The HR Advisor

Creating a Positive & Productive Workplace Culture

What is your secret to success?  Entrepreneurs, sporting greats and successful business-people alike are almost always asked this same question at some point in their leadership journey. Inevitably, their responses boil down to a few consistent elements: hard work, resilience, and strong team culture.

We are taught from a young age that a champion team will always beat a team of champions, in that same manner, a positive and productive workplace culture will propel an organisation much further than endeavouring to succeed on the basis of a few key personnel.

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Are Your Casuals Really Part-Time Employees?

Casuals are great for a workforce. When used correctly, they allow for peaks and troughs of work, ensure coverage for your full span of opening hours, and cover for other people’s holidays and breaks.

But when is a casual really a part-time employee?

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Before You Hold Your Christmas Party

It’s Christmas party time – the time of year when managers and employees get to let their hair down and celebrate the year that was. However, it is also a recipe for more than just a hangover if not handled correctly.

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Poor Performers

Does your workplace have a complainer, a stirrer, someone who doesn’t pull their weight, or someone who makes sexist or derogatory remarks?

If you have a poor performer (this extends to behaviour!) in your workplace the temptation is to ignore it and hope it goes away, or that they resign so you don’t have to handle it. This unfortunately can backfire spectacularly.

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5 Tips to Help Your New Employee Succeed

Every new employee comes to a job hoping to succeed. How they are treated during their first few days on the job (in fact it starts during the interview process!) will set the tone for your business relationship for the term of their employment.

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A Great Place to Work

“Remuneration doesn’t necessarily retain or attract people. What works here is that we are a highly decentralised organisation, trusting our associates (‘employees’) and delegating decision making to the lowest possible level so that people feel empowered”. 

This quote is from Mars Australia, who recently won the title of “Best Place to Work” for Australian workplaces with over 1000 employees.  This title is awarded on the basis of information provided by 10 million employees across 50 countries.

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Personal Leave: Q&A

Q. “What is Personal Leave?”
A.  Personal Leave can be used for two reasons:

  • If an employee is unwell and unable to work (“Sick leave”) or
  • If a member of the employee’s immediate family or household is unwell and this person depends on the employee for care (“Carers leave”).
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Handling Complaints

Generally, most workplaces are happy.  However, the reality is that from time to time, an employee may be unhappy with another employee or a decision of management.  If left unresolved, or not taken seriously, these complaints don’t just disappear.  Unresolved complaints can fester and escalate.

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Difficult Conversations

Have you noticed an employee who doesn’t seem to be acting like their usual self?  Whether it is an unreasonable or unusual response, a decline in work output or a withdrawal from social situations, these may be indicators of an underlying problem.

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Are you underpaying your employees?

One of the most common mistakes employers make is not paying their staff correctly. And, while often unintentional, the smallest errors add up over time, and can lead to large problems.

Recent cases before industrial tribunals have resulted in companies having to repay significant sums of money, causing major cash flow issues for the individual businesses. These cases have also been reported in the media, creating damage to individual brands and businesses.

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