Featured Blog Posts – September 2019 Archive (22)

Police Involvement in Workplace Investigations

On occasion, police will become involved and/or need to be involved in the allegations from a workplace matter. In this situation, it's important for employers to know what their obligations are, and to be aware of some of the challenges that can arise. 

So, let's take a look at when police are or may need to be called in and what should happen once they are. 

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 25, 2019 at 12:53 — No Comments

How To Beat Imposter Syndrome And Build Your Confidence As A Leader

Do you lack confidence as a leader? It’s a common problem, and something we’ve seen more and more of lately. 

Many new and developing leaders think they’re not good enough, and don’t have all the tools and resources to lead confidently. But it is possible to build your confidence and bridge that gap to improve as a people leader.

We’re sharing how to do just that.

You can…
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Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 25, 2019 at 10:31 — No Comments

Keeping Your Employees Happy With These 5 Easy Tricks

A company is only as good as the employees it keeps. No matter how good your equipment is, no matter how strong your marketing efforts are, you need people to run things. Good electronics and software won’t mean much if you don’t have people who can use them. And the best…

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Added by Emily Wilson on September 24, 2019 at 20:57 — No Comments

Workers rode scaffolding to the ground: Employer convicted and fined for WHS breach

A NSW scaffolding business has been convicted and fined after it pleaded guilty to an offence under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act) (SafeWork NSW v Sydney Hoist and Scaffolding Pty Ltd [2019] NSWDC 442).



The Sydney-based scaffolding business pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its primary duty under s19 of the WHS Act, when it exposed workers to a risk of death or serious injury.



The incident that resulted…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 24, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments

Learning and Development Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Organisation

To have a successful organisation, there are a lot of factors business owners and managers have to pay attention to, from having all the finances in place to make sure their product/service is top-notch and exactly what the customers need. However, one crucial aspect that cannot be forgotten under no circumstances are the employees.

The staff is what keeps the operation going and running smoothly. To attract top…

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Added by Emily Wilson on September 23, 2019 at 18:35 — No Comments

Feeling betrayed at work? Don’t betray yourself

The workplace is a melting pot of people with different personalities, personal values, past experiences and levels of maturity in self awareness and emotional intelligence. This means that each colleague will react to situations in different ways according to their fears and subconscious protection mechanisms.

Unfortunately this means that some of your colleagues will react inappropriately and this will be demonstrated in various ways. Some reactionary behaviours can be very subtle…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on September 23, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

Next-Level Thinking: The 5 Tips You Need To Be A Better Leader

You might already be in a position of leadership, or you might have recently been promoted or put yourself forward for a new role. Whatever stage of leadership you’re in, it’s time to change your strategy. 

Being a leader requires next-level thinking. You need to prepare mentally, physically and emotionally. What got you to this position of leadership isn’t going to create the thinking that you need to perform at your best. 

Luckily…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 23, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

Diversity and inclusion in the workforce: defining employees who are carers

While 1 in 8 is the official figure for the number of Australian employees who are carers, it is likely that this is an under representation as many carers don’t identify as one. This is particularly so for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and for Aboriginal Australians.

It is important that…

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Added by Rachel Matheson on September 20, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

5 Things You Should Consider Before Taking Your Dog to the Office

A growing number of employees, especially millennials, is taking their dogs to work because there are more companies today offering pet-friendly working environment. Pets are actually good for the mental health of the employees but it's necessary to train your dog for the office so…

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Added by Emma Williams on September 19, 2019 at 19:57 — No Comments

Elder Abuse in Care

The most vulnerable members of our society are generally those with disabilities, the very young and the elderly. People who are vulnerable are at greater risk of being abused or otherwise mistreated, especially in residential care facilities. This is currently being made distressingly clear at the aged care Royal Commission. 

We discuss what elder abuse in care looks like, how it can occur and what factors can make…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 18, 2019 at 16:44 — No Comments

How to effectively roll out OKRs in your organisation

For the past 5 years, The Agile Eleven has been using a goal-setting tool popularised by Google called Objectives & Key Results (OKRs). Why do we use it? To drive organisational alignment to help achieve our goals and vision. OKRs are so ingrained in our culture and ways of working that we have been implementing it with our clients, and have even started using them as part of our…

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Added by Katya Noble on September 17, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments

How to take control of a workload when you’re feeling overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed by your workload is a common, mortifying feeling. It’s easy to get caught up and take on much more than what could be handled, especially if you really care and are invested in you work.

When valuable time is wasted stressing over imminent deadlines, incomplete tasks start to pile up. It’s beneficial to take a moment and address the situation before the work tasks get too out of control.

Here are five simple steps to stay organised in taking control of an…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on September 17, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

How to Move Forward After a Workplace Investigation

A workplace investigation can be a traumatic and emotional event for everyone involved. 

Let's take a look at how an organisation can move forward after a workplace investigation, regardless of whether the complaint has been upheld or if any disciplinary action has been taken. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN INVESTIGATION IS CONCLUDED? 

After the investigative…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 11, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

Company Growing? How to Plan Your HR Department Structure

Nowadays, thanks to the development of virtually all aspects of business, starting your own company is easier than ever. It is not difficult to understand, then, why small businesses represent a considerable force on today’s market. In fact, according to statistics, small businesses already accounted for one-third of US exports in 2015, and as much as 88% of…

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Added by Lucas H. Parker on September 9, 2019 at 20:14 — No Comments

Challenging Assumptions - A Practical Guide to Innovation

I want to talk a little bit about Marvin Pipkin and what he can show us about challenging assumptions. When the United States Army Scientist returned to civilian life and joined General Electric in the 1920’s - he was set the “impossible” task of creating a lightbulb that was frosted on the inside. But Marvin, not understanding this was a joke for new recruits, set about as if it were possible, and in 1925, the new internally frosted light bulb was completed.

Creating and using…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on September 9, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

How to Deal with Workplace Conflict

Any sphere in which humans interact with each other is likely to involve certain levels of conflict. This is certainly the case in the workplace, where employees are required to spend significant amounts of time with people they may not otherwise choose to be involved with. 

Although workplace conflict is unavoidable, it does need to be dealt with to ensure that staff remain engaged and productive. We take a look at…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 4, 2019 at 17:18 — No Comments

Are you handling outplacement the right way?

There is a big challenge with outplacement services, and that is that for many organisations, it is quite often seen as a grudge purchase. And we’re not being unkind here.

With the wellbeing, performance and success of a transitioning employee no longer a direct impact on you or your bottom line, it can be easy not to show the level of care, support and proactivity that exiting employees need from you as…

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Added by Mark Brand on September 4, 2019 at 15:30 — No Comments

A little less conversational swearing: Casual swearing no excuse for conduct

There is no doubt that swearing in the workplace is unacceptable – the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has repeatedly held that swearing in an abusive manner that is directed towards others is a valid reason for dismissal. 



Often employees seek to justify their use of coarse language by claiming that there is a culture of swearing in their particular workplace. Earlier this year, in Pridham and Rose v Viterra Operations Pty Ltd T/A Viterra [2019] FWC 1018,…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 4, 2019 at 12:55 — No Comments

Just Managing: Workplace bullying and reasonable management action

Workplace bullying can be extremely serious and should not be tolerated by employers.



Across Australia, employers are required to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment, and genuine workplace bullying can put the health and safety of employees at risk. The anti-bullying jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) created by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) is directed towards remedying real cases of workplace…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 4, 2019 at 12:35 — No Comments

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