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Sally the Human Resources Manager had a Dream

Sally, the HR Manager arrived at work at her usual time. She noticed that the car park that was closest to the main entrance that was given to the Employee of the Month following her well received Employee Recognition Program was already occupied. She made her way into the office still slightly sleepy and sipping [...]

April 16th, 2018|Tags: |

Poor Performance Recidivism: Fact or Fiction?

I couldn’t help but agree with a CEO I was talking to last month about how difficult it is to maintain consistent adequate performance after an employee had begun to be formally performance managed. A number of poorly performing employee situations we were both familiar with (let’s say 4 out of 5 on average) had [...]

April 8th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Four Ways to Minimise Staff Turnover Pain in SME’s

The majority of team sports have the benefit of being able to substitute someone in if a player gets injured or is tired. The coach can even strategize and put players in different positions in an attempt to put a better result on the scoreboard. Most organisations don’t have the luxury of “running a bench” [...]

March 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

The Dangers of the Mini-Me Syndrome

It wasn’t that long ago when I caught up with a Director of a growing SME that was looking to employ someone in a newly created role who said, “I want a person just like me.” “Really?” He then told me about the type of person he was looking for that mirrored his impressive background, [...]

February 20th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Applicants should Think Twice before they Call About a Job Ad

I am a fan of two basic activities when it comes to advertising for jobs. Number 1. No matter how many applicants apply for a job, I am a fan of letting every applicant know how they went, and advising them if they were unsuccessful. After all, I believe being an Employer of Choice starts [...]

January 31st, 2018|Tags: , , |

What is the Ideal Number of Applicants to Have on a Shortlist?

I liked Frank. Frank was one of the Hiring Leaders I worked with in a large multinational company I used to work for. He was affable, had good emotional intelligence, and was a man who efficiently got things done. But from an HR point of view, he was a lot of work sometimes. Frank was [...]

November 16th, 2017|Tags: , |

Employer of Choice 201, Induction

I am fortunate, and grateful, to be a Principal HR Consultant. I  work with some great South Australian businesses, and some great people who work in those businesses. I have also been fortunate and grateful to have been employed by some notable, highly regarded national and international companies in the past.  There has, however, been [...]

November 9th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Is it really that easy to find good staff?

Sometimes I feel like such a nerd. Why? Well, because when I see the updated Department of Employment Labour Market Research pop up in my in-box I get a little bit excited. Yes, I know that sounds strange. But I’ll tell you why I get a bit excited. You have these recruitment agencies doing this [...]

August 28th, 2017|Tags: , |

Riding That Wave. The Future Workforce Has Begun

As an HR professional, based out of Adelaide, South Australia since the 90’s, I feel like I witnessed, or have been a part of three business waves. The first wave saw bigger companies that were decentralised opt to centralise. They decentralised again after they did the sums and thought centralising was not good, before they [...]

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , |

John the MD’s Dream

Claire, the receptionist was impeccably dressed, had the front office looking spickety- span, and greeted John, the MD, with a warm smile and a pleasant “Good Morning” greeting. “I hope you don’t mind that I got your favourite blueberry muffin and heated it up for you to enjoy while meeting the GM today”, she said. John [...]