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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 start your search for…See More
Feb 25
Merilyn Speiser posted blog posts
Feb 25
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

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 business. You’ll end…See More
Oct 31, 2018
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

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 business. You’ll end…See More
Oct 31, 2018
2 blog posts by Merilyn Speiser were featured
Oct 23, 2018
Merilyn Speiser posted blog posts
Oct 23, 2018
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

Are you ready for Single Touch Payroll? You will need to be!

What is it?Real-time digital reporting to the ATO of detailed payroll information on or before each payroll processing date.What does this mean?From 1 July, "substantial" employers will need to report to the ATO as payroll is processed, not only at the end of the financial year as is currently the case.A substantial employer is an employer with over 20 employees as at 1 April this year – and this includes casuals; those based overseas, absent and on leave; and seasonal employees: basically,…See More
Apr 6, 2018
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

Are you ready for Single Touch Payroll? You will need to be!

What is it?Real-time digital reporting to the ATO of detailed payroll information on or before each payroll processing date.What does this mean?From 1 July, "substantial" employers will need to report to the ATO as payroll is processed, not only at the end of the financial year as is currently the case.A substantial employer is an employer with over 20 employees as at 1 April this year – and this includes casuals; those based overseas, absent and on leave; and seasonal employees: basically,…See More
Apr 6, 2018
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

Award changes in favor of supportive provisions – are you across your obligations?

The Fair Work Commission recently handed down two decisions in favour of creating a more supportive workplace for employees covered by Modern awards. These provisions include changes to Domestic Violence Leave and Family Friendly Working Arrangements. Read on to find out what this means for your business.Decision: Domestic Violence LeaveThe Fair Work Commission has recently made a decision to include a Domestic Violence clause in modern awards.This amendment will mean that all employees covered…See More
Apr 4, 2018
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

Award changes in favor of supportive provisions – are you across your obligations?

The Fair Work Commission recently handed down two decisions in favour of creating a more supportive workplace for employees covered by Modern awards. These provisions include changes to Domestic Violence Leave and Family Friendly Working Arrangements. Read on to find out what this means for your business.Decision: Domestic Violence LeaveThe Fair Work Commission has recently made a decision to include a Domestic Violence clause in modern awards.This amendment will mean that all employees covered…See More
Apr 3, 2018
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

5 HR issues every business needs to know about in 2018

A new year brings new HR challenges for all businesses. From the rise of the blended workforce to changes to penalty rates and employer-sponsored visas, here are the 5 most important developments we think every manager and business owner needs to know about.1. The growing realisation of the prevalence of sexual harassment in workplacesWorkplace sexual harassment continues to dominate headlines, both in Australia and overseas.The Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2012…See More
Jan 23, 2018
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

5 HR issues every business needs to know about in 2018

A new year brings new HR challenges for all businesses. From the rise of the blended workforce to changes to penalty rates and employer-sponsored visas, here are the 5 most important developments we think every manager and business owner needs to know about.1. The growing realisation of the prevalence of sexual harassment in workplacesWorkplace sexual harassment continues to dominate headlines, both in Australia and overseas.The Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2012…See More
Jan 22, 2018
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

Our guide to avoiding the pitfalls of the silly season

The end of year should be happy and relaxing, but if you’re an employer it can present all kinds of headaches. Read our guide to mastering the end of year to make sure you start 2018 on the right foot.Christmas time is supposed to be the most relaxing time of the year. But for employers, it can also present headaches. After all, there’s likely a Christmas party or end of year event with alcohol and office relationship-based challenges. There’s what to do with staff when it’s the quietest time…See More
Dec 12, 2017
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

Our guide to avoiding the pitfalls of the silly season

The end of year should be happy and relaxing, but if you’re an employer it can present all kinds of headaches. Read our guide to mastering the end of year to make sure you start 2018 on the right foot.Christmas time is supposed to be the most relaxing time of the year. But for employers, it can also present headaches. After all, there’s likely a Christmas party or end of year event with alcohol and office relationship-based challenges. There’s what to do with staff when it’s the quietest time…See More
Dec 11, 2017
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

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 to find out…What is talent management?Put simply, talent…See More
Dec 5, 2017
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

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 to find out…What is talent management?Put simply, talent…See More
Dec 4, 2017

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What would you like to share about yourself?
I am an HR and Business Consultant, passionate about Talent, Performance, Leadership and Engagement.
Company website/blog
http://www.catalinaconsultants.com.au
How many employees in your company?
1-49
What areas of HR are you particularly passionate about?
Leadership, Talent, Performance, Engagement, Diversity
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Open networking

Merilyn Speiser's Blog

Managing Excessive Sick Leave

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:54 0 Comments

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…

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A HR dilemma - is bullying happening in your workplace?

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 6:30 0 Comments

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…

Continue

The SME owner's guide to getting HR strategy right

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 8:00 0 Comments

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…

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

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 8:53 0 Comments

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…

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