November 2019 Blog Posts (22)

What responsibility do employers have to educate us about the risk of negative stress at work?

Stress, anxiety and burnout have all been big headlines in our industry in 2019, one of the big stories being the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially recognising burnout as an occupational phenomenon.

There is another part to the WHO story that will be made clearer in 2020, which is the fact…

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Added by Nicola Swankie on November 28, 2019 at 12:18 — No Comments

The Hiring Bias No One Talks About

Non-For-Profit Organisations are organisations that are operating for their purposes, and not for the profit or gain of individual members. They are usually either Charities, or bodies that are providing services to the community. Examples…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on November 28, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Can trust be regrown or is broken trust a barren landscape?

Can trust be regrown or is broken trust a barren landscape?

Recently I have had a number of Facilitated Discussions where I heard the phrase They’ve broken my trust. I won't trust them again, once trust is broken it’s gone!!!”. In…

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Added by Tony Fell on November 28, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

Responding to Bad Behaviour at the Christmas Party

It's no secret that both the good and the bad can be on display at the annual work Christmas party. While smiles and good cheer can and should be the main features at an end-of-year bash, some unfortunate behaviour can also arise. 

Alcohol abuse, sexual harassment and aggressive behaviour are just some of the less savoury possibilities. But despite the instinct to punish personnel who wander astray, it is…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on November 27, 2019 at 11:55 — No Comments

Can Tech Make us Better Humans?

We were delighted to be invited to this year’s CEBIT Australia - the three-day conference that brings together tech and business with legendary keynote speakers, cutting edge exhibitors and thousands of industry insiders. We spoke on a panel moderated by Susie Bayes at The Guardian about how Tech can Make us Better Humans. …

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Added by Sara Kaplan on November 27, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

No Escaping Artificial Intelligence

There seems to be a lot of uncertainty whether future jobs will be replaced by robots or not? So, what does this mean for our workers and the workplace in general? Is Artificial Intelligence a threat to jobs or is it something that will make life easier for workers and the general business? Should our workers worry about the future of their jobs or should they embrace these technologies?…

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Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on November 27, 2019 at 7:47 — No Comments

Five team building benefits of the coaching leadership style

The benefits of coaching have long been proven in sports, but is there a place for it in leadership too? The answer is a definite YES!

If you want to encourage learning in your organisation, accelerate self-development in individuals, drive collaboration in your team and create a positive culture where employees are loyal and self-motivated, it might be time to change to the coaching leadership style.

Not sure if it is for you? Here are five team building benefits that coaching…

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Added by Mark Brand on November 26, 2019 at 22:10 — No Comments

Dealing with Pornography in the Workplace

Unsurprisingly, the access to pornography can be extremely problematic in the workplace. Not only does the access to pornography at work open up a minefield of possible harassment and other sexually motivated complaints, it contributes significantly to presenteeism (where staff are physically present but not concentrating on their jobs).

Indeed, according to a report in the Financial Times, 45% of daily viewers of popular pornography compilation site Pornhub,…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on November 25, 2019 at 11:44 — No Comments

At the risk of being a Grinch...

2019 is racing to the end like a rocket-propelled sleigh. Your team have worked hard all year and you plan to reward them with an office end-of-year/Christmas party, with all the trimmings.

You worry though about what might happen if things get out of hand and it is natural to be cautious. I don't want to be all boohoo about this time…

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Added by Jason Clark on November 22, 2019 at 17:00 — No Comments

The art of investigation when it comes to hooking up on a work trip

Is hooking up on Tinder whilst on a work trip a problem? Well, it depends. It depends on what happens and for whom it might be a problem.

The act itself may be a problem for someone you are already in a contractual agreement with, like your wife or husband, but does your boss really care?

Like most, I am incredibly curious about the two headline cases of workers compensation vs sexual encounters on a work trip.

The French case

In the 2013 French case where a…

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Added by Harriet Witchell on November 22, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

How to Support an Employee Going Through a Divorce

Not all marriages are destined to last. This is nothing out of the ordinary, as people change as they grow old and decide that their spouse is no longer the right man or woman for them.

But there's no such thing as easing…

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Added by Emma Williams on November 20, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Preferential treatment: FWC finds employee was dismissed due to employer’s racial preference

An employer’s past job advertisements, which stated a preference for “Asian staff”, have been used by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to support its finding that an employee was dismissed because she was not of Chinese descent.



In Ayton v You Come Pty Ltd t/a Foodworks Ashmont [2019] FWC 6585, a long term casual employee at a supermarket claimed that she was unfairly dismissed after she received a text message from her employer which stated “I decide…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 19, 2019 at 13:05 — No Comments

Why Some Companies Do the Pre-Employment Drug Test

While there are a lot of people who argue that recreational drug use doesn’t have to interfere with one’s workplace performance, the truth is that an employee with drug addiction is a liability that your enterprise simply doesn’t need. There are so many problems with the idea of hiring someone with this habit that may come to plague your enterprise or even run it completely into the ground. Before we get into this any deeper, we should first discuss the…

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Added by Emily Wilson on November 13, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Soft(ware) skills: The importance of effectively understanding and communicating performance issues

Performance management is a challenging process, which can be further complicated when employees are working remotely.



Of course, improvements in technology have eliminated some accessibility issues but the physical distance can mean that what would ordinarily be a quick question for a colleague in the office can turn into a drawn-out series of emails or delays in order to find a time when everyone is free to join a Skype meeting.



Despite the challenges, the obligations on…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 13, 2019 at 14:45 — No Comments

Quite, please: Commission orders parties to stop yelling in the workplace

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently issued interim orders in an application for orders to stop bullying, which required the parties to, amongst other things, treat each other with respect and dignity, and to not yell in an unreasonable manner (see F.G. [2019] FWC 6283).



The stop-bullying application had been lodged by an employee of a retail services business who alleged that he was being bullied by a co-director and owner of the business. The…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 13, 2019 at 14:20 — No Comments

Questions of capacity: FWC endorsed employer’s approach to management of injured employee

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has endorsed the approach of a HR team in their management of an injured worker and the subsequent termination of her employment resulting from her incapacity to perform the inherent requirements of her role (Jack v Sigma Healthcare T/A Sigma Healthcare [2019] FWC 6364).



The employee was a storeperson working in a pharmaceuticals warehouse. In October 2017, she was injured in a non-work-related car accident and was totally…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 13, 2019 at 14:05 — No Comments

Who's with me? Sports agency sues former employees for poaching clients

A recent dispute between one of Australia’s leading sports agencies and two of it’s ex-employees is a reminder to employers about the importance of implementing processes to protect confidential information, including that of their customers and clients.

Ultra Management Sports, an agency that represents many elite rugby league and rugby union players, commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, claiming that two of it’s player agents amended player/agent contracts…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 13, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Should You Monitor Your Employees Online?

Big Brother inside the confines of your office space — a vanity or a necessity? 

Today, we live in a highly accessible society where data is made available to anyone and everyone. Yet, when…

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Added by Emma Lawson on November 12, 2019 at 19:30 — No Comments

HR's Role In Encouraging Work-Life Balance In the Office



There is this golden balance, this muddles the line between career and family life. It has been a challenge for ambitious and driven people since time immemorial. On one hand, you have your career in front of you, your passion, and your life’s work. On the other hand, you have life, family, friends, your health… In fact, you might have other…

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Added by Emma Williams on November 12, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Investing In The Right Relationships

A Harvard Business Review ‘Management tip of the day’ recommended the prioritisation of working and spending time with colleagues that help one to feel fulfilled  and to minimise interactions with colleagues one finds depleting. Essentially the article was a call to action to invest in the ‘right relationships’.

I fully agree with the focus on investing in the ‘right relationships’ but perhaps this term firstly needs…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on November 8, 2019 at 9:26 — No Comments

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