September 2017 Blog Posts (33)

I’ll txt u the deets: The perks and pitfalls of texting in the employment relationship

There is no doubt that we are glued to our phones, our mobile phones to be specific. In 2016, the Australian Communications and Media Authority reported that 5.78 million Australians no longer have a fixed-line telephone at home, relying solely on their mobile phones to communicate with others. A 2016 Deloitte study found that 27% of Australian mobile consumers claimed to not have made any standard voice calls in a given week,…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 29, 2017 at 13:18 — No Comments

New car, zero interest (in employee’s wages): Labour-hire operator gets referral to public prosecutor for non-payment of wages

The power of the courts to make orders in response to a contravention of a provision of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) is a broad one. It is derived from section 545(1) of the FW Act, which states:

“The Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court may make any order the court considers appropriate if the court…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 29, 2017 at 13:04 — No Comments

Swing and a miss: Dismissal for injured employee discovered playing golf

In unfair dismissal applications, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) must look at the factors under section 387 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) when considering whether a dismissal was ‘harsh, unjust or unreasonable’.

The first of these factors is whether there was a ‘valid reason’ for the dismissal relating to…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 29, 2017 at 12:50 — No Comments

How Internal Recruitment became a key part of the HR function

Once upon a time I believed internal recruitment was a graveyard for ex-agency recruiters. Now many functions have evolved beyond recognition. I honestly think that internal recruitment departments are fast becoming a vital part of most of Australia’s corporates.

If you don’t see that too, it could be because you’re making the same bad assumptions about internal recruitment I once did…. assumptions just like…


Added by Matthew Mayoh on September 28, 2017 at 11:53 — No Comments

How to get transitioning employees to see the opportunity in redundancy

It’s hard not to take redundancy personally even when you do see it coming. But the truth is in many cases redundancy can be a great opportunity to rediscover your skills, passions, and potential and explore job options that were previously never considered due to job security.

So how do you help your transitioning team to see the good in their redundancy while they are going through their transition period?

Remind them that it is the job that is redundant - not…


Added by Mark Brand on September 27, 2017 at 14:51 — No Comments

Can you develop leadership presence?

Leaders are expected to be influential and impressive. In today’s world, the most admired and respected leaders can achieve results by enabling others rather than controlling them. They motivate and engage through the way they communicate and the way they make people feel. They have ‘leadership presence’.


What is leadership presence?

Your leadership presence is aligned…


Added by Rosemary Moore Fiander on September 26, 2017 at 21:06 — No Comments

Crime and Punishment: FWC says unacceptable comment in the workplace didn’t warrant dismissal

Managing workplace behaviour is a balancing act for employers and HR. Some workplace policies provide examples of unacceptable behaviour and how to deal with it, but these policies cannot hope to address all types of behaviour or prescribe every appropriate redress. Employers need to exercise some judgment when they become aware of inappropriate behaviour and consider carefully whether an employee’s conduct will warrant…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 25, 2017 at 15:47 — No Comments

Ruse of the Guardians: Employee dismissed for fraudulent workers compensation claim

In Willmot v BlueScope Steel Limited [2017] FWC 4309, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) considered an unfair dismissal application made by an employee who was summarily dismissed for serious misconduct in relation to his worker’s compensation claim.

Mr Willmot (the Employee) was employed by BlueScope Steel Limited (Employer)…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 25, 2017 at 15:14 — No Comments

Reinstated and it feels so good: FWC finds General Manager’s redundancy based on consultant’s recommendation not genuine

When employers conduct an organisation-wide review of their operations, it can be both an exciting and challenging time. There are significant gains to be made by identifying inefficiencies and addressing them.  However, the desire to move too swiftly and rush this process should be avoided. Moving too fast may result in employers either intentionally or unintentionally disregarding their legal obligations to…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 25, 2017 at 15:03 — No Comments

What Employers Look For In A Leader VS What Team Members Look For In Their Leader

Research of more than 1,300 Australian professionals found:

  • Employers ranked the top two leadership traits as ‘strong work ethic’ and ‘record of success’ however employees ranked the importance of these leadership traits as ninth and eleventh respectively;
  • Employees…

Added by Catherine Gillespie on September 25, 2017 at 11:04 — No Comments

How to exit employees in a positive way

Whether you’re planning to fire an employee or one of your people tells you they need a chat, having to exit employees is never easy.

Firing someone is probably the most difficult thing you’ll ever have to do as a boss. By the same token, it’s hard not to take it personally when someone who you’ve nurtured tells you they’re leaving.

Yet, people resign for many reasons, most of which are beyond your control. Both scenarios can be gut wrenching, though it’s important to…


Added by Sebastian Reay on September 25, 2017 at 10:25 — No Comments

What makes a great HR Professional?



Human Resources is a constantly evolving profession that requires agility to meet the needs and objectives of organisations. HR professionals for the most part display great business acumen, relationship skills and of course technical knowledge and courage! 

The overarching strategy for a HR professional should be aligned with the organisations plans and objectives.  CEO’s…

Added by alan clare on September 22, 2017 at 12:52 — No Comments

SMB - Female Executives & Stereotypes

“She’s good at what she does. But at the end of the day, she’s only out for herself,” said the C-Suite exec.…


Added by Revel Gordon on September 21, 2017 at 22:00 — No Comments

4 telltale signs that you need a new HR system

These days, managing HR in a growing business is a constant task. As an HR manager, you’re probably overloaded with work and you never seem to get to the bottom of it all. It’s not unusual to rush from meeting to meeting, extinguishing fire after fire. You’re always checking your e-mail and making countless phone calls.

But there’s a big difference between being productive and just being busy. And if you’re…


Added by Sebastian Reay on September 21, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Professional Distance and Conflict of Interest at Work

During the seventies and eighties, organisations started to realise that the improper use of power and authority and undeclared and/or ineffectively managed conflicts of interest, posed a significant risk to their integrity and public trust. 

The requirement for ethical business dealings focuses the spotlight on conflicts of interests and the factors involved in creating the perception of conflicts…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 20, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

How to Write Effective Competitive Analysis for Your Small Business

When it comes to running a small business, none of the points should be ignored. The matter is that this is a highly competitive industry, therefore, you will get thousands of the competitors who will do their best to stay at the top of the market. If you don’t want to lag behind, you are to know what your competitors are doing…


Added by Lori Wade on September 19, 2017 at 23:53 — No Comments

Eliminate the Forgetting Curve with Digital

The modern age continues to present us with challenges and opportunities when it comes to being at our most productive. The speed at which technology is advancing means that many companies and brands are faced with very real productivity challenges. How do you stay competitive in a market that is constantly undergoing change and evolution? At the same time, we’re presented with myriad of ways that people can be more productive, both personally and professionally. The challenge for the modern…


Added by Kiren Kahlon on September 19, 2017 at 21:25 — No Comments

Putting Things Off: Why Procrastination Can Be Good For Your Career

Routine to rare, procrastination grips most of us from time to time. Generally seen as a problem simply to overcome, we are learning that procrastination may actually be controllable, and a way to help us differentiate ourselves in a crowded workforce.

The Good and the Bad

Frequent procrastinators are often unfairly…


Added by Jim Raychrudhury on September 19, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Document Examiners: When to Make Use of Them

Should the outcome of a workplace investigation be taken on review, the integrity of the evidence, amongst other aspects, will come under scrutiny. 

In cases where documentary evidence is relevant, it can be valuable to present expert evidence or obtain an opinion from a document examiner. 

But as a recent NSW case involving document examination demonstrates, it is also…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 14, 2017 at 11:08 — No Comments

Workplace Misconduct - Things to consider when terminating an employee

Recently an employee who was terminated for workplace misconduct as as result of drinking too much alcohol on Anzac Day and was awarded $8229.00 after the Fair Work Commission found that her dismissal was valid but none the less harsh under the circumstances.

Avril Chapman was employed by the Tassal Group. Her job  involved scaling, slicing, weighing and packing fish.  She had  been employed since 1 August 2012 and was terminated for workplace misconduct on 1 May 2017.

On 25…


Added by Phil O'Brien on September 13, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

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