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6 HR apps for SMEs

How apps can help you run a more efficient and collaborative business – at your desk or in the field. As a busy SME owner, the less paperwork you have to sift through the better, right? Well, these human resource applications are one way of helping to clean out your filing cabinet. For good. In […]

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Is Now The Right Time To Recruit? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

When planning for growth, one thing that often keeps business owners up at night is the question, “When is the right time to hire new staff?” Do you wait until you land that big new contract and then hire the staff you need? Or, do you take the risk and hire the staff first, so […]

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Three Ways To Streamline Your Recruitment Process

Ask an architect how to construct a building which won’t crumble and fall, and they’ll tell you the key is in the foundations. The same theory applies in a small business, but in this case, you’re the architect, and your foundation is created from your employees. Recruiting good staff is arguably one of the most […]

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Attention Gen Y business owners! Here’s your essential “HR how-to”

Born between 1981 and 1996? You’re fast becoming the new workforce majority and HR is more important than ever. So, your business dream is now a reality – you’ve built a loyal customer base (probably using Instagram), your product or service is selling fast, and you’ve had to put on staff to help meet demand. […]

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HR technology: the biggest changes are yet to come

Why 2016 is going to be a progressive one for HR management. Cloud-based HR platforms, new software categories and mobile apps are just some of the trends set to sweep HR circles in 2016. If you’re a business owner or HR manager, there’s no better New Year’s resolution than promising to set aside your manual […]

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Sacked for being Obese? Yes and No

A recent case in the Fair Work Commission demonstrates how employers can validly and fairly terminate an employee when the employee poses a health risk to others, and themselves. Employers have the right to terminate an employee if they are unable to fulfil the inherent requirements of their role. However, prior to doing so, an […]

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How good is your HR knowledge? Take this test to find out.

The best way to keep your HR know-how up-to-date is to put yourself to the test. Workplace rights and compliance issues are fast evolving so, you don’t want to be left behind on matters like pay and awards, leave, recording keeping and termination. Whether you’re an employer or an employee, this Fair Work quiz is […]

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What to do when your business has a new CEO

As a new wave of CEOs take the reins amidst turbulent times in Australia’s business community, HR should step up to the challenge of moderating between management and staff. In the wake of several high profile business failures such as retail giants Dick Smith and Masters home hardware, the arrival of a new boss with […]

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Rejected Annual Leave Application is Not an Open Door for Sick Leave

The Full Federal Court has upheld the dismissal of an employee who was terminated for using sick leave when his application for annual leave was declined. The employee was sacked after he took sick leave on the days for which he had initially requested to take annual leave. The request for annual leave was declined […]

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What’s the secret to avoiding workplace stress and conflict?

Don’t let bad relations sink your SME. Poorly managed stress and conflict can undermine the success of your SME. For instance, a 2013 Safe Work Australia study found mental stress claims are the most expensive form of workers’ compensation claims in Australia. This is because often lengthy periods of absence from work are taken as […]

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