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Social Media Misconduct: The Need for a Fair Investigation

An ever-increasing key dilemma for employers in the modern age is how to deal with the misconduct by staff through their use of social media platforms. 

The list of potentially offending conduct is lengthy. For example, staff might call in sick but then post details of their activities on social media. Employees could post inappropriate, defamatory or confidential information on their accounts. One high-profile…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on June 19, 2019 at 12:54 — No Comments

Doing It For The 'Gram - Social media, sporting clubs and athletes

Social media has long been a platform through which athletes can engage with their fans and “build their brand”.



For professional athletes, their status as public figures make them instantly recognisable and immediately associated with their sport and their club. Even a non-professional athlete’s use of social media can impact the club or sport’s relationships with sponsors and the public. Given this linked recognition, posts on social media will inevitably be seen as a reflection…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 17, 2019 at 15:47 — No Comments

Tripping Out - FWO investigation finds Uber drivers not employees

Since it arrived in Australia, Uber has been under fire for its disruption of the transport industry and its complicated relationship with its drivers.



At present, Uber is facing a class action law suit from taxi and hire car drivers in Australia, as well as an enquiry into the working conditions of on-demand workers by the Victorian Government. Globally, drivers have protested seeking fairness in pay and better safety conditions.



Of all the issues faced by Uber, one of…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 17, 2019 at 15:40 — No Comments

May The Force Be With You: FWC finds resignation warranted

Managing employee exits can be tricky business, particularly when dismissing an employee for unacceptable conduct and behaviour. In some cases, the parties will try and reach an amicable solution to end the employment relationship such as agreeing to allow the employee to resign.



However, employers must be careful when entering into these types of discussions. The way in which an employee’s employment is finalised could have a significant bearing on that employee’s entitlement to…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 17, 2019 at 15:31 — No Comments

A Complete List of Online Resources to Learn Essential Data Science Skills

It is predicted that data science, big data, and machine learning will hold the top spot for hot professions of the future. Data has now become an integral tool for decision making. All human…

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Added by Sandra Moraes on June 14, 2019 at 15:23 — No Comments

How to Track and Measure Employee Performance

Measuring and tracking employee performance is an increasingly recognized way of optimizing productivity and improving an organization's effectiveness. Its key goal is to provide the overall structure for planning and analyzing activities of each person, in the context of the business as a whole. In other words, to align worker and department goals to those of the company.

Regular monitoring allows…

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Added by Emma Lawson on June 13, 2019 at 20:00 — No Comments

Performance Management vs Bullying: Where's the Line?

Employers often face a quandary in dealing with underperformers, and whether to place them onto a performance management program. 

It's essential that any such move can always be considered to be 'reasonable management action' in response to inappropriate behaviours or inadequate or unsatisfactory…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on June 12, 2019 at 13:48 — No Comments

Fast-Growing Startups: How Do You Build the Right Team?

Every startup’s dream is having the chance to grow at light speed. It means that you’re doing something right, that your investors can see your vision and are willing to support you, and you get to go all-in on your product or service. What many businesses realize late in the game, however, is that the reality of growing…

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Added by Damian Samoila on June 11, 2019 at 18:49 — No Comments

Super (not so) Simple: Court finds independent contractor owed superannuation

Deciding on the terms under which to engage a person to perform services can be a complex task. There are benefits to engaging individuals as independent contractors where there is a particular task, project or specialised kind of work that needs to be performed. But mischaracterising the relationship can have dire consequences for employers.…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 11, 2019 at 16:50 — No Comments

The Stalking Horse: FWC warns of abuse of stop bullying jurisdiction

It has unfortunately become a common occurrence for employees who are subject to management action (such as the issuing of reasonable and lawful directions or disciplinary processes) to immediately seek redress by filing a claim against their employer (or other employees) alleging things such as adverse action, discrimination or bullying. In these instances, employers often feel obliged to delay or defer any further management action until the employee’s claim is resolved.

In a recent…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 11, 2019 at 16:46 — No Comments

Perceptions of truth in workplace investigations

When conducting a workplace investigation one of the most interesting phenomena is how multiple people can view an incident and how they can all give different accounts… sometimes wildly!  Of course, there is the ‘he said - she said’ cases. However just as challenging is when you have non-invested witnesses who all see something different. You may ask, can this really be true? Well, I challenge you to look at this photo that has been doing the…

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Added by Tony Fell on June 6, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

How to introduce policies in the workplace

[This post originally appeared on the Perkbox blog]
What's stopping companies from introducing wellness initiatives or taking your birthday off is often as simple as not having a policy in place for it. Policies can be deceptively simple to create and implement, here's…
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Added by Kayla Medica on June 5, 2019 at 13:40 — No Comments

How a career coach can help your ageing team with retirement planning

We are reaching a critical turning point in the workforce. Baby Boomers – the 5.5 million Australians born between 1946 and 1965 – are at or approaching retirement age. And the question on many employers’ lips is "How do I successfully transition my ageing workforce into retirement?"

While some employees look forward to their permanent vacation, others want to scale back and enjoy life or keep on working regardless, and as an employer, it isn’t always clear which group your ageing…

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Added by Mark Brand on June 5, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

What Should You Include in a Whistleblower Policy?

Whistleblower protections have been top of mind for many Australian organisations recently, following a number of changes to the law. 

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistle-Blower Protections) Bill 2017 is due to come into effect from July…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on June 5, 2019 at 11:15 — No Comments

How to build the perfect applicant funnel

Recruitment marketing is still in its infancy when compared to either its older sibling HR recruiting, or its first cousin Marketing. There are plenty of ways you can streamline and improve your recruitment marketing tactics by borrowing from both of these related practices.

Today we’re going to go over building the perfect applicant funnel, pulling when necessary from the marketing world for explanations. Think of this as a How-To Guide for building your…

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Added by Damian Samoila on June 4, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

To Investigate or Mediate?

Sometimes managing staff can seem like a test of one's skill to be able to delicately walk on eggshells, particularly when one staff member starts making veiled complaints about another.



No manager should dismiss or ignore such comments, avoid the conversation, or offer comments of consolation or agreement (either implicitly or explicitly).



If a staff member makes…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on June 4, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

Independent workplace investigations - Why they matter

Investigating workplace misconduct complaints and disputes between employees can be a complex and time-consuming task. And if these investigations are not conducted well, they can have serious negative…

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Added by Natalie Thomasen on June 1, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Which metrics to track when it comes to employee engagement

[This blog originally appeared on Perkbox, the world's fastest growing employee happiness platform]

Rather than asking employees "are you happy", HR and People and Culture should be looking into a number of other factors without needing to confront employees at all.

If your employees are unengaged, they won't…

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Added by Kayla Medica on May 30, 2019 at 12:37 — No Comments

How to successfully transition your ageing workforce into retirement

Retirement can be one of the most anticipated and life-changing life events in a person’s life. But while many people look forward to retirement at different times in their life, when the time comes it can impact them in ways they never considered. With usually fifty plus years in employment, the thought of suddenly not working can be fraught with many concerns.

Thankfully, as an employer, there are proactive ways you can help employees approaching this stage in their lives and ensure…

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Added by Mark Brand on May 30, 2019 at 10:17 — No Comments

Case Study: How GENPACT Got More Out of Its Recruitment Marketing

Genpact has always prided itself on innovation. When the company spun off from General Electric in 2005, they were determined to spread the gospel of lean management across the globe, providing data-driven professional services help to a diverse array of businesses spread across the globe. Since then, they’ve only gotten more cutting-edge, incorporating AI and advanced analytics into their offerings as they've helped businesses to completely reimagine their established…

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Added by Damian Samoila on May 29, 2019 at 18:21 — No Comments

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