Employee

Employee had 'mental capacity of 13-year-old' says guilty manager

Underpaid.

Larissa Ham A retail manager who deliberately underpaid an adult employee $30,000 - saying he had the mental capacity of a 13-year-old and didn’t deserve the full amount - has been fined $11,500.

Who is your company’s worst employee?

Tony Featherstone Helping workplace strugglers improve can have a huge effect on overall performance.

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How would you rather be sacked?

George Clooney in Up In The Air.

Tony Featherstone By using a blunt axe, some companies make redundancy programs a whole lot worse.

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On the 10th day of Xmas, my boss gave to me...

Christmas time.

Belinda Williams Frugal bosses cop a lot of flak at Christmas time. But are employees expecting too much?

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MANAGING

Positively humming: creating a productive workplace

A positive workplace leads to profits.

Anneli Knight A positive workplace creates much more than a 'feel good' factor, it leads to happier and more engaged employees and higher productivity. And a good business leader can learn how to set the tone.

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It's all about who you know ... or is it?

James Adonis Nepotism is common in family-owned businesses, but few workplaces are immune.

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Are recruitment agencies worth the trouble?

Are recruitment agencies helpful?

James Adonis Thinking of hiring new staff? If so, two words have probably crossed your mind: recruitment agencies.

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Ho ho ... oh: planning the office Christmas party

Office Christmas parties can get out of hand.

James Adonis ‘Tis the season to be organising the office Christmas party. Here are seven ways to minimise the risk.

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Social networking - or social and not working?

Social media: help or hindrance for employers?

James Adonis For many employers, the first instinct is to ban the use of social media at work. But is this a smart move?

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Shining a light on moonlighting

James Adonis What’s the impact of moonlighting in the workplace? And on the employee?

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State of the unions

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

James Adonis There has to be a way for unions and employers to work more collaboratively together.

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It's business time: work romance dos and don'ts

Thinking of embarking on a workplace romance? Be careful.

James Adonis Sometimes the attraction between two colleagues is too strong to resist. Here's how to tread carefully.

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Pointing the finger at bad customer service

Perhaps retail bosses are to blame for a decline in customer service.

James Adonis Most people blame young employees for poor customer service, but perhaps it’s their bosses who are responsible.

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When the workplace honeymoon ends ...

wedding cake

James Adonis Enthusiasm abounds when employees start a new job. But it does not last.

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Word of (bad) mouth

Word of mouth.

James Adonis New research reveals the majority of employees wouldn't recommend their employer to anyone else.

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Big brother just got bigger

James Adonis, Work in Progress

James Adonis Some employers go to extraordinary lengths to monitor their employees’ movements.

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Rise of the 'intrapreneur'

Ideas.

James Adonis Many entrepreneurs remember what it was like working for an employer. There might be bright sparks in your business feeling the same way.

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Into the realm of passion

Love

James Adonis There was a time when it was enough for employees to just do their job. Now they also need to be passionate.

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That awkward moment when...

Office chatterbox.

James Adonis How to tackle the eight most awkward conversations at work.

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Hot-desking: hot or not?

Hot desk.

James Adonis Once upon a time, an employee’s desk was a home away from home. But this cosy space is slowly being taken away.

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