Fairfax Column

Time to pull the plug on old school reviews

USELESS: Box-ticking is funny on Utopia, but excruciating in real life. If your organisation is still carrying out traditional annual performance reviews, stop. You’re wasting time and money, and possibly being counter-productive. I’m talking about those painful, annual formal meetings that managers and their employees usually loathe. Set questions are mechanically asked and scores given…

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How to battle bullying at work

Are you battling inappropriate workplace behaviour, even bullying? It is a major work health and safety issue. According to Safe Work Australia, 9.4 per cent of Australian workers have experienced workplace bullying in the previous six months. It is costly in terms of lost productivity and workers’ compensation. $22,600 is the median cost for accepted…

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Managing Staff is Not Parenting

What’s your reaction when individuals or organisations consider their employees to be ‘children’ and the workforce to be their ‘family’? We often form strong bonds with colleagues and the reference to family is associated with well-intentioned care for colleagues. However, there are serious pitfalls in assuming the way we function in our family setting is…

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Bring Back Business Management

A number of Hunter businesses and organisations are facing a problem I am seeing across the country. They have people in senior positions who are technically brilliant or inspiring leaders but struggle to gain both employee engagement and business outcomes. Before people bang their coffee cup down or click the page, having people who have…

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Thinking Outside the Box Ticking

When it comes to employee surveys much time and money can be wasted by organisations who fail to plan, execute and implement well. Worse still, merely engaging in a ‘box ticking’ exercise can do more damage than running no survey at all, when the workforce sees it as yet another promise to listen falling on…

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