Workplace Bullying: up to $36BN in lost productivity - and 4 Simple steps to prevention

Posted by Kirsty Peters on Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Productivity Commission estimates workplace bullying is costing the country $6 billion to $36 billion a year. In May 2012, the Prime Minister launched a national review of bullying in the workplace. Research suggests that as many as 30% of Australian workers experienced bullying in the workplace in the past twelve months. That means this issue is almost certainly costing your business money …


Recently a Nurse Ms Toni Hoffman, raised concerns about Mr. Jayant Patel the surgeon now known ...

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Why the Greek Olympic team need some Five Star HR

Posted by Kirsty Peters on Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Why the Greek Olympic team need some Five Star HR
I have to admit that along with the disgust that most of the rest of the world shared at the Greek Triple Jumper, Voula Papachristou’s racist tweets last week - I also sympathised with the Greek Olympic Committee.  How exactly do you manage your team appropriately and prevent them from going ‘off the reservation’ with Social Media? What is an appropriate Internet usage policy? The damage caused to both the Olympic movement and to the Gree...

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New Financial Year - Changes you NEED to be aware of

Posted by Kirsty Peters on Friday, July 6, 2012

New Financial Year – Changes you NEED to be aware of

I don’t normally do legislative pieces in my blog, as I know there are many places you can get this information – but as it’s the New Financial Year, I thought I would summarise what I think are the key ‘HR’ changes you need to know about ... and where to find out more.

Changes impacting businesses/employees from 1 July 2012

New Minimum Wage

The 2012 Annual Wage Review decision takes effect from the first pay period on or af...


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Does your business attract and retain talent?

Posted by Kirsty Peters on Monday, May 28, 2012

Fascinating stat no.1: Of over 700 major organisations studied as part of Bernsin & Associates 2010 study in Talent Management in the US* – only 7% had a ‘Strategic Talent Management Program’.

Fascinating stat no.2: Those 7% are generating more than twice the revenue per employee, 40% lower turnover rates, and 38% higher levels of employee engagement than their peers. (Ok, that’s actually 3 stats … but they’re so compelling I couldn’t resist).

Conclusion: Looking after your p...


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10 Tips to avoid an Unfair Dismissal claim

Posted by Kirsty Peters on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Freyens and Oslington found that the average cost to an employer for settlement prior to hearing (not including payout) was $9780. Where the dispute escalated to a hearing, the same paper found the average cost to the employer was $11,661. These values highlight the truly costly nature of the process, especially when compared with Fair Work Australia statistics that suggest 58 per cent of successfully settled claims awarded employees with less than $4000.

Here are my top 10 tips for avoiding a...
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