- How effective is your training?
A training needs analysis is the rock on which any L&D strategy should be built. However, learning and development has been known to spring up in organisations in the absence of any identified need. Teresa Russell speaks with two companies whose training needs analyses initiated positive, measurable organisational change
- What do employees really think?
Gathering meaningful feedback from the whole workforce can be a challenge in small and large organisations alike – but usually for differing reasons. Surveys have now evolved into being far more than the “staff happiness indicators” that they were in the past. Teresa Russell reports
- Giving employees the easy way to stop smoking
It is estimated that smoking costs Australian businesses at least $1.5 billion per year, or $4.3 million a day. On an individual level, every smoker can cost up a business up to $5,000 every year. Furthermore, the average smoker spends up to 30 minutes a day, or 14 working days a year, on smoke breaks, and takes five days more sick leave a year on average than non-smokers
- Doing your hiring homework
A not inconsiderable number of employees either fabricate or ‘massage the truth’ in their résumés. Human Resources speaks with some experts about the process of pre-employment screening, exposes some of the pitfalls and provides a few best practice tips for HR professionals
- New HR system needed for manufacturing SME
As an employer in the manufacturing sector with around 400 people, we are looking to upgrade our current HR system. We want one that offers more flexibility and that will allow staff and managers to take ownership of their HR matters. What sort of aspects should we look for in a new system that will provide greater functionality in areas such as payroll, workplace agreements, superannuation and package structuring?
- Drive to Survive, by Ian Luff Motivation Australia