HR2You – December 2010 Newsletter

December 23rd, 2010 No comments

by HR2You at

Beware of the Silly Season!

The Christmas-New Year holiday period is usually also a period of reflection for many people. A time to take stock of their lives and of their careers in particular.

February to April is often a hot time for recruitment companies as soul searching workers look for greener pastures. With unemployment rates in Australia dropping, it means the search for talent to replace workers that have moved on will be harder than ever.

Engage your staff now and let them know how much they mean to your business. Start planning (with them) activities in the new year that will reinvigorate them and keep them refreshed. Are there new roles and responsibilities they could take on in 2011?

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3 Steps to Retaining Great Staff

December 22nd, 2010 No comments

by Richard Dunks at Vantage Human Capital

3 Steps to Retaining Great Staff

Step One – Create an effective retention strategy

A strong focus on staff retention is essential.

Recruiting the right staff is the first step, but if you can’t keep them you are wasting your time.

Right now I believe a number of companies are increasingly complacent about their “great retention rates” and it’s giving them a false sense of security.

The feedback we are hearing from employees is that job security was the issue that prevented them moving during the GFC – it was nothing to do with their employer’s proactive retention strategy.

The importance of a good retention strategy has been recognised by the Federal Government. Over the last three months, in collaboration with Enterprise Connect, Vantage Human Capital has been running a series of seminars throughout regional Queensland and Brisbane covering “Low Cost and No Cost Retention Strategies”.

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winHR & winOHS Version 5.6.2 Released

December 22nd, 2010 No comments

Favour is pleased to announce the latest release of winHR & winOHS.  This minor release includes some important improvements.

winHR Human Resource Software and winOHS Occupational Health & Saftey software is able to integrate with almost any payroll via its unique integration functionality.  If you use a payroll we have not conencted with before, we can integrate it very quickly.  Advantages of integration include reduced duplicate entry and self serve access for employees to their own information such as leave accruals via web browser.

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Telling is better than being exposed

December 17th, 2010 No comments

by Kevin Jones at Safety At Work Blog

Many OHS laws place obligations on employers to notify regulators of any particularly serious (often defined) incidents.  In many jurisdictions regulators are sometimes informed of work-related hospital admissions, for instance, even if employers do not notify.  But there is substantial benefit in notifying the regulators early.

Anecdotal evidence shows that by facing up to the reality that an incident has occurred is less costly in the long term as this shows that one is aware of one’s OHS obligations and willing to apply them.

The wisdom of reporting incidents in a timely manner is perhaps illustrated by a 17 December 2010 article in The Age newspaper.  It is rumoured that incidents involving apprentice tiler Kane Ammerlaan may not have been reported to the OHS regulator in Victoria, WorkSafe.

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Worker injured at Christmas party entitled to workers’ compensation

December 14th, 2010 Comments off

by Vecci

The Queensland Industrial Court has found an employee who injured her back while helping out at a Christmas party, organised by her employer, sustained a back injury in the course of her work, and is therefore entitled to compensation.

Ms Cooper was employed as a registered nurse by the Lutheran Church of Australia (Queensland district). Ms Cooper carried out her nursing duties at the Tabeel Nursing Home, owned by the Lutheran Church of Australia.

In the lead up to the 2007 Christmas season, Ms Cooper’s employer sought out volunteers to help out at a Christmas party that it intended to organise for the nursing home’s residents. Ms Cooper volunteered. The employer did not intend to provide remuneration to any of the volunteers, and Ms Cooper did not expect any payment.

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Desired traits for ‘good’ managers revealed

December 8th, 2010 Comments off

by HC Human Capital Magazine

In what is seen as a dramatic change in attitudes from a year ago, employees think trustworthiness and openness is now the most important characteristic of a good manager.

Compared to this time last year, trustworthiness and openness has jumped from seventh to number one on the Top Ten Characteristics of a Good Manager list generated by Leadership Management Australasia (LMA).

The list has been drawn from LMA’s late November L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education and Direction) Survey of 3,000 employees across Australia and New Zealand, conducted by Chase Research*. The ongoing L.E.A.D. Survey, which monitors workplace issues across all major sectors, has been running for 10 years.

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Categories: Human Resources

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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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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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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‘Information rage’ hits half of Aussie workers

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

by HR Leader Online Magazine

More than half of Australian employees are close to breaking point as they struggle to cope with increased levels of information in their daily working lives.

According to new research by workflow solutions provider LexisNexis, information levels are at an all-time high, with Australia leading the rest of the world in the amount of data each professional is required to manage.

Marc Peter, director of technology and business development at LexisNexis, said the information boom, along with pressure from markets, shareholders and customers to hit targets, is leading to ‘information rage’ and having a negative effect on productivity.

“The implementation of information and communication technology (ICT) is changing the way we work, and the speed of this technology is dictating our expectations on responses and results. As humans we struggle to keep up [with technology]; the good thing with this research is that now we have evidence of that.”

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