The HR Advisor

Why Employee Engagement Should Be A Top Priority For Your Business

One of the easiest ways to know whether it is Monday or not is to spend some time on social media. You will undoubtedly see a series of memes cursing the start of another working week. Sure, I can see the funny side in most of them, but what is most striking is the number of likes, shares and comments on these flagships of disengagement at work.

Deloitte research1 found that engagement requires an empowering and highly inclusive work environment. However, such a level of inclusivity is a rarity; only 11% of companies have such work environments. It comes as little wonder then that this same research found 85% of executives rated employee engagement as a top priority – even though only 46% of companies are prepared to handle the challenges that employee engagement presents.

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Why HR compliance should be just the beginning

As an Australian business owner or manager, your compliance responsibilities are far-reaching. From accounting, to HR, to operations, all facets of your business have legal requirements that you need to ensure are met.

While this is still a confronting concept for many businesses across the country, there are more and more organisations now approaching their legal and ethical obligations with a best-in-class mindset, resulting in them greatly exceeding many of their base compliance requirements. Why? Because they recognise the tremendous upside of doing so, particularly in the area of HR.

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What impact does workplace bullying have on your business?



Bullying occurs when people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. The effects of bullying on an organisation are difficult to measure, but there are certainly wide-reaching impacts on both individuals and the broader workplace culture.

WorkSafe Australia reports 37% of Australian workers have being sworn or yelled at – quite unbelievable that almost half of us have been bullied at some stage of our working life. While such prevalence is an uncomfortable reality, there are important insights in each story which can be a powerful educational tool. 

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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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