The Latest from Kristy-Lee

Are they an Employee or a Contractor – 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

blog Jul 07, 2021

Small business and fast growing entrepreneurial organisations who are looking to service more clients and bigger projects faster and more efficiently have always been creative in how to manage this growth in their organisations.


One of the key strategies many small business use to facilitate growth in a low risk, cost effective way, is engaging contractors rather than employees to help meet their growing client demands. And there are lots of great arguments for why businesses should utilise this option.


However, with the prevalence of contract labour available, and the fact that this now seems to have become ‘common practice’ amongst small businesses, the line between what constitutes and employee and a contractor has become blurred in the eyes of many business owners. And those who don’t understand this are finding themselves caught in costly and potentially business destroying legal battles, purely because the right structure has not been put in...

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It's Time for a Mid Year Reset

podcast Jul 07, 2021
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People Powered Business
It's Time for a Mid Year Reset
Hello and welcome to Episode 69 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
This week we are discussing the importance of creating the time and space for a mid year reset with your team. So often we have great energy and momentum at the beginning of the year, and really engage our team in that, but by the middle of the year this can easily dip.
In this episode I share with 6 simple steps to an effective mid year reset with your team:
  • Get the team together
  • Reflect
  • Show gratitude
  • Re establish the vision
  • Create goals and milestones
  • Seek input from the team/
This is a great time of year to re set, refocus and create every opportunity for massive success in the second half of the year.
As mentioned, if you’d like to connect with other businesses who are also juggling the challenges of teams, I’d love you to join us inside our free Facebook Group, HR Support for Australian Businesses, so I can learn more about what’s working for you and any...
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Is it time for a mid-year reset?

blog Jun 29, 2021

Today is the end of the financial year, and for many businesses the plans, goals, strategies and projects they put in place at the beginning of the year may be just gradually moving along, or in some cases (thanks COVID) things may have been upended more than once.


At the beginning of the year we are typically all bright eyed and bushy tailed. We are refreshed from our traditional Christmas close down and break, we are motivated by our vision for the year ahead and excited to share it with our team.


For many of you that may have looked like a team planning and strategy day, where you got the whole team together, virtually or in person, to share the vision, get them excited and communicate clearly their role in making that happen.


That results in a great spike in engagement, as our teams all want to be part of something bigger, and when we can clearly articulate their roles in achieving that, and they can see what we’re working towards, they naturally get...

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Growing Your Business With A VA

podcast Jun 29, 2021
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Growing Your Business With A VA
Hello and welcome to Episode 68 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today I have a special guest joining me on the podcast, my very own VA, Adrienne Donnelly, is joining me to talk about growing your business with the support of VA’s.
We discuss how to know it’s the right time to get yourself a VA, what sort of tasks you can easily outsource and most importantly how to set up a great working and communication structure with your VA.
As mentioned too, I have a special bonus for you today, a guide on the Must Ask Interview Questions you should ask when hiring a VA. Just like any staffing decision we make, selecting the right VA to work with can be daunting, this guide will help make sure you make the right decision, and have all the information you need to get the best VA for your business.
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Keeping Up With Compliance

blog Jun 23, 2021

At the time of writing this particular article, the Fair Work Commission has handed down its decision following the Annual Minimum Wage Review process. The process involves the Commission reviewing submissions from various interested parties, including employer and employee representative groups, as well as analysing data relating to wages, such as changes to cost of living and alike.


Essentially, they are looking to ensure that the minimum wages set out in the Fair Work Act, including the National Minimum Wage, as well as al Award minimum rates of pay, is set at an appropriate level for our economic conditions.


What we typically see is that each year the National Minimum Wage, and all Award minimum rates of pay, will increase by a fixed percentage, and this increase has always taken place 1 July that year.


However, COVID-19 last year gave rise to ‘exceptional circumstances’ which allowed the Commission to make the determination, but alter how this...

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An Important Update from The Fair Work Commission

podcast Jun 22, 2021
People Powered Business
An Important Update from The Fair Work Commission
Hello and welcome to Episode 67 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
This week we have a brief but important technical update for you after the Fair Work Commission announced it’s decision around the National Minimum Wage increase effective 1 July.
This spells change for many Award covered employees from 1 July 2021, on top of the previously announced superannuation increases.
As mentioned in todays episode, if you’d like to take a look at when your Award is increasing, here is the link:
If you’d like to connect with other businesses who are also juggling the challenges of teams, I’d love you to join us inside our free Facebook Group, HR Support for Australian Businesses, so I can learn more about what’s working for you and any challenges you might be having.
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How strong is your workplace learning culture?

blog Jun 16, 2021

In a recent report our of Swinburne University, entitled “The Peak Human Workplace Report”, it was revealed that 3 in 4 Australian workers surveyed were wanting to learn new skills in the workplace in the next 12 months, yet currently more than half of those surveyed participate in less than an hour of learning at work on any given week.


Based on this, amongst other researching finding similar statistics, it seems clear that the majority of workplaces across a broad cross section of our economy, are failing to deliver the level of training, skills acquisition and learning that our workforce is craving.


So why this thirst for knowledge, and why now? And perhaps more front centred for many business owners, when did the responsibility for learning shift from being individual and employee driven, to be the responsibility of the employer? The Swinburne University report helps us understand this a little better, as they found that three in five workers are...

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Leading the Learning Revolution at Work

podcast Jun 15, 2021
People Powered Business
Leading the Learning Revolution at Work
Hello and welcome to Episode 66 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
The approach to learning has certainly changed, and we are seeing a shift away from employee driven formal learning to employer driven informal learning as the key way to impart knowledge and skills to our employees.
As employers I know it can often feel that we are doing all the things to look after our employees. We are constantly looking after them, thinking about their needs and the onus and more and more on us. It can be exhausting and sometimes frustrating, but in todays episode I share with you why I think leading the way in this learning revolution at work can really set your business up for success.
Mentioned in todays episode was a report from Swinburne University called Peak Human Workplace, you can view that report here: Peak Human Workplace Report
Also today we discussed the value of micro studies, and I mentioned our mini course – Hire Right. If you’re...
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Are They Playing Above The Line?

blog Jun 09, 2021

No less than once a week I’ll get a call, or question online, that goes a little like “I have a problem with a staff member, they are getting their job done but they aren’t being a great team member, I can’t quite put my finger on it but every time I raise an issue with them they have an excuse, there is always some reason things haven’t gone to plan”. Does this sound familiar to you? Have you had someone like this on your team before?


Sure enough, after a few questions my typical conclusion is – you have someone who is below the line. What line? Great question!

I first became aware of this framework probably about 10-15 years ago, I’d heard about it conceptually but when I really noticed this as a powerful framework for teams when I worked with a business who really embraced the concept so much that their team used the language in their day to day operations – this is when I really started to pay attention to this...

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Are They Above or Below the Line?

podcast Jun 09, 2021
People Powered Business
Are They Above or Below the Line?
Hello and welcome to Episode 65 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today we’re chatting about one of the most valuable management and leadership frameworks I work with, and something I can’t quite believe I haven’t discussed here on the Podcast before, and that is the concept of above the line and below the line thinking or behaviour.
Whilst I’m not entirely sure where this concept originated, I do know that Carolyn Taylor discussed this in her book Walking the Talk, although she credits Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad) with her understanding of the concept.
Simply, people who are above the line take responsibility ownership and accountability at work, and those below the line are inclined to blame, shame and justify – nothing is ever their fault.
In today’s episode we take a deeper dive into the different behaviours that will present in the workplace between above and below the line staff, as well as what to do...
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