October 2017 Blog Posts (36)

Are managers and HR professionals the forgotten victims of complaints in the workplace?

We know that bullying, harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace is stressful to the victims, but it is often forgotten that the responsibility for dealing with and/or investigating these matters can also be very stressful on managers and HR professionals.

I wonder if this stress is the cause of investigations either not being done at all or being done in a less than effective manner. Managers and HR professionals are often blamed if they get it wrong, or take to long and you…


Added by Phil O'Brien on October 16, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Employee Sacked After Calling Boss a "Backstabbing C**t" Awarded Maximum Unfair Dismissal Compensation.

On 23 December 2016 Mr Trialonas made an unfair dismissal application to the Fair Work Commission pursuant to section 394 of the Fair Work Act 2009. Mr Trialonas sought a financial remedy from his employer, which he identified as “3D Scaffolding”.

3D scaffolding disputed the identity of the employer and Commissioner Johns subsequently held a preliminary unfair dismissal…


Added by Amnon Kelemen on October 13, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

#TakeAKnee: Can employers legally dismiss an employee for “taking a knee”?

The world has been following the NFL with keen interest these past few weeks after President Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who refused to stand for the US national anthem and flag before a game – raising interesting questions for us sports-loving employment lawyers.

The “Take a Knee” movement was started in 2016 by former San Francisco…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 11, 2017 at 16:21 — No Comments

Is this thing on? Recording meetings and other strategies for substantiating workplace discussions

All too often workplace disputes arise out of conversations or meetings where the participants have wildly different versions of events. The parties then end up before a court or the Fair Work Commission (FWC) where a judge or FWC member is tasked with deciding whose evidence they prefer – essentially, who appears to be more credible and reliable.…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 11, 2017 at 16:05 — No Comments

Someone to Lean On: Who can be a support person?

In determining whether an employee’s termination was harsh, unjust or unreasonable, s 387 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provides a list of criteria the Fair Work Commission (FWC) will consider. One such criterion is whether there was any unreasonable refusal by the employer to allow the person to have a support person present in any discussions relating to dismissal.…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 11, 2017 at 15:31 — No Comments

Flushed away – Teacher compensated for disclosure of health information on note found in staff toilet

From the moment an individual applies for a job, an employer has collected personal information about that person. As the employment relationship continues more and more personal information about the individual is collected – and for legitimate reasons.

Some information may relate to the practical side of the employment relationship like contact…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 11, 2017 at 15:14 — No Comments

Leavin’ on a jet plane: Refusing requests for annual leave

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has highlighted the importance of correctly managing employees’ requests for annual leave (Adriana Stevens v Horsley Park Supermarket Pty Ltd T/A Carlo’s IGA Horsley Park [2017] FWC 4626).

The employee in question was dismissed from her employment as a Duty Manager in a supermarket…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 11, 2017 at 14:45 — No Comments

Professional Distance and Social Media

Maintaining professional distance in the workplace can be challenging at the best of times. There is a very fine line between managing interpersonal relationships, ensuring that colleagues and co-workers get along with each other, and developing such close relationships that potential conflicts of interest or social problems arise. 

This juggle has become even more difficult with the advent of social…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 11, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

That Awkward Office Birthday


We’ve all experienced that moment. Everyone in the office gathers around, the candles are lit in direct violation of office OH&S and your colleagues warble out an off-key rendition of Happy Birthday. To some, it’s an awesome moment; to others, it’s something to be avoided at all costs.


Whether you work in an office of health-conscious…


Added by Jo Power on October 11, 2017 at 9:09 — No Comments

Benefits of Writing Intelligent Resume and Vacancies

There are many benefits of using the intelligent content. Some concern the quality of service and others improve process efficiency. Here are some of the most notable benefits of intelligent content.

  • Intelligent content reduces the cost of maintenance, development and review. This means that you will have to spend less time and money on arranging your content or reviewing it.

  • Intelligent content allows you to spend more time creating a new…


Added by Brenda Allen on October 10, 2017 at 4:20 — No Comments

Assessing the Ideal Team Player

What makes an ideal team player?  What qualities would you want them to demonstrate?  How do you assess job applicants or even current members of your team, to make sure that they have the qualities you want?  

I frequently get asked these questions because it is a constant challenge for managers to select the best candidates for the job, especially in a very…


Added by David Klaasen on October 5, 2017 at 19:31 — No Comments

5 Tips to Effectively Influence ‘Thinkers’

A big part of any leadership role is knowing how to influence others. Not to manipulate or cajole but to influence so your team can work more cohesively. Because we all see the world differently, not everyone has the same ‘influence buttons’ but the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) gives us clues how to frame an argument based on style or ’preferences.’

We covered preferences in more detail in this post on …


Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 5, 2017 at 10:19 — No Comments

What motivates people to learn online at work?

I asked this question to a group of 20 or so L&D folks last week. The responses I got back included:

  • Accessibility
  • Speed
  • Ease
  • It’s ‘free’
  • It’s just-in-time
  • They don’t have to leave their desks

Did you notice anything missing from that list? What do you think is the number one reason that people want to learn online at work?

According to …


Added by Kiren Kahlon on October 4, 2017 at 21:15 — No Comments

How to ensure a relevant and sustainable insured employee benefits program

There is a generally accepted belief that if organisations pay employees enough, they will be more productive and engaged.

Recent research by Aon Hewitt [1] indicates there is a strong correlation between employee perceptions of their benefits or rewards and their overall engagement levels. Employees who value their total rewards package, including benefits, are five times more engaged in their workplace compared to only three times if their base pay only is seen as…


Added by Damien Kelly on October 4, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Codes of Conduct and Different Professions

A Code of Conduct sets out the 'golden rules' or guidelines in which employers and industry bodies codify acceptable standards of behaviour in the workplace. 

Individual businesses can develop their own Codes of Conduct applicable to their specific interests. Many professional bodies also implement standardised Codes of Conduct covering behaviour which is perceived as being a particular risk…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 4, 2017 at 14:08 — No Comments

Meditation – Your Secret Leadership Weapon

Meditation is a subject full of misconceptions and misunderstandings, yet those of us who do it regularly can’t imagine life without it. It’s one of the best kept secrets around but fortunately it’s becoming more and more mainstream.

In fact at the leadership level it’s becoming an essential skill. Mark Bunn, author of …


Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 3, 2017 at 11:11 — No Comments

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