The most dangerous time for employee dissatisfaction, low productivity, and turnover is during the first few months of employment. Since a carefully considered employee induction process will enable new employees to become productive members of the organisation quickly, time invested into the process early will pay off with substantially higher employee retention and productivity levels down the road.
A BMW dealership manager with a history of viewing pornography at work was unfairly sacked for looking up swimsuit models on his computer, the workplace tribunal has ruled. Read more.
Mention the words ‘policy’ or ‘procedures’ and most people either cringe or roll their eyes. Mention ‘systems’ to a business owner and the predictable responses are: “I wish I had them but …” or “I know I need them but …”. And then the ‘but’ is followed by something similar to “… I’m too busy” or “… I don’t have time” or “… we’ve got them and no one uses them”. Read more.
Can you sack an employee because you don’t like their tattoo? Is the ink a factor in hiring in the first place? Interesting questions were raised in a recent case before the Fair Work Ombudsman in relation to a young woman and a relatively small tattoo on her ankle. Read more.
No staff member is productive 100 percent of the time. People step away from their desks to stretch their legs or they duck out to see if the parking inspector has left them a note, while some indulge in a full round of office hellos each morning. When are these non-work activities a problem? Read more.
An insurance manager who used his work-issued laptop computer and phone to download pornography and store a private sex tape will be compensated $10,000 after winning an unfair dismissal case. Read more.
Few things bring business to a halt more effectively than an employee under the influence - drugs, alcohol and work aren’t a healthy workplace cocktail! So, in your small business, we suggest you keep things clean from the very start and put in place set procedures and best practice to avoid incidents.
A Sydney cleaning operator has been fined more than $11,000 for refusing to back-pay two international students who were underpaid about a quarter of that amount. Read more.
People go into business predominantly for the benefit of their family and greater personal freedom and the core motivation for many is more around serving others and less about personal entitlement. So is it any wonder that many small business owners often slip and prioritise others to their personal and commercial detriment - and forget to pay themselves first? The result being business owners and directors seeing themselves as the funder and labour provider of last resort with low to no priority on the remuneration scale. Read more.
Industry and business groups are concerned about a court decision which gives casual workers greater rights, ruling casual hours will count towards redundancy payouts. It could cost thousands of dollars and jobs. Read more.