The HR Advisor

How to Effectively Manage a Remote Workforce

As a return to the office is seemingly on the horizon, you may be wondering whether you need to be making any changes to your current work practices. You may also be considering whether you remove remote working structures once you are allowed to have your whole team return to the office.

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JobKeeper Payment - Important Details For Your Business

Due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, the Government have a wide range of economic responses to support you and your business. Arguably one of the most beneficial is the $130 billion JobKeeper Payment which was passed in parliament yesterday.

This legislation also introduced some temporary amendments to the Fair Work Act to support the practical operation of JobKeeper and to keep Australians employed.

In this article, we explore what is included in JobKeeper.

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8 Tactics for Leading Teams Through Uncertainty

The COVID-19 crisis has unfolded so rapidly and escalated so dramatically, that businesses and leaders have not had the luxury of time to prepare for the extreme challenges put in front of them.

The many moving parts of this unprecedented health and economic crisis means that leaders have a significant task ahead in not only keeping their business afloat but also ensuring that their team stays positive and productive. 

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Coronavirus: Action for Employers

Many business owners and managers are becoming increasingly concerned and unsure of what to do in relation to Coronavirus to minimise the risk of infection and transmission amongst their teams, while ensuring business continuity.

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The Value of Company Values

Remember that great TV commercial by BUPA in which people met the healthier version of themselves. Fitter, healthier and happier. Who wouldn’t want to be that version?

As we start 2020, it’s time to ask ourselves if our business is living it's best life? Is it the best version of itself? Or is it straying from best behaviours and as a result suffering?

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Avoiding HR Risks With Your Work Christmas Party

Christmas is only nine weeks, which means your work Christmas party is probably only a month away, maybe sooner. Aside from dealing with the fact that I only have two months left of the year and still so much to do, the thought of summer and Christmas gets me excited.

The responsibility of organising our office Christmas Party is often mine. It's a job I love to do - but being an HR Practitioner gives me an advantage. Many of my friends and clients who don't have an HR background are more than happy to plan for the fun, but dread the thought of being responsible for any HR issues.

So, to help you (and them) avoid an HR disaster, here are our top HR tips for the festive season.

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Tips For The Modern Performance Review

One of the most counter-productive practices of corporate life is sitting down with employees once or twice a year to set their goals and review their performance.  The annual or half-yearly performance review process is not motivating for employees and is dreaded by most managers, so why do so many businesses still have this model in place?

Even the fact that the word ‘review’ is still used is puzzling.  While reviewing past performance is part of the process, there is so much more to driving employee performance than evaluating the previous six or twelve months.

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The 6 Leadership Characteristics Which Define True Leaders

Nothing impacts an organisations' culture more than the behaviour of its leadership. The way leaders conduct themselves has a direct influence on how employees behave and can significantly impact the performance of a business.  But what is it that makes a good leader? And can this be taught?

Leaders are skilled at engaging people to connect with the bigger picture and vision of the organisation. That way, everyone is focused on the now while also being aligned on the promise of the future.

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How To Overcome HR Challenges in Recruitment and Selection

Recruitment and selection is arguably the most challenging and impactful HR function. There are so many moving parts to get right, from positioning your business as an 'employer of choice' to ensuring new hires are a cultural fit.

Many businesses resolve to merely hire the best of the candidates that apply within a defined timeframe. But, what if all the candidates that apply are not suitable? How do you get to a point where you can choose between A's, not C's?

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The Importance of Policies and Procedures in the Workplace

The absence of structure invites chaos. Countries that have strictly enforced road rules can be clearly told apart from those that don't, by just spending a few minutes in heavy traffic. Schools with upheld boundaries and values result in demonstrable behavioural differences from those that don't. It, therefore, stands to reason that having up to date, relevant and complaint policies and procedures in your workplace is critical.

Policies and procedures set the guidelines and parameters for how your business operates. Without well developed and effectively communicated policies and procedures, there are no solid rules, and when there are no rules, people create their own.

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