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The History of Annual Leave

December 15, 2020 | Author: Employsure

All employers in Australia know how hard it is to keep up-to-date with the latest legislation changes. The recent...

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Employees Taking Long Service Leave

December 11, 2020 | Author: Employsure

Once an employee has worked for you for a long period of time, they can get long service leave....

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The 6 Deadliest Industries for Aussie Workers

December 10, 2020 | Author: Employsure

Everyone deserves to be safe at work. Yet in 2019, 183 Australian workers died from injuries related to their...

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The Importance of Workplace Policies and Procedures

December 9, 2020 | Author: Employsure

There are many different types of businesses in Australia and many different types of workplaces. Each will have its...

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5 Ways To Reduce Bias When Recruiting

December 7, 2020 | Author: Employsure

Australian society is a multicultural society. Many difficult cultures and worldviews are represented in Australia’s diverse population – and...

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Apprentices from A to Z

December 4, 2020 | Author: Employsure

You have hired an apprentice, and you have a signed employment contract and a training contract in place. You...

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How to Monitor And Manage The Performance Of Remote Employees

December 2, 2020 | Author: Employsure

One of the biggest challenges with remote working employees that workplaces and businesses face is the lack of face-to-face interaction.  Workplaces and work have been traditionally built...

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How to Conduct Effective One-on-One Meetings

December 1, 2020 | Author: Employsure

One-on-one meetings are known to strengthen relationships between managers and their direct reports. They encourage conversations and frequent check-ins,...

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Tips For a Successful Virtual Christmas Party

November 27, 2020 | Author: Employsure

Every company approaches Christmas parties differently. Since most companies have gone remote, a virtual Christmas party is a viable...

Tips For A Covid-Safe Christmas Party

November 26, 2020 | Author: Employsure

It has been a tough year and now that restrictions seem to be easing across the board, many businesses...

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To mark World Mental Health Day, we speak with Michael Morrison, founder of The Black Light Principle and mental wellness coach and consultant.

Michael is a former Advertising executive who has also struggled with mental health for most of his life. Before starting The Black Light Principle, Michael would spend his days flying around the world, pitching ideas and negotiating million-dollar deals with some of the world’s biggest brands.

But by night he was wracked with depression and would often spend his time walking around glamorous foreign cities feeling morbid and dreadful. He masked his condition, and realised it was an deeply troubling and exhausting way to live.

Michael left advertising to start The Black Light Principle, a platform for him to speak and consult about mental wellness in the workplace, and has become one of Australia’s leading authorities on the lived experience of mental illness.

The Takeaways

  • How we mask our feelings in unhealthy ways
  • The exhausting nature of the ‘get up, get dressed, show up’ mentality
  • How we’re being pressured to adopt and avatar and be inauthentic at work
  • How small business woners have a unique opportunity to beleaders in workplace mental health culture
  • The tension between strength and vulnerability


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How do you manage a millennial workforce? Katie Acheson, the CEO of Youth Action and Evan Goodman, serial entrepreneur and small business mentor join the Better Business Podcast to discuss what small business owners and employers can do to recruit, manage and retain millennial workers. Also joining the show is Employment Relations Expert Thorunn Arnadottir who chats about the recent changes to the Minimum Wage and Penalty Rates.

Fairly or unfairly millennials are perhaps the most stereotyped of all professional workers. Some consider them ambitious, adaptive and technologically-savvy, others see them as lazy, entitled and over-confident.

Yet while we squabble over the merits of millennial workers there is a bigger issue emerging.

The 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey found that Millennials’ opinion of business ethics is at its lowest level in four years.

Worryingly, less than half of millennials believe business has a positive impact on society.

Yet, by 2025 millennials will make up 75% of the Australian workforce. So if they aren’t your colleagues, employees or bosses already, they soon will be.

Clearly there are some potential issues here that we need to address.

To help us discuss the world of millennials — and how to manage them — we talk with Katie Acheson, CEO of Youth Action, the peak body representing young people and youth services in New South Wales.

And we’re also joined by Evan Goodman, a serial entrepreneur, management expert and business mentor who — for more than 30 years — has helped businesses grow, scale and manage change.

Also joining the show is Employment Relations Expert Thorunn Arnadottir who chats about the recent changes to the Minimum Wage and Penalty Rates.


The Take-Aways

  • Forget ball pits and in-house baristas, the humble crossword might be all it takes to engage millennial workers
  • Why millennials change jobs and careers so frequently
  • Why successfully onboarding your young staff could be the missing link in your business
  • How establishing your business values focuses millennial staff and makes them more likely to stay
  • How the recent changes to the Minimum Wage and Penalty Rates affect your business

Time management and personal productivity

We live in a world where we are constantly available, always connected and incessantly pulled away from the most important tasks in our personal and professional lives. No matter what, we just never seem to have enough time to do the things we truly want and need to do.

Research suggests that just 20% of our average workday is spent on important, high value tasks, while the remainder of that time is spent on things considered as little or no value.

Alarmingly, each of us is interrupted — on average — every 8 minutes, creating roughly three hours of wasted time every day.

But is there something we can do about it?

This week we delve into the world of Time Management with renowned expert John Belchamber. John has been training people in the world of time management and personal productivity for more than 20 years, and is currently the Chief Development Officer of the OrgDev Institute, as well as Partner and Enterprise Relationship Manager at PD Training.

We discuss the biggest disruptors to our working day and how to overcome them to effectively manage our time.

The Take-Aways

  • Why daily huddle meetings are an effective way to prevent interruptions
  • How knowing your own behavioural style and personality is fundamental to managing your time
  • Developing a team charter and respecting people’s boundaries and working styles
  • Setting goals using the DART OPUS principle
  • Taking away learned helplessness in staff and not being afraid to eliminate unnecessary tasks

This month, our Employment Relations Expert Thorunn Arnadottir stops by to talk us through the new Family and Domestic Violence Leave entitlement.

All Modern Awards in Australia have been changed to include 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave. This is now a compulsory entitlement for all employees covered by modern awards, including casuals.

It’s welcome news for people who need it most, but what does it mean for small business owners?

In this episode we discuss:

  • The new entitlement and how it applies to small business
  • The delicate issue of asking for proof
  • What an employer can do if they suspect an employee is experiencing domestic violence, but won’t talk about it
  • What an employer should do if an employee comes to them requesting domestic violence leave

Join host, Scott McGrath and Senior Employment Relations Adviser Tariq Nasri as they discuss the rise of unfair dismissal cases in Australia, and how employers can protect themselves. As the majority of unfair dismissal cases stem from poorly managed employee termination, Tariq outlines the main issues employers should watch out for, offering practical solutions to ensure the process is legally sound.

Episode 5 of our podcast series, Employsure Essentials, puts expert adviser Harry Hilliar in the hot seat to discuss overtime payments. Our host, Scott McGrath, discusses the complex topic with Harry and covers some of the key points of confusion such as how overtime works with salaries and what happens when employees work longer hours on the weekend.

Join host, Scott McGrath, and work health and safety adviser, Kerri Allen, as they discuss some proactive steps small business owners can take to manage workplace health and safety.

Episode 3 of the series sees host, Scott McGrath, discuss the difficult topic of personal leave with expert Adviser, Brad Mariano.

Employsure Essentials is a podcast series presenting the essential elements of employee relations and workplace health and safety. Scott McGrath joins our expert Adviser, Renee Turpin this week, to discuss termination, dismissal and resignation and how employers can avoid claims of unfair dismissal.

The first episode of Employsure Essentials podcast series sees our host, Scott McGrath, discuss the new minimum wage and penalty rate reductions with expert adviser Kylie Jones. Kylie also discusses other steps employers can take to get their business in order at the start of a new financial year.

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