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Unlawful discrimination and workplace bullying; three management cultures to avoid

The David Jones Sexual Harassment case seems to be settled.  As usual, there was no winner although the complainant left mediation with a smile on her face.  The reputation of…

Top 10 tips: for preparing for EA negotiations

Much of the attention of recent times has been on what happens once the parties get to the bargaining table. But the groundwork for a successful negotiation is laid well…

Leadership: A key to engaged employees

The word ‘engagement’ is thrown liberally around corporate Australia these days. If one is engaged to the organisation, he or she feels ‘part of’ it. Loyal, committed or attached to its…

Redundancy – A dual approach

Redundancy – it’s a tricky subject – it’s filled with legal ‘ifs and buts’, not to mention the impact on the affected employees. This is an area where it pays…

The importance of communicating HR policies and procedures

Written by Stephen Bell, iHR Australia CEO   Mistakes and misconceptions Having human resource policies and procedures alone is not enough. If the intent and meaning of these documents are…

Can my team members also be my friends?

A common question from managers is ‘Can my team members also be my friends?’ MY answer is ‘Do you have the capacity to be a convincing leader and a friend?’…

General protection provisions and adverse action

One of the ‘sleeping giants’ of the Fair Work Act are the provisions relating to adverse action. Recent case law decisions have started to provide a much fuller sense of…

A manager’s greatest challenge: everyday performance management

One of a manager’s greatest challenges is how to have a conversation with their staff about performance. Talking to people about their performance, past, present and future, both good and…