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Does your workplace feel natural?

This picture represents a typical scene in any wine growing area . . . orderly rows of grapes. When I see them it always reminds me of offices full of neat cubicles in a row. Both might appeal to our sense of neatness and order but they are not natural. 

Plants don’t choose to grow in neat rows. That is something that man has forced upon them to satisfy our need for…


Added by Karen Schmidt on February 21, 2012 at 9:27 — No Comments

Individual Flexibility Arrangements - Are you getting them right?

As part of the Award Modernisation process, it was identified that every Modern Award was to contain a “Flexibility Term”. The original intent was to enshrine a mechanism in the awards for employees to seek flexible working arrangements to allow for family responsibilities etc, or alternatively for them to seek flexibility in terms of the certain arrangements or conditions in the Awards or Enterprise Agreement. 

Individual Flexibility Arrangements are not lodged with FWA, therefore…


Added by Michael Cosgrove on February 20, 2012 at 16:07 — No Comments

Things to consider before becoming a self employed Consultant

Every year, at around this time, a common theme in my conversations with HR professionals is their desire to follow through on a New Year's resolution to move onto a new role. 2012 has started out a little differently, though, with a number of these practitioners, mostly senior and highly experienced, considering a shift to working for themselves.

In the HR profession, especially in the learning and training arena, this is certainly an…


Added by Amanda Webb on February 20, 2012 at 12:52 — 4 Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work


Added by Susan Rochester on February 17, 2012 at 9:39 — No Comments

5 Ways to Enhance Change Readiness

There are some things we just can’t do.  Turn on a country music station and before long you’re likely to hear a song about unrequited love.   It pains to be in love and not have that love returned.  But the fact is you can’t make someone love you. 

Neither can you make someone ready for change.  You can force people to change, but you can’t make them ready.   Readiness, like love, is a product of how someone sees the world, how they operate, what they want, how they think, how they…


Added by Steve Barlow on February 16, 2012 at 21:07 — No Comments

Statistics and damn lies in employment: Online job ads

Note: This post originally appeared on the RecruitLoop Blog.

Job ads in Australia increased 6.4% from December to January, according to …


Added by Michael Overell on February 14, 2012 at 13:56 — 2 Comments

Why Test for Change Readiness When Recruiting Staff?

According to a recent HR article*, the true cost of recruiting a new staff member can exceed $100,000. Such expensive investments deserve a rigorous and well-informed decision-making process.

Recruitment agencies and some employers often use psychometric tests to screen potential candidates. These tests may target such areas as personality type, aptitude, job-fit, emotional intelligence, leadership, performance, work preferences, cognitive ability, and skills. It is important to know…


Added by Steve Barlow on February 12, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Fierce Conversations ... or Constructive Ones?

In recent years, there has been widespread interest in books recommending “fierce” or “…


Added by Michael Brisciana on February 10, 2012 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work


Added by Susan Rochester on February 10, 2012 at 11:22 — No Comments

Does the problem lie with the difficult performer or with you?

If the difficult performer has created a 'mess', that is, they have said or done something that has affected others in the organisation in some harmful or hurtful way then that person needs to be held accountable for their actions. There are lots of ways to do this but the trick lies with the approach taken by whoever is the first to respond.

Working 'with', being authoritative, is a skill. Building and maintaining relationships is not knowledge but a skill.

Working 'to', being…


Added by Geoff Blair on February 9, 2012 at 10:51 — 1 Comment

Change Readiness and Mandated Change

In my article entitled ‘Change Readiness Put Simply’ I stated that change readiness refers to a person’s capacity to act as the primary change agent in their own life.   In this current article I want to expand on the idea of change agents, and show how people can continue to act as their own primary agent of change even though other agents are influencing them.

It is first of all important to distinguish…


Added by Steve Barlow on February 8, 2012 at 7:08 — No Comments

The importance of ‘soft skills’ in leadership development

Leading a business has long been about displaying our personal strengths in the workplace. But today’s working environment requires managers to also display a raft of ‘softer skills’ when dealing with people. 

Soft skills can be quite a revelation for business leaders, who are beginning to understand that leading with an iron fist doesn’t yield the best results. 

Taking a softer approach refers to learning how to effectively relate to people, showing empathy and optimism and…


Added by Mandy Geddes on February 7, 2012 at 12:48 — 1 Comment

Health and wellbeing: 4 ways to boost productivity and performance

The economic burden of Australia’s obesity epidemic is well known to most, with recent studies putting the cost of caring for overweight and obese Australians at $56 billion per year1.

But it’s not just the tax-paying public who are crumbling under this ever-increasing load – Australian businesses are also suffering as the health problems of our nation significantly decrease employee productivity.

Businesses recognise the link between poor employee health,…


Added by Jevita Nilson on February 7, 2012 at 11:35 — No Comments

Do the maths! How to calculate the true cost of employee onboarding

The cost of attracting top talent is scary enough. Recruitment fees alone can start at 12% of  your new employee’s salary and head north depending on how much you pay them. The real cost however, of losing your staff in the early days of hire, is much higher than you think.

If you flunked out in maths class, don’t despair.  Here’s a quick lesson by Shiraz Contractor-Papas (our Product Manager - Asia Pacific) on how to calculate the true costs of employee…


Added by Anthony Sork on February 7, 2012 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

My postman loves his job - do you? Part 1

My postman gave me an incredible experience this week. Yes that’s right, my postman.

Let’s start from the beginning:

Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in, not sure if you like your job, or see it in the people around you?

Life just doesn’t seem quite right and you’re not sure why?

Do you even see these elements in your staff members?  They seem ‘OK’ and do an average to good job, yet they…


Added by Suzanne Waldron on February 6, 2012 at 14:26 — 1 Comment

Don't sweat the cold to get your Consultants on the phone and winning more business

In my recent blog “head in the sand vs action junkie ….what’s your mantra?” I wrote about a Consultant who worked for me who didn’t enjoy prospecting new business as she felt that she was annoying clients when she rang. This generated a range of comments and questions asking how I helped her overcome this.



Added by Nicole Underwood on February 6, 2012 at 13:29 — No Comments

Leaders Must Be Taught To Use Their Brains/Fair Work Act

Interesting that today's HR Daily has Leaders Must Be Taught… and Fair Work Act needs… are on the same page. The articles are very complimentary. They underlying issues, of course, is about relationships. When employers use inclusive management techniques all that work together will find ways of resolving issues without too much outside assistance.

When outside assistance is sought realistically they can only facilitate dialogue between the people that are directly affected by…


Added by Geoff Blair on February 6, 2012 at 11:09 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work


Added by Susan Rochester on February 3, 2012 at 9:10 — No Comments

All Aboard - The Importance of a Robust Onboarding Process

When it comes to recruiting a new staff member, most organisations focus heavily on attracting and then selecting the best possible candidate for their team. A great deal of time and effort goes into selling the organisation, and then once a strong pool of candidates have applied for the role, the focus moves to interviewing, reference checking and finally making an offer of employment to the preferred candidate.

Once the preferred candidate has accepted the job offer,…


Added by Jevita Nilson on February 1, 2012 at 13:21 — 5 Comments

Use your performance management process to engage rather than frustrate employees

If you didn't read the HR Daily article called Motivation alone won't boost performance on the 24th Jan, you really…


Added by Alecia O'Brien on February 1, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

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