Greg Mitchell

6 Ways to P*ss Off Your Staff - Guaranteed!

6 Ways to P*ss Off Your Staff - Guaranteed!
One of my coaching clients mentioned to me the other day that he was working on some "anti-goals". Rather than focusing on what he wants to achieve in his personal and professional life, he's finding it more helpful to make a list of what he doesn't want (eg. "a job where I have no time for family", "a job with pay that doesn't give me enough incom...
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Greg Mitchell

"She's great at her job, but..."

"She's great at her job, but..."
On at least three separate occasions over the last couple of weeks I've had clients make comments to me along those lines, and it's frankly getting annoying. Please don't tell me "S he's great at her job [Finance Manager by the way] , but terrible at managing people ". Please don't tell me " He's great at his job [Business Development Manager] , bu...
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Greg Mitchell

HR Compliance 101: What You Need To Know If You Are Engaging Others In Your Business

HR Compliance 101: What You Need To Know If You Are Engaging Others In Your Business
One of the key challenges for small business owners engaging others in the business is to understand and comply with legislative requirements. Here's the essential "HR stuff" you need to know: National Employment Standards: The National Employment Standards (NES) prescribe minimum terms and conditions of employment for those covered by the Fair Wor...
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Greg Mitchell

INFOGRAPHIC - Employee or Contractor?

INFOGRAPHIC - Employee or Contractor?
​ We frequently find ourselves helping business owners or managers distinguish between employees and contractors. While it might seem a matter of little consequence, there's much more than semantics at play. It's important to clearly understand the difference as the result goes a long way to determining the applicability of legislation and the righ...
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Greg Mitchell

A Compliant Workplace = A Safe Workplace

A Compliant Workplace = A Safe Workplace
While it's good to have a compliant workplace, it's even better to have a safe workplace. Apart from the risk of fines of up to $3m for corporations and $600k and/or 5 years gaol for individuals found to have breached the Work Health & Safety Act, work-related accidents and illnesses can result in lost productivity, time, reputation, not to men...
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Margot Gallagher

Poor Workplace Behaviour – Don’t end up in the news for all the wrong reasons…

Poor Workplace Behaviour – Don’t end up in the news for all the wrong reasons…
There has in recent weeks been a huge amount reported and written about allegations of harassment (sexual and otherwise), bullying and intimidation against employees – often, but not always, women – by people in more senior positions. Whilst the focus of these allegations, both here in Australia and overseas, has been on the entertainment industry,...
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Paul Hoppenbrouwer

Self-Representation – Is it a good idea?

Self-Representation – Is it a good idea?
Businesses like to keep their costs down, so if faced with an unfair dismissal or other type of claim, it can sometimes be tempting to not engage experienced or legal representatives to support the business. But is it a good idea? In a word, no, probably not. A recent case in the Fair Work Commission highlights serves illustrates the point. The cas...
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Greg Mitchell

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE…..CAUTIOUS!

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE…..CAUTIOUS!
'TIS THE SEASON TO BE…..CAUTIOUS! "'Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when all through the workplace, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" …. that's not entirely correct. One creature that does traditionally stir at this time of year in many workplaces is the HR Manager, who plays the role of Scrooge as he or she proceeds to advise their...
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Greg Mitchell

INFOGRAPHIC - Managing the Risk of Employee Terminations

INFOGRAPHIC - Managing the Risk of Employee Terminations
We've had some good feedback on our recent blog article which helps businesses manage the risks associated with staff terminations (refer here ). In response, we've gone a step further and produced an infographic which provides a useful summary of key information – click on the image below for access.
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Paul Hoppenbrouwer

HR Q&A - What's the BOOT?

HR Q&A - What's the BOOT?
Q. We were recently asked by a client what the "BOOT Test" is all about. The question arose in a discussion regarding the potential development of a workplace agreement. A. "BOOT" is an acronym for the Better Off Overall Test , a test applied by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) when considering whether to formally register a workplace agreement propo...
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Greg Mitchell

Conquering the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Conquering the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
News Flash!: We're holding a public Five Dysfunctions of a Team workshop in Penrith on the 5th December. Click here for details and to book. We'd love to see you there! The Five Dysfunctions of a Team model (above) was developed by Patrick Lencioni, author of the best-selling book of the same name and founder and president of The Table Group, a US-...
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Margot Gallagher

Why do the good employees leave? Engaging and keeping the “keepers”

Why do the good employees leave? Engaging and keeping the “keepers”
Have you ever wondered why it's the good people in your organisation who move on – yet the "dead wood" effectively quit and stay? Recognising and rewarding talent in your organisation – and engaging those people so that they want to help you succeed in business – is a critical competitive advantage that you possess and should harness. Step 1 is, of...
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Greg Mitchell

Managing the Risk of Employee Terminations

Managing the Risk of Employee Terminations
​I don't know if it's something in the winter air, but we have in recent weeks received an unusual number of requests from business owners and managers seeking assistance to manage the risks associated with terminating employees after sustained poor performance, or in cases of misconduct. And it appears that they are right to be wary - recent stati...
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Greg Mitchell

Measuring People Management Performance - “Who Cares?” and “Oh Sh*t!”

Measuring People Management Performance - 
“Who Cares?” and “Oh Sh*t!”
​Just as it's critical to business success to measure and analyse revenue and profit, investment performance, and monitor the costs of production or service delivery, so it is critical to measure the outcomes and processes associated with managing people.  This applies regardless of the size of the business. After all, employment-related costs...
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Margot Gallagher

Record $660,000 Fine for Wages Underpayment

Record $660,000 Fine for Wages Underpayment
A Melbourne fruit market was recently fined a record $660,000 by the Fair Work Commission for underpaying a newly-arrived refugee worker. The penalty comprised a $16,020 personal fine against the former owner-operator of the fruit market, and $644,000 against the company. The worker was paid as little as $3.50 an hour, as opposed to the Award oblig...
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Greg Mitchell

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Dependent

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Dependent
In a previous article, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviours, and their impact upon business and organisation performance (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ). This latest and fina...
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Greg Mitchell

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Power

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Power
In a previous article, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviours, and their impact upon business and organisation performance (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ). This latest article ...
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Paul Hoppenbrouwer

Be Prepared: Changes to Casual Employment Likely

Be Prepared: Changes to Casual Employment Likely
Highlighted very recently in the media is a case brought to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) to increase the hours of casual employees to part time or full-time hours, effectively facilitating a conversion from casual employment to part time or full-time employment. In its initial decision, which has n...
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Greg Mitchell

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Affiliative

Focus on Leadership and Culture: Affiliative
In a previous article, we introduced the Human Synergistics Circumplex™, a proven framework to measure, report, discuss and better understand individual and collective human behaviour, and their impact upon business and organisational performance (refer: Catching Smoke: A Proven Framework for Addressing Culture and Leadership ). This latest article...
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Paul Hoppenbrouwer

HR Q&A: When is Pro-rata Long Service Leave Payable?

HR Q&A: When is Pro-rata Long Service Leave Payable?
We were recently asked to clarify the circumstance under which an employee is entitled to payment of pro-rata Long Service Leave prior to accumulating 10 years of service. Unlike most other terms and conditions of employment, Long Service Leave entitlements are predominantly determined by State-based legislation (though any applicable Awards and Ag...
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