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Why every small business needs a team culture guru

Friday 6 October, 2017

In this competitive market, business owners have more to think about than ever before. Sharp focus on sales, profit, tax obligations, and clients often means that you can forget about team culture. A strong team culture attracts great people, which in turn equals success, so it’s important to put energy into creating a happy environment. A high-functioning team can be the difference between a 5% and a 25% growth. Read more.

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Queensland retailer pays $250,000 in bullying case

Friday 6 October, 2017 | By: Sarah Winwood | Tags: workplace bullying, Fair Work Commission, psychological damages;

A new mum who was severely bullied on her return to work has won a substantial payout after her employer failed to deal properly with her initial complaints. The Supreme Court of Queensland said her employer had been negligent and should have recognised the extent and severity of the bullying could have led to a psychological injury. Read more.

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Starting your people on the right foot

Friday 6 October, 2017

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.

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Don’t mention the ’S’ word: 3 mistakes business owners make when building systems

Wednesday 4 October, 2017

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.

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Can the ink cause a stink in the workplace?

Wednesday 4 October, 2017

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.

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Managing minor misbehaviours at work

Wednesday 4 October, 2017 | By: Colin Fruk | Tags: HR, performance management, culture, management;

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.

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What small business owners need to know about alcohol in the workplace

Wednesday 4 October, 2017

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.

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