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Making KPIs work for your business – 6 things you need to know

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 11, 2021
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are metrics used to track an organisation’s or an employee’s progress towards a business goal or objective. It is a powerful tool for managers but one that is sometimes misunderstood or incorrectly implemented. Here’s how to get it right.   KPIs are the link between where your business wants to go and how it will get there   KPIs are measurable values that help managers understand how well the company and its employees are tracking against important business objectives or goals. Understanding and using KPIs effectively is an extremely powerful way to manage business performance and motivate employees. But there are some key things you need to know and get right to make KPIs work for you:  ....
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Topics: HR Audit

IR Reforms and your business. How does the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2020 affect you?

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 2, 2021
The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 represents the most substantial reforms to Australia's industrial system since the Fair Work Act was introduced in 2009.     The Bill was designed to support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Its goal is to stimulate job growth and support struggling businesses, as well as to protect and enhance the rights of workers.     It’s vital for business owners to stay on top of these important changes.   ....
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Get HR Fit for the new financial year Step 3: HR policies and procedures

by Melissa Behrend | May 27, 2021
The new financial year is only three months away. Now’s the time to get on the front foot with your company’s HR planning. This article is the third in a series where we give you a simple three-step plan to start the new financial year in great HR shape.     Keeping employees focused on the big picture while giving them a clear pathway to everyday success is the secret sauce that turns great players into a high-performance team. ....
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Get HR Fit for the new financial year Step 2: Job descriptions and job expectations

by Melissa Behrend | May 19, 2021
The new financial year is only three months away. Now’s the time to get on the front foot with your company’s HR planning. This article is the second in a series where we give you a simple three-step plan to start the new financial year in great HR shape. You can read about Step 1: HR audit here.    Your people are the heart and soul of your business. Taking the time to make sure that everyone is working well together, and that you have all your bases covered, is the best way to set everyone up for a win. ....
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Get fit for the new financial year

by Melissa Behrend | May 6, 2021
Step 1: HR audit   The new financial year is only three months away. Now’s the time to get on the front foot with your company’s HR planning. This article is the first in a series where we give you a simple three-step plan to start the new financial year in great HR shape.   Your people underpin your success. So taking the time to strengthen and improve your HR systems and processes will ensure that whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead – your business will be in fighting fit form to meet them.....
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Wage Theft Laws a Wake-Up Call for Employers

by Melissa Behrend | Apr 12, 2021
New employer penalties for wage theft will be a key part of the federal government’s industrial relations omnibus bill, introduced to Parliament in December 2020.   This major end-of-year legislation includes a range of civil and criminal penalties. It is designed to stop instances of serious wage theft, as seen in recent cases involving Australian business corporates like Woolworths and 7-Eleven.   A recent McKell Institute report also found that blueberry pickers in Australia were being paid as little as $3 per hour.   The bill is set for further Parliamentary debate in 2021. It will make wage theft a federal criminal offence for the first time in Australia’s history.....
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How to strike the best home - office work balance

by Melissa Behrend | Mar 31, 2021
We’ve all heard about the benefits of remote work during the 2020 global pandemic. For some, it offers a quieter, more productive working space and greater flexibility around family responsibilities.   Yet remote work and digital connection don’t suit everyone. Some workers are factory based, while others rely on direct interaction with the public to complete their daily tasks. So, how does today’s business strike the right balance in their workforce?....
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Topics: General HR

The importance of Induction and Onboarding Checklists

by Melissa Behrend | Mar 26, 2021
Starting a new job is daunting. That’s why a proper system of induction and onboarding is vital to put new hires at ease, introduce them to your business practices and prime them to succeed.   Our induction and onboarding checklists can help you navigate this complex area, boosting your chance of success.....
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Advertising, Screening and Interviewing

by Melissa Behrend | Mar 10, 2021
When you screen candidates properly, you are far more likely to make a perfect match. It sounds so easy, doesn’t it?   Yet hiring is a complex process requiring thought, structure and resources to find the right person for the role.   Experienced HR consultants rely on their own, proven ways of finding, assessing and interviewing candidates to locate prime talent.....
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How to define and write a spot on Job Description

by Melissa Behrend | Mar 5, 2021
As an employer, you know the roles and responsibilities of every job in every department. You understand just how important it is to define each position in a clear and inclusive way. But if actually writing all that down is too daunting, or you're just too stretched, this guide can help you craft a fit-for-purpose job description which really cuts through.  ....
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Topics: General HR, Hiring

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