It’s a bitter pill to swallow, however, we understand that this is a tumultuous time and redundancies may be on the cards for a variety of workplaces. As the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, it’s inevitable that there will be wide-reaching implications.

Through effective social-distancing and hand-washing, amongst other measures, we’re hopeful for all the business owners and employees reading this, but we’re realistic that some employers may need to understand their obligations NOW.

To help the small businesses in our network, we’re sharing (without any requirement to add email details etc.) our Guide to Redundancies. It offers practical, straightforward information to help with these tough decisions moving forward.

You can access a PDF copy of the guide by clicking here.

If you’re unsure about the next steps to take in your business, give our Workplace Partners a call on 1300 766 380.

 

*This is general information only and doesn’t take your specific circumstances into account.

It’s hard to escape the news regarding COVID-19 at the moment. To ensure clear and consistent communication with our clients and staff, we have issued the below statement. As we endeavour to support you in your businesses through these uncertain times, please always feel welcome to call us on 1300 766 380 should you ever need support or advice regarding your workplace. … keep reading

It’s that time of year again! Many of our clients are in the midst of managing Easter school holiday madness, a busy time of year for many tourism operators on the Sunshine Coast!

 

In Queensland (and many other states), Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays, so keep this in mind when managing your staffing budgets in the coming weeks!

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Most employment contracts we have seen have a probationary period in it. However, many employers don’t give it much thought, except when they become unhappy with the employee’s performance or general ‘fit’ after they commence work.

There is no requirement to provide a probationary period. In saying that, it is a great tool for employers and their employees to regularly check in with each other, formalise any observed training needs and communicate expectations. They aren’t an excuse to simply fire someone 2 months and 28 days into their employment, with no explanation though. … keep reading

If your business is in retail or hospitality, chances are this time of year is especially busy for you and your team! Your team are the face of your business and our bet is you’d like your employees to be enthusiastic, positive and helpful in their role through this crazy time. We’ve put together some of our top tips to help you support your team through this time of the year and the good news is, you can implement them all straight away!

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December is a great time for both preparing for the year ahead and reviewing what we’ve achieved in the year past. You might be familiar with completing an annual employee review, but do you perform an annual business review? Reflecting on what you thought you would do, vs. what you did, especially for your employee practices, provides you with a valuable starting point for improving in 2019.

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We don’t think there’s a business out there that hasn’t seen some impact from digital disruption. As a business owner or manager, reducing overheads is important, and often staffing costs represent a significant percentage of overall revenue.

Changing Workplace Processes
Digital disruption or automation may not always be initially obvious as a significant change. For example, 15 plus years ago, we had someone fold all our mail and insert into envelopes; then we used a mailing machine to do that same job, and now, most of our payslips are sent via email. These changes all helped with business efficiency, meaning staff could focus on more important responsibilities. … keep reading