End of Year Celebrations – Having Fun Whilst Managing Risk

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The end of the year is fast approaching and so too is the infamous end of year celebrations such as the company Christmas Party.  After a long and busy year, these celebrations are the perfect time to reward your staff with a fund and engaging event where they can relax a little and enjoy themselves.  However, often these celebrations can go wrong and employees can clown around, drink too much and do and say things they normally wouldn't. Let's drink to be merry can sometimes have dire consequences... If you have heard
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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

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As a community we have become a lot more aware of the impact of bullying and the need to prevent it. From primary school age, children are now encouraged to stand up to bullies and in the workplace, there is a strong focus on preventing bullying behaviour. This is a good thing. The flip side is that ‘bullying’ is a term that gets bandied about, often inappropriately. Many managers that I speak to are nervous about managing poor performance or intervening in situations because they are unsure if the behaviour they are
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‘Why do we need a bullying policy? We all get on like a house on fire’ is something I’ve heard numerous times over the years from business owners, whenever the word policies is mentioned.

There are three good reasons why your business should have a suite of workplace policies: 1. They set the standard of behaviour and performance expected of employees and provide clear parameters around what is and isn’t acceptable in your workplace. 2. They reduce the risk of problems in the workplace. Employees know
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2018 is now here and with the merriment of Christmas a distant memory, the New Year is the perfect time to set up your HR to ensure optimal productivity from the get go. There are a number of simple yet effective ways to make your HR work for you.  Here are some great tips on how to start your year with a bang! Policies, Processes, Performance oh my! Without effective processes in place, businesses are doomed. Too often as HR Specialists we see such a lack of systems, processes and policies relatin
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With the Silly Season fast approaching, many businesses are now readying themselves for the end of year festivities and a well-earned break. Work pressures can decrease and people tend to be more relaxed as we head to the end of the year.  But, with the jingle of bells there can be staff problems relating to a multitude of things, such as inappropriate behaviour at the Christmas party, a careless Social Post, and a big one - too many employees taking holidays at the same time, leaving your business unde
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A spring clean isn't just reserved  for the house or the garden shed, you CAN also have an HR Spring Clean!  Read more... Spring is in the air after what feels like a longgggg Winter- it’s time to bust open the doors, blow away the flu germs and say hello to a good old spring clean.Spring is also a great time to clean out the HR side of your business, whether that’s getting your policies and procedures updated and modernised, your employee job descriptions current or employment documents legislated for the times. Yo
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Employees can be physically absent from work, but what happens when they are ‘absent’ when they are still working? There can be many reasons for this - some employees might feel unmotivated or under challenged in their current role, some may be looking for another job already and just riding it out until they secure one and some might have already given notice but really have no desire to still be there for their notice period. In situations such as this, Employers need to act. If an Employee gives notice and it’
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At HR Central, we are constantly reinforcing the fundamental need for the importance of HR policies in the workplace.

The top tips for implementing policies in any business are as follows:

  • Make the policies simple and easy to read
  • Ensure your employees are aware of these policies and have access to them at all times
  • Train & educate your employees about what these policies mean in the workplace.
  • Keep records of all of the above!
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HR policies and procedures

There are many benefits to implementing policies and procedures in the workplace and one of these benefits includes allowing an organisation to effectively control and manage its workforce. Regardless of whether the breaches are inadvertent or intentional, you must be equipped to manage these breaches. Having the policy in place is the 1st step and making your employees aware of them is a key part of this process. Therefore, when a serious breach occurs the course of action is clear. However not all of the breaches of p
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