New anti-bullying legislation

New anti-bullying legislation came into effect 1/1/2014. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is now able to investigate your workplace if one of your employees lodges a complaint. You and your managers need to be able to handle complaints of bullying so that they don’t escalate out of your control.

Make sure you have policies and processes in place to deal effectively with any harassment allegations that may arise. Regular training of your staff in dealing with workplace harassment is one sound strategy to ensure you have a compliant workplace.

You also need to role model exemplary behaviour. Your employees look to you and your managers to gauge what behaviour is acceptable. If you suspect any of your senior people are bullies you need to take immediate action before it spirals out of control and you find yourself facing not only a hefty fine from the FWC but also a huge workers’ compensation payout.

Be ever vigilant and get an HR professional in to help you sort it out before it’s too late. Don’t think it could never happen to you.

An employee’s right to work in Australia

An employee’s right to work in Australia needs to be thoroughly verified before you make an offer of employment. Don’t assume that everyone you employ is legally entitled to work here. Make it part of your on-boarding process that all new hires have to produce their passport or some other proof that clearly shows their right to work in Australia. Sight original documents only and take copies. If in any doubt at all seek help from a migration lawyer, especially if a 457 Visa is involved.  The fines for employing someone who is not eligible to work in Australia are huge.

An HR perspective on performance appraisals

Our thinking needs to change about performance appraisals. Developing employees’ strengths rather than focusing on so called “areas for improvement” will reap the most benefits for your employees and subsequently your business. We also need to focus on the future rather than review past failures. It may be counter-intuitive but this is precisely what  a growing number of HR experts are advising their clients to do. If you don’t have a performance appraisal process in place already talk to your HR adviser.

How to make yourself stand out from all the other job applicants

When being interviewed for your next role try this different approach to make yourself stand out from the rest. 

When they ask you (usually at the end of the interview) if you have any questions for them don’t ask them anything! Instead, use the time you have left to succinctly summarise why you are the best person for the job. This is an excellent strategy because the last thing the interviewer(s) will remember is your voice saying why they should choose you rather than one of them droning on in response to  a question you’ve asked which will do nothing to further your claims to the position.