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How to break bad news to employees

Tough conversations are an unavoidable part of business. But next time you need to break bad news, don’t follow Hutchison Ports Australia’s lead. In early August 2015, the shipping giant sacked almost half its work force by midnight text message and email. Employees were told to stop turning up to work immediately, and that a…

The five hurdles of pharmacy payroll

Making it to the end of a payroll cycle with the right amount paid out: that’s the goal. But to get there, you’ve got to clear several hurdles. If your business stumbles, or is flawed, at any stage, you can face major set-backs and serious errors. You risk overpaying your workers, blowing out your staffing…

Workplace flexibility: what are the real pros and cons?

Workplace flexibility: what are the real pros and cons? Amanda is a single mother working in hospitality. She wants to spend more time with her family, so she asks her boss if she can cut her hours and work part-time. Her boss says no. It’s full-time, or nothing. Amanda later finds out the real reason…

Don’t get Grill’d for your working conditions

Burger chain Grill’d is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.It started when an employee claimed she was fired for questioning her employment contract. The contract reportedly paid below-award wages, with no penalty rates or overtime. Right now the case is being reviewed by a national workplace tribunal. And while the employee has been offered…

How to encourage good staff to stay

Last post, we explained how high staff turnover can cost your business thousands of dollars. Not to mention staff who stay on your books, but mentally check out.So how do you keep good people engaged? Here’s a few strategies to get you started. Pay your employees well If you can afford to pay employees above…

When penalty rates bite, is cutting staff a smart move?

Penalty rates are a hot topic in Australia right now. Retail and hospitality operators are feeling the pinch as rates for weekend staff keep climbing. So it’s easy to see why reducing staff can seem a good option for boosting profitability. Fair Work Australia is reviewing awards as we speak, including what your staff should…

Unlock the business intelligence in workforce reporting

We caught up with business coach Tony Ozanne, to continue the conversation about smarter approaches to workforce management. Last time , Tony spoke about the benefits of automation in saving managers’ time, by taking care of everyday admin. But, when you’ve got good data coming through, other benefits flow from that as well. Including useful…

The ABC of Communicating with Gen X, Y, Z

Let’s face it — the more technology advances, the wider the gap becomes between the generations who use it. The lost art of letter writing has not only dented the profit margin of Australia Post, it’s flooded our email inbox. And that’s before we even get started on social media and texting.So if you’re a…

Head in the clouds, the world in your pocket – Part 2

In part one of our cloud computing blog series we explained what cloud computing is. To refresh your memory take a quick read here. This week let’s look at the opportunities the cloud brings with it. Cloud computing benefits The benefits for individual and business consumers are numerous. Simplicity, lower costs and mobility are three…

Making time to work on your business: insights from business coach Tony Ozanne

As we saw in our last post on this topic, doing HR manually is a large burden for your business and in some cases a “hidden” cost that goes unchecked. To bring a whole-of-business view on this issue, easyEMPLOYER caught up with Tony Ozanne, an experienced business coach. Tony has more than 20 years’ corporate…