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PENALTY RATE CUTS: THE NEXT STEPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) threw down the gauntlet last Thursday when they agreed to cutting Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. The FWC will be implementing changes from March onwards. If you’re a business owner operating in the hospitality, restaurant, fast-food, retail or pharmacy industries, how can you make sure your business doesn’t suffer?…

How to retain star performers in three steps

Would you spend months choosing exactly the right car, pay top dollar, then leave it in a laneway with the windows down and the keys in the ignition? You wouldn’t leave a car to be stolen.  But businesses invest even more in headhunting star performers, only to see them quit after six months.  You lose…

Penalty rates: tips for handling a political hot potato

With the Federal Election looming, Sunday penalty rates are generating heat. Labor thinks they should stay, while the Liberals have mixed opinions on the matter.Both parties’ ultimately handball the issue, saying it’s a matter for the Fair Work Commission. There has also been the usual amount of name calling on both sides. As a manager,…

How to save on labour costs: grab that low-hanging fruit

So many HR managers concentrate on the long game, missing serious savings that are right in front of us. We think that any return on investment — whether that’s overhauling processes or acquiring new software — will take at least five years to pay off. When HR managers focus on the long game, they’re thinking…

Are your remote staff still working?

When your business is expanding to multiple locations, good culture and communication are the foundation for growth. But to keep your business functioning, the wheels need to be turning above ground too. Productivity will always count. So how to do you keep an eye on performance when you can’t be there in person? Track staff…

Special Guest Writer: What to Expect From Your Enterprise Partner

Kilimanjaro Consulting have put a resource together to help you select the right enterprise partner. Picking the right solution provider is just as important as selecting the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.Businesses should be aware of the “implementer risks” before making a large investment. With the right partner, ERP implementation should flow into ongoing assistance…

Win back your day: get shift swaps sorted

Imagine suddenly losing a day. Another crisis has blown up, and it’s going to take all day to sort it out (and your to-do list is still waiting for you). You’re fuming. You’re going to figure out how this happened, and put a stop to it.  But then after you’ve dealt with the issue you…

What are your employees really worth?

When you’re reckoning up an employee’s value, the numbers only tell half of the story. Metrics like sales or customers served are important — that’s what keeps you in business. And we know that keeping good people makes sense, if only to avoid the costs of staff turnover thousands of dollars in recruitment and staff…

Why pharmacists have the answer to GPs’ woes

easyEMPLOYER CEO Michael Hazillias shares his thoughts on a new way of thinking about the role of pharmacies in primary care. When I’m out talking to pharmacists, the conversation almost always turns to profitability. Supermarkets are selling pharmaceuticals, cutting into pharmacies’ revenue. So pharmacists are understandably worried about keeping their business above water. Until very…

Five HR tactics of successful franchises

When you’re running a franchise, you can’t always count on the brand you joined to help you turn a profit. Often, the difference between thriving and just barely covering license fees comes down to how well you manage people: saving time and headaches, so you can concentrate on growing the business. At easyEMPLOYER, we work…