The work retreat…Should we have one?

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The Work Retreat. It’s a concept that has been mercilessly ridiculed in comedies in recent years. If those two words have you thinking group tug of wars and hiking, then maybe it’s time for a fresh approach.  Recently HR Central went away for our annual retreat, or as some people refer to it as an "off-site".  As Chief Communications Officer, I am really glad we did. The HR Central team is in a period of growth, and as we all know, with growth comes change.  Our client base is expanding, and whilst we
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2018 has started with a bang, infact it's flying by, and you are keen to get moving on all those fantastic plans and new ideas you have for your business and success, problem is, you haven’t got the right team in place – yet. Finding the right employees for your business can be a business itself. Recruiting well can be a real competitive advantage but when things don’t go smoothly the impact is substantial – disruption to your business, reduced productivity, patchy customer service plus the long-term costs asso
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Have you ever interviewed someone who looks great on paper and interviews well but there’s still something you’re not sure about? It can be a challenge to obtain the full picture during an interview. Whilst education, skills and experience are all things that you can question a candidate about, we often rely on gut instinct when it comes to assessing things like personality and behaviour. Relying on gut instinct can be a risky approach because of the potential for personal bias to creep in (see below about Unconscious Bi
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Recently HR Central facilitated a Bulk Recruiting evening for one of our Clients, a leading Telecommunications Store based in regional Victoria.  Our original recruitment process consisted of writing a job ad, posting the ad on Seek or alternative media, shortlisting, interviews, reference checking and offers, and while we experienced great success with this, we were finding the process to take longer than expecte
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Team Building, is it?  Picture this: You are up in the trees, clinging for dear life. “Jump!” your teammates on the ground are screaming. “You can do it!” You close your eyes and let go, swinging through the high ropes course that your Employer has thought to be a wonderful team building exercise. Heights are your biggest fear. You feel no love for your team at this point, and far less for your Employer! It may be funny to read, but many companies really do put their employees through programs such as th
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Too often when things get financially tight in business, the importance of training tends to slip down the rungs...However, this is not necessarily a sound strategic move for businesses trying to succeed in a competitive industry. Why invest in employee training during economically challenging times? The short answer is because training and developing your employees could be critical to the future success of your organisation. Training has come a long way. It’s not just about obtaining a University degree or Tafe dip
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Being patient with your recruitment is key. You will regret it if you rush through this process in order to get a bum in a seat!

Sometimes timing is in your favour and you have a candidate ready to jump in. You’re one of the lucky ones. Most recruitment is time consuming and often is difficult to get that perfect person. It is however my advice that patience is key as well as being prepared.

When I get ready for an int

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Client Services forms a large part of HR Central. Our platform offering of HR software combined with access to an HR Helpdesk, ensures our clients have the best possible HR tools and advice so that they are compliant in their Human Resources at all times.  HR Central clients are able to call or email regarding questions associated with HR! In addition, our HR Specialists are available if clients need to spend more time on a particular area of their HR.  These areas may include recruitment, workplace investigations, tra
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You mean feedback from my employees? Yes. That's right. Why? When I think about the front line, I think of the soldiers during World War II doing it hard in the trenches, fighting for their country. Looking at the front line from a business perspective, your employees are not dissimilar to these soldiers. They are the ‘soldiers’ at the front line of your business, working directly with your clients and customers and ‘fighting’ for the success of your company. Last year we blogged about the importance of p
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