September 2021 Blog Posts (16)

Six ways to avoid leadership exhaustion

With leaders around the globe facing extended periods of highly disruptive change due to the pandemic, and the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognising ‘burnout’ as a result of chronic workplace stress – the days of organisations thinking burnout is not their problem are over.

As a leader, you have a responsibility not only to yourself and your family to avoid leadership exhaustion but also to your team. Because your team will look to you as an example of how they are…


Added by Mark Brand on September 30, 2021 at 21:47 — No Comments

The intrinsic link between physical and mental health


The intrinsic link between physical and mental health

Anjanette Murfet, Chief People & Communications Officer

Accolade Wines


Long regarded by the corporate world as an important factor in establishing a high-performance organisation, conversations on the importance of mental and physical health in the workplace have been increasingly prevalent due to the pressures of the pandemic,…


Added by Anjanette Murfet on September 30, 2021 at 12:09 — No Comments

Can an employee who resigned bring an action for unfair dismissal? 3 tips employers need to know about resignations during performance management

While this may come as a surprise to some employers, there are in fact some circumstances where an employee’s resignation may be deemed a dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act). 

In a matter before the Fair Work Commission (FWC), (Christine Sandra Becker -v- Greater Bank Limited [2021]…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on September 28, 2021 at 8:00 — No Comments

Workplace wellbeing, diversity, and inclusion post-COVID

What will workplace wellbeing, diversity and inclusion look and feel like to organisations post Covid-19?

I committed to having 100 virtual coffees with leaders and diversity and inclusion experts from around the world. I have been having some very interesting conversations. My question is: 

What does the pivot in diversity and inclusion start to look like post Covid-19?  

This is the…


Added by Maureen Frank on September 27, 2021 at 13:00 — No Comments

Not a “one and done” thing: The importance of WHS refresher training

It is an expected and necessary part of work health and safety (WHS) plans that all new workers receive relevant WHS training. A recent decision in the NSW District Court (the Court) has highlighted the need for employers to also re-induct or provide refresher training to workers when they are transferred to a different department or location.

In SafeWork NSW v Crawfords Freightlines Pty Ltd [2021] NSWDC 442, Crawfords Freightlines Pty Ltd…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 23, 2021 at 12:51 — No Comments

Procedurally disastrous: Commission orders employer to pay compensation as a result of its procedurally unfair disciplinary process

When investigating allegations of misconduct against an employee in the workplace, employers must ensure that any ensuing disciplinary process is kept distinct from and separate to the investigation. This is to ensure that the employee is afforded proper procedural fairness.

The purpose of an investigation into allegations of misconduct is to determine whether or not the misconduct has actually taken place and can be put to the employee as part of a disciplinary process. During the…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 23, 2021 at 12:43 — No Comments

Employee data privacy and making things easier: Can you have the cake & eat it?

Lightening your workload by improving the way you look after employee data privacy

We know and understand that you care for your employees and their data. In recent years, there has been a lot of concern for data privacy and security, and for good reasons. HR Managers and other custodians of this information want to do their job as well as possible, keeping the information private and secure. In theory, technological solutions can be of great assistance when it comes…


Added by Quin Rijnders on September 23, 2021 at 7:55 — No Comments

Make the Most of Your Marketing Strategy with These Social Media Tips

As a business owner, you are aware of how important customers are for the success of your business. In order to attract them, you need to put plenty of effort into your marketing campaign. From handing out flyers and putting up billboards to sending emails and producing TV ads, there are many ways how you can promote your business. However, you probably know the saying that if you’re not on social media these days, it’s as if your company doesn’t even exist. With that in mind, you also need…


Added by Mike Parsons on September 17, 2021 at 21:37 — No Comments

News update: Casual terms award review 2021

In March 2021, the casual employment amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) introduced a new statutory definition of “casual employee” and an entitlement to casual conversion as one of the National Employment Standards (NES).

As part of the amendments, the Fair Work Commission (the FWC) was required to undertake a review of casual terms in modern awards and their interaction with the casual employee amendments…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 15, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

Building sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives

Six considerations to support DE&I using robust talent assessments

Organisations are strengthening their diversity, equity and inclusivity (DE&I) strategies and programs. To ensure sustainability, they must adopt a holistic approach and consider four pillars: 

  • the workforce and talent practices…

Added by Stefan Hinrichsen on September 15, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

News update: Changes to the Fair Work Act and Sex Discrimination Act to commence shortly

On 2 September 2021, the Federal Parliament passed the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill).

The Bill implements a number of recommendations made by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) following a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The Bill will amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) as well as the Sex Discrimination Act…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 15, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

SMEs key to driving Australia’s business travel recovery

Business travel accounts for a significant portion of Australia’s travel sector and contributes to the local economy. Since the start of the pandemic, the SME sector has been greatly impacted and has experienced a significant decline in business travel.

However, I believe that SMEs will be a key driver in the country’s travel recovery and will play an important role in giving the economy a much-needed boost.

Small businesses account for around 98 per cent of all Australian…


Added by Tom Walley on September 14, 2021 at 18:44 — No Comments

Full force denied: Commission rejects constructive dismissal claim after finding performance review process did not force employee to resign

For an employee to access the unfair dismissal jurisdiction, they must be “dismissed” from their employment by the employer. In some instances, a resignation can be a “dismissal”, when an employee is forced to resign due to the employer’s conduct. This is referred to as a “constructive dismissal”. 

In the recent decision of Burgess v Optus Administration Pty Ltd T/A Optus [2021] FWC 4459, the Fair Work…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 9, 2021 at 17:46 — No Comments

Building an Inclusive Workplace by Embedding Inclusion Habits

You may be thinking, “We are already a very inclusive workplace!” or “We really are inclusive leaders”, or even, “We don’t need inclusion habits!”.

That’s what I hear from most of the leaders I work with.

Why are we so insistent that we already have an inclusive workplace?

Here is my take on why we think we…


Added by Maureen Frank on September 9, 2021 at 17:15 — No Comments

7 things businesses can do now, to recover quickly after lockdown

A proportion of businesses that are still operating healthily in the current lockdown may have slowed their pace as they wait for the re-opening. However, I believe that businesses would be wise to use the downtime to re-strategise and plan for the post-lockdown bounce back, and return to a pre-covid world, smarter.

As the General Manager of Corporate Traveller Australia (, the SME business…


Added by Tom Walley on September 8, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

COVID-19 has propelled interest in corporate wellbeing, and here’s what we can expect to see longer term

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every individual, community, and organisation in the world. It has brought prolonged periods of professional, personal, social and financial stress, and we are all being challenged mentally, physically and emotionally like never before. These many stressors have put employee wellbeing at the forefront of organisations and the corporate landscape is forever changing. No longer a nice-to-have, the safety, health and wellbeing of employees has become a…


Added by Dipra Ray on September 2, 2021 at 12:21 — No Comments

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