Dina Fergadiotis - HR Advisor
The hot weather is just around the corner and of course that can mean excessively hot work environments for some employees, especially those working onsite, in factories and in warehouses. Excessive heat has potential to cause a significant safety hazard in work places that can lead to symptoms such skin irritations, dizziness, dehydration, excessive sweating, heat stroke or, in the extreme, death.
So how do you protect your employees while balancing the needs of your business?
Dina Fergadiotis - HR Advisor
A positive change by business leaders is the recent focus on workplace culture, wellness and morale. If businesses are not ahead of the game, they risk losing valued and talented employees to a workplace with a higher morale or stronger culture. With a tough talent market – good, great and especially exceptional employees are really hard to find. High quality candidates have a lot of options and when they are tossing up which position to accept they are certainly more likely to choose a business that is known for its positive workplace culture and morale. Not only do these businesses secure the best candidates, they are able to deliver long term and high levels of engagement and satisfaction throughout their employment – win-win for businesses and employees!
So what's your workplace morale like and is it worth all the effort to make changes to boost it?
Deborah Peppard - HR Director
It can be challenging for most businesses to navigate the myriad of rules and regulations that they must comply with, and this gets even trickier when trying to make sense of the various employer obligations regarding people: discrimination laws, privacy laws, Fair Work legislation and more. Over time the facts can be distorted until there is a particular belief about what employers can and can’t do, should and shouldn’t do etc. Deb Peppard attempts to’ bust four common HR myths’ to help you get a handle on the facts!
Danielle Stone - HR Advisor
Flexible working arrangements have become the new normal in workplaces in recent years. Until recently, it was mostly working parents that requested greater flexibility in the workplace but over time it has become far more common for a diverse range of employees to request a transition to flexible working arrangements for a variety of reasons.
So as a business leader, should you consider these requests?
Yes! In a perfect world, all businesses would be able to offer their employees such flexibility as there are significant benefits to you as an employer, as well as to your employees, but in reality, there are many things to consider.
Apps. What are they good for? When you look past Candy Crush, they can be incredibly helpful in your business if you choose the ones that suit your needs and your working style. But do you have the time to wade through them all to find the app that will assist you? We know you don’t, so we’ve had a look at some of them for you and have some recommendations that might save you some time and money!
Amie Graham - HR Advisor
For some, the freedom of choosing what they wear to work each day is a joy – for others, it is just another chore that needs sorting in the morning! For the one quarter of workplaces in Australia that have a uniform for their employees, this leaves a considerable number of us choosing what we wear to work. So how do these daily choices impact your businesses and what ability to you have to exert any control over how your employees present themselves?
What could be more important than growing your brand new business? Or building an already thriving business? The reality is that being a business owner is all consuming no matter the size or maturity of company, but life outside of work really is just as important. Work/life balance is an issue WE all struggle with at one time or another but as a business owner, how do you ever switch off and truly relax? Without balance, you could lose everything you have worked so hard for Stress and exhaustion can erode your health and you can lose precious time with your family and friends, including those real milestone events. Achieving balance sounds sensible but it isn’t always easy to put into practice, so here are 7 tips to developing your work/life balance more effectively:
For many of us, it is difficult to comprehend that Domestic and Family Violence is a prevalent societal problem in Australia. Sadly though, it is a major issue that does not discriminate based on gender, financial status, education level, cultural identity or age. In response to this issue, one area of support that is now enshrined within our Modern Awards is a provision for leave to support those who need it most.
The art of communication is the language of leadership – James Humes
Without doubt, we’ve all experienced a time (or many times) when we have had to sit through a presentation, a meeting or just a one on one conversation where the thought of poking your eye out held more appeal. Poor communicators can make the experience excruciating for those on the receiving end. As to the message that the orator is trying to deliver - there is no possible way it’s making its way through! If the audience hasn’t simply zoned out, they will be checking their Facebook pages or plotting their escape route.
We all want to make sure our message is heard, so we have 5 quick tips that will improve your communication skills.....
Dina Fergadiotis - HR Advisor
If there is one thing that employers dread it is that knock on the door from an employee eager to talk about their salary. Does that sound familiar?
Sometimes the business cannot afford to increase employee salaries which is absolutely okay! Sometimes you may have a small amount you can afford to spend, but you simply can’t increase your overall wages bill. In fact, you don’t actually have to increase the salary of your employees every year. The only obligation an employer MUST MEET is to ensure their employees’ hourly rate is at least the minimum requirements under the relevant Modern Award.
There are plenty of other ways to reward employees, keep them engaged with the business and keep them motivated in their roles. We have listed a few creative options below that we know work!
The HR Staff n' Stuff team all contribute to our blogs. Enjoy the read!