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Workplace planning in the wake of COVID-19

Workplace planning has long been defined as having the right people in the right position with the right capabilities at the right time, to help you grow and strengthen your company. But in the year of COVID-19, workplace planning for many is coming from the point of surviving not thriving.

While government support has been extended through Job Keeper, now is the time to start planning for necessary organisational change to save you operating from the point of urgency and panic,…

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Added by Mark Brand on November 4, 2020 at 21:06 — No Comments

Not all outplacement programs are equal. Are you getting the greatest value for money?

If you do a Google search for ‘outplacement providers’, you will quickly discover hundreds of companies offering outplacement programs. But buyer beware, not all outplacement programs are created equal.

In a sea of providers, how do you make sure you get the best value for money while giving your redundant employees access to the best content? Here are five questions to ask outplacement providers to make sure you are comparing apples with apples when it comes to outplacement…

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Added by Mark Brand on October 28, 2020 at 19:05 — No Comments

How to find the right outplacement provider – when you needed them yesterday

With the economic impacts of COVID-19 being felt across the country, more businesses are resorting to restructure and redundancy to survive the downturn. As a result, HR managers and teams are finding themselves in the increasingly challenging position of transitioning staff with little to no planning.

While communicating change and organising outplacement are best done months in advance, this is a luxury many businesses don’t have at the moment. So, if you’ve found yourself in the…

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Added by Mark Brand on September 29, 2020 at 10:09 — No Comments

Making employees redundant through a pandemic – navigating the risks and complexities

With the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression upon us, redundancy is a sad inevitability of COVID-19.

No one enjoys making employees redundant, but in the middle of a pandemic when the job market is competitive, and many families are doing it tough? That makes it a lot harder. Here are some tips to help you navigate the risks and complexities of making employees redundant through a pandemic.…

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Added by Mark Brand on September 9, 2020 at 22:42 — No Comments

How to have great coaching conversations at work

There are many team-building benefits of the coaching leadership style, it identifies strengths, encourages learning, accelerates self-development, drives collaboration, increases engagement, improves performance, and that is by no means a comprehensive list.

That is why we want to share with you one of the tools of a coaching leader – the coaching conversation. Coaching conversations work a little…

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Added by Mark Brand on June 23, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

How to effectively manage short-timer syndrome

If you’ve ever managed employees who are working out their notice period, you are likely to be all too familiar with short-timer syndrome. It’s a condition used to describe the significant drop in productivity that comes when an employee has decided or been informed that they are leaving your company.

While not all employees take on the “dead employee walking” persona, many do drop their level of care and commitment, preventing you from capturing critical information and contacts or…

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Added by Mark Brand on June 9, 2020 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Emotional Impact of Redundancy

While the separation conversation can be difficult for you as an employer, not surprisingly, it’s even more challenging and confronting for the employee being made redundant.

To appropriately support your employees during this time, it’s important to have a greater understanding of what they will be experiencing and feeling upon learning about their involuntary redundancy.

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The first reaction a…

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Added by Mark Brand on April 3, 2020 at 14:15 — No Comments

How to minimise HR stress during periods of high change

As the stress and conflict absorbers of an organisation, a HR professional’s day can be filled with high-pressure situations, hard conversations, tight deadlines and negative energy. It is no wonder your HR team are susceptible to burnout.

But as one of the most crucial teams in your organisation, you can’t afford for them to skip a beat. So how can you manage HR stress, particularly during high change periods like restructure and redundancy? Here are some tips to help.…

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Added by Mark Brand on February 18, 2020 at 17:27 — No Comments

Five team building benefits of the coaching leadership style

The benefits of coaching have long been proven in sports, but is there a place for it in leadership too? The answer is a definite YES!

If you want to encourage learning in your organisation, accelerate self-development in individuals, drive collaboration in your team and create a positive culture where employees are loyal and self-motivated, it might be time to change to the coaching leadership style.

Not sure if it is for you? Here are five team building benefits that coaching…

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Added by Mark Brand on November 26, 2019 at 22:10 — No Comments

Are you handling outplacement the right way?

There is a big challenge with outplacement services, and that is that for many organisations, it is quite often seen as a grudge purchase. And we’re not being unkind here.

With the wellbeing, performance and success of a transitioning employee no longer a direct impact on you or your bottom line, it can be easy not to show the level of care, support and proactivity that exiting employees need from you as…

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Added by Mark Brand on September 4, 2019 at 15:30 — No Comments

The four things you need to know to build an enviable employment brand

Gone are the days where top candidates eagerly await to hear from an employer. Now, thanks to skill shortages, workplace needs and technology advances, the very best candidates are in the position of power, often being able to choose the organisation they work for after receiving multiple job offers.

With attracting and retaining the best talent becoming even more critical to the growth and success of your organisation, now is the time to gain a competitive edge by building your…

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Added by Mark Brand on July 31, 2019 at 21:00 — No Comments

Changes in executive recruitment and why executive outplacement needs to adapt

We are operating in a business environment that is demanding more from our leaders than ever before. Executives need to be able to innovate, influence and pivot at an unprecedented rate all the while managing more significant risks, regulations and technological change.

It should come as no surprise then that executive recruitment is changing. Here are three changes that we have seen to executive recruitment and why your executive outplacement program needs to adapt to these trends if…

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Added by Mark Brand on June 25, 2019 at 8:30 — No Comments

How a career coach can help your ageing team with retirement planning

We are reaching a critical turning point in the workforce. Baby Boomers – the 5.5 million Australians born between 1946 and 1965 – are at or approaching retirement age. And the question on many employers’ lips is "How do I successfully transition my ageing workforce into retirement?"

While some employees look forward to their permanent vacation, others want to scale back and enjoy life or keep on working regardless, and as an employer, it isn’t always clear which group your ageing…

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Added by Mark Brand on June 5, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

How to successfully transition your ageing workforce into retirement

Retirement can be one of the most anticipated and life-changing life events in a person’s life. But while many people look forward to retirement at different times in their life, when the time comes it can impact them in ways they never considered. With usually fifty plus years in employment, the thought of suddenly not working can be fraught with many concerns.

Thankfully, as an employer, there are proactive ways you can help employees approaching this stage in their lives and ensure…

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Added by Mark Brand on May 30, 2019 at 10:17 — No Comments

Four steps to a smoother separation conversation

Let’s face it; no one enjoys sitting an employee down and telling them they no longer have a place in the company because their position has been made redundant. Unplanned redundancy conversations can be hard and challenging, and you can encounter some pretty big emotions.

While we often recognise the difficulty these conversations have on transitioning employees in the business world, we don’t always remember the effect it has on the person who has to deliver the conversation. To…

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Added by Mark Brand on August 29, 2018 at 23:30 — No Comments

5 Rs of Change: Resistance, Redundancy, Redeployment, Re-engagement and Retention

During the restructuring process, there are five R’s of change you need to manage effectively to maintain productivity, performance, and profitability in your organisation – resistance, redundancy, redeployment, re-engagement and retention. Here’s how to set your organisation up for success through change.

1. Resistance

No word can spread fear through an organisation like “change”. Resistance can be as inevitable as change itself, however, there are ways that…

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Added by Mark Brand on June 13, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Overcoming survivor guilt to get back to business as usual

In the wake of restructuring and redundancies, your surviving team can frequently be left shaken and riddled with guilt.

But with greater pressure to perform at the very time that they are mentally and emotionally drained after surviving what may have been multiple changes, how do you get back to business as usual?

1. Acknowledge the emotional component of change

Employees that remain after a major restructuring can experience all the emotions of grief…

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Added by Mark Brand on April 3, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Restoring Breakdowns in Trust

During change and restructure it’s not unusual for trust to be broken between staff, the management team and even your customers. But how do you start to win it back to protect your employment brand and reputation?

There’s no question that it takes time, but there are a few key things you can do to speed up the process of restoring trust.

1. Acknowledge that trust has been broken

When trust breaks down, communication normally breaks down with it.…

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Added by Mark Brand on February 1, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

How to prepare for restructure and redundancy in the year ahead

As the planning stages of a new year commence, many management teams will be faced with the decision to restructure their organisation to better manage downturn or accelerate growth.

If your organisation falls into this category, now is the time to start preparing your business for change – even if it is still months away. How can you ensure you have a successful restructure and your team has a smooth career transition next year? These four tips will get you…

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Added by Mark Brand on December 13, 2017 at 17:47 — No Comments

Three Costly Outplacement Mistakes

Staring into the eyes of a hardworking, loyal employee and breaking the news of their redundancy would have to be one of the most difficult parts of a HR professional’s job. That is why the topic of outplacement is so important, it is the last act a HR professional can do for an employee in need, and often the last memory a transitioning employee will take with them when they leave.

When it’s done right, it can have incredible results for both the company and a transitioning employee…

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Added by Mark Brand on October 25, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

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