December 2018 Blog Posts (22)

Avoid being 'ghosted' by a recruit

Changing generations along with a growing business scene have brought about a few more novelties in the working world. From jeans being embraced as your go-to business casual staple to working with people you’ve never even met (remote freelancers, that is), the workplace has changed quite a bit. However, one change, in particular, has made the rising number of employees a tad restless: ghosting. The term may have very well been coined by the same group of men…

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Added by Emma Lawson on December 27, 2018 at 18:11 — No Comments

4 benefits of hiring through a recruitment agency

Most startups, small, and other companies in their infancy do not have a dedicated recruitment department. In-house recruitment is usually cumbersome for our Human Relations. The average costs associated with hiring an employee can exceed $40,000. These expenses include training, adjustment periods, and lost productivity relative to a more skilled workforce. This is the…

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Added by Daniel Brown on December 27, 2018 at 0:30 — No Comments

2018: Your career in review

So it’s that time of the year when your thoughts are probably turning to reviewing the year. That’s because it’s bound to be a popular topic of conversation at the many social events you’ll attend, especially with people you don’t see very often.

But your reflective mood is…

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Added by Karen Schmidt on December 21, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

The Future of Learning Technology

You will have undoubtably read many ‘future of learning’ articles that predict the means and mechanisms for learning, extrapolating peripheral technologies that are entering the vernacular of L&D, but this article is different. This isn’t a crass oversimplification of technologies but a means of extending L&D’s expectation of…

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Added by Kiren Kahlon on December 20, 2018 at 19:45 — No Comments

Three things I learnt from the movie “The Intern”

The 2015 Nancy Meyers film “The Intern” has been added to Netflix recently and despite cringing at a couple of clichés whilst watching it last night, I noticed a few things we could all learn from it about the modern workplace.

1. Blended teams are more…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on December 19, 2018 at 10:51 — No Comments

Putting the 'Reasonable Person' to the Test

When determining what led to a certain set of events or making an important decision, it is essential for investigators and decision makers to have regard to an objective standard. 

In trying to get to the bottom of a situation or establishing an appropriate course of action, relying on the 'reasonable person' ensures that a broader perspective is taken. 

We look at exactly what this involves and how…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 19, 2018 at 9:03 — No Comments

Like it or not, technology is changing your job

As we begin 2019, our careers look very different to how they did a decade ago and the pace of change is accelerating rapidly.

Our routine work activities are increasingly being automated, allowing us to focus on the non-routine and more complex activities that have human impact. Australian organisations are increasingly embracing agile working, structuring themselves into multi-discipline squads or teams and looking at taking advantage of the gig economy. This enables them to…

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Added by Nathan Boddam-Whetham on December 17, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Free fallin’: Worker injured whilst visiting the workplace suffers work-related injury

The NSW Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) has made an interesting decision relating to workers who sustain an injury whilst at the workplace volunteering to perform work.

Under workers compensation legislation, an employer will only be liable for an injury if that injury arises out of or in the course of the worker’s employment.

In a major decision last year, the NSW Court of Appeal found that an injury sustained by a worker who had visited the workplace on…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 14, 2018 at 15:16 — No Comments

Pistol Pete: Employee who brought firearms and explosives to workplace not unfairly dismissed

We all have different hobbies, activities or interests we want to share with our friends and colleagues. However, not all interests are appropriate for the workplace.

In Rodger v ACT Government – Transport Canberra and City Services T/A ACTION [2018] FWC 6970, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) held that an employee’s conduct in bringing ornamental duelling pistols and inert booster charges in to work to show his colleagues created a risk to safety and…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 14, 2018 at 15:06 — No Comments

In conTEXT – FWC finds employee not dismissed by text message

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), an employee is only protected from unfair dismissal if the employee is actually dismissed. Section 386 of the FW Act sets out the meaning of “dismissed” for this purpose and states that a person has been dismissed if their employment has been terminated on the employer’s initiative or if the person was forced to resign because of the conduct of the employer.

In most cases, it is clear when an employee is dismissed or has resigned.…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 14, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

The Big Problem with Workplace Germs and How to Fix it

In a busy workplace, germs are present on every surface. We spend so much time at work, and around our co-workers that it just makes good sense for us to protect ourselves from germs and bacteria, especially those causing colds and flu.

Read on for a few hints and tips for protecting yourself and others while at work.

Antibacterial Surface Wipes – the growing popularity of hot desking in recent years should put these at the top of your workplace “must-haves”…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on December 14, 2018 at 14:17 — No Comments

NDIS coverage explained

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way for all Australians to fund through their disabilities. It provides funds based on the individual’s goals and needs. What is considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ is covered in this program. The necessary support to help you reach your desired goals and aspirations is there, as well as increasing social and economic participation. To put it bluntly, the NDIS will not pay for our groceries, but will for a person to take us…

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Added by Daniel Brown on December 13, 2018 at 21:30 — No Comments

Disrupting the ‘HR-Business’ Model: Redrawing the boundaries of where HR fits in the business

A few years ago, I attended a workshop exploring how HR could become more relevant and ‘get a seat at the table’.

Typically, we explored what the problem was with HR and how we could ‘fix’ it. In the final plenary session, sitting in a wide circle of 50 executives, we were sharing insights and learnings from the day. The head of a retail division of a company (a non-HR Exec) said,

“I get this, because I used to work in HR, then a few years ago, I got out of HR and went into…

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Added by Joan Lurie on December 13, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Dealing with Absconding Staff over Christmas

The Christmas period tends to bring out the best- and worst - in people. It is a time of year filled with parties, merriment, laughter, great weather and a lot of socialising. 

But Christmas can also be a challenging time in the workplace, as employees may engage in inappropriate conduct at work related social events, may suffer the after-effects of excessive partying or may be generally less…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 13, 2018 at 8:21 — No Comments

3 Reasons Why Everyone Should Have a Personal Brand by Career Coach, Thai Ngo

Thai Ngo is a recruiter, coach and speaker. The founder of Melbourne based career coaching company The Careerists, Thai is passionate about helping people succeed and uses his 11 years expertise in the workplace to help people succeed in getting that dream job.…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on December 12, 2018 at 9:19 — No Comments

All I want for Christmas is … HR Compliance!

Part 1 – The Holidays Are Upon Us!

Welcome to Part 1 of our 2-Part End of Year Blog Series. If you’re anything like us, Christmas has certainly snuck up on you this year… who can believe 2018 is almost over?! We’ve written this blog series to support…

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Added by Julia Fiore on December 11, 2018 at 9:19 — No Comments

Tips For An Eco-Friendly Facility


Tips For An Eco-Friendly Facility from Litetronics

Added by Dan Dulik on December 8, 2018 at 0:51 — No Comments

Protecting Whistleblowers: Are You Ready for the Changes?

With new whistleblower protections to take effect in early 2019, it is essential that organisations understand the broad legislative changes to the Corporations Act 2001 due to be debated in Parliament. In addition to the requirement for formal mechanisms and strategies to protect and assist whistleblowers, both public and large private corporations will need to be…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 5, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Why are people so interested in future proofing their careers?

What happened?

I recently posted an article on LinkedIn called  “How to future proof your career” that clearly hit a nerve with many people around the world. My focus was on the threat posed by technology impacting a range of careers and how to use a 5 step pivot…

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Added by Karen Schmidt on December 5, 2018 at 12:11 — No Comments

How to avoid a work Christmas function disaster

Just like the rest of us, you are probably wondering ‘where has the year gone’? It’s that time of the year where workers are looking forward to a well-deserved break and to spend quality time with family/friends. No doubt, it is also that time of the year where most employers are biting their nails hoping for Christmas parties to not turn into a disaster. This article will cover some of the basic tips for employers to meet their legal and moral obligations.…

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Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on December 3, 2018 at 10:02 — No Comments

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