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Employee Engagement Ideas to Boost Morale

In the fast-paced world of modern workplaces, fostering a sense of camaraderie and employee engagement is essential for maintaining a positive and productive work environment. Employee engagement goes beyond the daily tasks and responsibilities—it’s about creating a workplace where individuals feel valued, motivated, and connected to the company’s mission. Let’s explore creative and fun employee […]

Excessive leave – what to do about it

You know the type? Workaholic. Always working, never takes any leave. Well here is the thing… Not taking regular leave is actually a Work, Health & Safety issue and can have a very negative effect not only on your worker, but on your whole organisation. It can lead to demotivation, fatigue and an increase in […]

Team slackers: what to do about them

Everyone has a slacker on their team. You know the worker, who just doesn’t pull their weight. Gets pulled along by the team and slithers out of responsibility and work. The one that everyone secretly knows is slack and this annoys the rest of the team. The one who always is complaining about how much […]

Short term or long term workers, with loads of flexibility – get ready now, for the summer holidays

Having flexibility with your staffing is one of the most important requirements for most organisations. Without a level of flexibility, how do you manage, when your permanent team members are on holidays, have unexpected absences or take parental leave? What about those peak seasons in your industry – how do you manage in those really […]

Want to shut down over Christmas? What to do with your workers?

Many organisations like to close down for a short or longer period over the Festive Season. Sometimes the amount of Public Holidays make the few days in between seem pointless for opening the business. At this time, many suppliers are also closed, so your supply chain may not be functioning as well as it should […]

Help! I’m in love with my colleague!

In reality, many long term relationships start at work. Many people meet first in the workplace and go on to live lives, raise children and be together for many years.

However, approaching someone at work with your feelings for them can be a mine field.

Got some doubts about an employee? No proof? What can you do?

You just have those niggling doubts; nothing you can put your finger on, but enough to make you worried. It could be about lack of work; honesty; ethics; attitude – whatever it is, you feel it, but you just are not certain. Here’s the thing… When you are managing employees you must always be bound […]

How to stretch your recruitment dollars further

Recruitment is an expensive business, whether you are employing a recruiter or you are doing it yourself. Time is money and recruitment is an activity that takes a lot of your time. Firstly there is writing a job spec, then an advert; deciding where to advertise, and then dealing with the applicants. If you are […]

Will your job change with new AI technologies? Part 2

Potential new jobs and possible future changes industry-wide as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning grows ever more “intelligent”.

Why your Managers fail…

So many times I have been in conferences, networking events, business groups and mentoring groups, when the question is asked ‘What is your biggest pain’ and unanimously the answer is people; staff; workers; employees! So what’s the issue – people are wonderful; creative; talented; smart  – why do so many businesses find them the greatest […]

Deal With Upward Bullying Like a Boss

As HR Consultants we see our fair share of different workplace issues, but one that we notice is often left unaddressed is Upward Bullying. What is Upward Bullying? This is when an employee or group of employees bully their superior. This can come in many forms such as a worker refusing to cooperate, acting in […]

5 things to attract the best and brightest talent.

It’s hard to find good staff members at the best of times, let alone when there are skill shortages, low unemployment and lots of competition for candidates looking for new roles. Why would they work for you? How can you attract the best and brightest talent? Here are 5 surefire ways! Good candidates know their […]

They have asked for a pay rise: What do you do now?

It actually takes a lot of courage for an employee to front their boss and ask for a pay rise. They have probably been thinking about it for a while, which is dangerous, because it means that they are generally not happy about the state of affairs and this can leave to perceptions of an […]

Using AI Tools at Work

Following on from my previous blogs on AI, I can categorically say that AI Tools not only are already in the workplace, they will become essential. This space is moving quickly and it really won’t be long before everyone will use some kind of AI tool, app or in-house generator tool routinely at work. In […]

Top things big recruitment companies don’t want you to know

Tired of dealing with recruitment companies? Still need help but not getting the service levels you require? Our industry has some brilliant, ethical, smart operators that really know what they are doing, but sadly also many churn and burn recruiters, who unbelievably still just aim to get ‘bums on seats’. So here it is; the […]

Protecting Your Workplace Against Psychological Injuries

Psychological injuries are a range of cognitive, emotional and behavioural symptoms that can interfere with an employee’s life and can significantly affect how they feel, think, behave and interact with others. The most common forms of psychological injuries include, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, adjustment disorders and anxiety. Examples of psychological hazards in the workplace are bullying, aggression, […]

Finding it hard to get good staff? What’s your EVP like?

Recently I called a new client who had been unsuccessful recruiting on their own, to delve a little deeper into their recruitment problems. The role that they were looking to fill was not anything out of the ordinary, but their industry does have issues with skill shortages. I wanted to ask the client ‘what are […]

What your employees won’t tell you till the day they leave

It’s Monday morning, you have your day and your week planned out. You have that training to facilitate, those strategy meetings to attend and you are excited to be finally moving forward with that big project. And then… Your number one employee comes into the office, closes the door behind them and says “really sorry […]

How To Handle The Peaks And Troughs Of Your Business

Many times we meet with the HR Manager or Directors of organisations who talk to us about the peaks and troughs of their workflows. For some, the work is seasonal and starts to dry up in winter or in certain months of the year. For others it can be unexpected. Clients take on staff, just […]

How your business can turn ‘The Great Resignation’ into ‘The Great Retention’

With two million Australians expected to quit their jobs over the next twelve months, the ‘Great Resignation’, is still here. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia saw the highest annual job mobility rate in almost a decade last year, with 9.5% of the employed population, changing or leaving their jobs. Businesses are already […]

How to Improve Your Workplace Culture

Workplace Culture is the overall character and personality of a business. It is the shared values, belief systems, behaviours and attitudes that make your business unique. Why is it important? Workplace culture is so important because it influences so many aspects of your business, including: It defines your organisations internal and external identity It attracts […]

Workplace Gossip: Spreading faster than Covid – how to stop it!

There is nothing worse than a culture that is underhanded, clicky and where some workers excel in passive aggressive behaviours including being great at gossip. Sadly this can not only come from workers; but management and if left unchecked will eventually destroy the organisation. Oh, come on – destroy the organisation? That’s a bit steep […]

How a super star employee can lift productivity and engage the rest of your team!

Did you know that one super star employee can have a huge effect on raising the standard of work in your organisation?   If your team is a little lacklustre in their performance and you introduce a real go-getter, it can have the effect of positively increasing the morale and productivity of the whole team. […]

Got A Workflow Problem – Temps Could Be The Answer!

We were in a tight spot – we had a number of key people away and a huge contract came in requiring serious work. We needed someone who could hit the ground running, was a gem at formatting large documents and could undertake research for our proposal. What is the answer…. A good temp! Temps […]

What skills does a recruiter have?

Anyone can recruit right? Anyone can whack a job advert on Seek correct? Yes and no. Yes, anyone can place an advert and interview candidates but no, not anyone can perform a skilled and scientifically based program to get you the best person possible for the job. Apparently CV fraud is on the rise. False […]

Tattoos in the Workplace: To Do or Not Tattoo?

Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo, but then decided against it fearing judgement from others? Well, a recent study says that 1 in 4 Australian’s have at least one tattoo, which has risen from 19% in 2016! From this data, it is clear that society’s perceptions surrounding tattoos have changed from a symbol […]

Quick HR: Engaging Disinterested Employees

Ok, assuming you have all of your documents in place, you must follow procedure. Structure is important, as well as the ability to record communication. To engage staff, it is essential to open an even level of dialogue that allows feedback from the employee. Discuss issues but ensure that these issues can come to an […]

Why Should You Outsource your HR?

HR is a key aspect of any organisation, from performance management, learning and development and employee relations, to recruiting and managing payroll. Although HR is extremely important, we understand that not all organisations have the capability or resources to have their own HR department. This is where outsourced comes in. HR outsourcing involves using an […]

How mindfulness at work can improve your organisation

Mindfulness is the latest ‘buzz’ word, but what does it mean – does it have any relevance to the workplace? The answer is yes! Mental health issues and depression have a huge effect on the workplace through chronic absenteeism, lower productivity and loss of morale.  The issue is, that some stress, felt by individuals can […]

Reducing the Cost of Employment

More and more businesses are being caught for wage theft and there is no excuse for this. We live and work in Australia, enjoying a very high standard of living. Along with that standard comes the cost of wages in this country. We now have the highest minimum wages in the world and if you […]

Part-timers no longer get pro-rata annual leave? What’s the Story?

All subscription clients with CIRCLE Recruitment & HR have already been notified about the changes to the way part time personal Carers Leave is accrued. This is a service some like to pay for, to ensure that they are at the forefront of the latest Human Resource and Industrial Relations issues and have an outsourced […]

What is gamification and how does it engage my team?

HR and people management gurus love new catch phrases and use ideas to capture interest and make us feel that this is the very latest and greatest way to manage your team. ‘Gamification’ is one such word and idea. If you are not engaging with ‘Gamification’ you are way behind the eight ball right? Well […]

Why Trust is so Important

Trust is something that people don’t often think about in terms of work relationships, but it is super important. You see when an employee is offered a job, there is more than one contract that is bought into play. While we all sign employment contracts that advise about the terms of the workplace and the […]

What is a Deed of Release and can it help you get out of a sticky situation?

A Deed of Release is a document used when an employee is leaving a business, in which the employee agrees to release the business from any employee claims in return for a sum of money. These are serious documents that need to be considered very carefully. You need to make sure that the Deed of […]

Your Staff and Sickies

‘Winter is coming’ is not just a Game of Thrones phrase … it is a reality. And with the change of season comes the flu and sickies. There is lots of anecdotal conflicting information about sickies – one voice says that these are burnt into the Australia psyche and in 2016 cost the economy a […]

First changes with casual conversion and now part time leave changes? Exactly what flexible model of employment can I use?

Having a flexible workforce is an imperative for many businesses. Additionally many workers are looking for casual or part time work to facilitate study, parenthood or work/life balance. One very popular academic model of employment is the ‘Flexible Firm’ where an organisation has a core of permanent full time employees and then a periphery of […]

Manage your Managers

Usually organisations promote people to supervisory or management positions, because they are good at the functional capacity of their job. Often these people are thrown into the deep water without any assistance or help on how to manage employees. Just because you were good at your other job, does not mean you will be good […]

When you decide to work with a Recruiter, what protections do you have?

The recruitment industry historically has not had a good name. When you decide to use a recruiter, how can you be sure you are getting a qualified, responsible, ethical and cost effective service? Don’t be caught out – know who you are dealing with. The Recruitment Consulting Services Association (RCSA) is the recognised industry body […]

Simple Tips and Tricks to get the most out of your team

Wish your team were a little more efficient? A little more effective? Did what you needed a little more? Here are some simple tips and tricks to get more from your team. 1. Focus on strengths. We all have strengths and weaknesses. If I have a strength, then I am really good generally, at doing […]

How to Deal with a Colleague who is Slacking off

A colleague who doesn’t pull their weight; there is at least one in every office! The one that gets pulled along by the team and somehow slithers out of responsibilities at work. The one who doesn’t give 100% to a project. The one who seems to spend more of their day online shopping than doing […]

Enhanced Recruitment Practises

Organisations have a range of technologies available to them, to assist with workforce recruitment. Many experts believe Recruitment is the most important of all Human Resource operations and is the corner stone for business survival. Technologies available to firms today, to assist them with attraction and recruitment, include using professional recruitment firms, pursuing passive candidates, increasing employment […]

New Hybrid Work Style; Employer Concerns

Covid-19 transformed the workplace as we know it and saw workplaces around the world go online. As the current economic environment is still highly volatile it has seen the hybrid work style rise in popularity, which involves some employees working in the office, others working remotely and some having a combination of both. This approach […]

Running a Business in a Pandemic World

In a world where there is daily panic and businesses are worried about potential losses, supply disruption and liabilities from personal carers leave entitlements for quarantine periods, many organisations feel at a loss to know what to do next. As the Coronavirus, develops stronger global impacts and we start to see repercussive events, illnesses, deaths, […]

Safe Work NSW focus for October 2019

October 2019 is Safe Work Month, nationally, which aims to have us all focus much more on safety at work. However this needs to be our focus every month of the year – October just reminds us! While most of our clients work in office locations, we do have many manufacturing and processing clients as […]

Upward Management – getting along with your boss, CEO or business owner

Very few individuals in the workplace do not have to be involved in upward management. Even a business owner may have to upward manage to a bank, lender, high level customer or key supplier. Gaining compliance from other people, is all a part of working and being in business. Skills in upward management are ESSENTIAL […]

How to Manage Mental Health Issues at Work

In our last blog, we talked about stressors and whether they could be classified as hindrance stressors OR challenge stressors.  In this article, we are going to look at what we can do as employers, when we feel that someone at work is suffering from mental health issues, which goes BEYOND challenge stressors. Workplace stressors […]

What are Employee Assistance Programs and how do they help me?

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are programs that offer services to employees to enable them to manage a range of both personal and professional issues. The reasons an organisation might engage in this, is to help their employees reach better outcomes and by doing so, increase the organisational capacity. EAPs can reduce organisational costs by reducing […]

Workplace Investigations

Sometimes incidents occur in the workplace, which are of such a serious nature that they require a workplace investigation. Traditionally this might be due to allegations of serious misconduct, violence, theft, severe breaches of policy or procedure, sexual harassment, bullying or allegations that need to be investigated. Taking action directly without a workplace investigation can […]

5 Top HR issues

As a member of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) we like to keep up to date with the latest in HR issues and advice. Five issues from last year that were AHRI’s most visited topics were: Performance Management Exiting the organisation Recruitment & Selection Learning and Development HR Strategies and Planning Interesting that these topics […]

Beware… The Casual Worker

Towards the end of last year, there was lots of noise about Casual Employees! There are 2 specific issues: 1. The Workpac Pty Ltd v Skene case which saw a regular and systematic casual, successfully apply to be considered permanent and win back pay, regardless of the fact that the employer had paid the casual […]

In-House HR or Consultants – What Works Best?

The use of consultants within organisations has been a growing phenomenon, taking flight well before the 1900s and continuously rising in demand by organisations today. The debate continues surrounding the benefits of using internal over external consultants and visa-versa. Why would organisations would choose one over the other? Consider this, tension is actually a good […]

I Just Don’t Know How to Manage my Team of Gen X and Millennials

Fred put his beer down on the bar and leaned closer to Maria ‘the thing is’ he whispered ‘I don’t get the younger generation. I don’t understand their work ethic and I don’t know how to manage my team who are all either Gen X or Millennials…. What happened to my generation, who had a […]

What is job quality and why is everyone talking about it?

Job quality refers to the positive attributes that ensure a role is interesting, offers development, pays well and attracts long term workers. This is a key concept of importance to organisations, industries and developed countries, as they struggle to remain economically viable in a fast changing world and deal with multi-generational workforces. Some of the […]

What is Australia’s Safety Net and how does it protect my workers?

In considering specifically, the legislative framework for Australia’s safety net, you must first define what the safety net is within the system. Australia’s labour safety net comprises three distinct aspects: The Minimum Wage The National Employment Standards The Modern Award System Having a minimum wage policy is common among OECD countries and Australia matches international […]

I’m Having Trouble Managing My Diverse Team – What Can I Do?

Wahida was complaining that Hernandez did not understand her and Fred’s abrupt comments were upsetting to Ling. Everyone seemed to be pulling in a different direction and Michael had no idea how to bring it all together. Individually, these people were all brilliant, that’s why they were chosen for this project, but together it was […]

Tactics To Make My New Hires ‘Hit The Ground Running’

Onboarding is the process that organisations implement, to expedite socialisation (Klein 2015). Socialisation is the theory of facilitating integration of new workers more quickly into the business, through their observations and adoption of the behaviours of those around them. Standardising formal socialisation processes, (e.g formalised induction processes) assists in improving business outcomes and overcoming variance […]

Why socialise your workers? What’s the benefit?

Socialisation is based on social learning theory, stating that we learn new behaviours by observing and copying others, through behaviour modification. This theory explains how we view behaviours around us; modify them to suit our purposes and continue or cease the behaviour, based on the positive or negative feedback we receive. Workplace socialisation is highly […]

How to predict your next worker will be successful in your business?

Sally looked at the young candidate sitting nervously in front of her twisting her fingers in her lap. ‘I have bought all my references and I have a sample of my work in this folder if you would like to see it’ she said. Sally sighed inwardly, she was looking for just one thing and […]

Recruiting by Social Media – The Positives and Negatives

Many organisations use dedicated recruitment websites such as Seek, My Career, Indeed and even less conventional and generalist websites when looking for workers. Using job boards is the traditional method for advertising your role. However, these days there are also a huge range of other options for reaching workers. Some employers trawl through social media […]

Employing in a Creative Manner – Ten tips to reduce employment risk and make more money!

CIRCLE Recruitment & HR is a member of BXNetworking. It comprises networking groups, right across Sydney where small businesses meet. As their in-house HR expert, I created an article for the BXNetworking magazine and a corresponding Webinar on Employing in a Creative Manner. Here’s is an excerpt just for you … for the rest – […]

Looking Up: Growth, Employment And Wages

In 2018, Australia is experiencing its 27th year since the last recession, one of the longest periods of growth experienced by a nation in the modern era. The current year has started well, with many companies hiring new staff, reporting higher sales and increased profitability. Interest rates seem to be on hold, thanks in part […]

Recruitment Procedure

Clients hear about CIRCLE Recruitment & HR from a variety of sources; from our marketing and publicity initiatives, directly from our website, from previous client’s word of mouth referrals and from returned business from existing clients. While we specialise in white collar roles, we have placed our candidates into full-time, part-time, casual and temporary positions, […]

Is Your Business Suffering From Absenteeism

Is Your Business Suffering From Absenteeism?

Did you know that it is suggested that the cost of one of your workers being absent from work for one day is $578! Absenteeism costs around $44 Billion dollars every year to Australia and quite apart from the monetary aspect other issues such as lower moral amongst other workers, the inefficiencies from having to […]

Working In The Gig Economy – Good Or Bad?

There are many different opinions on the Gig economy as a structure for work. On the positive side, it allows an unregistered marketplace, where people can decide for themselves what they want to buy and sell. It allows individuals who may not have access to specific work to cut through the middle man and sell […]

Higher Level Employee

Looking For A Higher Level Employee? Manager? Executive? What Are The Pitfalls?

The  CIRCLE Executive Division holds strong experience with the recruitment of higher-level candidates and well understands some of the pitfalls when recruiting your next executive. Executive search is a time-consuming and diligent process. Many senior team members are not actively looking for a new role and may need to be convinced to explore opportunities outside […]

Sexual Harassment – Jumping On The Band Wagon?

We have all seen the huge amount of media attention given to Sexual Harassment in Hollywood and witnessed how this trend has then sparked further claims across a number of other areas and with other well-known individuals. Many of these claims are well founded and horrific in nature and all steps should be taken to […]

The New Role For Recruitment : Perhaps You Don’t Even Need To Recruit?

The role of the recruitment consultant is changing. Anyone can put an advert in Seek for a position, so what is the value add that a true Recruitment consultant offers to any business? The key is the word ‘consultancy’. Our industry body the RCSA is called Recruitment Consulting Services Association just for this reason – it is not the […]

Why An Enriched Life Outside Work, Makes All Work Better.

Did you know that research shows one way of coping with high pressured work is to have more interests outside of work? You would think, that when you are dragging yourself back in the door at the end of the day, in the dark, exhausted, worn down and ready for nothing but a red wine […]

What Can You Do To Prevent Cyber Security Attacks Through Your Workers?

I recently attended a great lunch promoted by Realise Business and the local Chamber of Commerce in regards to Cyber Security.  The lunch involved a panel discussion including representatives from  the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner; Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors; Technology firms and small businesses that had been subjected to cyber security […]

Understanding Work Rights

How great is it to live in a happy, multicultural society. Think of all the things we have gained through our exposure to migrants and their cultures. What about pizza, pasta, croissants, satay, brie, and that just names a few (and only in the food category)! However, If the department of immigration comes knocking on […]

Some Workers, Bosses And People Are Just Downright Bad – Get Them Out Of Your Workplace!

We all come across individuals at times who leave us feeling upset, negative and low. Those people who are vexations of the spirit, who abuse you as soon as they look at you, who are unreasonable, malicious and manipulative can destroy a workplace. These people need to be counselled, and if improvement is not forthcoming, […]

Leading The Team

As a manager, one of the hardest aspects can be leading the team. Your team is made up of humans, who all have different worldviews, cultural backgrounds, ideas and perspectives, not to mention emotions!  Someone once described the delicate balance of personalities at work to me in this way ‘Your world is like a spinning top; you […]

Enhanced Recruitment Practises

Organisations have a range of technologies available to them, to assist with workforce recruitment. Many experts believe Recruitment is the most important of all Human Resource operations and is the corner stone for business survival. Technologies available to firms today, to assist them with attraction and recruitment, include using professional recruitment firms, pursuing passive candidates, increasing employment […]

What To Give Mum For Mother’s Day – Work Life Balance

Sometimes, as I am rushing to buy food for the family, looking at the weather and wondering about my washing on the line, while making business calls on my mobile and thinking about that work I need to fit in from home tonight, I wonder about the loss and gains in my life as a […]

Contracts; The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

There is no law that states that you need to have a Contract of Employment when you employ a worker. Indeed, there is such a concept as the psychological contract, which is the unwritten agreement between a worker and employer, where the expectation is ‘a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay’. That is […]

Recruit On Attitude Not On Skills

So you are looking for a new employee and are going to do it yourself. Because we are that sort of a company, we are going to give you some recruiter’s tips on recruitment. Tip number 1: Use a professional (well we had to say that) Tip number 2: Recruit on Attitude not on skills […]

How Do You Keep Your Best Performer In Your Business?

Did you know that 60% of those who don’t feel appreciated at work are looking for a job? Did you know that recruiters are always contacting passive candidates with new and perhaps better offers in the hope of finding someone who is motivated to move should the right job come along?. People have job search apps […]

What Is And What Is Not A Public Holiday?

Over Easter, organisations are often confused about public holidays and some get caught out, opening up, and then not paying penalty rates, because they are not aware that the day is a public holiday – this mostly happens on Easter Saturday. Australia has national public holidays, which are New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Good Friday, […]

The Plus And Minus Of Employing Older Workers

The Plus and Minus of Employing Older Workers Business today works in a highly volatile environment, constantly changing with hyper competitiveness, demographic, and economic issues. Remaining productive in this environment means reducing staffing costs and increasing productivity. Engaging your workers so they remain with your business long term and reducing the cost of new hires is […]

From The HR Department – Many Award And Industrial Relations Changes … Just Give Me The Facts!

In the last few weeks, there have been many changes to the Industrial Relations landscape including the changes to the penalty rates for some weekend workers and the changes to the 457 visa conditions. There has also been a bevvy of information from all sources giving advice and background to these changes. As a busy business […]

Do You Need To Recruit A Manager?

CIRCLE Recruitment & HR has been in business such a long time now that we have been able to watch our client’s businesses grow and develop along with our own! In the beginning, often start ups come to us looking for initial staff such as admin, sales, accounts or operational workers, but as the business matures, […]

International Women’s Day – Why You Should Go To Lunch

Wednesday March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day of international celebration, and awareness of the plight of women and work everywhere. The guiding paradigm for the day is to create a more inclusive, gender equal world. The next day in the Sutherland Shire is a wonderful International Women’s Day Lunch hosted by local Accounting firm Sullivan […]

This Valentine’s Day, Make Your Staff Love You!

Yes you could leave some Lindt chocolates on their desk as a fun reminder of how much they mean to you. You could send them all a Valentine’s Day Card or have single roses in their work space but why would you bother? Why is it so important that your staff love you? Because engagement = […]

What If You Get Caught Going Down The Fair Work Gurgler?

Most businesses view HR as nice to have. Something that they will get around to; when they have more money, time, space etc. That is until the moment you get the communication saying ‘there is a claim against you lodged with Fair Work’. Even scarier could be ‘the Union has put in a claim to […]

Looking To The Future? But What Is The Future Of Work?

At the start of the year, we are all looking to the future. Planning for our New Year; thinking about where we want to go; planning our futures. As far as your job is concerned, we live in a new age. Gone are the days, where you started your job as a teenager and spent […]

Social Media In The Workplace – Part 2

Generally a business can not control what their workers do once they leave the workplace and are within their private lives. However, employees need to understand that it is all based around the links to the business. If comments get back to the business, and the business is identifiable, there may be cause for action. Identifiable does not just […]

Social Media In The Workplace – Part 1

This is such a large topic for  HR and business development, that we are splitting our blog into two parts. There is no doubt, this is the social media age. The many social Media platforms have an unparalleled ability to promote, brand and expose your business. Nevertheless, it may not be controllable. What if the information out there is not exactly […]

Taking Your Office Paperless

Paper has a huge impact on our environment, from the degradation of forests to the pollution, electricity consumption and wastage from pulp mills and the land fill issues from business and households. Did you know that every office uses 10,000 sheets of A4 paper on average and 50% of that will end up as garbage? I bet […]

Illness And Disability Management

I wish I had a dollar for every time a client has said ‘Joe, is off sick again – he is never at work – when he is, he does a bad job’ … ‘can we just terminate his employment?’ Sickness, Illness and Disability are not lawful reasons for termination of employment; indeed any good employer, who values their […]

Creating Avatars For Recruitment

Recruitment is hard. You may have in your mind what sort of person you are after, their skill set, their work ethic, even what their personality may be like but finding that exact match? That is another thing. Say you can describe to yourself the perfect worker you need. You know exactly what you want. […]

Do You Need A Digital Native?

In the fast paced and highly progressive digital time we currently live, the importance of having a Digital Native on your team can not be stressed enough. How often is it, that you find yourself, the elder seeking assistance of a younger counterpart when it comes to the complex and confusing world of technology. Whether […]


Did you know that Unfair Dismissal claims, account for more than one third of all disputes between Employers and Workers. The number of Unfair Dismissal claims lodge by Fair Work each year are well over 15,000 and these are only the ones that end up in Fair Work – Many more are settled at the workplace […]

Australia, Work And The 21st Century

In Australia, today, there are just under 12 million people employed out of a population of 24.2 million. That is a statistic which often amazes most people, because it means slightly less than half the nation is working ! What is more interesting but perhaps not as surprising, is the subtle change which has been […]

Springtime – Time To Clean Out Your Policies And Processes

Yessss – it is spring! You can see the plants starting to send out green shoots, the lawn is beginning to grow faster, I am re-addressing my wardrobe and I feel like cleaning the kitchen cupboards (Ok that last one might be going a bit too far)! September always has a hint of better things to […]

How Can On-Hired Staff Help Your Business?

The process of sourcing on-hired staff involves allowing another company to undertake the role of sourcing  and employing specific workers for your business. On-hired staffing has recently become increasingly popular in Australia due to the value it creates for both the employee and the employer. Businesses choose to source on-hired staff for many reasons. One […]

Independent Contractors; You May Not Be Protected?

When using an independent contractor in your business, you have to make sure that the person really is an independent contractor.  An independent contractor by definition, is self-directed, defines how the project will proceed, brings their own tools, can derive profit or loss from their relationship with you, can sub-contract out further, does not work solely for […]

Independent Contractors; You May Not Be Protected?

When using an independent contractor in your business, you have to make sure that the person really is an independent contractor.  An independent contractor by definition, is self-directed, defines how the project will proceed, brings their own tools, can derive profit or loss from their relationship with you, can sub-contract out further, does not work solely for […]

How To Inspire Loyalty

You may attract the perfect worker to your business, but can you make them stay? Did you know that turnover costs can range from 93 to 200 per cent of a departing employee’s annual salary (Griffeth & Hom, 2001)! It is one of the most devastating and hidden costs of employment. So how can we […]

Why Your Business Needs Experts

Large organisations have a range of workers at varying levels. There is always someone above and below you. The positive of this is that there is always someone to whom you can turn or at least someone who will review your work and hopefully give you feedback. However, in a small business scenario, the chain of […]

What Is Involved In A Full Recruitment Process?

There are plenty of considerations and steps to complete when engaging in the recruitment of new employees, including the initial advertisement of a position, writing of job descriptions, competency matching, candidate interviews, testing, reference checking and much more! A full recruitment process can be quite daunting for businesses that do not engage in hiring new […]

Facebook Friends Or Career Liability?

In these days of global connectedness, millennials have never experienced a non-connected workplace or an office that closes at 5pm. The lines between work and personal life have been blurred considerably. How do we know how to define the line between our friends and our colleagues on social media? When does a colleague cross the […]

Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR refers to Corporate Social Responsibility and has also been termed ‘Corporate Conscience’ ‘Corporate Citizenship’ and ‘Responsible Business’. Sustainability in business is all about meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Historically, this has not been achieved by the majority of organisations and there […]

DISC Profiling

As experienced recruiters, the CIRCLE Recruitment & HR team has a variety of tools readily available to assist our clients with their recruitment and sourcing needs. One such tool is DISC Profiling. The DISC psychometric testing system has been validated over the years with research, is highly accurate and user friendly for businesses. As with […]

Why Your Business Needs A HR Partner?

Human Resources is one of those areas that small businesses think they can do without. It can be perceived as administration around employing people – making sure you have a Tax File Number Declaration filled out for example, filing your employees resume in a manila folder or keeping a record of their next of kin […]

Looking To The Future? But What Is The Future Of Work?

At the start of the year, we are all looking to the future. Planning for our New Year; thinking about where we want to go; planning our futures. As far as your job is concerned, we live in a new age. Gone are the days, where you started your job as a teenager and spent […]

Why Highest Ethical Standards Mean Good Business?

In 2015 the management team at CIRCLE Recruitment & HR decided that we needed a statement that said exactly who we were. We have been in business for over 20 years and we had quite a few new staff starting with us. We wanted not only to send a message to the business community and […]

Accounting Pipelines

Accounting practices are changing. The emergence of small business accounting software and the way that SME’s utilize technology to manage their finances, establishes a new environment of business and financial management. Small businesses today, can access current time financial data rather than the after-the-fact financial statements and reporting we worked with previously. For our accountants, […]

Is Your Performance Management Non-Existent? What Are The Latest Trends?

Did you know that most people would rather go to the dentist than give a performance review and most people would rather be stuck in a lift than go to the dentist (apologies to all dentists) so where does that leave the priority of performance managing your workers? Pretty low. If you do not performance […]

Robust growth of part-time employment in Australia

oitRobust growth of part-time employment in Australia Many people believe that over the next decade businesses will need to look at alternative employee pools and offer flexibility to attract and retain new staff. However, significant change is already occurring. During the past twenty years there has been a slow but fundamental shift in the structure […]

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