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Are you investing in You Incorporated?

By Michalle Faulkner, Managing Director Throughout my working career I have spent many years in mentoring roles supporting other business women and new start up business owners and we often talked about and focused on the brand of “you”. Whether you are a business person, a job seeker, or an employee that’s looking for the

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: Human Resources|0 Comments

FWC’s review of penalty rates

by Heidi Bishop, Senior HR Consultant, EastCoast HR Group. The Fair Work Act provides that the Fair Work Commission must conduct a four yearly review of modern awards predominantly to decide whether or not a particular modern award achieves the modern awards objectives. The decision announced on 23 February, 2017 to reduce in many cases,

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Employment News, Human Resources, Industrial Relations|0 Comments

Welcome to the world of work!

by Heidi Bishop, Senior HR Consultant, EastCoast HR Group. Congratulations to first timers entering the workforce in 2017 and welcome to the reality of gainful employment for the next 40 plus years! A few of us in the office were chatting about how exciting it is for graduates of 2016 embarking on their careers and joining

New Year, new opportunities

by Heidi Bishop, Senior HR Consultant, EastCoast HR Group. Well hello and welcome to 2017! A New Year often brings with it the excitement of everything “new”; like beginnings, energy, ideas, enthusiasm and motivation - a fresh page so to speak. For those of us operating our own business a new year often brings up the

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Human Resources, Industrial Relations|0 Comments

So this is Christmas

by Heidi Bishop - Senior HR Consultant, EastCoast HR Group As we hurtle towards another Christmas take a moment to reflect that this may not be a season filled with joy and sparkly things for everyone around us. That is not to take the shine off your preparations, expectations or celebratory mood, it’s just that

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources, Industrial Relations|0 Comments

To be informed is to be empowered

My husband has a wonderful relaxed attitude and often when issues crop up can be heard to say, “I’m sure everything will be alright”, “don’t stress”, or “no point worrying about it, what will be, will be”. When talking with clients we also sometimes hear this same very relaxed philosophy toward staffing matters and their

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Recruiting|0 Comments

Let it go, let it go

As any HR practitioner will tell you, a lot of our time and energy is often spent on conflict be that mediation, dispute resolution or providing performance counselling with employees around workplace behaviours. While this is not a pleasant experience for the employees involved, it’s made much easier when the parties are genuinely self-reflective, can

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Human Resources|0 Comments

Is your nanny your employee?

Traditional methods of child care and support aren’t always suitable for everyone. Engaging a nanny or an au pair supports families who struggle to access child care services, particularly if they work night shifts, non-standard hours, or live in remote areas or away from existing child care facilities. The cost and accessibility of child care

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Recruiting|0 Comments

We are family – or are we?

It’s recognised in our lives and wider community, that everyone has a diverse, broad and varied definition of “family”.   Traditionally speaking, immediate family is your parents, siblings, partner and children and a family can be described as being either nuclear or blended.  All family relationships outside of these two –generation unit are more commonly known

By | June 15th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources, Industrial Relations|0 Comments

Having that difficult conversation

How do you feel about initiating difficult conversations? I personally don’t mind conflict if it’s healthy, safe and if it results in positive change.  Many people however like to avoid conflict so will often be fearful at the prospect of having “the talk” with employees or colleagues about productivity or workplace related issues.  It is

By | April 19th, 2016|Categories: Human Resources, Industrial Relations|0 Comments