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Empower Your Team with a Proactive Approach to Performance Management

Empower Your Team with a Proactive Approach to Performance Management

Performance management is a cornerstone of any successful organisation. It encompasses the processes of setting goals, assessing progress, and delivering feedback to employees to enhance their performance. An effective performance management system ensures that employees are aligned with organisational objectives and are continually advancing their skills and capabilities. This not only benefits individual employees but also significantly contributes to the overall success of the organisation.

Navigating the New Workplace Laws: How Employers Can Prepare for Changes in Contractor and Employee Classifications

Navigating the New Workplace Laws: How Employers Can Prepare for Changes in Contractor and Employee Classifications

From August 26th, 2023, Australia will implement significant new regulations that further define the distinction between contractors and employees. For employers, understanding these changes is crucial as they will impact how you classify and manage your workforce. Paul Dugan, principal at DMAW Lawyers, offers valuable insights into these upcoming changes and provides guidance on how employers can ensure compliance and minimise risks.

FWC Rules Early Notice of Contract End as Dismissal: A Wake-Up Call for Employers

FWC Rules Early Notice of Contract End as Dismissal: A Wake-Up Call for Employers

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently issued a pivotal ruling that early notice of non-renewal for a fixed-term contract can indeed be regarded as dismissal. This landmark decision, in the case of Warren George Francis v. Volunteer Marine Rescue Assoc Qld Inc [2024] FWC 978, highlights the critical need for employers to handle contract terminations with heightened diligence and care.

Transform Your Coaching Sessions with These 7 Key Questions

Transform Your Coaching Sessions with These 7 Key Questions

Running a successful coaching session doesn’t need to be a daunting, time-consuming endeavour. Michael Bungay Stanier, a leading expert in coaching and leadership, argues that the secret to impactful coaching lies in asking the right questions. This straightforward approach can enhance the effectiveness of your coaching sessions, benefiting both you and your mentees.

Preventing Wage Underpayment: A Comprehensive Guide for Employers

Preventing Wage Underpayment: A Comprehensive Guide for Employers

In recent years, the landscape of Australian employment has been marred by a concerning trend: wage underpayment. This phenomenon has affected a multitude of prominent companies across various industries, causing not only financial repercussions but also significant damage to their reputations. From household names in the food and retail sectors to major players in finance and aviation, no sector seems immune to the risks posed by unintentional underpayment, often referred to as ‘wage theft.’ In this comprehensive guide, we explore the intricate facets of wage underpayment, from its root causes to detection, remediation, prevention, and communication strategies.

Navigating the Terrain of Performance Appraisals: A Comprehensive Guide for Human Resources

Navigating the Terrain of Performance Appraisals: A Comprehensive Guide for Human Resources

In the modern corporate realm, performance appraisals have evolved into indispensable tools for companies seeking to optimise their workforce’s potential while simultaneously fostering professional development among employees. By offering individuals the chance to identify their strengths and weaknesses, these evaluations not only facilitate personal growth but also provide organisations with invaluable insights into effectively managing their human capital to achieve overarching goals. However, delving into the intricacies of performance appraisal requires a clear methodology and dedicated resources. Yet, the investment yields significant dividends, as it empowers businesses to harness their most valuable asset: their people.

144 Dead – We Need to Reduce Workplace Incidents  

144 Dead – We Need to Reduce Workplace Incidents  

144 people. This is the preliminary number of deaths that have occurred nationally resulting from workplace injuries for 2023, thus far (Safe Work Australia). As we move towards the last few weeks of the working year, businesses have the opportunity to reflect upon workplace incidents and to contemplate how these can be reduced in 2024.

3 Reasons Businesses Should Start 2024 Recruitment Now 

3 Reasons Businesses Should Start 2024 Recruitment Now 

Data and statistics from the likes of Seek and Indeed, have found that every January sees an increase in job advertisements posted and a spike in workers looking or thinking about a new job for the New Year. It is the season to be job hunting, therefore as an employer you need to start thinking about your recruitment needs early, to give you a compelling start over other businesses. Remember, there are many candidates out there, but you want to attract the right ones.

Christmas is Almost Here – What You Need to Remember 

Christmas is Almost Here – What You Need to Remember 

It is your responsibility as an employer to manage and anticipate worker leave, and on occasion to initiate the need for it to be taken. This usually presents as a challenge as we head into the peak season for the majority of businesses. Whilst some workers are prepared and apply for leave early, others forget and are required to work through. This can be quite troubling, often causing burnout, a decrease in product quality and service, and a rift within workplace culture.

Read our latest blog post to learn how you can reduce the likelihood of this via management and preparation.