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How To Identify People For Leadership Positions

This is a question that comes up in various polls, groups and expert Q&A’s on social media boards repeatedly and often. You would think since the Industrial Revolution we would have evolved and managed to understand this fully, and in practice, yet still we have not come so far.

Is it that leaders themselves are ignoring the guide lines and research? Now more than ever, there is a plethora of free information out on the internet to answer this question.

So here we go again…


Added by Anne-Marie Orrock on December 19, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

What To Do When An Employee Wants To Work From Home

Should Companies re-think allowing employees to work from home? It seems these days, for many companies, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

However in light of a recent ruling forcing Telstra to compensate an employee working from home who in 2006, after falling down a flight of stairs in her home, injured her shoulder, is giving employers the nudge to re-think their approach to flexible work practices.

The Administrative Appeal…


Added by Anne-Marie Orrock on December 16, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Added by Susan Rochester on December 16, 2011 at 7:39 — No Comments

St. Nicholas & the Christmas Season

St. Nicholas is Santa’s real name. St. Nicholas, who was a 4th Century bishop in Turkey, is patron saint of children, sailors, bakers, pawn-brokers and Russia, among other things. We have been celebrating St. Nicholas Day, which falls on 6th December, for many years, and its become a tradition among our family and friends to meet every year on St. Nicholas Day to mark the beginning of the Christmas…


Added by Lynette Jensen on December 16, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Women in leadership – can we “have it all”?

I recently met an incredibly motivated and driven female leader.  She is dedicated, loves the company she works for, thrives on feedback to improve and wants to achieve top performance status every year at her annual review.  In discussing her career and future plans – she stopped mid sentence and admitted that having a baby was on the…


Added by Nicole Underwood on December 15, 2011 at 13:19 — No Comments

Blogging over the Christmas/New Year break

This week I'll be promoting HR Daily Community blog posts on Thursday, as we're publishing a special end-of year wrap in HR Daily on Friday. That will be our final edition for the year, and we'll resume publishing on Monday 23 January.

Over the Christmas/New Year break we welcome continued blogging on the HR Daily Community by its current members. We'll do a wrap of these posts on Friday 27 January.

New memberships requested during this time will require approval, which may…


Added by Jo Knox on December 13, 2011 at 13:35 — No Comments

7 Must Knows Of Hiring Generation 'Me' (aka Gen Y)

Let’s face it, many of us have heard the stories with disbelief and some times mortification of an outrageous demand or spoiled-brat attitude of a Generation Y encounter in the workplace. Baby boomers and Generation X’ers mutter ‘It never would have happened in ‘my day’ or chuff quietly to themselves at the ‘cute’, but gullibly over-ambitious statement by a younger Gen Y that they intend to be Vice President of Marketing, next year, with only 2 years experience out…


Added by Anne-Marie Orrock on December 12, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work


Added by Susan Rochester on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments

The Tug o’ War Over Social Media Contact Ownership – Five Ways An Employer Can ‘Muscle’ Up!

The argument continues and still there is no clear cut answer. Just who has legal ownership over contacts built up in an employees LinkedIn or Facebook account? Is it their personal account or the employers entitlement?

We now see increasing litigation starting to occur between employees and employers over the use of social media in the context of damaging employer reputation and perceived employee misconduct when employees have posted disparaging,…


Added by Anne-Marie Orrock on December 9, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

What will another global crisis means to the Australian job market?

Predictions for the next global meltdown are coming thick and fast - so what does that mean for us on the employment front?

It's no secret that there are a number of industries feeling the pinch - retailers have been suffering for quite a while. Is there more to come?

The pundits would have you think that the answer would have to be yes. Predictions of bigger problems in Europe (that's no secret) with a flow on effect to Australia is what we're hearing.  If that happens, where…


Added by Fiona Anson on December 8, 2011 at 12:19 — No Comments

Great posts - keep them coming!

Just a quick note to highlight some of the more popular recent content on HR Daily Community.

Nicole Underwood's post on how to spice up weekly meetings and Liza Garrido's on resignation triggers have had more than 2000 visits each, while Karen Schmidt's post…


Added by Jo Knox on December 7, 2011 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Celebrate diversity within your organisation

A lack of gender diversity at senior levels is an issue facing many businesses around Australia, with everyone from the Prime Minister to the media weighing in on the debate.


Solutions have been suggested, such as board quotas and leadership position targets, to increase the number of women in leadership or executive positions in Australia.  A recent survey of 134 businesswomen by Telstra…


Added by Mandy Geddes on December 6, 2011 at 11:52 — No Comments

Australia Behind The Rest Of The World: Lessons To Learn On Strategic Human Resources Outsourcing…

North American and European organizations, are leading the way in adopting significant outsourcing of strategic HR initiatives, taking a new approach. Australia’s mid-sized companies have had a cautious stance on the subject for a long time, believing that larger or multi-national organizations are the only ones who would benefit from strategic Human Resources outsourcing due to greater economies of scale.

This is gradually changing, yet Australia is…


Added by Anne-Marie Orrock on December 5, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Mistake Recovery Guide: What To Do When You Stuff Up Big Time...

Mistake Recovery Guide: What To Do When You Stuff Up Big Time..

So you are at that moment of realization that you have just made a mistake.  It’s not just a small indiscretion, but it is an orbital heart-stopper. Your blood runs cold and amazingly you break out in sweat at the same time. You visualize your bosses eye’s popping out of their head with fury.

We have all at one time or another in our career made a…


Added by Anne-Marie Orrock on December 2, 2011 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

What's holding you…


Added by Susan Rochester on December 2, 2011 at 7:38 — No Comments

Having trouble with employee surveys? Then read on…

Let’s face it, nobody really likes surveys.

If you are asked to complete one, you can feel confronted. You may worry about whether your honesty will backfire. If you see many surveys hit your inbox, one more survey can feel like “just another HR thing.” You give it a half-hearted response as you fly out the door.

Many of our clients experience this. Engaging people presents many challenges. So we’ve decided to feature some insights from our long-term clients. We hope this will…


Added by Anthony Sork on December 1, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

The time to 'trust your gut' is lunchtime...

…not when you’re hiring a new staff member!

Managers very often rely on their intuition or ‘gut feel’ when making staffing decisions.  In my experience, it’s amazing how often we hear  “it just felt right”, “she seems like a good fit” or “I feel very comfortable with him”.  There’s a lot of confidence in intuition.

When it turns out the…


Added by Susan Rochester on November 29, 2011 at 14:27 — No Comments

Is Yours a High Performing Workplace?

A recent report* from the Society for Knowledge Economics (Sydney, October 2011) provides clear evidence that organisations that are attuned to the potential of their people and seek to utilise and develop their human resources not only enjoy a better ROI in the present, but are well positioned to maintain their lead in Australia’s future economic growth.

The study, involving 5661 employees across 78 organisations and funded by the Federal Government (DEEWR), found that High…


Added by Steve Barlow on November 28, 2011 at 19:57 — 1 Comment

Dream employers survey points to self employment. Is it the road to work life balance?

The latest Insync/Red Balloon Dream Employers Survey has named Google as the number one Dream Employer of the year.  Interestingly, however, those surveyed have chosen themselves as their employer of choice with self employment ranking as the number two option.

While the survey has a healthy spattering of dynamic, young and young-focussed companies, for the last two years self employment has ranked at number two in the Dream Employer stakes.

The survey results show that…


Added by Fiona Anson on November 28, 2011 at 15:36 — No Comments

Ci2011: Bringing Creativity & Business Together

The innaugural Creative Innovation Conference was described last year by Micenet Australia Magazine as “The Best Conference Ever”. Last week I, and two of my associates, attended Creative Innovation 2011 and I can un-ashamedly say that it was indeed the best conference ever.

Creative Innovation 2011 brought…


Added by Lynette Jensen on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

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