December 2015 Blog Posts (24)

The death of yearly appraisals and why it’s good for business

The yearly appraisal is dead. Leading companies like GE, Microsoft, Accenture and Deloitte have all opted to get rid of their annual employee reviews and employee ratings, along with six per cent of Fortune 500 companies, according to management research firm CEB.


These innovative companies have recognised the business benefits for giving employees more regular, honest and constructive feedback on their performance.


It makes complete sense; the annual review…


Added by Aneesha Sathe on December 30, 2015 at 15:46 — No Comments

The 3 Wise Men of Powerful Presenting

Knowledge, process and emotional…


Added by Maurice DeCastro on December 19, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Time to get your people fully PRESENT?

It was 4.15 in the afternoon with perhaps an hour of daylight left when we arrived at Seal Rocks, a small beach hamlet on the NSW coast. After four hours of driving from Sydney, I was all set for a relaxing beer, but my son and his four 14 year-old mates had other plans. We had to go spear fishing – NOW! So off they went and, girded only by a reluctant sense of loco parentis,…


Added by Mark Hodgson on December 18, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Are you ready for this? (2016)

2015 is swiftly coming to a close – we make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves personally – but what about at work? Everyone wants their business to grow and flourish and be better than the year before – to help, we now present a “best practice” checklist to ensure that your business is on track for 2016. …


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 17, 2015 at 14:23 — No Comments

Immigration update for 2015 - the year in review

As the year draws to a close we are highlighting some of the changes to Australian Immigration in 2015. The appointment of a new Australian Prime Minister, the introduction and creation of the Australian Border Force (ABF) and a renewed focus on compliance have seen a lot of media attention. See below a list of some of the rest of the changes throughout 2015.

March -…


Added by Maryke Wylde on December 17, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Practice mindfulness this holiday season


The mindfulness wave is sweeping across the Australian corporate world with many large companies all undertaking corporate-based mindfulness programs. The holiday break is an important time for recuperation in preparation for the year ahead, reinforcing the importance of practicing mindfulness throughout the holidays.

According to Australian Productivity Commission data, while workplace…


Added by Sally Kirkright on December 17, 2015 at 9:19 — No Comments

Are your staff working under the influence this Christmas period?

By Barry Lehrer, Founder and Director of DiffuzeHR

The festive season is upon us and while it might be a great time of year to socialise with colleagues and clients, there’s nothing to be merry about if your employees are turning up to work with a hangover or worse, still under the influence.

In fact, according to Australian Drug Foundation…


Added by Barry Lehrer on December 16, 2015 at 15:26 — No Comments

Building your change team - don't forget the Hobbits!

We’re all in the business of change

Whatever your title, whatever you do or make and whether you like it or not, as leaders we’re all in the business of change. Disruption is everywhere. If you’re not already feeling it you can bet the farm it’s coming soon. Uber, Airbnb, Netflix, Aldi – all are examples of both tech and non-tech upstarts that are creating…


Added by Mark Hodgson on December 14, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

There is no I in TEAM

This saying – ‘there is no I in Team’ – is a well-known one, and the ‘I’ refers to someone whose behaviour runs counter to engagement, collaboration, support and synergy.

This TED talk ‘Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work’…


Added by Carolyn Dean on December 11, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

What would you do if there were no rules?

I’ve recently returned from a whirlwind tour of the UK, Hong Kong and Australia where I’ve been hosting a series of round table sessions with CEOs, GMs, HRDs and other business leaders. Whilst they’ve come from a wide range of sectors, there has been almost universal agreement on one thing. The old rules are broken! Successful businesses now need the ability to change and…


Added by Mark Hodgson on December 11, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Employee engagement: Lessons from a perfect smile

When thinking about the health of a business, there are many lessons that we can learn from the world of physical health. Specifically, the likelihood of good health can be improved with two fundamental practices; daily active maintenance behaviours, and regular checkups (feedback).

Take for example, the simple pearly white smile. From a young age we are taught that we need to brush and floss twice daily (active maintenance behaviours), and visit the dentist for checkups regularly for…


Added by Alistair Kerr on December 10, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Do we need to rely on the minimum employment period?

Some of you may be more familiar with the term ‘Probationary Period’.  Prior to the introduction of the Fair Work Act 2009, the term used was ‘qualifying period’.  Regardless of the qualifying period, it used to be that employees serving a probationary period were not able to access unfair dismissal.  Regardless of the term used, a probationary period is typically used to assess if the employee is suitable for the role and the business.  

With the introduction of the Fair…


Added by Leisa Messer on December 10, 2015 at 7:26 — No Comments

Deck the halls with warnings and termination letters?

Yes the silly season is well and truly upon us, which means as HR practitioners you are more than likely to be knee deep in investigating varying degrees of alleged misconduct.

Personally I am currently involved in advising on a number of juicy situations involving all kinds of debauchery but alas, confidentiality obligations prevent me from sharing those details with you.

What I can share however are some tips on how…


Added by Kristin Ramsey on December 9, 2015 at 13:53 — 1 Comment

What can we learn from new bullying decisions?

Workplace bullying has been under the microscope this year, and particularly so in the last month, with the Fair Work Commission handing down a number of decisions relating to stop-bullying applications or unfair dismissals.

It might seem, sometimes, that we have heard it all when it comes to bullying and how it can affect an organisation and its employees, but these decisions have raised some interesting points that you might not have considered relating to costs, workplace culture…


Added by Alicia McCarty on December 8, 2015 at 8:26 — No Comments

HR analytics: A look inside Walmart’s HR 'Test & Learn' model

As companies look to hone in on performance and productivity across the board, HR data is fast becoming a crucial enabler to improve efficiency and influence business outcomes. But the path to collecting, analysing and using data is another story entirely – one that encourages HR and workforce planning departments to become more innovative.

There are often significant challenges when teams set out to develop an effective analytics strategy, including defining what to measure, how to…


Added by Jared Haube on December 7, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

How a little bit of thanks goes a very long way

The Fairy Liquid principle

Do you remember the old TV ads that showed how many plates a squeeze of Fairy Liquid detergent could wash? Table after table of gleaming white china was ample testament that a little went a…


Added by Mark Hodgson on December 7, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Seven steps to conscious inclusion

A laissez-faire approach to gender parity is getting us nowhere

 The issue of getting more women into leadership roles has long been discussed.

 Numerous studies have shown the benefits gender parity can deliver to the business bottom line as well as the general economy.

 Australia is certainly the lucky country when it comes to opportunities for young women. Since 2006 we have ranked number one in the World Economic Forum’s Global…


Added by Bridget Beattie on December 4, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Feelin' hot hot hot! (At work!)

As the weather heats up across Australia, employers may be thinking about the possible adverse effects of heat on employees.

While the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) does not specifically address the question of working in heat, some Modern Awards and Enterprise Agreements do.

For example, the Building and Construction General On-Site Award 2010 provides in circumstances of “extreme high temperature” work may be called off for employees in the building and construction…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 4, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Social Media and Dismissal - Can/should you be dismissed for being ‘offensive’ on social media without any connection to your employment?

In recent years sportspeople, celebrities and media personalities have come under increasing scrutiny for their conduct outside of work hours with their employment being prejudiced, and even terminated, following late-night misdemeanours. Think, for example, footballers Wayne Carey, Ben Cousins, Heath Shaw and Jake Carlisle, cricketer Andrew Symonds, swimmer Nick D’Arcy and ‘celebrities’ Kate Moss and Axle Whitehead.…


Added by Mark Ritchie on December 4, 2015 at 7:55 — No Comments

Are you too rigidly organised (or not enough)

Yet again we’ve had another year with significant changes on many levels.  How well are you adapting to them?  How agile is your business and how well organised is it?  Are your people and your systems flexible enough to make continuous changes while staying organised enough to deliver quality products and services?  Are you flexible enough in your thinking and behaviour while…


Added by David Klaasen on December 3, 2015 at 19:45 — No Comments

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