People Smartz

Working from Home - Not as simple as it sounds!

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Occasionally at People Smartz we see trends beginning to develop in regards to the areas we are asked to assist businesses. At the moment, we seem to have a "run" on businesses approaching us to assist with issues that have arisen as a result of working from home arrangements. Over the last three months, we have assisted a number of businesses and organisations to "sort out" these arrangements.  The majority of these businesses were not for profit and run by a "volunteer" executive or elected officials.  Over time, the nature of these businesses had resulted in there being a lack of awareness in regards to the activities of employee/s of the business - in one case, the Executive did not even really know the physical address of their "office"! read more

Developing a Plan for your business

Tony Perkins - Friday, August 17, 2012

Last week I met with a small business owner who was having trouble "executing" her business plan. It turned out that her "plan" had been developed for her by a trusted advisor and was largely devised from a template which looked predominantly at financial indicators. The "plan" told her that she needed to achieve a certain gross profit, achieve certain ratios and keep costs to a certain level. read more

If you employ Independent Contractors - You Need to Read This!

Tony Perkins - Monday, February 06, 2012

In October 2009, I wrote a blog article regarding the increasing risk businesses were putting themselves under when utilising independent contractors in their business.This article was titled Independent Contractors - Benefit or Risk to Your Business? and you can read it again by clicking on the link - I strongly recommend you do. read more

Simple Time Management for Small Business People

Tony Perkins - Sunday, November 06, 2011

During a presentation to a group of business people last month I was asked a question about the importance of long term planning in a business. The person asking the question phrased the question to reflect his own situation where his time on a day to day basis was totally involved in the here and now - “How can I find time to think long term?” This is a great question! And the simple answer is... read more

What Successful Businesses Do Differently

Tony Perkins - Friday, September 30, 2011

Ever wondered what successful businesses do differently?  We may have some answers for you in a new white paper! read more

5 Steps to Take to Protect Your Business.....

Tony Perkins - Friday, September 23, 2011

Last financial year, the Fair Work Ombudsman commenced prosecutions against in excess of 50 companies for underpayment of wages and entitlements to their employees. read more

Small Business Needs An Industrial Relations System that Works For It!

Tony Perkins - Monday, September 05, 2011

Did you know that 89% of employees in Australian Businesses were employed by companies employing 20 employees or less? (Australian Bureau of Statistics 8165.0 2010) read more

A Lesson In Expectation Management

Tony Perkins - Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Today I was almost involved in an accident in my car. I was driving along the road, the last of three cars travelling along a suburban street. Up ahead was a side street with one car waiting to turn out and another waiting to turn into it. Unexpectantly, the first of the two cars ahead of me suddenly stopped to let these two cars exit and enter the side street. Taken by surprise, both I and the driver of the second car braked hard. Unfortunately, the second car was unable to stop in time and drove straight into the rear of the first car, which then crashed into both the cars turning. Luckily, I was travelling far enough behind to avoid being physically involved and my car was undamaged - something I can not say for the other 4 cars involved. read more

Importance of "Fair" Disciplinary Procedures Emphasised

Tony Perkins - Monday, March 21, 2011

A recent case before Fair Work Australia has emphasied the importance of employers having a fair and published process in regards to handling disciplinary problems with staff. The case (Michelle de Leon v Spice Temple Pty Ltd [2010] FWA 3497, revolved around the "abrupt and quite unprofessional" manner with which an employee had dealt with a high profile customer. As a result of a complaint from the customer, the employee was dismissed from her position. The Deputy President of FWA was very critical of the employer because: read more

Warning - Fair Work Ombudsman says Leave Loading Payable on Termination

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Fair Work Ombudsman has given advice that award wage employees are entitled to the payment of leave loading on termination of employment. read more



Google

Follow People Smartz

Find us on Google+

Recent Posts


Topics



Online Marketing
Add blog to our blog directory.