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Dear enemy – how effective leaders turn office rivals into collaborators

Unhealthy and uncontrolled rivalry at work can sap energy, productivity and focus – at best. At worst, it can mean bullying, legal action or even career death. Rivalries can be…

The spy who employed me

A major transport company is facing unfair dismissal action for allegedly using a private investigator to spy on staff members taking leave to recover from workplace injuries. Action was taken…

The counter-offer – is it worth upping the ante to retain those footloose staff?

When competition is intense, talent is scarce and salaries are rising, managers are in a bind when a good employee decides to leave. Should we let them go and try…

Nowhere to hide – national anti-bullying laws take another step

The harmonisation of WHS legislation throughout Australia is affecting definitions and requirements for the handling of bullying and harassment complaints. A number of jurisdictions have now developed Codes of Practice for…

Fairfax to farewell 1900 workers

Yesterday was a bad day for Australian journalists. If you were hiding under a rock, you might not have heard that Fairfax will cut 1900 jobs over the next three…

The Dos and Don’ts of workplace investigations

HR practitioners and Line Managers are more regularly being called upon to conduct investigations into complaints by staff members, corresponding with the increasing number of stress related workers compensation claims that relate…

Hitting the ground running – why employers want instant results from new employees

Settling into a job used to be like Test cricket.  Induction day – tick; learn processes – tick; meet colleagues – tick; develop peer and client relationships – tick; gradually…

Abbott toughens up on industrial relations – changes to Fair Work Act on the way?

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has told his party room he wants to make changes to the Fair Work Act, with a focus on “fixing problems” rather than pursuing “blind ideology”.…

Woman at the top?

Companies see business sense in promoting women to positions of leadership. The idea of “women at the top” is becoming increasingly common, largely because it makes a level of business sense,…

“Can I have more please, sir?” How to deal with the pay rise issue

As we head towards the end of the financial year, many firms assess staff performance and internally discuss and debate pay rises. Meanwhile, employees begin to position themselves for the…