How a revamped onboarding program helped ASC navigate major change
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Phoebe Armstrong
3d ago
Through its award-winning onboarding program, ASC was able to navigate a challenging period and foster a supportive environment for a huge crop of new recruits. An employee’s first few days in a new organisation can have an enormous impact, particularly during periods of change. In 2021, ASC, which has served as Australia’s sovereign submarine builder and sustainer for almost 40 years, was faced with the challenge of onboarding hundreds of new employees during a period of intense change and against the backdrop of pandemic lockdowns.  This challenge prompted ASC to devise a refreshed onbo ..read more
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Reframing HR’s role in culture transformation
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Kate Neilson
4d ago
Renowned culture transformer and upcoming AHRI Convention speaker Siobhan McHale shares her key lessons to help HR practitioners have maximum impact during culture transformation. “Good luck with the culture change.” Siobhan McHale The Chief Financial Officer of an infrastructure company said this to Siobhan McHale when she had been with the company for less than a week and was given the task of ‘fixing’ its broken culture.  It was the sentence that made McHale realise that many organisations have a flawed understanding of what it takes to bring about cultural change.  “Project manag ..read more
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3 key skills your team needs to build a data-driven HR function
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Robin Boomer
6d ago
To level up your team’s ability to make data-driven HR decisions, start by finding your best analysts, decision enablers and strategic consultants. Executives in Australia are increasingly turning to talent analytics to derive insights on outcomes such as employee attrition, performance and sentiment to influence talent and business decisions. While many leaders value the availability of this data, few feel confident their organisation is maximising its potential. According to Gartner research, 78 per cent of HR leaders say their organisation relies more heavily on talent data to make decision ..read more
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This onboarding program contributed to decreasing first-year turnover by 40%
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Phoebe Armstrong
1w ago
In an effort to improve retention among new starters, Tassal’s people and culture team developed a hands-on training and onboarding program with impressive results. As Australia’s largest seafood producer, with more than 35 years’ experience in aquaculture, Tassal Group is no stranger to the challenges of retaining employees in a demanding and complex industry. After skill shortages necessitated bringing in more entry-level staff, Tassal’s people and culture team and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) trainer noted that the volume of required training was overwhelming new starters in the organi ..read more
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What HR needs to know about upcoming laws for engaging casual workers
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Fay Calderone
1w ago
With new rules for engaging casual workers due to come into effect in August, a legal expert outlines how HR can prepare. The Fair Work Amendment (Closing Loopholes No 2) Bill was recently passed, making significant changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act). Among these changes is a new definition of ‘casual employee’ which will come into effect on 26 August 2024.  Previously, under section 15A of the FW Act, the definition of casual employment was if: An offer of employment by the employer is made on the basis of no firm advance commitment to continuing and indefinite work according to ..read more
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Will checking character references really help you find the best candidate for a job?
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Timothy Colin Bednall
2w ago
While reference checks are commonplace in most organisations’ recruitment processes, there are important limitations that are worth keeping in mind. Finding the best person to fill a position can be tough, from drafting a job ad to producing a shortlist of top interview candidates. Employers typically consider information from several sources, including the applicant’s work history, social media presence, responses to interview questions and, sometimes, psychometric testing results. It’s also common for hiring managers to check an applicant’s references by chatting to the candidate’s nominate ..read more
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2024 end of financial year HR checklist
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by HRM online
2w ago
The end of financial year (EOFY) is a busy time for Australian business leaders, and while the focus is often on bookkeeping, tax and finances in the lead up to 30 June, HR leaders also have several ‘must-do’ tasks to complete. Our interactive checklist can help. The EOFY is the ideal time to review policies, procedures and employee record-keeping to ensure everything is up-to-date and accurate. In addition, there are likely to have been compliance, regulatory and employment law changes over the past 12 months, or which will roll out in the new financial year. These also need to be accounted ..read more
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How this organisation is enhancing leadership development
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Jasmine Crittenden
2w ago
Kestrel Coal’s AHRI award-winning leadership development program prepares its leaders for the future by breaking down silos and innovating the training process. Work is no longer about just turning up and getting paid, says Jess Roberson MAHRI, General Manager, Organisational Development and People Performance at Kestrel Coal Resources, a Queensland-based coal mining company with 700 employees.   “People want a sense of purpose. They want to buy into the ‘why’ and what the company’s trying to do,” says Roberson. Traditional leadership styles that depend solely on knowledge, technical ..read more
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3 new workplace psychosocial risks HR should be aware of
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Phoebe Armstrong
2w ago
As our ways of working evolve, organisations are encountering new psychosocial risks, including digital overload and tech-facilitated harassment. How can HR help keep these hazards in check? Managing workplace psychosocial risks such as stress, harassment and low job control has long been a priority in most organisations, with the recent introduction of a new Code of Practice to manage psychosocial hazards at work only intensifying the spotlight on these issues. However, the breakneck speed of technological advancement, combined with changes to our ways of working, means today’s leaders are al ..read more
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10 micro-behaviours that are culture killers
Australian Human Resources Institute Blog
by Shane Michael Hatton
2w ago
From employees gatekeeping critical information to people overemphasising their titles or territory, here are some subtle workplace behaviours that could spell trouble for your company culture. Calling the wrong candidate for an interview. Missing a decimal point in the budget. Accidentally hitting ‘reply-all’ on an email. Small actions can have big consequences. In the same way, subtle behaviours can significantly impact the culture in your team or organisation. According to a culture study I conducted in partnership with McCrindle Research, which surveyed over 1000 frontline managers, 95 per ..read more
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