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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

Is Small Business Doing Enough to Prevent Unfair Dismissal Claims?

Tony Perkins - Friday, December 19, 2014

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

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

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

Welcome to 2010 - and Modern Awards!

Tony Perkins - Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year! Listening to the news last night here in Brisbane, the reports were on many new laws/changes being introduced in the new year.  Bus Fares were going up, politicians were going to be paid more etc. But there was not one mention of some of the most wide spread changes to the working lives of Australians.  Effective today, Australia's new system of modern awards and the National Employment Standards (NES) will now govern the way businesses employ and manage their staff. read more

Christmas - A Time to Party or A Time to Beware?

Tony Perkins - Monday, November 30, 2009

End of year/Christmas Office parties - a great time to unwind, rub shoulders with workmates and other great antics.  They can be a fun time! But end of year parties have a very serious side as many of these antics lead to "regrets" after. Recent research in Australia found that 70% of people believed that hitting the booze led to a more "personal" feeling amongst staff.  Nearly a quarter of females interviewed admitted that their boss had made a pass at them at an office party. read more



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