Archive for November, 2010

Stress At Work Can Ruin Your Life – And Your Workplace

November 13th, 2010 No comments

by Vantage Human Capital

We all feel ‘stressed’ sometimes, on days when things just don’t seem to go our way.However an increasing number of Australians are reporting symptoms of workplace stress, and this is a serious issue for both employees and employers.

Workplace stress is technically defined as what occurs when the pressures, demands, tasks or environment are not matched with an employee’s knowledge or abilities – and this challenges their ability to cope.

People experiencing stress at work tend to characterise it as an overwhelming feeling to quit their job and escape to an island, farm, or anywhere but the office!

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Categories: Human Resources

HR2You – November 2010 Newsletter

November 11th, 2010 No comments

by HR2You at

Document Everything…

Does your business document everything to do with management of its employees? If not then you may be putting the business at risk.

As it is from the cradle to the grave, so it is from the job ad to the exit interview. Document everything and protect your business from unfair dismissal claims, bullying and harassment claims.

Document and sign off every interview, performance and conduct review, warnings, recognitions, training, workplace policies and even exit interviews & checklists.

Unfair dismissal claims have tripled since the introduction last year of the Fair Work Act. So think about how you can protect your business against a claim – you don’t want to pay out 26 weeks pay on a poorly performing employee just because you didn’t document performance conversations.

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Categories: Human Resources

Asbestos prosecution highlights community risks

November 6th, 2010 No comments

by Kevin Jones at Safety At Work Blog

A recent asbestos-related prosecution by WorkSafe Victoria illustrates the prevalence of asbestos as an environmental, public and occupational problem.

According to a media statement on 5 November 2010,

“Joshua Luke Marshall, operating as Affordable Demolitions and Asbestos Removals, told two separate homeowners he was licensed by WorkSafe to carry out asbestos removal work, although he didn’t hold a licence….”

“…The first incident was in January 2009, when Mr Marshall was hired to remove asbestos cement sheeting from a house in Corio.

Mr Marshall was halfway through the job when a WorkSafe inspector arrived at the property in response to an anonymous complaint.

“What our inspector found when he walked onto the property was unbelievable,” [WorkSafe's] Mr Forsyth said. “No barriers were in place to protect the rest of the house from dust or airborne fibres, the truck being loaded-up with material wasn’t covered, and there were no signs to alert people to the removal work.

On top of that, Mr Marshall and the person helping him weren’t protecting themselves with personal protective equipment like face masks and overalls,” he said.

The second incident occurred when Mr Marshall was demolishing a garage at a Torquay house in September 2009. Again, he assured the homeowner that he held a licence to remove and dispose of asbestos.”

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