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Responding to requests for flexible working arrangements under the new modern award provisions

On December 1 2018, the Fair Work Commission finalised the model term for requesting flexible working arrangements which has been inserted into all modern awards as part of the 4-yearly review.      

The term applies when an employee has made a request for a change in working arrangements under the National Employment Standards (NES).…

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Added by Mathew Paine on February 11, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

5 Tips for Sourcing Candidates Through Social Media

Fun fact: only 20% of potential job candidates frequent traditional job boards like Craigslist and Indeed. Of the remaining 80%, most already have a job, but a large percentage of these passive job candidates would gladly switch jobs if the right offer came around. This means that if you’re focusing all of your sourcing efforts on old-school job sites, you’re cutting yourself off from a whole wealth of candidates who might be perfect fits for your team.

How can recruiters best avoid…

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Added by Damian Samoila on February 8, 2019 at 19:12 — No Comments

How L&D Is Holding Itself Back From Digital Transformation

Technology has been commonplace in L&D for decades but in an age in which digital is transforming organisations – and even industries –…

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Added by Kiren Kahlon on February 6, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

Why Counter Allegations Must Be Investigated

In the usual course of workplace investigations, it is often one person's word against another's. This is particularly the case when a serious allegation such as sexual misconduct has been made, and there are unlikely to be any witnesses to the event. 

When a serious allegation has been made, often the 'accused' then makes their own claims against the accuser, resulting in cross and counter-allegations.…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 6, 2019 at 9:40 — No Comments

Planning a Fun Corporate Party? Do it in 5 Easy Steps

Throwing a party in your workplace is a surefire way to help your employees relax and bond. Having a coherent team will help you get better results and work in a healthier work environment. We all deserve to have some fun once in a while, and throwing a themed party will remind your employees of that. Of course, it’s…

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Added by Emma Williams on February 5, 2019 at 21:52 — No Comments

The path to a successful Workplace Investigation

Over the holidays I received a fevered call from a good client, “Dave”. He is an HR Officer at a smallish regional hospital. It was a bit of tricky and sensitive matter. It was an allegation of sexual harassment by a woman against another woman and he knew it was based on unwitnessed behaviours in the changerooms at the hospital. Dave also knew there…

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Added by Tony Fell on February 5, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

Returning to work got you feeling down? Here are 5 ways to boost your mood at work

We can all get in that mood slump at work. Whether it be stress, anxiety, or you may just be so plain bored you end up on Facebook.



There are some solutions in boosting your mood at work, we’ve listed a few to try and help you get through that work day.



1. Decorate your space



Choosing fun desk accessories that appeal to your creative genius senses will greatly lift your spirits and you can even try selecting colours that are believed to improve…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on January 31, 2019 at 12:59 — No Comments

Learning HR Lessons from Real World Cases

In recent years, there have been a number of cases heard in the Fair Work Commission and the courts which have resulted in important practical outcomes and learnings for employers, particularly in the area of workplace bullying. 

Let's take a look at some of these seminal cases.…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 30, 2019 at 15:17 — No Comments

The Culture Fit Myth

As the evidence for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace mounts, the idea of Culture Fit is fast falling from favour. Recruitment attitudes are shifting to consider how diverse candidates can contribute to the culture instead of fitting into it, and hiring processes at forward-thinking companies are being examined in order to remove the notion altogether.…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on January 30, 2019 at 10:23 — No Comments

Free free, set them free: common misconceptions about dismissing an employee in their probation period

A recent decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Court) has shown why employers must always exercise care when seeking to dismiss employees – even during their probation period.

In Pacheco-Hernandez v Duty Free Stores Gold Coast Pty Ltd [2018] FCCA 3734, an employer was ordered to pay $10,000 in compensation to a former supervisor who had been dismissed five months into her probation period.

At the time of the dismissal, the employer’s…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 29, 2019 at 14:41 — No Comments

Culture club: workplace culture gone wrong and how to make it right

Workplace coaches and HR gurus talk a lot about the art of cultivating a positive and productive workplace culture. But what does “workplace culture” really mean and what happens when workplace culture becomes damaged or toxic? 

The tail end of 2018 saw a series of reports in the media about failing workplace cultures in a number of organisations, all of which suffered some serious consequences.

The Google protests

In November 2018, Google employees…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 29, 2019 at 14:38 — No Comments

Is it safe???: The importance of documented and accessible safe systems of work

A workplace incident involving a worker struck by a forklift has demonstrated the importance of having documented systems of work and induction processes in place that are accessible for all workers.

The worker was employed as a stock picker by Phong Warehouse & Distributor Pty Ltd (Phong). Phong was contracted by Williams Pressing and Packing Service Pty Limited (Williams) to provide stock picking services out of its warehouse.

On the worker’s second day…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 29, 2019 at 14:35 — No Comments

Dependency - an insidious affliction

In March 2017 I posted, on HR Daily, The Toxic Grinch – it attracted nearly 2,700 reads. A Grinch in the workplace makes for a cheerless and gloomy environment. A variant on this type of dysfunctional employee is the dependent. It is likely that you have encountered one or more in your work history. You will remember because they are unforgettable. If you work in HR you will know them well for reason of the grief and distractions they create. Happily they are not great in number –…

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Added by wayne faulkner on January 28, 2019 at 11:59 — No Comments

Addressing Post-Investigation Workplace Culture

Workplace investigations may cause disruption and even animosity in the workplace. An incident occurred and a workplace investigator must attempt to get to the heart of the problem. Once the investigation is over, there will inevitably be fallout in the workplace, which any employer would be well advised to address actively. 

We examine the pitfalls facing managers after a workplace investigation, and the best methods for…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 23, 2019 at 10:15 — No Comments

How to build a team that’s greater than the sum of its parts

As leaders, we’re defined by the team we build around us. You want to create a complementary team that’s greater than the sum of its parts. One that’s fit for the future, working together to create new opportunities. Yet building and managing a team in a complex global environment isn’t easy. We’re expected to be superheroes, but we’re not.

From hiring for tomorrow, preventing isolation, and communicating and collaborating across a diverse team, our multi-faceted world has resulted in…

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Added by Bernadette Wightman on January 23, 2019 at 9:48 — No Comments

6 ways HR can increase office productivity

Increasing office productivity is probably one of the main goals for all managers. Regardless of the type of business, in order for a company to stay competitive and continue growing, it is essential for the teams within it to be efficient and productive. Stress, prolonged hard work, and poor interpersonal relationships can impact the productivity of employees and lead to a significant drop in efficiency. In order to avoid this, HR teams are constantly looking for ways to mitigate the…

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Added by Daniel Brown on January 21, 2019 at 17:19 — No Comments

Before butting heads, try these strategies!

There is a game I love playing with my family. It’s called …

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Added by Zandy Fell on January 18, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

Importance of legal knowledge in the HR department

Human resource department has gotten more and more important as time progresses. It used to be a simple “hire and fire” type of a deal. But today, it also focuses on various other aspects of employee engagement. Often at times, the human resource department is misunderstood by most companies. It is the lifeblood of any organization as it ensures that we get the most out of an employee. Investing in people is serious business and as with any investment, we…

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Added by Emily Wilson on January 17, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

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