Being a Great Referee

Being a Great Referee
Many of you who have hired, supervised or managed staff in the past will, at some stage or another, find yourself being asked to be a referee. If the employee was a 'star' you will usually have no hesitation in providing the prospective new employer conducting the reference check with all the information they need to confirm they should hire the person.   But what about when the employee was less than perfect? And let's face it, very few are completely perfect do you prov...
 

Day 1 - The Opportunity for Employers to Make a Great First Impression

Day 1 - The Opportunity for Employers to Make a Great First Impression
When applicants are going through the interview and selection process, they seem acutely aware of the concept of making a good first impression. They spend time and energy thinking about how they will present for the interview, what to put in a cover letter or e mail, the perception that their resume will have in the market place and of course what they will say at the beginning of the interview and throughout. But when the shoe is on the other foot, as an employer are we forgetting that ...
 

Employee or Contractor?

Employee or Contractor?
Small business and fast growing entrepreneurial organisations who are looking to service more clients and bigger projects faster and more efficiently have always been creative in how to manage this growth in their organisations.   One of the key strategies many small business use to facilitate growth in a low risk, cost effective way, is engaging contractors rather than employees to help meet their growing client demands. And there are lots of great arguments for why businesses sho...
 

8 Tips for Managing the Most Unusual 'Silly Season' Yet

8 Tips for Managing the Most Unusual 'Silly Season' Yet

As we move towards the back half of November things start to shift to 'festive' season and the Christmas and New Year celebrations start to kick into full gear. In fact, I heard it described recently by another business owner that here in Australia, after Melbourne Cup it's pretty much a runway into Christmas.
Catch ups are booked in advance, parties organised, shutdowns scheduled, and Kris Kringle plans are definitely being made by someone. But in 2020, the year that has del...
 

7 Signs Your Employee is Disengaged

7 Signs Your Employee is Disengaged
The term employee engagement sounds like one of those HR buzz words which fade in and out of popularity over time. However, the concept behind it is not a new one, and the impact it can have on an organisations bottom line results in terms of profitably, efficiency and revenue generation should not be underestimated. So, how do we define it? Employee Engagement ultimately is a level of an employee's commitment and connection to the organisation. Two keys words commitment and connection,...
 

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