Mentally healthy workplace initiatives: $50,000 grants available

Projects and initiatives that help support mental health recovery in the workplace could be eligible for a NSW Government grant worth up to $50,000. Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the Recovery Boost program, administered by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), would fund projects that promote seeking assistance early, supporting an individual’s recovery… Continue reading Mentally healthy workplace initiatives: $50,000 grants available

Half of Aussies don’t feel comfortable returning to the workplace

More than half of Australians (52%) feel uncomfortable about returning to the workplace right now, with the vast majority (93%) of people saying it is important that they are allowed to work remotely at any point if they feel unsafe. This is the key finding from Qualtrics’ Return to Work & Back to Business Study,… Continue reading Half of Aussies don’t feel comfortable returning to the workplace

8 tips for managing sickness in the workplace

Heather McLellan-Johnson, creator of HMS Medical Group

New research shows most Australians will only stay home, taking the day off work, if they are really unwell. The Australian National University study found that 96.5 percent of non-healthcare workers and 99.2 percent of healthcare workers, said they went to work with minor flu symptoms.  HMS Medical director Heather McLellan-Johnson, who is managing director… Continue reading 8 tips for managing sickness in the workplace

HR Legal’s tips for developing your COVIDSafe plan

Many workplaces are now receiving the green-light to open their offices and begin reintegrating their staff back into the workplace, however this can only be done with a COVIDSafe plan in place, as per the government’s announcement on lockdown easing. Commencing the return to work seems like a straight-forward task, however, for many Australian businesses… Continue reading HR Legal’s tips for developing your COVIDSafe plan

What do millennials look for in their job roles?

Millennials now make up around half of the nation’s workforce and yet persistent myths could be making it harder than it needs to be for organisations to successfully integrate this new generation of workers into existing teams.  Jaen Snyman, national business manager – modern workplace, Empired, said, “Apart from being digital natives, millennials aren’t really… Continue reading What do millennials look for in their job roles?

Don’t bring your staff back to work until you have done these things

With lockdown restrictions gradually being eased across the country, Australian workplaces are looking at the types of changes needed in order to meet new COVID-19 (COVIDSafe) requirements post-lockdown. Office National’s CEO Gavin Ward said today, “Australian workplaces have a responsibility to enforce strict social distancing rules after the lockdown and to implement many other changes.”… Continue reading Don’t bring your staff back to work until you have done these things

Businesses are struggling to get ‘COVIDSafe’

Small and medium businesses are struggling to get ready for a return to work as they attempt to decipher the complex and costly requirements which allow them to reopen, says Employsure, Australia’s largest workplace advisory firm for SMEs.  The call comes as states begin to ease lockdown restrictions and permit a reopening of hospitality and… Continue reading Businesses are struggling to get ‘COVIDSafe’

Can WFH employees refuse to go back to the office?

What are the rights of the employee and the employer regarding the return to the office? Can working from home employees refuse to go back to the workplace due to COVID-19, even if it has a ‘COVIDSafe’ plan?  As Australia commences it’s return to normality in the wake of COVID-19, the internet is already abuzz… Continue reading Can WFH employees refuse to go back to the office?

Social distancing officers… does your business need one?

In the new world of work going forward, is it possible that your workplace and business will need a COVID-19 social distancing officer? Australia has made tremendous progress in limiting the effects of COVID-19 and all indications are that we are on the path to socio-economic recovery. For many businesses, this means a return to… Continue reading Social distancing officers… does your business need one?

Workplace bullying may increase during the working-from-home period

The founder and director of Bullyology, Jessica Hickman

 We all know what’s happening in the world right now, but what seems to be hidden, dismissed and less talked about is the resulting increase in  ‘working-from-home bullying’.  For those who suffer work-related bullying (in or out of the office), harassment and/or domestic violence, the wholesale changes to work locations and dynamics that have arisen… Continue reading Workplace bullying may increase during the working-from-home period