According to Fair Work, some of the most common reasons why employees may be underperforming include: they’re unaware of expectations because goals and/or standards or workplace policies and consequences are not clear (or have not been set or shared) there are interpersonal differences at play there’s a mismatch between their capabilities and the job they’re required to undertake they don’t know whether they are doing a good job because there is no provision of counselling or feedback regarding their performance there’s a lack of personal motivation there’s low morale in the workplace and/or a poor work environment there are personal issues impacting, such as familyRead More →

Are you confused about when you need to give your employees a payslip and what needs to be on it? You’re not alone. Here is some information to make the process easier: You need to give your employees a pay slip within one working day of payday, even if they’re on leave or away from work.  A pay slip can be in electronic form or hard copy.  Pay slips should be easy for your employees to understand. What do you need to include on a payslip? Payslips must contain details of the payments, deductions, and superannuation contributions for each pay period. You need to includeRead More →

Most people hate being interviewed.  It’s stressful. Take some time to think about what you want to know from the candidate when you are preparing your interview questions. Ask questions about the applicant’s job skills, experience, and potential cultural fit.  Take some time to think about what you need to know about the applicant to make a judgement on whether they will be a good employee, and fit well with your culture and team.  If there are skills or qualifications that are absolutely essential for the job, make sure you ask questions about those skills and qualifications. Consider asking questions that ask for the applicant to giveRead More →

Work Christmas party season is here. It’s important to make sure that your expectations are clear – Most importantly, remind employees that your Code of Conduct and other related policies apply at out of hours functions. Employers should plan ahead, take precautions and be prepared for anything. Our message is not about taking the fun out of Christmas. Here are 7 tips to avoid Christmas party disaster: Have a good time. A Christmas party is often a reward for the work of the past year and good employers use a Christmas party to build team morale. Remind staff that the Code of Conduct applies atRead More →

So, your business is growing and you need to employ your first employee. You acknowledge that you can’t keep doing everything yourself. What do you need to consider? The cost of employing someone Wages, superannuation, workers’ compensation insurance, annual leave, long service leave, leave loading, sick leave, induction, training, uniform/protective clothing, tools, plant and equipment, computer, workstation. Decide on the person’s employment status Do you need a full-time, part-time or casual employee? Is it for a fixed term or is the employment ongoing? Or maybe you need a contractor. What qualifications or experience does the person need? Do you need someone with experience or willRead More →

Sadly, the topic of harassment in the workplace is not new. In fact it’s a topic that continues to rear its ugly head. So why is sexual harassment in the workplace still such a topic of relevance?   Even with a decrease in the number of women being sexually harassed in the workplace from 40% in 2003 to 25% in the last five years it is evident that improvement in these numbers is crucial. It is certainly not only woman that are sexually harassed in the workplace, but statistics in relation to men being sexually harassed are harder to find. And it’s definitely not onlyRead More →

Making sure that you are paying your employees correctly is important. You could be fined for underpaying your employees. Equally important is ensuring that you are providing the correct entitlements in relation to leave, penalty rates and hours of work. Here are some tips to help you meet your obligations: Ensure you regularly check pay rates – Award rates usually increase on or around 1 July each year. Know the Award that covers each individual employee in your organisation. Sometimes, more than one Award will apply. You shouldn’t assume that all of your employees are covered by the same Award, as this may not beRead More →