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The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Beyond Blue estimates that three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. Chances are that someone (or several people) you work with are affected.  In the past, mental health in the workplace was something that d
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In the last year there has been a lot of coverage in the media about the gender pay gap.  It was rumoured that morning TV host Lisa Wilkinson jumped ship to Channel Ten after she found that her co-host at Channel Nine, Karl Stefanovic, was being paid significantly more for doing the same job. In March this year a large energy group committed to fixing their gender pay gap ‘overnight’, spending $1.2m to increase the pay packets of 350 women it had paid less than their male colleagues doing the same work. Clearly there
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Is your business in a ‘survey slump’? Over the years I have worked with many organisations that use annual employee engagement surveys. They send out the survey every year without thinking about why they are doing it, and they aren’t using the valuable data they are capturing in a meaningful or useful way. There’s no point asking your employees how happy they are on a scale of 1-10 if you’re not going to act on what they tell you! The purpose of an employee engagement survey should be to establish how emotionall
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The World Health Organisation has identified the workplace as one of the priority settings for wellness and health promotion in the 21st century. Australian workers today are leading less active lifestyles, dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety and a blurring of the lines between work and home due to the proliferation of technology in our lives. Many employers are focusing on employee wellness, realising that there are measurable benefits in doing so, specifically:
  • Improved productivity due to decrea
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All industry and occupation awards are now being updated by the Fair Work Commission to include a new clause allowing employees to take five days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave. Who is covered? The new entitlement applies to all employees covered by an industry or occupation award. This includes part time and casual employees. Who is not covered? Enterprise awards and State reference public sector awards won’t include this clause, however these employees may be en
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Values.  Ah, yes..... In our recent blog we suggested that EOFY was a great time to conduct an internal HR review within your own business. Whilst you’re in a contemplative mood it’s also worth revisiting your organisation’s core values to see how they are standing up. Do they resonate with your employees? Do they accurately reflect the way you engage with customers and treat each other at work? Perhaps your business has never got around to articulatin
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The New Financial Year is here. You've finished up the last financial year, set your budget up for this year and you are off and running again!  Good stuff.  However, if you didn't think to review your HR practices by June 30, you can do so now to set up this financial year with a healthy, compliant HR process.  HR strategies really should be incorporated in to your business plan, as your people are what drive your business, hopefully, forward! Here are five things you might want to think about:

1. Budgets

C
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If you are a Franchisor, you may be interested in the news that last Friday 14 June, 2018 the Fair Work Ombudsman released a “Guide to promoting workplace compliance in your franchise network”. The guide reflects the Protecting Vulnerable Workers Act 2017 that introduced provisions for Franchisors to be accountable in some circumstances if their Franchisees do not follow workplace law, (in many instances meaning HR obligations). HR Central has been working consistently with Franchisors to provide tailored HR processes
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For many businesses the end of financial year is fast approaching and it can be a busy time for performance and salary reviews. The process can be time consuming for employers.  Many managers I speak to feel stressed and challenged by the conversations that need to be had! What can you do to ensure you and your employees get the most out of the process?

Make sure your employees have a clear idea of what is expected of them

It sounds obvious doesn’t it? but many of the employees I see who are underperformin have
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What is 360 degree feedback 360 degree feedback (also known as multi-rater feedback) is a process in which employees are reviewed by those around them at work (hence the 360 degrees) – their managers, peers and sometimes even customers or suppliers. Typically, the process is used to help people with their development, to improve their work skills and behaviours. Some employers use the process to evaluate performance and make decisions about things such as pay increases – which can be controversial.
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