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Action Finally - Misleading conduct by "Workplace Advisory Companies"

Tony Perkins - Monday, July 10, 2017

Back in July 2013, we posted an article warning about the dangers of HR Consultancies making misleading and inappropriate claims regarding their ability to "guarantee" compliance.   read more

Performance Management is Dead? Really?

Tony Perkins - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

On an almost daily basis we have been seeing blog articles, scholarly journals and all sorts of reports reporting the death of performance management.  Even journals like Harvard Business Review and many respected HR Journals are reporting similar stories. read more

Christmas - a time to be jolly?

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Company Christmas Party - just deciding whether to have one can be a minefield for businesses! read more

Lets Make People Management "Simple"

Tony Perkins - Thursday, April 11, 2013

I often visit small and growing businesses to discuss with them their people management needs. Their need is a very simple one - "I just want to treat my people right and make sure I am compliant". Unfortunately,until recently, that need could not be addressed in a simple manner and many employers would place the need in the "too hard" basket.   read more

Workplace Bullying Changes to Fair Work Act

Tony Perkins - Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Federal Government has introduced into parliament its second tranche of legislation amending the Fair Work Act. The changes to the Act include new responsibilities for the Fair Work Commission in regards to Workplace Bullying by introducing a new avenue for a employee to complain about Workplace Bullying. The bill allows a worker who believes they are being bullied at work to apply to the Commission for an order to stop the bullying. read more

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

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

Is "Systematic" Coaching the real answer?

Tony Perkins - Thursday, August 19, 2010

Recently I read a blog by a member of a large international coaching organization.  In the blog, the writer quoted W Edwards Deming (a guru of quality management and credited with the rise of Japan as a world powerhouse in manufacturing after WW2). read more

Loyalty - is it right to expect it from employees?

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A couple of days ago, I had a long conversation with one of my clients. His lament was one I have heard before from business owners - that staff these days are no longer "loyal" to their employer. There is an endless amount of research regarding the difference between generations, and the changing face of our workforce and really I don't intend to go into those in this blog - what I would like to talk about is an often missed part of "loyalty" - that of individual identity and identification. read more

We Don’t Need to Worry About That

Tony Perkins - Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In my travels around businesses, I speak to a lot of businesses owners.  One of the most frequent responses I get when speaking to them about the new industrial relations laws is the title of this blog. “We don’t need to worry about that” is a refrain that I hear quite alot.  The basic premise is that if they haven’t had a problem before, then they will not have one in the future. read more



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