October 2018 Blog Posts (29)

Australian Businesses Need Better Onboarding Practices

Businesses in Australia have an onboarding problem. A survey of 460 hiring managers by Robert Half found that over 60 percent have had new hires resign during their probationary period. Worse, nearly half indicated that they’d lost new employees specifically because of inadequate onboarding practices. This…

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Added by Mathew Paine on October 31, 2018 at 14:04 — No Comments

Procurement and Corruption - The Warning Signs

Effective procurement requires the ability to foster productive relationships and to secure the best possible terms within a contract or project. However, there can be a fine line between savvy negotiation and a gradual descent into corrupt and/or fraudulent behaviour. 

Despite robust legal and policy requirements relating to procurement activity, fraud is nevertheless an ever-present problem within the supply chain…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 31, 2018 at 12:46 — No Comments

Helping your employees to future proof their careers

The 2018 “Future of jobs” report by the World Economic Forum listed the top 10 careers that will be in decline by 2022 as a result of the increase in robot technology. How many of your employees are at risk? 

  1. Data entry clerks
  2. Accounting, bookkeeping and payroll clerks
  3. Administrative and executive secretaries
  4. Assembly and…
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Added by Karen Schmidt on October 31, 2018 at 11:59 — No Comments

The SME owner's guide to getting HR strategy right

Many small business owners don’t have a lot of time to devote to implementing a bespoke HR strategy. But that doesn’t mean they can’t get it right.

Running and growing any business takes serious time and effort. And very often so much of that time and effort is spent keeping customers or clients happy that you have very little chance to get around to anything else, especially your HR.

But if you leave your human resource strategy to chance, you shortchange yourself and your…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on October 31, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Public versus private cloud

More and more businesses are moving away from on-premise servers and infrastructure, and instead adopting a total cloud IT environment.

And like many businesses, you’re probably thinking about how your business could be further leveraging the cloud to increase efficiency and reduce running costs.

Having your entire IT environment in the cloud reduces the need to host, update, maintain or backup IT environments, so you no longer have to invest in on-premise servers, expensive…

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Added by Andrew Tucker on October 26, 2018 at 13:58 — No Comments

3 Ways to be More Socially Responsible in Business

A company with a big heart and good citizenry shows its customers that it is a company that cares, that is not just there for the profit. This in turn breeds trust and loyalty in customers. A successful company will have in place socially responsible and transparent values for each of their stakeholders including employees, customers and investors. 

Social responsibility is the suggestion that we, as either individuals or in business, have an obligation to act for the benefit of…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on October 25, 2018 at 14:36 — No Comments

Employee wellbeing: a responsibility and a strategy

No matter the size of a business or its revenue, its greatest asset and most valuable resource is the people. How we take care of ourselves is a 24/7 consideration – and that extends to our time spent in the office. Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2018 survey found that human resources and business leaders around the world overwhelmingly see employee wellbeing…

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Added by Francesca Di Stefano on October 24, 2018 at 17:37 — No Comments

Creating a Safe and Healthy Workplace For All

Developing a positive working environment where all employees are supported is key to looking after the mental wellbeing of your staff, and freeing them up to be their most productive selves. 

A safe and healthy workplace is one which is inclusive and caters for the needs of all workers. According to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a two-fold approach where the development of long-term…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 24, 2018 at 11:55 — No Comments

Start-up to Global Domination - An HR Guide to Getting it Right

In the early stages of a business, most owners and managers focus on growth – almost to the exclusion of everything else. But by spending a little time on your human resources (HR) upfront, and then re-examining where you’re at along the way, you can save a lot of headaches and create a more dynamic, successful and profitable business.

There are many examples of startups where neglect for human resources, led to serious issues down the track. Some of the more high profile ones include…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on October 23, 2018 at 8:53 — No Comments

The 3 HR lessons from the Banking Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Financial Services has been sending shockwaves through Australia’s banking and finance sector. But it’s not just bankers who can learn some valuable lessons from the stories that have been emerging. Some of the key takeaways are just as relevant for human resources (HR) and business owners and managers too.

How the Royal Commission affects…

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on October 23, 2018 at 8:51 — No Comments

What Is the Role of HR Department in Recruitment and Selection

Recruitment and selection of employees is not a simple and easy task. It demands knowledge of psychology, social studies and, of course, the industry those employees will perform their tasks. Additionally, you have to be acquainted with the educational system in your country and the country you’re hiring people from.

When you plan to hire someone from abroad, there are several factors that you have to think of.…

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Added by Emily Wilson on October 22, 2018 at 22:28 — No Comments

How to Avoid Christmas Party HR Headaches!

A kiss, a punch up, a groping, and a black eye: a good night out, or a post-Christmas party human resources nightmare?

For the HR professional, there is nothing worse than commencing the performance and disciplinary management of staff at the festive season.

Top tips to avoid a Christmas party headache

  • Don’t expect the worst, but…
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Added by Mathew Paine on October 22, 2018 at 11:48 — No Comments

How To Wheel Your Way To Success

We’ve been using the success wheel for many years, and every time we use it with a leadership client or team we get great feedback and they get great results. The beauty of this activity is that it’s ridiculously simple and yet super effective. In this post we’re going to share why and how we use the success wheel – and why it brings such successful results.…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on October 19, 2018 at 10:21 — No Comments

Managing Mental Illness in the Workplace

What can employers do to support and effectively manage employees who may be struggling with their mental health?

With an estimated one in five Australian adults suffering from a mental illness in any given year, this is becoming an…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 17, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

A World-Class Welcome: How to Make All New Employees Feel Welcome in 3 Easy Steps

New employee onboarding is the process of getting new hires adjusted to the social, cultural and performance aspects of their new jobs quickly and smoothly. It is the process through which new hires learn the attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviours required to function effectively within an organisation.

The first day on the new job can be nerve racking, a…

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Added by Mathew Paine on October 16, 2018 at 16:52 — No Comments

When To Raise Your Voice

Why does someone raise their voice at other person/s in the workplace?

Some staff will raise their voice in the workplace to express or release frustration or anger. The release of wrath onto another person/s would be a breach of the organisation’s Code of Conduct and should not be tolerated or condoned.

There is a time to raise your voice in the workplace….only when the distance between the speaker and the receiver or the volume of background noise is such that one or more…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on October 16, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Supporting member wellbeing – best practice for funds and insurers

The life insurance and superannuation industries have a crucial role to play in reducing the financial and social impact of mental illness and supporting members’ wellbeing.

When employees are injured or become ill, it’s natural to think time off is what they need most.  However, extended absences can be counterproductive, and the human, financial and social costs can be enormous.

Employees dealing with health problems can experience the added emotional strain from lost income…

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Added by Margo Lydon on October 15, 2018 at 13:20 — No Comments

Do you lead as a boss or are you a bossy leader?





I often work with leaders who are perceived as 'too bossy' or worse.



The interesting thing is that many of them are completely unaware of their ‘dictatorial’ leadership style. 



I once worked with a leader who had received 26 (!!) complaints about his behaviour and was clueless as to what the issues were that his staff had with…
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Added by Thilan Legierse on October 15, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Creating Safety Culture in ‘National Safe Work Month’

We are almost half way through the National Safe Work Month, a national initiative to highlight the importance of work health & safety and workers compensation. I am confident that most interactive businesses have already taken advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe and positive work environment. If you haven’t already done something within your business, it might now be an appropriate time to host a workplace health and safety event, providing…

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Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on October 15, 2018 at 8:56 — No Comments

Humane Career Choices That Can Enrich Your Soul

Are you happy with your current job? It doesn’t really matter whether it pays really well if you don’t feel good about doing it and come back home feeling sad and drained of all the energy. Feeling good about the work you do every day is an important aspect of being happy and satisfied, and when you know that you’re doing some good in the world, at the same time, the feelings intensify. If you’re looking for career options which will enrich your soul, here are…

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Added by Emma Lawson on October 12, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments

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