Jan 25

How well does your brand reflect diversity and inclusion?

As Australia Day approaches, and we are again given to contemplate who we are as a nation and how we want to be seen, it seems appropriate to also consider how well does your brand reflect diversity and inclusion. Recent impassioned controversy over a bill board featuring smiling Hijab-clad little girls, enthusiastically waving Aussie flags at […]

Dec 21

3 Themes from 2016: Triage, Conflict Context & Upstanders

With the annual summer break about to happen, and Christmas well and truly now hurtling towards us, it’s that office maintenance time of year – time for watering the office plants adequately (Peace Lilies, perchance?), doing that cathartic ritual clear-out of the communal kitchen fridge, and setting up those out of office responses (and sticking […]

Dec 14

Why having difficult conversations is essential for a healthy workplace (and how to have them)

With summer holidays just around the corner and a long list of things to get done before the Christmas break, it can be tempting to put off tough conversations with your staff until next year, like those tacky decorations we hide at the back of the Christmas tree. Maybe one of your team members has […]

Nov 30

8 questions to check how robust your employment policies are

Maintaining usability, coherence and comprehensiveness of an organisation’s employment and HR policies and procedures should be an ongoing job for all employers. In our experience however, too often these policies are not sufficiently comprehensive – and once they are completed, they are forgotten or poorly implemented. Neglecting your policies poses a significant risk for your […]

Oct 19

Zero tolerance for sexually derogatory comments at work

The US Republican Presidential candidate’s recent comments regarding his attitudes and behaviour towards women are utterly appalling. In response to universal condemnation, Donald Trump has attempted to justify his behaviour by saying, amongst other things, that it was “locker-room talk”. This attempted justification appears to refer to some implicit rule that when men are in […]

Aug 17

How to prepare new staff for a gold medal performance at work

It’s always inspiring to watch the Olympics and to hear the amazing stories behind the athletes. So many of them have faced personal challenges or overcome difficult circumstances to produce incredible performances. Preparation, preparation and more preparation is the mantra. Most of these individuals have spent years practising and perfecting their skills. In an ideal […]

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