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The rules of overtime

Do you find yourself asking staff to work overtime when business is booming? Many business owners typically know when their busiest times are and will have formed strategies to cope through those peak periods. For a fluctuating small busine...

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What is the key to effective internal communication?

One employee missing your important email and asking questions could be brushed off as an honest mistake. But when the second, third or fourth person does the same thing, you may find yourself exhaling sharply and exclaiming “just read my email!”...

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How to keep the peace between employees

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could get along all the time? With different personalities working in one organisation and people spending a significant amount of their time at work, conflict between co-workers is inevitable. It could be a one-...

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How to manage whistle-blowing in the workplace

It’s a new day and whilst scanning your very busy inbox you spot some fresh emails of high importance. Upon opening and digesting the trending subject line it quickly becomes clear that an employee has publicly lifted the lid on a perceived problem...

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How to manage an employee on extended sick leave

Absenteeism is a big problem for Australian businesses. In fact, it has been reported that absent employees cost the economy billions every year. This is a staggering expense that could be reduced through proactive and preventative measures. The o...

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5 Five top tips when welcoming new employees

After reading The HR Dept’s A-Z of recruitment you have found the ideal candidate to join your team. By now you have offered them the position, they have happily accepted, and you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the job of filling the job...

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How to handle employees leaving to set up in competition

One employee leaving the business to set up in competition may be considered a misfortune. Several leaving at the same time, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, looks like carelessness. They have all of your prices, details of customer relationships and th...

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Investing in your employees is investing in your business

Training and development for employees can often be seen as expensive or time consuming and be bumped down a list of priorities. But if it's done well it can provide a significant return on investment, whilst building both the trainee and the busines...

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What to do about an employee with a side hustle

The day has come when you find out that an employee has something on the side. Your impulse reaction might be one of surprise and raise questions such as, “How long has this been going on?” or “Aren’t we enough for you?”. Then you return...

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The A-Z of Recruitment

Awards and agreements Awards and agreements set out legal requirements for minimum employment conditions, including rates of pay.  There are many different types and they can vary from one industry to the next. Do you know which, if any, might appl...

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