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Smart HR: How to attract talent in a tightening employment market – company profile and reputation.

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 24, 2021
When recruiting staff is tough because demand exceeds supply, part of the solution lies in retaining and developing your existing employees to grow alongside your business. Here’s how to help keep employees feeling the love.   The Post-Covid labour market in Australia is a seller’s market. This means there is a surplus of job vacancies compared to the number of appropriate applicants competing for them. If you’re a small business struggling to recruit, you’re definitely not alone! In a series of three articles, we delve into some insider’s tips about how to be smarter in order to retain talent, attract talent and win talent in a tightening employment market.....
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Topics: Flexible work

Smart HR: How to retain talent in a tightening employment market – what employees want.

by Melissa Behrend | Sep 7, 2021
When recruiting staff is tough because demand exceeds supply, part of the solution lies in retaining and developing your existing employees to grow alongside your business. Here’s how to help keep employees feeling the love.   The Post-Covid labour market in Australia is a seller’s market. This means there is a surplus of job vacancies compared to the number of appropriate applicants competing for them. If you’re a small business struggling to recruit, you’re definitely not alone! In a series of three articles, we delve into some insider’s tips about how to be smarter in order to retain talent, attract talent and win talent in a tightening employment market.....
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Topics: Flexible work

Three common HR problems faced by SMEs (and how to fix them)

by Melissa Behrend | Aug 17, 2021
Without a dedicated Human Resources expert in your business, the struggle is always on to find the right people, develop and keep good staff, manage conflict when it arises, and generally keep on top of your HR obligations. In this article, we take you through the three most common HR problems SMEs encounter and give you some advice about what to focus on and how to get it right.   Getting HR right matters   All employers are faced with HR challenges from time to time. But when you are running and growing a small business, you are often forced to juggle too many things at once. With time stretched and other needs and issues competing for your attention – HR could be the ball you drop. But it’s one area of your business that definitely needs expert guidance and support, whether internal or outsourced because people are the life-blood of your organisation.....
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Topics: Flexible work

HR trends report. What will the 2022 employee want from their employer?

by Melissa Behrend | Aug 2, 2021
The global pandemic has changed the employment landscape in some fundamentals ways and also sped up changes that were already in the works due to technological and social change. As we look to the future, what will employees expect in the context of both these changes and a tightening employment market?   The times are changing   Covid-19 led to a work from home revolution, where technology quickly made remote work on mass, not just possible but a relatively easy transition for many people. Suddenly, video meetings and wearing slippers under the desk (or dining table) became the new normal.   This experience has improved the work/life balance for many employees due to the lack of commute time and increased proximity to family members and other dependents. It also reflects changing social ideas about the role of work in people’s lives and a broad movement towards greater alignment and balance between a person’s values and aspirations outside of their career, and their employment. So, looking to the future, what will the typical 2022 employee want from their employer?....
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Topics: Flexible work

Update on Anti Harassment Order

by Melissa Behrend | Jul 23, 2021
In our blog HR and the law: recent updates to workplace sexual harassment, we outlined that the Federal Government released a Roadmap for Respect which focused more on employers taking proactive, positive steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.   ....
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Topics: HR Audit

Work from home: ‘parasitic employers’ or a win/win for all?

by Melissa Behrend | Jul 14, 2021
There are some strong feelings about employees working from home on both sides of the fence. Whatever your personal position, there are certainly some lasting changes as a result of the pandemic. The important thing for your business is to make sure that you’re on the front foot about expectations and transparency with your employees.   Harry Triguboff, billionaire developer, calls employers who support work from home ‘parasites’   Harry Triguboff is an Australian property developer with strong opinions about the work from home reality for many businesses and workers because of the pandemic. He has called bosses who allow employees to work from home ‘parastites’ because, according to Harry, flexible working arrangements threaten both productivity and occupancy of city office spaces. In his opinion, the Meriton founder, who is worth an estimated $11 billion, estimates that employees are only “working half the time”. Harry’s sentiments are echoed in America by Goldman Sachs CEO, David Solomon who has called remote work an “aberration” and “not a new normal”.   However, there is a distinct lack of evidence to Harry’s claims and David’s sentiments about flexible work. What is clear, however, is that many employees are thriving under the new HR arrangements. According to a recent survey conducted by the enterprise software giant Atlassian, 77% of workers who participated in the study believed their overall work life balance has improved because of working from home. The company’s work ....
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Changes that will impact your business from July 1, 2021.

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 28, 2021
With the new financial year not too far away, there are some significant changes which you need to be aware of in the month of July.    Commencing on 1 July 2021 the superannuation guarantee has increased by 0.5% to 10%.  The plan is that superannuation rate will increase at a rate of 0.5% each year until it reaches 12%.  Employers will need to ensure that their payroll systems or payroll providers update the current payroll settings to reflect this.    The federal government also outlined other changes to superannuation in the Federal Budget this year and for more information please click on the link.   ....
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HR and the law: recent updates to workplace sexual harassment you need to know about

by Melissa Behrend | Jun 17, 2021
There’s a lot going in in the world and in your business. It can be easy to miss important changes to HR legislation that impact your employees. That’s why we’ve created this timely summary of recent updates and upcoming legislation to the way employers are required to address sexual harassment in the workplace.   Why it’s important to stay informed Keeping on top of changes to HR legislation and industrial reforms means you can be sure your business is compliant and that you are doing the right things by the law and by your employees. This is especially critical during these unprecedented and disruptive pandemic times when it can be easy to become overloaded with information and miss important updates.  ....
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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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