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19 Jul

Workplace bullying – don’t be a silent witness

A study completed by Andrea Adams titled ‘Bullying at work: How to confront and overcome it’suggests that being bullied in the workplace is more stressful than all other workplace stressors and job demands combined. Her research shows that workplace bullying is life consuming and can affect victims long into their futures. A recent study on

18 Jul

Can you tell someone that they smell?

Feedback – it is the greatest gift and the greatest nemesis in our business communications! If you have a team of people, feedback is a must to ensure the individuals ongoing development but also to support a healthy culture in the workplace, yet it is a skill many leaders, even very experienced leaders, do not

11 Jul

Why are you keeping your team off social media?

How often do we hear that HR don’t get a seat at the table, or that they aren’t seen as adding value at an executive level? Whilst this argument was a lot more prevalent a few years ago, the topic of conversation is still around today. As I was sitting at the SHRM17 pre-conference session

10 Jul

Playing the biggest game of your life

Did you ever have that feeling that you were made for something bigger but you just couldn’t quite work out what it was?  And even though you heard that voice deep within you silently steering you in the right direction you shut it down before it got too loud or had others shut it down

Archive Posts

  • 25 Apr 17

    Australian 457 visa changes

    Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. But how does this effect you as an employer?...
  • 17 Apr 17

    Workplace Wellness is critical but should it fall on the employers' shoulders

    Wellness in the workplace has again hit the ‘Workplace trends’ lists for 2017 as companies use wellness programs to reduce absenteeism and attract talent. It’s not a surprise, as employees continue to become more health conscious and employe...
  • 11 Apr 17

    Domestic violence...why I'm running for my life

    What do you do when a friend suggests that women that get stuck in domestic violence situations should know better?  That the issue was theirs because the warning signs were there, yet they chose to stay? This happened to me a couple of months ba...
  • 28 Mar 17

    You don't have to be a soldier to serve

    Firstly, I have an admission – I am a very late adopter to the whole podcast/audiobook bandwagon. However, recently (like 3 days ago) I finally got with the program and am now loving having access to so much amazing content straight from m...
  • 09 Mar 17

    Employee ink: Is it time to update the company dress policy?

    Recently returning from New York I unintentionally started a workplace discussion that has got us thinking about employee dress policies! The conversation was, “What do you do if one of your team come back from their holidays flaunting a rather ...
  • 17 Feb 17

    Richard Branson on the most important skill any entrepreneur can have

    Virgin Airlines founder and influential entrepreneur Richard Branson believes there are certain skills and abilities that put successful entrepreneurs ahead of the pack. Establishing yourself as a successful entrepreneur can be a hard journey, on...
  • 14 Feb 17

    Five tips for managing an office romance

    Love is in the air, or it was on Tuesday February 14, which is not only Valentine’s Day but also a day for going to work, where many love stories blossom! We spend so much time at work these days, it’s not surprising that our workplaces have also...
  • 07 Feb 17

    When your mentor falls off the pedestal you had them on

    Last year I wrote a blog sharing what I thought were the three key ...
  • 31 Jan 17

    Are you fighting the wrong battles with your staff?

    I recently met with the senior management team (SMT) of a medium size national Australian business. We discussed many HR related topics with a theme of “how can they do it differently”. It was a light-hearted but productive discussion with great ...
  • 24 Jan 17

    Is your company uniform doing you more harm than good?

    I recently read that over 50% of Australian businesses have a company uniform that employees must wear. The main reason for businesses implementing a company uniform is to boost professionalism. However, from what I recently saw on a plane from Sydne...
  • 17 Jan 17

    Five resolutions your HR advisor hopes you’ve made this year

    While we are all fresh and ready to be better leaders this year, I thought I would take the opportunity to get you motivated with five resolutions to create your highest performing team in 2017! 1. “I will not put my head in the sand” ...
  • 17 Jan 17

    How to prepare your business for “sickies” this Australia Day

    “Chucking a sickie” might be accepted Australian slang, but with Australia Day fast approaching experts warn business owners to prepare now, before sickies are unexpectedly chucked at them. Australia Day falls on a Thursday this year, and man...
  • 10 Jan 17

    Punk Rock and Evolution - We were all millennials (equivalents) once!

    So, to continue on the current topical point of millennials and their effect on the work place, I would like to propose that we were all millennials once. Retrospective evaluation would identify that each new generation has always been looked a su...
  • 07 Jan 17

    Quit the generational BS!

    This blog may not be well received. Many people may disagree, some may think I’m entirely missing the point, but I’m sick of hearing about millennials, baby boomers and any other generational label people are sticking on me, my colleagues and my...
  • 05 Jan 17

    4 tips towards creating a happy and rewarding professional life

    If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since launching my human resources career, it’s that no two paths are the same. Yet irrespective of field, experience or expertise, we do all share the capacity to make healthy choices and decisions towards a f...
  • 09 Dec 16

    Is HR the fun police?

    Anyone who has worked in a corporate or office setting has likely heard something along these lines at one point or another. So, why does there seem to be such an overwhelmingly negative perception of HR and everything it does? Since HR is often s...
  • 24 Nov 16

    Don't tell me HR is Boring

    Today I Googled ‘most boring job’, and guess what wasn’t on the list? - anything related to ‘Human Resources’, ‘People and Culture’ or ‘Talent’. Some jobs that did make the list, though, were: taking the temperature of frozen peas; ...
  • 21 Nov 16

    How to Deal with Toxic Workplaces : Employee Self tips on Mental Toughness

    Workplace stress can be severe due to workplace changes, mergers and acquisitions, organizational changes, a missed promotion, an unforeseen demotion, bullying, conflicts with colleagues or broken employee-employer relationships. At one point in o...
  • 14 Nov 16

    Workplace bullying and Harassment - Act Quick!

    When a team member comes to you with an issue with another team member, what to do next can sometimes be a daunting task! It can seem the best option is to put it on the “to do” list and deal with it once all the “important” issues are finish...
  • 10 Nov 16

    Bloom where you're planted

    For me, 2016 has been a year of momentous change. It got off to the worst of starts, my entire world flipped on its head. I had returned from living and working in the UK with a broken heart, an empty bank account and a very foggy plan for t...