Casual Conversion Compliance in 5 easy steps
Under most modern awards, a “regular casual employee” can request to convert their employment if they have worked:
- for a period of 12 months or more; and
- a pattern of hours on an ongoing basis, which the employee could continue to perform as a full-time employee or part-time employee (as applicable), without significant adjustment.
The casual employee must put their request to convert in writing.
STEP 1 – Provide new and existing award-covered employees with a copy of the casual conversion clause
Ensure you read the award that applies to your employees carefully. Some awards contain more onerous requirements on employers to notify casual employees of their right to request casual conversion at 6 or 12 months of ‘regular and systematic’ casual employment. This means you will need to be keeping a close eye on any casual employees that are reaching these milestones. Once you have checked your award you can notify your employees regarding the casual conversion clause. You can use our Notification of Casual Conversion Clause. Also, copy the applicable section from the Award and staple to the back of the letter.
You will need to provide the clause within 12 months of their employment commencing.
Shortly after the Notification of Casual Conversion Clause, you will send a follow-up letter that sets out the nature of a casual and that of a perm employee as well as the rates of pay for both. Also included is the Casual Conversion Election Form where the employees can advise if they wish to convert.
Employees have 4-weeks to consider if they would like their employment converted to permanent employment or remain as a casual.
STEP 2: Respond to any casual conversion requests
Respond to any requests to convert to permanent in writing within 21 days to accept or reject the employee’s request for conversion. You can only reject a request convert to permanent in accordance with the terms of the relevant award. Sometimes an award will include the ‘reasonable grounds’ on which you can refuse a request.
legally responding to requests for casual conversion
Your business must comply with the obligations contained in any casual conversion clause in a modern award, this includes:
- Providing new and existing casual employees with a copy of the casual conversion clause;
- Responding to any request to convert within 21 days;
- If you reject a request, complying with the requirements in the relevant award such as rejecting the request on ‘reasonable grounds’ or ‘not unreasonably refusing’ a request;
- If you agree to convert a casual to permanent employment, complying with the provisions of any part-time employment clause in the relevant award and providing the employee with set days, hours, and patterns of work (and a new contract of employment).
How to legally refuse the request for casual conversion
It is important to note that the new clause does not mean you have to approve all requests. It is best to double-check the relevant award but generally, the scenarios where you may refuse on reasonable grounds including but not limited to:
- The conversion would require a significant adjustment to the employee’s hours of work as a full-time or part-time employee;
- It is known, or reasonably foreseeable that the employee’s position will cease to exist within the next 12 months or the hours of work which the employee is required to perform will be significantly reduced in the next 12 months;
- The employee’s hours of work will significantly change or be reduced within the next 12 months.
STEP 3: Review your existing workforce
Review the use of casual employment in your business, particularly where the arrangement involves long-term, regular work patterns. We recommend that you consider doing a cost analysis between that of the cost of wages for casual employees compared to that of Perm employees.
The 25% loading is designed to compensate employees for not receiving some of the benefits of perm employees as well as for the insecurity of their employment. You may well find that the bottom-line figure is more favorable to employee permanent employees compared to casual.
STEP 4: Update your employment contracts
Update your employment contracts and ensure you at least include provisions that make clear that the position of casual;-
- has no guaranteed hours of work;
- will usually work irregular hours;
- has no sick or annual leave entitlements
- They are not obligated to always be available; and
- can have their employment ended without notice, unless notice is required by a registered agreement, award, or employment contract.
We have casual employment contracts/ agreements available and highly recommend that if you have not done so in the last 12-24 months updated these then you do so.
STEP 5: Document and save the casual conversion process
“If it isn’t written down, then it didn’t happen”.
ALWAYS protect yourself and the business by ensuring that you keep documentation about any changes to workplace relationships. Keep these documents for at least 7-years so that any retrospective claims can be defended with copies of the clear and documented process.
Recent decisions impacting on Casual employment
In WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato  FCAFC 84 the Full Federal Court determined that Mr Rossato had entitlements under the National Employment Standards (NES) in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) and the relevant Enterprise Agreement; These were – being paid annual leave, paid personal/carer’s leave, paid compassionate leave, and payment for public holidays. This came about when the court made the finding that Mr Rossato was not a casual but a permanent employee.
The essential question asked was – “ if an employee agrees to a contract that labels them a casual but their work is systematic (rostered well in advance for example) and regular (set hours and days) and longer-term (happening for years) are they still a casual?”
In the WorkPac decision, the Federal Court says NO
If you have questions then please feel free to reach out to us or you can pop over and check out our article posted June 4th 2020 https://www.freshhrinsights.com.au/casuals-what-we-need-to-know/
Please find updated information that has been passed through to us in regards to leave during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Coronavirus (COVID-19) leave to find the obligations that you need to be aware of when it comes to Coronavirus (COVID-19) leave read on. General government advice regarding coronavirus can be located here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Keep up to date as things are changing quickly
|Sick leave (personal/carers leave)
Can offer annual leave or unpaid leave (or LSL if applicable) if employee has no accrued paid sick leave (personal/carers leave)
|• Employee is positive to COVID-19
• Employee is in Government directed OR optional self-isolation and is sick
• Employee is sick with any illness or injury
• Employee has to care for or support a member of their immediate family or household who is sick, injured or has an unexpected emergency including, but not limited to;
o any illness o COVID-19
o school closure due to COVID-19
o Government directed isolation of child/dependant due to COVID-19 (NB does not include general coverage for own Government directed isolation as this leave is offered for the unexpected care required for the child, not for the isolation itself– see below)
|No paid leave obligation
Can offer annual leave (or LSL if applicable) if employee would like to
|Employee is in Government directed OR optional self-isolation and is not sick (i.e. has returned from overseas and feels well) *
• Employee has come in to contact with a known case of COVID-19 and is in Government directed OR optional self-isolation and is not sick EMPLOYER GUIDELINES & FAQS (Updated 17 March 2020) 2
• Employee has come in to contact with a suspected case of COVID-19 and is in Government directed OR optional self-isolation and is not sick
• Employee is stuck overseas (on a cruise ship etc) due to COVID-19
• Casual employees are not entitled to paid sick (personal/carer’s) leave. A casual employee who has to self-isolate or has contracted the Coronavirus must not attend the workplace, without additional payments.
||Employee is working from home (and employer has approved this)
• Employee is getting an assessment for fitness for work under the direction of the employer; o if the result of the assessment is that the employee is sick then they revert to sick leave o if the result is that they are told to isolate then no paid leave is required (unless they are supplied with a medical certificate stating not fit for work) o if the result is they are fit for work, they should come back to work o if the employer insists they don’t return for 14 days then they should be paid ordinary pay
• Employer requests an employee to not come to work/isolate which is not in line with Government direction
• Employer closes the business/office/location using discretion (not Government directed) as an added precaution but employee’s role does not allow for working from home (i.e. works in a café, cleaner, factory worker, manual labour, mechanic etc).
• Employer closes business temporarily due to a downturn in work/business (refer to redundancy if this is a prolonged situation)
||This does not yet exist for employees – however there is some talk that the Government may need to offer special paid leave (over and above annual leave and/or sick leave) for this pandemic.
|Stand down (no pay)
||Government-issued directive for closure (not at the discretion of the business). Seek further advice before actioning
||Significant downturn in work due to impact of COVID-19 – we’d advise you openly discuss ways to mitigate this with staff such as expressions of interest from employees agreeable to temporarily reduce hours, take annual leave etc
• If this is not possible then begin consultation for redundancies.
• Guidance on the process to follow when considering redundancies can be advised by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
|How to support employees
||Offer working from home options wherever possible
• Pay employees when no paid leave type is available to them if practical
• Offer EAP to assist with anxiety
• Communicate regularly
*The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has issued guidance on its website which suggests a
permanent employee should be paid when an employer directs them to stay at home in line with
Government advice when the employee is not sick (ie self-isolation after returning from overseas).
This conflicts with many commentators’ views that an employee who is required to stay away
from work due to Government advice is not entitled to be paid. The FWO says:
“Where an employer directs a full-time or part-time employee to stay home in line with advice, for
example in line with the Australian Government’s health and quarantine advice, and the employee
is not sick with coronavirus, the employee should ordinarily be paid while the direction applies”
We will provide further advice when the FWO clarifies its position.
As refreshing as the spring may be, keeping your employees refreshed and maintaining a vibrant workplace is not always as easy as it looks. For one, as soon as spring kicks in, the weather starts to bring out the color in most things around us and the environment tend to turn nice and welcoming. As a result, staying inside the work environment can get stuffy and your employees can feel confined, to say the least. Surfing looks more inviting and so do days on the beach.
It is normal to feel a burst of excitement when the spring kicks in, however, it is not always easy to maintain the excitement and channel the energy into more productivity. Although spring can heighten vitality and energy, it can also result in restlessness and disorientation.
Also, the change in season often results in a change in time. As a result, routine activities like eating, sleeping, and exercise might have to change. Unfortunately, most employees find it difficult to adapt to these changes and it often affects their behavior and mood. Luckily in Queensland we don’t have a change in the clocks but as close to the boarder as we are on the Gold Coast we often need to move between two time zones with our clients.
Behavioral changes, either positively or negatively impact workplace productivity. Whichever way it would, it is best to be prepared for these changes than to be caught unawares. To keep the workplace refreshing during spring, it is important to avoid distractions that prevent work from getting accomplished.
How you can get your team healthy for spring
- Make Your Schedule Flexible: Nothing says “killjoy” faster during the spring than a rigid schedule. The inability to feel the warmth outside and spend time with those you care about can play down on workplace productivity. On one hand, you can decide to let in a bit of sunlight at the workplace, however, flexible scheduling has a more psychological impact on employee productivity. This makes it possible for employees to strike a balance between their work life and their life outside work.
- Make the schedule interesting: since it is a fact that an average employee would rather spend time outside work than stay within the walls of an office, your best chance against negative behavioral changes is to make your employee schedule interesting so much that they would be motivated to work and not lazy around. To do this, only delegate tasks that employees would be interested in carrying out.
- Redecorate the workplace: if employees can spend all day outside the office, let them experience it in the office as much as they can. To redecorate the office, open the blinds and window to let in sunlight, bring in live plants or flowers, and encourage a little bit of spring cleaning. The feeling of freshness goes a long way in encouraging positivity in the workplace.
- Make their work challenging: one of the best ways to boost employee productivity and personal development is to make their task challenging. Such challenge encourages them to break their record and stretch themselves to their limit. To effectively implement this, create opportunities for personal development and encourage them to set new goals.
- Create a reward system: although the idea is for employees to spend more hours in the office during spring, you can increase workplace productivity with a reward system that guarantees time off from the office. For example, a reward system like vacation or time off will naturally encourage an employee to put in more effort in the workplace. Such program, although is a way of thanking them for a job well done, is also a way of making sure that they do not miss out entirely on the spring season.
In all, maintain a healthy workplace and focused employee can be difficult during the spring, however, you can keep your workforce engaged and your workplace productivity with the tips above.
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2019 Look At The Trend Of Political Opinion In The Workplace
Politics stands as one of the most sensitive and widely debated topics all over the world. From simple dinner among families to a business meeting among friends, politics has gained prominence among various social circles and the intensity generated from its discussion leaves many licking the wound of the aftermath. Or is it otherwise? Discussing politics in the workplace have generated a lot of controversies over the course of time. While it is evident that politics affects the atmosphere at the workplace, the question is how and to what extent?
The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their political belief or activity. The Act does not define political belief or activity, but decided cases indicate that it refers to beliefs or activities relating to the policies, structure, composition, roles, obligations, purposes or activities of government. Government includes Commonwealth, state and local governments.
A council employee in a managerial position did not have his contract renewed because of his involvement with an environmental activist group which had publicly criticised the council’s policies.
At a federal election, a woman who works as a dental technician handed out how to vote cards for a local candidate. Her boss saw her at the polling booth and told her that she should look for another job, as he didn’t want someone of that political persuasion working for him.
A group of people wanted to hire a community hall to conduct a public meeting to protest about a particular government policy. They were refused hire of the hall because the manager of the hall disagreed with their views.
For an employer to understand how to manage political opinions in the workplace and how much it affects the employee relation and functionality, they need to know how their employees feel about holding political talk in their workplace and identify when the discussion is getting too much and when it sets off the wrong impression. Don’t be afraid to hear a conversation, take part BUT also know when things need to stop.
Fundamentally, employers needs to recognise that under Australian Workplace Legislation, their employees have a right to offer their opinion about political matters anywhere, even in the workplace. What then becomes the concern for an employer is how to manage the discussions and prevent it from becoming a full-blown war among employees that belong to different factions. Hence they can establish a limit.
Employers should draw the curtain on political opinions in the workplace when any of these happen:
Whenever employees allow their political opinion to get in the way of their effectiveness in the workplace, it often leads to disunity, and employees often find it hard to corporate with one another. Whenever an employer identifies the lack of harmony between the employees, it is a sign to draw a curtain on the political discussion in the workplace.
- Ineffectiveness and distraction
Whether your employees find common ground or not on political opinion, it distracts them from the task that they are supposed to be focused on and renders them ineffective. To maintain focus in the workplace, an employer needs to cut down political discussions as much as they can.
This is usually described as the last straw. A physical brawl between employees is the green light for an employer to put a stop to political opinions in the workplace. Political opinions in the workplace can quickly spiral out of control and result in accusations and confrontations between employees. Not to mention crossing the line for Serious or Gross Misconduct and the consequences of that.
Although an employer should allow a free flow of political opinion in the workplace, the negative effect of such discussion often outweighs the positive effect and it disrupts. To ensure that employees understand not to go overboard, an employer should implement the following when it gets out of hand:
- Establish a policy concerning political opinion
The employer should seek to clarify which political opinion is acceptable in the workplace and put it into writing. The policy should cover which activities, discussion, and political clothing material is prohibited in the workplace. The employer should be clear on the punishment for harassment, threat, and derogatory comments aimed at other employees. Make sure there is an open door policy and a clear pathway for communication.
- Work out a complaint procedure
Even with the utmost care, an employer tends to miss some acts of aggression to comes with political opinions in the workplace. To combat this, an employer should implement a legal complaint procedure through which employees can report acts of political harassment or violence in the workplace. Ideally as an employer you will already have policies and procedures in place for most things so check them over and tighten them up. If you are not sure seek the advice of an Employment Relations consultant such as Fresh HR Insights
- Follow up on every complaint
The decision to discipline bias political opinion in the workplace should be reinforced by an employer with immediate action. Just remember to check the facts, do an investigation, don’t rely on hearsay or take one person word over another. You must ensure at all times you have a well founded basis for any disciplinary action and you also need to ensure procedural fairness. Hot headed environments are no time for you to go off the correct ways to deal with workplace complaints. Always, always get the paper trail too – if it is not written down, it didn’t happen.
Political opinions in the workplace can be as bad as a rival sports team that can pollute the work atmosphere if it is not adequately contained. Although HR should permit such discussion, they should be fast to curtail any excesses and prevent the situation from deteriorating.
If you are unsure you can consult with the team at Fresh HR Insights – Book in a session with us HERE
Can an employer fire or discriminate against an employee based on political beliefs?
The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their political opinion. However, the Act also provides that where it is found that the action was taken because of the inherent requirements of the particular position concerned, then it will not be a breach of the applicable unlawful discrimination provisions, such as political opinion. An employer is allowed to deem an employee’s views as being inappropriate if they’re “unauthorised and inconsistent” with the employee’s role or the organisation’s values. This is particularly the case where the public can scrutinise an employee’s comments and then form an adverse impression of the organisation that the employee works at. Read more here
Sometimes, employees often act in the stereotyped manner of attempting to make jokes at the workplace in a bid to lighten up the atmosphere and make it conducive for everyone. Unfortunately, rather than ease the tension on other employees, they end up presenting themselves as a pushy and a self-promotional employee. The tight rope on which such employees walk is often a source of major heartaches for Australia’s employers who are finding it hard to tackle jokes and remarks that are not so friendly in the workplace. It can often not be about what the person meant but the perception of the person receiving.
Ultimately, the workplace is not designed to be a boring routine with no element of fun and humor in it. What every employer and HR Manager needs to know is how to find a balance between harmless jokes in the workplace, and targeted jokes. It is also important for employees to understand the uniqueness of every individual and make a conscious effort not to make jokes that might be perceived wrong by their fellow employees. As a rule of thumb, everyone needs to understand that some phrases are not allowed in the workplace despite their intention. Phrases like “I will make you understand who wears the pant around here” and so much more phrases that might be tagged as sexism should be discouraged in the workplace.
In an attempt to curb and limit unnecessary jokes in the office, employees need to understand sensitive topics and make a conscious effort to steer clear of it. Such remarks tend to upset the atmosphere around the workplace and around the community at large.
To effective battle the fast-rising trend of making unnecessary jokes in the workplace, HR needs to implement the following:
Sometimes in an attempt to curb the spread of an infection, we make use of the wrong lotions and we end up festering the wound. The motivation to curb unnecessary jokes by HR should not be an avenue for turning the workplace into a graveyard. The truth is, if you want more productivity from your employees, you need to make them happy with their job. When employees fall in love with their job and their work environment, they could carry on business for hours without breaking so much as a sweat.
Researches have proven that laughter in the workplace account for a large percentage of variations in employee productivity. As a result, HR should actually encourage an atmosphere of laughter in the workplace but should draw a distinct line over going overboard.
- Put It In Writing (if it is not written down, it didn’t happen)
The result of workplace conflict is mostly resolved after a visit to the Fair Work Commission website. Irrespective of the parties involved, chances are that it will come back to hunt the company for a very long time. The only way to be sure that your employees will comply with the rules is when they know that they have crossed the line. To do this, you might take the following step:
- Meet individual employees, obtained their perspective on jokes in the workplace, and explain to them what HR will condone and what it will not.
- The resolution of the meeting should be published, communicated to all employees and the sanction for offending employees should be clearly stated.
- Have clear Policies and procedures and workplace agreements
- Create an effective action plan to manage grievances:
HR should create a workplace culture where aggrieved employees can disclose inappropriate behaviors by employees or violations of the code of conducts. When employees are conscious of retribution, they tend to act with more decorum and compose themselves at the workplace.
The rule for dealing with inappropriate jokes is to make the employee see for themselves that such a joke is not appropriate for work. What HR should do is to make them realize their stupidity and ensure that they apologize for it. HR should take every complaint of inappropriate jokes serious and punish earing offenders.
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Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a way of electronically sending tax and super information to the ATO each time you pay your employees. For employers of 20 or more employees, this was compulsory from 1st July 2018.
On 12th Feb 2019, parliament passed legislation to extend STP to ALL employers effective 1st July 2019.
What does this mean for you?
This means the details of all salaries and wages payments made on or after 1st July 2019, must be electronically uploaded to the ATO either on or before the date paid to the employee.
- Your payroll cycle will not change. You can still pay your employees weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
- Your payment due date for PAYG withholding and super contributions will not change. However, you can choose to pay earlier.
- When you report to the ATO through Single Touch Payroll, your employees will be able to view their year‑to‑date tax and super information through myGov.
- If you have recorded all payments through STP then you do not have to provide your employees with a payment summary at the end of financial year as the ATO will make that information available to employees through myGov. There are still end of year processes required but it can all be done through your STP upload.
- In time you will also have the option to invite your employees to complete Tax file number declaration, Superannuation standard choice form and Withholding declarationonline.
Deferrals and Exceptions
The following groups are under further consideration by the ATO
- Micro employers (those with less than 4 employees)
- Closely Held entities (only family members employed)
- Companies who only employ Directors paid annually
- Employers disadvantaged by lack of access to digitial technology
Note: the ATO is currently working with practitioners and small business owners to better describe and understand the needs of these segments. The aim is to develop more tailored solutions for these segments
How do I get ready?
1.Talk to your agent
2.Talk to your software provider.
- If you process payroll yourself using a registered payroll / accounting software, then contact your software provider for instructions on how to enable STP as this is not automatic. Plus you need to advise the ATO that you will be processing STP yourself, and provide them with your Unique Software ID number, otherwise referred to as their SSID number.
- For ATO instructions for Reporting through STP please refer https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Single-Touch-Payroll/Report-through-Single-Touch-Payroll/
3. Not currently using payroll software – don’t be alarmed. The ATO is not insisting you purchase software.
- The ATO put out a market request for product proposals to offer low-cost STP solutions. Many companies have replied.
- The solutions are required to be affordable (costing less than $10 per month), take only minutes to complete each pay period and not require the employer to maintain the software.
- These solutions will best suit micro (with one to four employees) who need to report through STP, but do not currently have payroll software and may include mobile apps, simple reporting solutions and portals.
- More details will be available closer to the time
Please refer the below link for further information
Fresh HR Insights Pty Ltd have a Payroll Expert able to assist all our clients not only with payroll questions and Single Touch Payroll but also in regards to BOOT tests (Better Off Overall Test) – this applies when looking at paying increased annual salaries or increase hourly rates in lieu of paying the conditions in an award (Award Flexibility)
The BOOT requires every existing and prospective award covered employee to be better off overall.
The BOOT involves the making of an overall assessment as to whether an employee would be better off under the Employment flexibility agreement, which necessitates identification of the terms in the agreements which are more and less beneficial to the employee than under the relevant award.
The overall assessment required will essentially be a mathematical one where the terms being compared relate directly to remuneration.
The BOOT test essentially ensure that you are not underpaying an employee. We will be covering this in more detail shortly as we leaunch this as a new offering to Fresh HR Insights.
Business owners and corporate CEO’s are worried that something in digital innovations is going to change their HR model or their operations. I will say that there is a change of ethos going on in the way people think about their jobs and what their jobs mean to them.
Gone are the days of the “golden watch” or being employed from start of career to the end with one company. “The good old days” when people worked for the same company for 30 or 40 years? Walked off the job with a fancy plaque and gold watch engraved with their name and company logo? When family and friends would gather together to celebrate a person’s journey into their golden years?
We will now have careers that will have multiple jobs, multiple employers and many of us will work part-time. We are building individual portfolios of work experiences. We have the rise of the Gig Economy – although there are two thoughts on the gig economy, where million self-employed Australians work on a freelance or project basis rather than in permanent jobs.
- the gig economy is a haven for contractors and companies because it boosts labour market flexibility.
- it is a form of mass exploitation of younger workers, particularly those born overseas, and a race to the bottom in wages and conditions.
The first thought is the one that most will go with – there are benefits for all and technology certainly has played its role. Although there is an increasing ripple in the idea it is mass exploitation – think Uber, Deliveroo and other mainly food couriers.
The relationship between employees and employers is very different than ever before. There are a whole bunch of new things people are trying to do with technology. The purpose of technology today is not just to automate things; it’s to make the work experience better. So, there are some lessons to be learned by these digital innovations that we can take in our businesses. I’m going to try to give you some context of what it means to HR.
Dealing with digital disruptive innovations
Since the beginning of the internet and the adoption of technology, productivity has not gone up significantly, and one of the reasons for that is we have not figured out how to adapt to all that technology. We don’t know what virtual reality and artificial intelligence are going to do. Our job in HR is to curate and make sense of that and use productively in a way that improves the employee experience at work.
Have you tested the on-line recruiter platforms, or the people less induction process?
The human brain can only continue to maintain relationships with about a hundred people, and so companies their business; that’s why a lot of organizations decentralize themselves into fractal Organizations. How people interact, work together, share information that’s all about culture and shared values, communication technology, and systems. The problem with us from the standpoint of HR, the way we designed our operation for the traditional organization, whether it be performance management, communication, the way learning takes place and decisions are made. You can leverage some of the techniques of taking care of your people and being a highly engaged digital organization yourself.
Do you remember the term Personnel Management? The aspect of management that is concerned with the work force and their relationship with the entity is known as Personnel Management. It’s a traditional approach where people were treated as machines and tools and the management role was transactional compared to transformational as we now have with Human Resource Management. It focused on mundane activities like employee hiring, remunerating, training and harmony where today it is treating manpower as valued assets, to be valued, used and preserved.
Value and invest in Human resource planning technologies
Now if you look at the progression of the talent market, you can see where it’s gone. Today we’re trying to measure engagement, feedback; we’re trying to do performance management, build goal management systems though ERP technologies. In the world of technology, we are now shifting our platforms away from the cloud on to mobile, so the Human Resource Planning is going to be changing with it.
There’s a whole new breed of applications out there being invented by creative people that are going to change what we can do in HR, tools for constant employee feedback, mood management tools for wellness and health, work-life management, new forms of data-driven engagement tools, tools that monitor workplace. As we aspire to build empowered highly engaged teams, coach and develop them, let them create their own goals, keep them aligned to other people and give them feedback, so a revolution of building new performance HRM is taking place.
Human resource management is not sitting around in a conference room with a whiteboard designing a process, it is studying the working the activities and workday lives of your employees, understanding what they do, and developing interactions, systems and tools in an iterative fashion to make their work better; that is the essence of HRM.
We would love to hear your thoughts on HRM and where you see if going. Perhaps a discussion on if technology is creating a verbal defecate in our workplaces – people have forgotten to talk instead emailing, texting, and messaging. Job applications are done online and if you don’t fit the tick box that’s it, all over. I am divided as to how technology will impact the future – what will happen to us as a society and what will our workforce look like.
Share your thoughts.
For small business human resources anywhere that are looking to have a merry year, it is important that you pay attention to patterns and trends. Apart from start-ups, experienced HR and ER support professionals understand that observing trends for variations and a recurring pattern is important for prediction, forecasting and ultimately getting the best out of the future to come. In a bid to keep HR relevant and ahead in the ever competitive Australia market, below are three trends we have observed as recurrent and tops our list of trends that are likely to repeat itself.
Technology: does this seem familiar? Yes, it does. There have always been big talks about how fast Artificial intelligence (AI) will reinvent the HR world. Well, Artificial Intelligence is here and both large and small businesses need to get their grip on it. Artificial Intelligence is the kind of leverage that paves way for an efficient, productive and improved workforce. AI cuts across recruiting, engaging, training, and retaining employees. Think about this, rather than spend hours sorting through job profiles, CVs, and so on, technology can help reduce the time by simply running algorithms.
A report obtained from Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends indicated that about 72% of organizations agree to the importance of HR and are embracing it.HR can drastically reduce the time spent on recruiting and screening of employees and simply focus the energy someplace else. AI is a way through which HR teams and professional on the Gold Coast, and in Brisbane, and Australia as a whole can safeguard their company’s future. It is definitely worth checking out.
Workplace Trust: Results from the Government Institute of Australia indicates that Australians have lost all faith in corporate ethics. The business sector is faced with a situation where the employee confidence in HR is at an all-time low. Most times, HR teams assumes their employees trust them, where conversely, they have a negative perception and view of HR. Creating trust in the workplace is a fast-rising trend in the workplace today. HR have come to understand the need for prioritizing employee’s confidentiality, the place of sincerity and going beyond their open door policy to intentional relationship building. HR is learning not to jeopardize work confidence by not favoring one work relationship over the other. For example, they now maintain equal direct coaching for women in business and men in the business.
Perpetual learning: Companies are currently in hot pursuit of employee development and learning. As we mentioned earlier, technology is causing a rapid and continuous change to how business is conducted. To keep up, businesses need to invest heavily in transversal and job-related skills. The big problem is; we do not know to what extent the change will be. However, to be able to handle different tasks, it is important for HR to invest in employee skill learning.
It is fast dawning on HR teams and professionals that they may be doing too much for little result. Not only that, but their initiatives are also always too long to cause the needed effect. To create the needed impact, simple and seamless organization is all that is needed. But what is the real solution here.
We encourage and would love to get some feedback on your thoughts? Please comment below
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“Men attribute their success to themselves and women attribute it to other external factors.” (Facebook COO Shery Sandberg)
There are 49.6% are female of total population and only 50% are working. Fact is that Women’s are continuously progressing and the number of working women is increasing continuously but still there are Top 5 hardships that women’s have to face in Australian Organizations such as Work-life balance, Equal pay, Harassment, Less Career opportunities and Children and career related issues.
It’s a Global issue, in Asia Organizations they do not prefer female workers because they have less experience and there is the perception of a high turnover of females due to them raising their child. Australian HRC received more than thousand complaints under Sex Discrimination Act in 2011-2012. In 2017-2018 27% of complaints received by the Human Rights were lodged under the Sex Discrimination Act. In terms of employment this was 82% in the same year.
Understanding of the Sex discrimination Act (SDA)
The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) makes it against the law to treat you unfairly because of your: sex; gender identity; intersex status; sexual orientation; marital or relationship status (including same-sex de facto couples); family responsibilities; because you are pregnant or might become pregnant; because you are breastfeeding.
The SDA also makes sexual harassment against the law. You can use the SDA to get fair treatment in:
- Employment – getting a job, terms and conditions of a job, training, promotion, being dismissed.
- Education– enrolling or studying in a course at a private or public school, college or university.
- Accommodation– renting or buying a house or unit.
- Getting or using services – such as banking and insurance services, services provided by government departments, transport services, professional services like those provided by lawyers, doctors or tradespeople, services provided by restaurants, shops or entertainment venues.
What is sex discrimination?
Sex discrimination happens when a person is treated less favorably than a person of a different sex would be treated in the same or similar circumstances. For example, it may be direct sex discrimination if male employees are paid more than employees of a different sex who are doing the same work.
Discrimination also happens when there is a rule or policy that is the same for everyone but has an unfair effect on people of a particular sex. This is called indirect discrimination. For example, it may be indirect discrimination if a policy says that managers must work full-time, as this might disadvantage women, who are more likely to need to work part-time due to responsibilities for caring for children.
These issues usually arise because of long standing norms that Males are in the workplace and the providers and the women remain at home to bring up the family. But now Organizations have made strong policies, laws and programs to deal with such problems.
Following are the initiatives that Australian Government took to boost up women participation at workplace. I have set these out below.
- 18 weeks paid parental leave at minimum wage
- Two weeks paid leaves for Fathers
- Flexible work arrangement under National employment laws
- Special care of employees having children of school age and employees facing family violence or providing support to a family
- Equal wages Order by Fair Work Australia in 2012
- At least 40% women must be on Australian Government boards; therefore women’s received 38.4% of Government board appointments in 2012
- Policies to focus on Gender diversity at workplace
- Strong policies to reduce sexual harassment
- Sex Discrimination Act 2011 to reduce sexual harassment
- Pregnancy Guidelines 2001 focuses on all issues and its solution regarding pregnancy
Because of above policies number of women on AXS boards has to increase from 8.3% to 15.4% within 3years. Government has made quota system to increase the Percentage of working women. Women’s are proved to be more supportive, rewarding, Compassionate, productive and influential. Link
From December 2018 Modern Awards included new ruled about request for flexible working. Before responding to a request from an eligible employee, an employer must first discuss the request with the employee to try to reach an agreement about a change to their working arrangements. Requests can only be refused on reasonable business grounds. If employers refuse a request, they need to provide the employee with a written response.
What the new arrangements require
Employers have greater consultation obligations than previously. If an employee makes a written request for flexible working arrangements, employers must:
- Before formally responding, discuss the issue with the employee and genuinely try to agree on an arrangement that suits both of you. The discussion should cover the needs of both parties, the potential consequences for the employee if no change occurs, and any reasonable business-related issues.
- Respond to the request in writing within 21 days.
- If you refuse the request, the written reasons must include the “business grounds” for refusal (see further below), explain why those grounds are relevant, and any changes to working arrangements that you are able to offer.
- If you agree to the original request, or agree on an alternative flexible work arrangement, you must formalise it in writing.
What are “reasonable business grounds”?
“Reasonable business grounds” are defined in sec 65(5) and (5A) of the Fair Work Act. They include:
- Excessive cost of new arrangements
- Unable or impracticable to change other employees’ work arrangements to accommodate the request, or recruit new employees
- Significant loss to efficiency or productivity
- Significant negative impact on customer service
Note that you need to quantify any of the above reasons in your response, not merely state that they exist. The Act’s dispute resolution procedures will apply if the employee is unhappy with the way a request was handled and wants to take the matter further.
It’s not all doom and gloom for women – we have many examples of successful women’s including Shery Sandberg, Helen Gurley, Shery Sandberg, Heather Thomson, Ellen Alemany, Alexandra Lebenthal and many more.
Still Word Economic Forum suggests that “It will take 170 years more to have men and women in equal number at workplace” according to the World economic Forum. The report says: “More than a decade of data has revealed that progress is still too slow for realizing the full potential of one half of humanity within our lifetimes.”
Although Governments and Human rights departments initiate multiple policies, laws, programs and to make sure their implementation there is another way to look at this. The Law of attraction and Self leadership theory suggests that if you want to be successful you need to think positive & make yourself confident.
“You are the creator of your own reality.” Anonymous
“Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head.” Lisa Nichols
The Law of Attraction works like this: If you think of a thought, you will attract similar thoughts to yourself. This law requires us to understand that our thoughts work like magnets and have a certain frequency. Therefore, as you allow certain thoughts to dwell in your mind, it somehow attracts all similar events that are on the same frequency, whether they are negative or positive thoughts.
“What you think, you create.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine, you become.”
Women at Workplace should keep following points in Mind to forge their way to success
- Stop undervaluing yourself because to be a Women is your Positive point
- If you achieve a good job don’t stick, Find another good opportunity
- If you disagree with any point, Speak up
- Be strong at your arguments, your “yes” should mean “YES” and “NO” means “NO”.
- Negotiate about your pay before employer make final decision. A survey shows that men salaries are 7.5% higher than women’s because they negotiate
- Keep your eyes and ears open at workplace
- Participate in extracurricular activities at your workplace
- Don’t afraid, face and win the situation
- Don’t be a follower, be the Inspiration for others
- Be realistic, set your Goals and use Path goal strategy to achieve your Goal
- Be Confident, Be strong
What diversity really means
30 July 2012
There has been a trend towards regarding diversity as diversity of thought rather than diversity of demographics, according to a presenter at a recent conference.
The paper was delivered at the 2012 Women in Management Conference conducted by Macquarie University in Sydney on 12 and 13 July 2012.
Juliet Bourke, human capital partner at Deloitte, said that ‚ ≤diversity’ means inclusion and recognising that everyone has a valid point of view that they should be allowed to contribute. The Noah’s Ark metaphor of every demographic group merely being represented at the workplace is inadequate; behaviour at the workplace must be genuinely inclusive.
Know your own stereotypes
Bourke used the metaphor of a ‚ diversity iceberg, in which certain attributes of people are clearly visible but many others ‚ such as talents, sexual orientation, carer’s responsibilities, education, values and thought processes ‚ are not obvious. Of the visible attributes, the most instantly identified one is race, followed by position in the organisation hierarchy, then gender.
Stereotyped reactions result from identification of personal attributes, leading to bias that is often unconscious. Behaviours of others also send cues that can reinforce stereotypes. A stereotype is a pattern of thinking, and can be either positive or negative. Past personal experiences also strongly influence what people think.
To encourage diversity, it is important for people to be able to identify their own stereotypes and then manage around them. Bourke described a commercially available tool, the Implicit Association Test supplied by Harvard University, US, that enables users to identify what they really think about other people.
Common types of unconscious bias
The most common unconscious behaviors that act as barriers to diversity are:
- homophobic‚ being attracted to people similar to yourself because of a desire to connect with others, which can be awkward in situations such as recruitment interviews
- confirmation bias ‚ looking for evidence to confirm a viewpoint you have already formed
- attribution error ‚ categorizing of ‚ in groups and ‚ out groups
Bourke concluded by saying that diversity management requires a holistic organisation approach. People need to be able to understand their own behaviours that act as barriers (e.g. those in the list above). Above all, behaving inclusively is the goal.
Identifying the real reasons for bias
Elizabeth Raper, a barrister, emphasized the importance of digging deep to uncover the real reason for having biases and reacting in stereotyped ways. This can be difficult, and real reasons are often not discussed or even explored. Raper said that it requires thinking very critically about how decisions are made, and managing perceptions about bias. The latter will require some regular and very frank conversations.
She reflected on her courtroom experiences to add that women are often very harsh judges of other women, but are usually allowed to get away with it.
Further information For more information about this conference, visit the Macquarie University conference website.
Article obtained from Work Place Info www.workplaceInfo.com.au 02/08/2012