The Latest from Kristy-Lee

The Fair Work Act and Legislative Framework Made Simple

blog May 24, 2024

Understanding the Legislation as a Small Business

For many business owners who find themselves hiring staff and building a team, being compliant and doing things ‘right’ can be of real concern. It can feel overwhelming and like an extra layer of complexity you hadn’t considered when setting out on your business journey.

Understanding the entire ecosystem that is the industrial relations framework in Australia might really assist in demystifying and simplifying the complex legislative environment that underpins the employment relationship.

The Fair Work Act

At the highest level the key piece of legislation is called The Fair Work Act 2009, and this is the core which underpins the employer / employee relationship within Australia. The Fair Work Act, often referred to as simply The Act covers almost all employees around Australia.

In some States and Territories certain employees, such as Local and State Government Employees are not covered by the Act.

Additionally,...

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Does a Resignation Need to be in Writing?

podcast May 22, 2024
People Powered Business
Does a Resignation Need to be in Writing?
19:15
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 219 of the People Powered Business Podcast!

Today we are answering a listeners question “does a resignation need to be in writing?”.

To answer this question we are going to look at how an employee can resign, and what a resignation doesn’t look like. We discuss what to do if the employee won’t put the resignation in writing, and I share my strategies for managing resignations when they arise.

Do you have a question for a future episode of the podcast? Simply email your question to [email protected]  or join our Facebook Group and ask your questions there.

 

An Invitation

Would you like to connect with other like-minded business owners, leaders and managers experiencing similar situations with their team? Join the discussion inside our free Facebook Group – HR Support for Australian -Businesses.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hrsupportaustralia

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Non-Compete Clauses - Are They Worth It?

podcast May 15, 2024
People Powered Business
Non-Compete Clauses - Are They Worth It?
15:29
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 218 of the People Powered Business Podcast!

Today I’m posing the question: non-compete clauses in employment contracts – are they worth the paper they are written on?

These are those clauses, often worded in really complex terms, that aim to prevent an employee from working with a competitor, setting up in competition, or taking customers with them when they leave.

They are complex and complicated, and not all that easy to actually uphold, I know as I have first hand experience!

So when should you use them, and what are the things to consider if you’re planning to include them in your employment contracts?

An Invitation

Would you like to connect with other like-minded business owners, leaders and managers experiencing similar situations with their team? Join the discussion inside our free Facebook Group – HR Support for Australian -Businesses.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hrsupportaustralia

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5 Key Aspects to Effective Onboarding

blog May 10, 2024

Do you know the core principles of effectively onboarding your new hire?

Did you know that onboarding effectively can drastically reduce the speed at which your new hire is functioning at full capacity? 

This timeframe can be reduced down from the typical 12-18 months down to 2-6 months.

According to SHRM, the first 45 days of employment account for up to 20% of worker turnover while Sapling HR credits poor onboarding experiences as doubling the likelihood of the employee finding another position.

Effective onboarding is critical to engaging your new hire in their new role and for your business or organisation. This can increase the likelihood that your staff will stay on longer and be performing their best sooner rather than later.

According to ClickBoarding, interactive employees who engage in a structured onboarding program are 69% more likely to stay for three years.

There are 5 key elements that a business of any size can implement right now to improve their onboarding...

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The Value of the People Around Us in Business with Leanne Faulkner

podcast May 08, 2024
People Powered Business
The Value of the People Around Us in Business with Leanne Faulkner
27:35
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 217 of the People Powered Business Podcast!

Today I am thrilled to be joined by returning guest, Leanne Faulkner from Fortitude at Work to discuss her findings from her recent PHD research on mental health for micro and small business owners.

About Leanne - small business mental health advocate:

Many people in the business community might know Leanne as “the soap lady” or the “goat lady”.

Her youngest son had suffered with eczema from birth and in an effort to ease his discomfort Leanne learned how to make goat’s milk soap as a gentle protective skin care alternative.

In 2004, Billie Goat Soap began.

It was a humble affair initially and started in her kitchen. By 2010 the business had grown to employ over 20 people and sold the products in over 2000 outlets around the country.

Billie Goat Soap was the NSW Business Chamber Business of the Year in 2010 and the Myer Supplier of the Year (general cosmetics) at around the same...

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Hiring Well is Only One Part of the Puzzle

blog May 03, 2024

You can't outrun a bad hire.

 

There's no doubt that getting the hiring decision right is essential to building an amazing team that's going to do all the right things for your business and really help you have a successful business.

 

But the reality is hiring well is only one part of the puzzle and it's something I've seen clients alone the hard way over and over again.

 

The rest of the pathway that an employee takes with your business is equally important to ensuring you have not just a successful hire, but someone who stays with you long term who is loyal, motivated, engaged, productive – all those great things we want our employees to be.

The secret sauce to this is great leadership through a clear framework I call the P.E.O.P.L.E Pathway.

 

You can’t outrun a bad hire – but what if you hired well and it’s still not working smoothly?

I thought I'd made great hiring choices early on in my business and I took my first holiday away...

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Mental Health Super Powers for Small to Micro Business Owners

podcast May 01, 2024
People Powered Business
Mental Health Super Powers for Small to Micro Business Owners
35:36
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 216 of the People Powered Business Podcast!

Today I am thrilled to be joined by returning guest, Leanne Faulkner from Fortitude at Work to discuss her findings from her recent PHD research on mental health for micro and small business owners.

About Leanne - small business mental health advocate:

Many people in the business community might know Leanne as “the soap lady” or the “goat lady”.

Her youngest son had suffered with eczema from birth and in an effort to ease his discomfort Leanne learned how to make goat’s milk soap as a gentle protective skin care alternative.

In 2004, Billie Goat Soap began.

It was a humble affair initially and started in her kitchen. By 2010 the business had grown to employ over 20 people and sold the products in over 2000 outlets around the country.

Billie Goat Soap was the NSW Business Chamber Business of the Year in 2010 and the Myer Supplier of the Year (general cosmetics) at around the same...

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Leading Different Generations in the Workplace: Bridging the Generation Gap

blog Apr 29, 2024

In running a small to medium sized business, and leading a multi-generational team, the ability to lead effectively across generations is not just an asset but a necessity.

 

Today's workforce is more diverse than ever, with a great variety of experiences, values, and expectations that span multiple generations. From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, each group brings its own unique perspective, influenced by the socio-economic and technological landscapes of their formative years. This diversity, while a source of strength, presents a complex challenge for leaders: how to understand, engage, and motivate across generational lines.

 

Embracing Generational Diversity: A Path to Success

The key to harnessing the power of generational diversity lies in understanding. It's about recognising that differences in approach and perspective are not just inevitable but valuable. These differences provide a broader range of ideas, approaches, and solutions to challenges, driving...

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Are They Really a Contractor or an Employee? The Facts You Need to Know

podcast Apr 24, 2024
People Powered Business
Are They Really a Contractor or an Employee? The Facts You Need to Know
19:22
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 215 of the People Powered Business Podcast!

Today we are unpacking yet more of the ongoing legislative changes that are imminently being rolled out and amendments to the Fair Work Act that are being made.

In this episode we are talking about the difference between employees and contractors – and what you need to know about the changes.

This is a topic that has been an ongoing debate, and lots of employers have been hiding behind non-existent loopholes, or assuming they can make their own rules when it comes to this issue. The truth is that isn’t going to fly anymore, and now is the time to revisit any contractor arrangements you have and make changes.

In this episode we start by looking at the definition of an employment relationship, and particularly what defines a relationship between and employer and employee versus that of a client and supplier or contractor.

We discuss when this takes effect, what you need to do, and how to decide...

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Setting the Standard: How Boundaries Shape High-Performing Teams

blog Apr 22, 2024

We all know the feeling, we’re losing sleep, we’re avoiding the person at work, we’re angry, frustrated and tearing our hair out. We have an employee who is not performing, not showing up how we want them to at work or behaving in a negative way, a way that isn’t sitting right with you.

 

We can’t always quite put our finger on the exact issue, it’s just not quite right, but it’s wrong enough to be consuming our time and attention. Or maybe it is more obvious, but we feel like we’re going over the top if we bring it up – we don’t want them to feel like we are micromanaging them or pulling them up for something that feels petty and insignificant (yet the fact that it’s consuming our time and attention does in fact mean that at some level it is significant to us).

 

So, we tolerate it, whether it’s behaviour, attendance, performance or something else, we tolerate it. We think maybe it’s not that...

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