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How to identify a toxic work culture

It is no secret that workplaces need an inclusive, people-centric culture to thrive. This begs the question; why do toxic work cultures still exist, and more importantly, what can we do to fix it?


Toxic workplace culture remains one of the key reasons that high performers leave their jobs and, in most cases, will have a negative flow through…


Added by Nick Hedges on June 29, 2022 at 11:30 — No Comments

HR update: Minimum wage, award rate and superannuation increases

The Fair Work Commission has recently announced their decision regarding minimum wage and award rate increases which will come into effect on 1 July 2022. Here’s what you need to know:

National Minimum Wage 

The National Minimum…


Added by Nick Hedges on June 27, 2022 at 13:30 — No Comments

Recruiting for the ideal team player

Effective recruitment practices are at the heart of every successful business and as we enter a new era of post-covid people practices, taking a fresh look at how we recruit; and specifically what qualities we are looking for, has become more important than ever. 

As part of our in-house professional development strategy, we…


Added by Nick Hedges on June 1, 2022 at 13:30 — No Comments

The importance of conducting effective exit interviews

We recently blogged about useful strategies to maximise employee retention in face of “The Great Resignation”. Since the start of the pandemic, many companies have been disrupted by a sudden increase in employees leaving the business. If there are lessons to be learned over the past two years, it’s that employees desire greater connection with their peers and leaders both at a social and interpersonal level; as well as a sense of purpose, community and value…


Added by Nick Hedges on February 1, 2022 at 4:30 — No Comments

Episode 9 is live - Risks with Recruitment

[Approx. 3.5 minute viewing time]

Candidate attraction and selection is critical to the success of any business, and SMEs are no different.

It’s often hard to just get your head around the entire recruitment process let alone seeing it all through. After all, who really has time to write a job description or capabilities statement for every role in the business? You’re (probably) not an expert copy writer, so how do you know if the ad you post online…


Added by Nick Hedges on March 9, 2021 at 16:05 — No Comments

Workplace investigations - recent learnings

Workplace investigations are almost always a difficult undertaking for Companies.


One aspect on which all managers, senior business leaders and HR usually agree, is the importance of getting the procedural aspects of the investigation right.   Getting it wrong will not only potentially increase the risk in terms of the Employer’s ability to defend any resulting disciplinary action that the Company believed was ‘fair, reasonable and just’, it also has the…


Added by Nick Hedges on March 2, 2021 at 14:00 — No Comments

New year, new hires and a new onboarding experience

Why creating an Outstanding Employee Onboarding Experience matters.

You might be surprised to learn that …


Added by Nick Hedges on January 25, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

Reflect & Rejuvenate for 2021

It goes without saying that 2020 is going to be a year that will go down in the history books. Of course, we are all acutely aware of the large-scale changes that the pandemic year resulted in. I am sure I am not alone in looking forward to the day that Covid-19 is not the number one subject of news reports, Twitter posts, parliamentary debate, and press conferences. 

While the pandemic was ‘unprecedented’ for so…


Added by Nick Hedges on December 17, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

How do I build a High Performance Culture?

It’s the million dollar question that comes up time and time again: ‘How can I ensure I am building a high performance culture?

It doesn’t matter if you’re managing a start-up, you’re a Department Head within a large organisation or run a small to medium sized business whose culture has come about by fluke. If you’re…


Added by Nick Hedges on October 15, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

Managing Employee Health Issues

A question that we’re often asked for advice on, is ‘How do I best manage my employee’s health issue?’ Some examples of how this can manifest are:  an employee taking regular or significant periods of leave (for known or unknown reasons); an employee injury that leads to a Workers’ Compensation claim; an employee’s management of mental health issues;…


Added by Nick Hedges on September 29, 2020 at 15:00 — No Comments

Two Key Legislative Updates

A key component of our service offering is to assist our clients to meet the legislative requirements in managing their people.  Here we share two recent legislative updates which have had potentially far-reaching implications for employers. 

Personal Leave – What Defines a ‘Day’?

Employers would be…


Added by Nick Hedges on August 26, 2020 at 14:11 — No Comments

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