revenge seekers

Stopping the Revenge Seekers

Over the years, we have assisted some clients who have had very difficult experiences with employees whom they have dismissed (generally before they spoke to us) or wanted to discipline for some reason.

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narcissistic employees

6 Key Tips to Manage Narcissists at Work

Individuals suffering from Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), more commonly known as ‘narcissists’, can wreak absolute havoc on your business. Others who are more borderline as to whether they have a personality disorder, can also be difficult to handle.

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legal termination

‘Legal’ Termination Costing Employers Thousands

Imagine you have a problem employee (perhaps you don’t have to imagine, you might already have one!), who is not up to your performance standards, despite still being on probation. They often come in late, leave early, take sickies and can’t grasp the concept of deadlines. They are frustrating and de-motivating your other employees – and you too.

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age of entitlement

Beware the Age of Entitlement

We Australians have supposedly been basking in an age of entitlement.

The Federal Government’s recent Budget battles in part reflect its philosophical aim to change this. Treasurer Joe Hockey warned in an interview earlier this year ‘the age of entitlement is over, and we’ve got to move to a culture of opportunity and hope’. One thing Hockey has right is that many Australians are becoming more self-obsessed and self-absorbed than past generations. These claims are supported by Australian author Anne Manne, who observes that ‘society is starting to drown in a flood of ‘me, me, me’. Our culture is marked by a radical self obsession’. Manne cites a few interesting reasons why. 

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nutter magnet

Are you a Nutter Magnet?

I have heard those companies with lots of disputes referred to as “nutter magnets”, because they seem to attract all sorts of ‘unreasonable’ claims from apparently aggrieved employees.

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prevention

Preventing workplace bullying through early intervention

Workplace bullying complaints are on the rise, and imminent changes to the Fair Work Act will allow complaints to be dealt with at a Federal level. According to Steve Champion, Director of ER Strategies, the best prevention is to recognise workplace conflict and deal with it before it escalates into allegations of bullying or harassment.

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Wage Schedules 2019

The 2019 Annual Wage increase decision is here

This year’s annual wage review resulted in the increase of 3%. The national minimum wage will increase from $719.20 per week or $18.93 an hour to $740.80 per week or $19.49 an hour. Our consultants explain the reasons behind the decision, what that means for your business and when the increase will come into effect. Our updated wage schedules are now available for download to reflect the increase.
Dealing with Sickies

What to do about suspicious medical certificates?

The employee must provide evidence to the employer that they were genuinely entitled to sick leave. Generally, a medical certificate is a legal document that should satisfy the employer of an employee’s inability to work. This doesn’t mean that an employer can't question the validity of the medical certificate.
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Take an interest in excess sick leave

Staff who regularly take sick days without repercussions are likely to continue doing so - this will have a negative impact on other workers who may soon start to follow suit, or feel aggrieved because they are at work doing the right thing. There are several theories on best practice when it comes to dealing with absenteeism, but the key is for employers to show an interest.
annual leave loading payments (2)

Does superannuation apply to annual leave loading payments?

A common question that we receive at ER Strategies is whether superannuation contributions need to apply to annual leave loading payments. Annual leave loading was originally introduced into awards in the 1970s on the basis that it compensated employees for the lost opportunity to work overtime when they were on annual leave and thereby earn extra income.
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