The HR Advisor

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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3 Key Aspects Of Effective Reference Checking

If you ask a chef what the key to their signature dish is, they will tell you that having the right ingredients and applying the proper method are the foundations of every great meal.

There are a number of crucial ingredients to a successful new hire, each of which must be applied systematically, much like baking a cake. Effective reference checking should be a key element in your recruitment and induction recipe as it allows you to substantiate the thoughts and data that you have gathered through the interview process.

Here we outline three essential elements for conducting effective reference checks.

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What Really Motivates Your Employees To Perform?

Designing your employee recognition programs to align rewards to the employee’s performance is standard practice. After all, you want to encourage your team to make a significant contribution to business growth and profitability.

But what if you have a reward structure that is based on employee performance and yet your revenue, team morale or business performance has not improved?

Could we be missing the mark and rewarding our employees for the wrong things?

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Creating a Zero Tolerance Culture For Your Business

17 months ago, in the aftermath of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #metoo campaign exploded across social media. Highlighting the prevalence of sexual abuse against women has frankly been an uncomfortable truth for society - yet a truth which needed to be accepted before we could move forward.

If we look back across this last year and a half, despite some friction that was expressed as a result of such a social awakening, one would have to recognise that the #metoo movement has transformed the way we deal with harassment in organisations and in the wider community.

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How To Manage Workplace Conflict (Good and Bad)

Workplaces are made up of people with different opinions, values, interests, ideas and communication styles. However, when differences are not accepted or are poorly understood, conflict results.

Diversity is a cornerstone of successful organisations, as is a passionate endeavour for continuous improvement. An organisation’s values, culture and leadership determine how conflict impacts on both individuals and teams.

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5 Steps Towards Preventing Employee Underperformance

Managing employee performance can be complicated. Every situation is unique, and despite feedback, informal counselling, additional support and training, an employee’s performance or behaviour may remain at a standard that is unsatisfactory.

While it is unlikely your business will be able to completely remove the need to manage employee performance and behaviour, there are tried and true steps you can take to improve productivity and reduce instances of underperformance. 

Begin by asking yourself these key questions and then take the suggested and necessary action to create a best-practice framework.

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