Featured Blog Posts – November 2015 Archive (25)

Branding your way to success

Employment figures are continuing to rise across Australia and the increase in roles to fill has afforded job seekers the luxury of being more selective about where to work. Although this is a motive, organisations need to ensure they are continually building and driving a compelling employer brand, regardless of strengthening economic conditions. After all, you want the best talent to be attracted to your business every time…


Added by Tim Powell on November 30, 2015 at 21:07 — No Comments

Four questions to kick-start your thought leadership

Everyone’s a thought leader

All of a sudden everyone’s a thought leader – have you noticed? It’s the new black. And that’s a great thing. Except many of the execs claiming the ‘thought leader’ mantle are not. They’ve just swapped…


Added by Mark Hodgson on November 27, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

Chain reaction: Labour supply chain and underpayments

Department store Myer has come under increased pressure from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) after it declined to enter into a voluntary compliance deed with the regulator.

The voluntary compliance deed was offered after claims of underpayment and sham contracting arrangements from cleaners engaged by companies who are subcontracted to Spotless, the head contractor responsible for Myer’s cleaning…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 27, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Meeting the development needs of regional, rural and remote leaders

As someone who has lived in big cities and regional areas I can tell you there is a big difference in the way you garden depending on your location.

That was brought home to me recently when I visited Cairns. As you can see from this picture the plants that grow there are quite different to what you find 1,700kms south in my home city of Brisbane. Many a gardener has…


Added by Karen Schmidt on November 26, 2015 at 13:21 — No Comments

When is a team not a team?

When it comes to developing a group’s ability to operate as a team it is important to determine whether or not the people in that team have high or low degrees of interdependency.

I worked individually with a number of senior executives in a large company who all worked within the same area of the business but whose work was not heavily dependent upon one…


Added by Carolyn Dean on November 26, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Communicating in the workplace - the right way and the wrong way

It's a tricky thing this communicating thing.  As humans, we are wired to avoid conflict. And given that most of us are decent human beings, add to that a sense of not wanting to upset the other person. So, when faced with a difficult message, our inclination is often to : avoid it, project it onto someone or something else, hope it will get better, bundle it up with a heap of other things, or any other form of indirect communication.

The thing is though, none of these approaches…


Added by Tammy Tansley on November 25, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

It's called having a spine

Here's what I have learnt about leadership.

Sometimes, it means implementing a vision or a change, and that usually means having a spine and standing up for what you believe in — even though it almost certainly will be difficult, and have pain and some angst associated with it. Even though — it almost certainly will require you to be able to articulate your "why" over and over again. And even then — there will be those that you can never convince. And there will be talking behind your…


Added by Tammy Tansley on November 24, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

457 sponsorship visa breaches and Taskforce Cadena

Since 1 July 2015, Taskforce Cadena has been investigating compliance of the sponsorship requirements applicable to all approved 457 business sponsors as part of a broader operation into incidents of fraud and the exploitation of workers. The taskforce is headed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in conjunction with the Fair Work Ombudsman.  The Taskforce will also involve the Australian Federal Police, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Australian Tax…


Added by Maryke Wylde on November 24, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Giving feedback, it's not about you

So the thing about feedback is that we often think of our own discomfort in giving it. It feels awkward, uncomfortable. We worry what the other person might think of us. What they might say about us. Whether they might get angry.  How they'll react. 

But here's the thing.

Feedback isn't about you -it's about the other person.

And if it is delivered…


Added by Tammy Tansley on November 23, 2015 at 14:41 — No Comments

Culture: mapping your organisational DNA

As organisational culture continues to receive more focus and attention we are finding culture is often intrinsically linked to engagement by many publishers. According to the Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report (June 2015); “Culture and engagement is the most important issue companies’ face around the world. 87 percent of organizations cite culture and…


Added by Craig Mowll on November 23, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Help prevent violence against women this White Ribbon Day

2.1 million Australian women and 1.2 million men have experienced emotional abuse by a partner according to recent data1. This startling statistic that one in every four women has experienced domestic abuse is truly shocking and when we consider this figure is likely under-reported due to the perceptions of…


Added by Sally Kirkright on November 23, 2015 at 8:19 — No Comments

Big AND Agile – why entrepreneurial Aldi is winning

The Australian supermarket sector is in a state of upheaval. For decades, the cozy Woolworths and Coles duopoly enjoyed around 80% market share, with world-leading profit margins. (Compare this with the UK, where 5 competitors…


Added by Mark Hodgson on November 20, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

The Grinch who stole Christmas: The dangers of Secret Santa

In our E-Update “Champagne showers and what else to avoid at the office Christmas party” (to read please visit www.workplacelaw.com.au) we provided tips as to how to minimise risks during the festive season.

Every year employers remind their employees about the risks of drugs, alcohol, harassment – but employers also need to be wary of an often forgotten source of angst in the workplace...Secret Santa.

Whilst Secret Santa is usually…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 19, 2015 at 16:04 — No Comments

Recruitment panel "leakage" at centre of corruption investigation

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has just finished poring over allegations that would turn the hardiest HR professional's blood cold.

Recent ICAC hearings focused on the University of Sydney's former ICT projects head, Jason Meeth, who allegedly used his position to engage ICT contractors from one particular provider on inflated rates.

Both Meeth and the provider, Canberra…


Added by Hannah Gartrell on November 19, 2015 at 15:46 — No Comments

Out on the full: AFL club charged with work health and safety breaches

Last week, WorkSafe Victoria charged the Essendon Football Club (the Club) with breaches of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (the OHS Act) following the safety regulator’s investigation into the Club’s controversial supplements program.

In early…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 17, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Your greatest critic can become your greatest champion

Most people who complain or criticise are doing so because they have a committed point of view. If they were not committed, they wouldn’t say anything. People who repeatedly complain about the same issue do so because they don’t feel that they have been heard and what they have to say is important to them.

I was delivering a…


Added by Joe Watkins on November 13, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Engaging not enraging

Imagine a workplace where your physical and mental health is of no particular concern or priority despite a WH&S policy on the wall. You go to work each day hoping that you do not sustain a workplace injury. You know that if you are unlucky enough to have an accident, you will be blamed and your whole team will miss out on a monthly…


Added by Christina Willcox on November 12, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Are you a micro-manager? Do you realise the damage you are doing?

I confess to having some micro-managerial tendencies! (It's a bit of family trait...). But because of that, I have also been on the receiving end of such tendencies rather a lot... There are many articles in the blogosphere listing the very real negative consequences of micro-management to a company: erosion of trust, disengagement, high…


Added by Dr. Colin J Harrison on November 10, 2015 at 12:55 — No Comments

You might be surprised by what’s really happening in your team

We have often started working with a team that we have been told by its leader is working very well only to find that in fact there are a myriad of issues underneath the surface that no one is talking about.

As you can imagine, this can be a surprising discovery for the leader of the team who thought everything was pretty good. The interesting question for us is…


Added by Carolyn Dean on November 10, 2015 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

mLearning: More than just the latest technology

We are in love with technology. We are absolutely, blindly in love with the having the latest technology in every aspect of our lives. It’s actually a bit creepy.

We are so infatuated with technology in fact, that we’ve lost the sight of what it’s actually supposed to do; improve our lives and help us do things better. Instead, we’ve become fixated on…


Added by Raf Dolanowski on November 9, 2015 at 11:05 — No Comments

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