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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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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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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 case...
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‘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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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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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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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-ba...
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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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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 statis...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Focus on Leadership and Culture: Approval

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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Recruiting Right - The Evidence

We are sometimes asked about "the evidence" to support our exclusive 8 Elements to Success through People(c) Model (fair enough too!), so if you need some more information on Recruiting Right and having the best people work within your business then check out our latest infographic. Click on the image to view.
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Disciplinary Meetings and Support Persons

​Recently we were asked "Is it mandatory for a support person to be present at a disciplinary meeting, and what do I do if the employee wants to delay the meeting because they don't have a support person?" The short answer to the first part of the question is no - it is not mandatory for the employee to have a support person present. It i...
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Surviving the Growing Pains! – Managing Staff in a Period of Growth

One of the common features of many of the businesses we come into contact with is that they are experiencing a period of rapid growth. They have a proven product or service, they're doing the right thing by their customers and they're reaping the rewards of their efforts – terrific! But life is not always wine and roses as th...
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