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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...


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...


“Life Admin” Is it ok to get personal at work?

Written by Lee-Anne Hunt - The HR Dept Ringwood On Friday I spent a good hour and a half on hold with a government department. During that time, I googled a little, replied to a few emails but I admit it was difficult to concentrate with that ...


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...


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...


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...