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5 HR things to action before the end of 2020

As we watched fireworks bring in the new year, did we ever really think this is how 2020 would play out? Now with just three months left before 2021 is here, what should your business be doing to make sense of the commercial reality we’re living through? We share with you five human resource-related things that every business owner should consider before 31 December comes around.

HR tip 1: Review your organisational structure

The pandemic is forcing many businesses to change…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on October 16, 2020 at 8:36 — No Comments

Managing Excessive Sick Leave

The great ‘Aussie sickie’ is supposedly embedded in our work culture – and can be a frustrating problem for any HR department to manage. Research shows that even the very ‘best’ employees are occasionally guilty of ‘chucking a sickie’. If it’s a one-off ‘mental health day’, then generally this isn’t too problematic for businesses.

But it’s when employees start taking sick days as a matter of course – or see their sick leave as…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on February 25, 2019 at 6:54 — No Comments

A HR dilemma - is bullying happening in your workplace?

Few issues are as hot in HR right now as workplace bullying. But working out whether you’re harbouring one can be difficult, especially as the fine line between tough love and, well, outright bullying behaviour, can be a fine one. With that in mind – and to help you avoid the potential cost, embarrassment and damage a bully can cause both to the victim and to your business – we’ve created this guide to spotting workplace bullies.

What constitutes bullying?

The best place to…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on February 25, 2019 at 6:30 — No Comments

The SME owner's guide to getting HR strategy right

Many small business owners don’t have a lot of time to devote to implementing a bespoke HR strategy. But that doesn’t mean they can’t get it right.

Running and growing any business takes serious time and effort. And very often so much of that time and effort is spent keeping customers or clients happy that you have very little chance to get around to anything else, especially your HR.

But if you leave your human resource strategy to chance, you shortchange yourself and your…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on October 31, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Start-up to Global Domination - An HR Guide to Getting it Right

In the early stages of a business, most owners and managers focus on growth – almost to the exclusion of everything else. But by spending a little time on your human resources (HR) upfront, and then re-examining where you’re at along the way, you can save a lot of headaches and create a more dynamic, successful and profitable business.

There are many examples of startups where neglect for human resources, led to serious issues down the track. Some of the more high profile ones include…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on October 23, 2018 at 8:53 — No Comments

The 3 HR lessons from the Banking Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Financial Services has been sending shockwaves through Australia’s banking and finance sector. But it’s not just bankers who can learn some valuable lessons from the stories that have been emerging. Some of the key takeaways are just as relevant for human resources (HR) and business owners and managers too.

How the Royal Commission affects…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on October 23, 2018 at 8:51 — No Comments

5 HR issues every business needs to know about in 2018


Added by Merilyn Speiser on January 22, 2018 at 10:24 — No Comments

Our guide to avoiding the pitfalls of the silly season


Added by Merilyn Speiser on December 11, 2017 at 11:11 — No Comments

How to build a talent management program that works in 2018

For many CEOs, ‘talent management’ is fast becoming a number one HR priority. But what does that actually mean and how should you go about building a talent management program that works? We explore.

Ask any CEO what’s on their list of HR priorities for 2018 and chances are ‘talent management’ will place high. But what exactly does that mean? Why is it so easy to get this wrong? And how do you know if you’re getting it right?

Read on…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on December 4, 2017 at 14:03 — No Comments

How to make flexible working work for you

Think flexible working will hurt your bottom line? A recent study found flexible workers were more, not less productive, than their peers. So how can you make it work in your workplace?

Flexibility is no longer a nice to have, it’s the law. But, more than that, it actually helps enable more engaged, more productive workers who can help you achieve your business goals. So how do you build the benefits of flexible working into your workplace? Read on to find…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on November 27, 2017 at 11:49 — 1 Comment

What is reasonable management action? Unmasking one of employment law’s most misunderstood terms.

Usually, if someone brings an unfair dismissal or bullying claim, they won’t succeed if the conduct of their employer is considered ‘reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner’.

But what exactly does that mean?

What is reasonable management action? (What you can do)

The concept of “reasonable management action” exists in the legislation to essentially give permission for managers and business owners to take necessary steps to ensure…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on August 29, 2017 at 9:49 — No Comments

3 signs pointing to a workplace investigation (and 5 signs to call in help)

Workplace investigations may seem like an extravagance but the reality is they could save you both time and money. So when should you do one? And when should you go one step further and enlist outside help?

Workplace investigations sometimes seem extravagant – HR overkill I’ve heard them called - but often they’re 100% necessary. Without conducting one, you may leave your business exposed, create severe cultural issues amongst your people and cost yourself serious…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on August 8, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

8 HR changes you need to be aware of from 1 July 2017

1 July 2017 brings a whole range of changes and updates that HR need to be across. These changes will affect payroll, superannuation, minimum wage, award-based employees and more.

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening, as well as what your business needs to do to prepare.

1. 3.3% Minimum wage increase

A 3.3% minimum wage increase kicks in from the first full pay period after 1 July 2017. That means the national minimum wage will lift…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 21, 2017 at 23:02 — No Comments

8 common alternative facts about employment law

 When it comes to hiring and firing staff, a lot of what employers and employees believe seems to be based on myth, hearsay or out-of-date information. Some of these "facts" are very often wrong.

To help you cut through the noise and know where you stand, we set the record straight on eight of the most common employment law alternative facts.

'Fact' 1: An employee earning more than the high-income threshold can’t bring an unfair dismissal…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 9, 2017 at 13:40 — No Comments

The changes from 457 Visa to the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Subclass 457 Visas will soon be scrapped in favour of a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa. But what’s really changing and how will you - and your business - be affected?

The Commonwealth government recently announced it would be abolishing the subclass 457 Visa and replacing it with a new system for employment-related immigration. With little notice of the changes and lots of questions still to be answered, this move has left a lot of employers and sponsored…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on June 2, 2017 at 10:17 — No Comments

How psychometric testing can help overcome bias in hiring

 We’re all biased, whether we care to admit it or not. And bias becomes a real problem when it interferes with your ability to find real talent and affects your business’s growth.

We are all biased, whether we care to admit it or not.

That’s not the same thing as saying we’re all racist, xenophobic, homophobic or misogynistic. It’s not even the same thing as saying we prefer people who have the same background as us or think the same way we do (although,…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on May 19, 2017 at 15:58 — No Comments

The benefits of a mentally healthy workplace

The benefits of a healthy workplace are well documented. But, as we mentioned in our recent blog about the most important HR trends for 2017, the need to create a mentallyhealthy workplace is becoming increasingly important too.

After all, statistics…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on February 4, 2017 at 17:52 — No Comments

5 HR trends to look out for this year

So here we are at the start of another year! It’s worth pondering about the HR trends we think will be big in 2017.

We think 2017 will be another big year in HR – both in terms of opportunity and also from a workplace relations perspective.  

There has been a lot of interesting data on workplace trends released during 2016 and this data gives us strong indicators for direction and policy over the next 12 months. 

Here are 5 key things we think you need to…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on January 3, 2017 at 10:38 — No Comments

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