HR Hot Topics

What traits make the ideal boss?

We’ve all had one of ‘those’ bosses – the ones who make you cringe on a Sunday night when you think about another week at the office. It’s easy to list the traits that make up a bad boss, but what about those that make a good boss? Managers have the power to make or […]

When is coaching a waste of time and money?

Coaching and training will not solve all your problems. Throwing money at a non-performing or unhappy employee will not necessarily transform them into a highly motivated employee. “My Manager told me I had to do coaching” I am not a fan of this approach. When an employee starts by telling me how they were ‘forced’ […]

This is not what I signed up for…

How good are you at painting a ‘realistic’ picture of your workplace to prospective employees? Or like many employers (especially business owners), are you guilty of over selling the job, which ultimately results in the inability to meet an employee’s expectations… “We are the best employer in the whole world!” Overselling and under-delivering is one […]

Isolation vs Independence…Leading Remote Teams

Working remotely isn’t for everyone. But for some, it adds invaluable flexibility to their life. The motivation behind the desire to work remotely will be different for everyone, but the requirements for it to work remain the same.   How do you lead a remote team? When managing any group of individuals, you should always […]

How to tell an employee they won’t be getting a raise

Sadly, for many employees there is an inbuilt expectation to receive more money at salary review time, irrespective of their performance. In an ideal world, every high performing employee would receive a pay rise, and then everyone would go out for drinks and celebrate. But sometimes there’s other factors to consider, and the bottom line […]

Flexible working practices – what’s it worth $ to you?

Why an increasing number of employees are choosing flexibility over pay. For those of us who have experienced the bliss of workplace flexibility, it’s hard to imagine life without it! Not having to brave the peak hour transit to start work at 9am, only to do it all again at 5 is a perk many […]

Mums are natural leaders

Since becoming a mum for the first time, I have discovered how similar the job of a mother and leader really are. But all the Mummy Managers reading this probably already knew that… Mothers manage behaviour for a living. The job of a Manager is a lot about managing people’s behaviour too. Check out the […]