The Latest from Kristy-Lee

Managing the Complex World of Sick Leave

podcast Jul 24, 2024
People Powered Business
Managing the Complex World of Sick Leave
17:06
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 229 of the People Powered Business Podcast.

Today we are answering another listeners question which is: what can I do when an employee is taking sick leave but I know they are not actually sick?

Sick and Carers Leave can be one of the trickiest types of leave to manage, and because it is a protected workplace right, there is often little an employer can do if they think an employee is using sick leave for other purposes.

In this episode we unpack what Sick and Carers leave is, and what the entitlement each employee has to this sort of leave. 

We discuss an employers rights if they feel sick leave is being used inappropriately.

And finally we look at what we can do to protect our businesses around excessive and inappropriate sick leave usage.

As always, 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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Should Employees Work Out Their Notice Period?

podcast Jul 17, 2024
People Powered Business
Should Employees Work Out Their Notice Period?
17:38
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 228 of the People Powered Business Podcast.

Today we’re chatting about something that I can’t quite believe we have never discussed on the podcast – whether an employee should work through their notice period.

Today I discuss what notice period might apply and when notice needs to be provided, I share some thoughts on what your notice periods should look like and we cover off whether employees get to make their own decisions on their notice period and what should happen during this time.

Then we shift focus to whether you should have an employee work through their notice period, or pay them out in lieu. I share my considerations when making decisions about this, and that it’s something to very much consider on a case by case basis.

As always, 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...

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Changing a Toxic Workplace Culture

podcast Jul 10, 2024
People Powered Business
Changing a Toxic Workplace Culture
26:33
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 227 of the People Powered Business Podcast.

Today I am sharing with you a conversation that Juliet Robinson (Big Goals) and I had over on the Grow Your Influence podcast a little while back.

Dealing with toxic employees, and navigating a workplace culture that has become toxic is something I get asked about often – and it can be incredibly stressful and challenging as a leader and business owner.

But there are things you can do to change a toxic culture, and that’s what we share in this discussion.

I’d love to hear from you, and how you have navigated challenges with toxic team members in the past. 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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Mid-Year Reset

podcast Jul 03, 2024
People Powered Business
Mid-Year Reset
16:36
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 226 of the People Powered Business Podcast.

Well we have hit the time of year where motivation tends to be low – so today we’re talking about giving your team a mid-year motivation boost with a mid-year reset.

Firstly I’ll chat about why motivation wanes at this time of year. From the high energy and enthusiastic start to the year, post Easter we always see a decline in motivation. Coupled with that it’s cold and miserable, we’re tired and on any given day every second person is sick!

And that’s why it’s so important to give your team a motivation boost right now. You can rest assured if you’re feeling blah – your team are too! Focusing on motivating the team right now will certainly set you up for a better second half of the year and let’s face it, we all need something to focus on and look forward to.

We wrap up this episode with my sharing some of my favourite mid year motivation boosting...

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Your EOFY HR Compliance Wrap Up

podcast Jun 26, 2024
People Powered Business
Your EOFY HR Compliance Wrap Up
16:25
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 224 of the People Powered Business Podcast.

Today I am bringing you an end of financial year compliance wrap up.

This time of year is always an important time for finance people, it’s often less of an issue for our HR matters. But not this year!

The absolute flux of change that’s happening right now in regards to compliance obligations is unprecedented and Fair Work have made it clear that not knowing is not an excuse to fail to comply with your obligations as an employer.

So today we look at the key changes that have occurred in the last 12 months, the current important changes and what’s on the horizon when it comes to more changes in the next 12 months.

 

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...

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Listeners Question – How to Know Which Award Applies and What Rate to Pay?

podcast Jun 19, 2024
People Powered Business
Listeners Question – How to Know Which Award Applies and What Rate to Pay?
21:12
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 223 of the People Powered Business Podcast.

Today we are answering another listeners question, this one coming in from Kirsty and her question is about determining how to ensure you are paying correctly in accordance with the award, and what to do if employment falls across more than one award.

To help answer this, I unpack how to determine the correct Award, and Award Classification for an employee based on your industry and their occupation.

We then look at what to do if more than one Award applies, and finally I share my favourite ways to ensure the correct pay rates are applied.

 

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. Join Here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/hrsupportaustralia

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Wages Are on the Up (Again!) But It’s the Other Changes You Need to Know About

podcast Jun 12, 2024
People Powered Business
Wages Are on the Up (Again!) But It’s the Other Changes You Need to Know About
15:05
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 122 of the People Powered Business Podcast.

This week we have a brief but important technical update for you after the Fair Work Commission announced its decision around the National Minimum Wage increase effective 1 July.

This year we have a 3.75% wage increase being applied to the National Minimum Wage and all Modern Award Minimum Wages effective 1 July 2024.

But really, in the scheme of the changes happening in the Industrial Relations legal landscape right now, that’s just the beginning.

We have yet another increase to Superannuation on the 1st July 2024, there are going to be changes to the casual employment definition and a new pathway for casual conversion coming. We of course are about to see the Right to Disconnect laws come into place, which we’ve discussed on a separate episode. There is going to be clarity on the employee v’s contractor conundrum, new protections for gig economy workers and more.

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Psychosocial Safety at Work with Nicole Turnbull

podcast Jun 05, 2024
People Powered Business
Psychosocial Safety at Work with Nicole Turnbull
35:45
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 221 of the People Powered Business Podcast!

Today I am delighted to be joined by guest expert Nicole Turnbull from Neon Shed.

Nicole is the Founder and Chief Courage Officer at Neon Shed, which brings light to the dark sides of work.

She works with businesses to eliminate psychosocial hazards at work and ignite courage in leaders and teams by giving them the tools and options to know HOW to have a safe workplace.

Nicole has over 20 years experience in communications and 15 in the work health and safety industry. She has worked for both NSW safety regulators, the workers compensation insurer and the workers compensation independent review office. Nicole has seen the damage poor communication and psychosocial hazards can do to individuals, teams and organisations.

Nicole is also the Winner of the 2023 Influential Businesswomen Awards for Most Empowering Founder (Australia) and the host of the Under the Rug at Work podcast.

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That Should (and Should Not) Be In Your Employment Contracts

podcast May 29, 2024
People Powered Business
That Should (and Should Not) Be In Your Employment Contracts
18:51
 

Hello and welcome to Episode 220 of the People Powered Business Podcast!

Today we’re talking Employment Agreements or Employment Contracts - the all important document that sets out the terms and conditions of the employment relationship.

Why? Well simple, it’s the most popular question I get asked about that continues to daunt and baffle business owners who desperately want to get these documents right.

In this episode we discuss what employment contracts are and why they are so important, and why you absolutely want to have them in place, but we also unpacked what should be included, and what you want to leave out.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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