October 2020 Blog Posts (20)

Does Big Data Really Affect HR?

TLDR: Yes.

But how? And what can you do to utilize it to your advantage?

Here’s the deal: every now and then, an HR manager wrongly evaluates a candidate sitting across from them. The result? Mutual or single-sided dissatisfaction with the new employee’s performance.

Unfortunately, such wrong decisions are quite common, which is why human resources departments are continually searching for ways to improve their performance.…


Added by Mike Parsons on October 30, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Are your employees entitled to a pay rise from 1 November?

The second tranche of award rate increases for FY20/21 will commence from the first full pay period on or after 1 November 2020.  Employers with employees covered by the modern awards affected by this change must ensure that they review pay rates to avoid the risk of underpaying staff.

Why are some award rates increasing on 1 November?

Back in June, the…


Added by Nicola Helen Martin on October 29, 2020 at 15:20 — No Comments

Covid Redundancy Survival Guide

If you are back in the job market due to Covid-19, you are probably finding it is a very different job market today. There is a lot more competition for advertised jobs. Some industries are not hiring at all.  Many jobseekers are anxious about their finances. With fewer opportunities to socialise and network, there is less flow of information about…


Added by David Sorauer on October 29, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

Not all outplacement programs are equal. Are you getting the greatest value for money?

If you do a Google search for ‘outplacement providers’, you will quickly discover hundreds of companies offering outplacement programs. But buyer beware, not all outplacement programs are created equal.

In a sea of providers, how do you make sure you get the best value for money while giving your redundant employees access to the best content? Here are five questions to ask outplacement providers to make sure you are comparing apples with apples when it comes to outplacement…


Added by Mark Brand on October 28, 2020 at 19:05 — No Comments

Workplace harassment: what every manager needs to know

In recent decades, Australian businesses have become increasingly sensitive to instances of workplace discrimination, harassment and bullying. Whereas not so long ago the bulk of workplace issues and conflicts were typically left to be ‘managed’ in-house, nowadays things are considerably different, forcing CEOs and HR departments to walk a delicate…


Added by Debbie Morrison on October 28, 2020 at 13:13 — 1 Comment

The impact of the pandemic on working parents in Australia

There’s no doubt this unprecedented health crisis has changed the way Aussie families interact, with many forced to stay at home and spend more time together than ever before.

In our latest instalment of research, The New Family Norm, we asked over 5,000 Australian parents how COVID-19 has impacted their family unit, values and behaviours, as well as what they believe could be the lasting effects on their…


Added by Amy Vu on October 23, 2020 at 13:40 — No Comments

Taking Responsibility For Your Workplace Culture

A comment from a workplace manager: "I can say for sure that quite often my day starts fine, but I am regularly pushed below that line because of other people's behaviour, and it's fine to say don't engage in it, but it's what most of my job is; dealing with people!"

Heard this before?

Then it's time for your workplace to engage Workplace Harmony…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on October 23, 2020 at 8:27 — No Comments

The 5 secrets to a great workplace induction process

Death, taxes and staff turnover. Nowadays, whatever your industry, it’s a fact of business life that employees will come and other employees will go. The good news is it’s a situation that can be harnessed by senior managers and HR to inject new energy and ideas, inspiring your team to even greater heights. Yet it also has the potential to be disruptive. That’s…


Added by Debbie Morrison on October 22, 2020 at 14:31 — No Comments

How to proactively access the hidden job market

We have been speaking to our Outplacement clients recently about their concerns that there are relatively few jobs being advertised. However, despite the apparent drought, there are always jobs out there and we have clients moving into new roles every week.

This is because many of these people are accessing new opportunities through the hidden job market, but even…


Added by Amy Cooper on October 22, 2020 at 14:15 — No Comments

The Pink Folder - Senior Employees and their duties of trust and confidence (3 Tips for Employers)

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Senior employees are often in a position of trust with their employers, to the extent they may owe an implied common…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on October 20, 2020 at 16:49 — No Comments

Preparing for redundancies as JobKeeper payments reduce

With JobKeeper 1.0 having recently ended, many businesses are now looking at their staffing levels and labour costs.  While letting staff go is never easy, during the midst of this global pandemic it may be necessary for many businesses trying to stay afloat.  If you are in the unfortunate position of having to make an employee redundant, being alert to the legal requirements for a redundancy is the first step to avoiding a claim.

Sunday, 27 September 2020 marked the final day of the…


Added by Erin Kidd on October 20, 2020 at 13:58 — No Comments

5 HR things to action before the end of 2020

As we watched fireworks bring in the new year, did we ever really think this is how 2020 would play out? Now with just three months left before 2021 is here, what should your business be doing to make sense of the commercial reality we’re living through? We share with you five human resource-related things that every business owner should consider before 31 December comes around.

HR tip 1: Review your organisational structure

The pandemic is forcing many businesses to change…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on October 16, 2020 at 8:36 — No Comments

Top 3 Tips – Employers Can Avoid A $1.34 Million Underpayment Claim

A recent Federal Circuit Court decision has seen 48 employees of Macquarie Bank being awarded in total $1.34 Million in underpayment of wages.  Ranging from non payment of:

  • Annual leave loading
  • Periods of annual leave
  • Personal/carers leave (sick leave)
  • Compassionate leave
  • Public holiday leave

This was even…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on October 15, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

Remote Working - 8 Tips For Running a Successful Remote Internship Program

Can I handle a remote internship without regular face-to-face meetings? 

What should I do to manage remote interns effectively?

How can I give direction to a remote intern that has lost focus?

If you have ever asked…


Added by Maria Nordenswan on October 15, 2020 at 13:19 — No Comments

Are you using ‘huddles’ to unlock workplace efficiency?

When time is money, a more efficient workplace is a more profitable workplace. If you’re tired of your team wasting valuable hours each week in long, meandering meetings, we strongly recommend putting huddles to work in your business.


Every day, more and more forward-thinking employers and managers are embracing the concept of…


Added by Debbie Morrison on October 15, 2020 at 11:07 — No Comments

How do I build a High Performance Culture?

It’s the million dollar question that comes up time and time again: ‘How can I ensure I am building a high performance culture?

It doesn’t matter if you’re managing a start-up, you’re a Department Head within a large organisation or run a small to medium sized business whose culture has come about by fluke. If you’re…


Added by Nick Hedges on October 15, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

In your letter: Termination of employment letters

A termination of employment letter serves a significant purpose in bringing the employment relationship to an end.

Termination letters are frequently relied upon by employers and employees alike when a claim for unfair dismissal is made. Given their tendency to arise in legal proceedings, it is important that these documents are correct, provide as much detail as possible and meet the requirements under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 15, 2020 at 10:01 — No Comments

Put it in writing: Notice of termination in the employment contract

When it comes to engaging new employees or promoting existing employees, it is crucial that employers prepare and review contracts of employment to ensure that they accurately reflect the terms which will govern an employee’s employment.

Standard clauses, such as clauses providing notice of termination, can easily be overlooked. This can be a critical error because, in the absence of a contract or certain clauses within a contract, a court will imply those terms. For example,…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 15, 2020 at 9:49 — No Comments

Divided opinions needn’t mean a fractured workplace

Diversity. It’s typically one of the greatest strengths of a thriving business. Yet while differences in skills, backgrounds and opinions can often be harnessed to great effect, inevitably some issues are so fundamental they can instead create tension and conflict, turning a…


Added by Debbie Morrison on October 12, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

Why workplace mental health is directly linked to your bottom line

Mental health challenges can be as devastating as they are intangible. Historically they’ve also been shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding. Thankfully, the past decade has seen a significant shift in attitudes towards the issue of mental health in all corners of Australian society, and workplaces are no…


Added by Debbie Morrison on October 7, 2020 at 14:55 — No Comments

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