What is the future of HR?

Sustainable growth is more important now than ever, particularly given the technological changes of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), according to Nicolette Barnard, head of HR, Siemens.

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How can HR gauge the emotional intelligence of applicants and employees?

Though hardly a new idea, emotional intelligence (or ‘EQ’) is something organisations and HR departments are taking increasingly seriously in relation to both existing and potential employees. But how can managers gauge emotional intelligence in

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Which members of the C-suite should HR build strong relationships with?

The C-suite seems to be becoming increasingly crowded in 2017. Alongside traditional C-suite roles are new positions such as Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Chief S

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‘It’s not rocket science!’ How to create a stunning workplace

Creating a great workplace isn’t rocket science, according to Erin Cramlet, senior director, HR for Stryker South Pacific. It actually comes down to people, culture and “ensuring one positively fuels the other”, apparently.

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‘This is how to get a seat at the table’

HR information, reporting and analytics (particularly when used in conjunction with financial metrics) can be a very powerful tool for HR. This is especially the case if they are understood and used in the right way.

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‘A quite significant amount of uncertainty’

Few periods of recent history have been more tumultuous for global geopolitics than the last 12 months. The June 2016 Brexit vote, the November 2016 US Presidential election and political developments thereafter within the EU and elsewhere have reve

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When should HR come to a settlement with an employee with a mental illness?

At what point is it pragmatic to cease disciplinary processes and come to a settlement with an employee who has a mental illness? There are a number of scenarios where it may be appropriate to seek to resolve a difficult employment situation with an

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Employer-supplied alcohol a ‘mitigating factor’ in misconduct, says FWC

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ruled in favour of an employee who was sacked after sexually harassing his colleagues and telling his bosses to “f*** off” at a Christmas party – because the company had supplied him with alcohol.

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Woman sacked for “polyamorous” lifestyle

A woman who was sacked by a Catholic social services organisation for having too many sexual partners has lost her bid for compensation. She filed the lawsuit as a case of sexual discrimination, also accusing Centacare in Brisbane of breaching her co

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How do you handle bullying when the victim won’t speak out?

The family of a teenager who took his own life after allegedly being bullied at work have said that they hope their son’s death will raise awareness about the tragic consequences of bullying.

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“Depraved” MUA is first union to face legal action for bullying

Most unions are strong activists when it comes to protecting their workers from workplace bullying – the Maritime Union of Australia, it seems, is not The MUA and Melbourne port operator DP World are facing legal action, accused of breaching the fe

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Should you approve leave for personal hobbies?

Innovative and flexible policies regarding working hours need to become more commonplace within modern organisations, said Joydeep Hor, managing principal, People+Culture Strategies.

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Best practice tips for offering “go away” money

When workplace situations escalate into legal cases, going to court isn’t always the best option for employers. “The reality of a lot of litigation, whether in the employment context or elsewhere, is that parties to proceedings need to be mindfu

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Employment law essentials for HR pros

Keeping on top of employment law is essential for HR and the Employment Law Masterclass series is the perfect opportunity to hear expert advice on a range of important topics.

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How to fire someone without destroying their self esteem

Telling an employee they’re fired, no matter how much you dislike them, is never an easy task for the HR manager. Such a delicate situation needs to be managed carefully to avoid creating additional distress or potential psychological trauma for th

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Managing diverse talent is ‘highest organisational risk’

Retaining and recruiting talented employees has been described as “the highest organisational risk” at a leading health employer. Speaking at the 2010 Ageing Workforce Conference this week, Mercy Health’s director of people, culture and learnin

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How Mercy Health champions breastfeeding at work

Mercy Health has received the seal of approval from the Australian Breastfeeding Association for championing breastfeeding in the workplace. It’s the tenth consecutive year the Catholic health organisation has received accreditation from the ABA, a

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‘Gender doesn’t even rank in our considerations’

Facing deregulation and unprecedented demand for services – it’s estimated that 500 new workers will need to be sourced each month for the next 10 years just to meet demand – employers in the aged care sector have their share of challenges.

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Three tips for meeting your regional HR responsibilities

With MNCs continuing to expand throughout the Asia-Pacific, HR is expected to effortlessly step into the role of managing a regional workforce. HRD talked with three global HR professionals about how they deal with this complex task.

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Design thinking – what you need to know

Design thinking is a tool that Stanford University’s d-school has formalised and taught to engineering students since 2006. While it is not a new approach, what is new is its application outside of product development where it originated. In 2018 i

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Liam Hayes: A human-centric HR leader

HRD talks to Liam Hayes, global chief people officer at Aurecon, about why human-centric leadership is critical in a globally disrupted marketplace.

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How HR can create an ‘amazing’ employee experience

The 16th annual National HR Summit returns to Luna Park Sydney on 14-15 March with a new program designed to challenge pre-conceptions and expand attendees’ skills across key areas.

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Three must-have skills HR should borrow from marketing

There is a lot we can learn from our marketing colleagues,” Liam Hayes, chief people officer at Aurecon told HC Online. “I believe there are three critical skill sets HR should ‘borrow’.

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