Ben Young on September 8, 2014 at 14:31 — No Comments

When is it fair to sack lying, swearing and threatening workers?

What can we learn from three dismissal cases, involving an employee who lied about working for a competitor while certified unfit for work, another who verbally abused his manager, and a third who threatened to shoot his supervisor?

These recent Fair Work Commission decisions highlight the types of misconduct that can warrant the termination of a worker's employment.

OHS Alert, the workplace safety news service I write…


Added by Alicia McCarty on September 8, 2014 at 11:55 — No Comments

Choosing the next crop of leaders

Are you ready for 2020?

That’s the date the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK has declared as the deadline for filling the leadership void that will be left by the last of the retiring Baby Boomers. The truth is most organisations are nowhere near ready and many are simply ignoring the issue, somehow hoping it will fix itself. The good news is, its not too late. You do have time if you start now.

Choosing the right people to nurture as your next crop of…


Added by Karen Schmidt on September 8, 2014 at 10:53 — No Comments

4 Steps To Increase Learning And Growth

The rapidly increasing complexities of modern business mean that if we are not effective at learning we will flounder and our team or our business may fail.  Some of the biggest brands have disappeared from our high streets because too many of their leaders and managers had the wrong mindset.  Is your mindset helping or hindering your performance or the performance of your business?

Dr. Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, is one of the world’s leading…


Added by David Klaasen on September 4, 2014 at 3:30 — No Comments

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