Guidance from Safe Work Australia on safety obligations for small business owners and operators

The national workplace safety agency, Safe Work Australia, has published a range of videos and information sheets to help small businesses meet their health and safety obligations.

Workplace health and safety (WHS) laws impose special obligations on persons who are officers in a business.

The material from Safe Work Australia will assist small business in identifying who is an officer in their business, and guide them through the duties that officers have under WHS laws.

The material can be accessed online at Safe Work Australia’s website.

Mastering the Art of Recruiting on LinkedIn

As more and more of our world goes digital, social media is gradually becoming an increasingly dominant recruitment channel. In 2011, just over half of companies did their recruiting through social media sites. As of 2016, this figure skyrocketed to 84% and in the years since it has shown no signs of slowing down.

There’s no denying that social media has been a key part of the recruiter’s toolbox for many years now. However, when it comes to social media recruitment there is one site in particular that reigns supreme. With over 500 million users and three million active job listings, it’s not surprising to see why LinkedIn has become such an indispensable resource for recruiters.

With its vast user base and advanced search capabilities, LinkedIn provides an indispensable resource for the recruiters of today. It boasts many useful features that streamline pretty much every part of the recruitment process – meaning that candidates and recruiters alike enjoy big savings in time and effort.

How can employers avail of LinkedIn’s many great features?

The first step would be to read this highly informative infographic from the team at Ayers Management. This infographic lays out some practical guidance for those new to the world of LinkedIn recruitment. It provides key tips about the different free and premium tools available to recruiters. This infographic also offers some comprehensive advice on how to use LinkedIn to attract the top passive candidates.

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Natural Talent vs Hard Work: Which Wins?

In today’s professional landscape, hiring managers often find themselves faced with the decision of choosing between two kinds of candidates: those with natural talent versus those who work hard. In 60% of cases, the employer will select the “natural” reasoning that their talent will result in a better standard of work produced in half the time.

Recent psychological studies have exposed our unconscious bias towards “naturals” which can mean that we often are more likely to consider the performance of naturals as superior to the very same performance of strivers. As a result, the achievements of hard workers are overlooked and under-praised which can have a demoralizing effect on the employee/ candidate. 

Davitt Corporate Partners have produced a very interesting infographic which investigates the connection between hard work and natural talent.  It lays out the respective benefits of both natural talent and hard work and offers insights on how to nurture the best of both in your employees so that they find success in all they do.

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How a clean office can boost productivity

A clean working environment gives the impression of a workplace that is professional and quality-centric in everything they do, and it’s no coincidence that a business with a well-maintained workspace is also one with high productivity levels.

This infographic from Cleaning Services Group (https://www.cleaningservicesgroup.co.uk/commercial-kitchen-cleaning) explores the correlation between a clean workspace and a productive company. In a well-maintained environment, people’s minds are more focused on their work, as they are not being distracted by volumes of clutter. Also, a lot of time gets wasted on searching for critical documents in a messy, cluttered office, whereas a well-kept filing system allows for these to be accessed almost instantly.

In a more extreme scenario, a poorly-maintained working environment can lead to rising levels of absenteeism if conditions have become so filthy that staff are becoming ill simply from being there. The detrimental effects of absenteeism on businesses have been well-publicised and managers do not need employees to be missing unnecessarily from failing to maintain a clean workspace.

Check out the full infographic below for further reading on why it’s in the best interests of a company and everyone in it to keep their working environment consistently clean.

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Working & Studying Together - Can It Be Done?

It isn’t as easy as getting a full-time job and forgetting about further education anymore and we are often obliged to get further education while we work. This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through how you can manage your workload effectively.

The reality is that employers are bumping up education requirements for new hires, so professionals are feeling more pressure than ever to get more education. For example, 37% are hiring college grads for positions that had been held primarily by people leaving school.

Students face a slightly different dilemma with 78% of students needing a job to support their studies. This means free time is at a premium and both need to be careful to avoid burnout as doing both at the same time can be so taxing.

Check out the full infographic for information on how professionals and students can manage their workload.

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The Influencer Marketing Revolution

A truly stunning statistic is that 94% of marketers find influencer marketing effective and as outlined in this infographic from One Productions it isn’t celebrity influencers who are doing the ‘influencing’. Influencer marketing is when people sell products by promoting them with those who have influence over what other people buy. It can generate a staggering 11 times the ROI of traditional advertising so if you’re a marketer, it’s certainly an area you should be looking at closely.

The key point is that it should be micro influencers you connect with and not celebrity bloggers. Even though micro influencers have a lower reach than macro influencers (celebrity bloggers), their audience is far more engaged.

Have a read through the infographic for more information and look at ways you can use influencer marketing to help grow your own business.

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How to Excel at Google My Business

Google My Business is a tool that every single business owner should be familiar with because its existence allows potential customers to find out information about your business. This information eg opening hours can often sway them to use your business over another business. Things like reviews are also present on some Google My Business pages and of course, any positive mentions can encourage other people to come to your business. The people at Storetraffic have put together this infographic which outlines everything you need to know about the platform and describes how to get ahead of your competitors through keeping your listing updated and how to deal with the likes of negative reviews. Check the infographic out below for more.

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Business Cards: What You Need to Know

We hear so much about how ‘everything is online these days’. However, this hasn’t made the simple little business card disappear and it can still be a very effective business tool. This infographic from Colourfast takes you through how to design business card properly if you’re getting one done soon.

Remember that a bad business card is worse than no business card. 72% of people judge a company or person based on the quality of their business card. They aren’t expensive to produce so make sure they’re of good quality.

The crucial elements of a business card need to be there so make sure they are before getting them printed. There is still debate over whether including a photo on a business card is a good idea or not. Some people believe a photo is needed so you’ll be remembered while others think it’s a little over the top. Find out more in the infographic.

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Productivity Apps that Actually Work

We all have apps on our phone and tablet that for the most part take up a load of storage space but yet lie idle as we don’t end up using them. So many new apps appear in the app store each and every day but many are of very poor quality and some aren’t free either. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there were some apps that would actually help to make our days more productive?

The people over at Davitt Corporate Partners have put together this useful infographic which details those apps that will help to make your day more fruitful and in turn make you feel like you have accomplished something however small. The graphic is split into different segments to tackle different areas such as teamwork or timekeeping and so on. It also indicates what platforms the apps are available on and it details some benefits and features as well as giving a sample review of each app. Check it out below for more!

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Why projects fail and the role of project managers

In any walk of life, successfully completing projects can be a very difficult task, but in the business world it is particularly difficult. This infographic from Trainwest takes you through the reasons behind the high failure rate of business projects and what project managers can do to ensure projects run more smoothly. The main reasons projects fail is because companies attempt to run too many projects at the same time. Other primary reasons include frequent changes to scope and inconsistency in approach.

A project manager is responsible for bringing people from a variety of different departments together to achieve a common goal and this is never an easy task. Consistency in approach is vital and it is imperative that project managers intervene in potentially troublesome situations before they get out of hand. Find out more in the infographic.

Getting a job when you have a criminal record

The following article has been created by Omar Khan, of Hansen & Company. Hansen & Company is a full service law firm focusing on Canadian, American and international immigration.

While the principles in the article apply universally, some of the specific information in the article is directly applicable to the United States and Canada. Different national jurisdictions have their own regulations in relation to employment and discrimination matters involving a criminal record. For guidance in relation to the Australian environment, readers may wish to review information provided by the Australian Human Rights Commission concerning discrimination in employment on the basis of criminal record.
 

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Accidents at work

In 2015, there were 5,000 deaths in the EU as a result of accidents in the workplace. This is an incredible number and as this infographic from Hussey Fraser outlines, it makes proper safety procedures at work all the more paramount. The most common type of injury is one from someone tripping, tripping or falling. Falls are generally caused by poor safety procedures in the workplace.

Of course, there are certain industries more dangerous to work in than others and it turns out that working in agriculture is the most dangerous of all jobs. If you’re working a job where you feel the safety procedures aren’t adequate, it’s important to address the concerns with your employer.

For people who own a company, it’s vital that procedures are in place for accident prevention. Appointing a safety officer on construction sites for example can be hugely helpful as they will monitor the entire staff and hopefully reduce the number of injuries suffered. Find out more information about accidents at work in the infographic.

Emotional Intelligence - What You Need To Know

This article has been contributed by David Keane. David is a Director of Davitt Corporate Partners Ltd., Ireland’s leading organisational psychology consultancy. He regularly creates content about psychology and the emerging trends within the psychology community. 

Emotional intelligence (EQ) has become a trending topic over the past number of years but there are still many questions surrounding EQ that have gone unanswered. In the infographic below, 'Your Essential Guide to Emotional Intelligence', David Keane outlines what EQ is, and why it's important to develop good EQ.

The infographic provides a summary of a more detailed article David has written on this topic. You can read the full article at http://www.davittcorporatepartners.com/emotional-intelligence/ 

 

 

 

Fair Work Ombudsman warns on 'accessorial liability'

The August newsletter from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) draws attention to the issue of 'accessorial liability' under the Fair Work Act.

The FWO points out that they are prosecuting an increasing number of cases against parties who are alleged to have been 'involved' in a contravention of the act, even though they are not the employer.

The FWO draws attention to section 550 of the Fair Work Act which states:

Involvement in contravention treated in same way as actual contravention
(1) A person who is involved in a contravention of a civil remedy provision is taken to have contravened that provision.
(2) A person is involved in a contravention of a civil remedy provision if, and only if, the person:
(a)  has aided, abetted, counselled or procured the contravention; or
(b)  has induced the contravention, whether by threats or promises or otherwise; or(c)  has been in any way, by act or omission, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in or party to the contravention; or
(d)  has conspired with others to effect the contravention.

In explaining their view of what this means for individuals, the FWO states:

Anyone who is found to be involved in a contravention of the Act can be personally liable for compensating employees and paying penalties imposed by the court. We have used this provision to hold company directors personally accountable for the actions of their companies. This effectively means that liquidating a company is no guarantee of avoiding the consequences of non-compliance with the Act.
But section 550 can extend to anyone involved in a contravention. This can include human resources and payroll officers, line managers, accountants and advisors.

The FWO also points out that there are broad implications for business that use 'outsourcing, franchise arrangements or complex supply chains', stating that, 'companies cannot outsource their non-compliance. For example if one company contracts another company to supply cleaning staff; and those cleaners are underpaid: both companies may be held accountable by a court.'

The FWO concedes that the 'full scope of section 550 in these types of arrangements has not been settled by the courts', but it seems clear that the FWO is determined to take action where it believes that a third party is involved in a contravention of the Act.

The FWO advises individuals, such as management teams, consultants and other advisers to ensure that they are aware of the applicable rules and follow them. Any advice given should be consistent with the Fair Work Act.

For companies involved in outsourcing, the FWO provides some resources to assist in reviewing compliance, including:

WorkSafe WA holding information sessions on review of Work Health and Safety Regulations

WorkSafe WA is inviting public consultation on a review of the model Work Health and Safety regulations. The model regulations are part of a nationally consistent workplace health and safety legislation framework, and WorkSafe's review is intended to assess the suitability of the model regulations for adoption in Western Australia.

WorkSafe says that the review will endeavour to identify where the national model regulations can be modified to 'make them more suitable for the Western Australian working environment, minimise prescription and keep the burden of compliance at an acceptable level'.

WorkSafe has released a discussion paper with a summary of its recommended amendments to the model regulations. Submissions can be made by interested members of the public between now and 31 August 2016.

WorkSafe will also be running a series of information sessions in Perth and selected regional locations towards the end of June. Interested members of the public are invited to register online to attend.

 

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CVs and Résumés: Get Them Right to Get the Job

This article has been contributed by Colin CuthbertColin is the Director of Ayers Management, an Australian company which specialises in the provision of payroll and contractor management services. He has held this role since 2012, having previously worked as Head of Sales and Business Development with Lester Associates, and also as Director and part-owner of Contours Dulwich Hill.

The first step towards securing full-time employment is to have a flawless résumé, as without it, your chances of even being considered for an interview are meagre if not non-existent. It is incredible, then, just how often recruiters see applications that are littered with basic errors such as incorrect spelling and an unprofessional layout.

The infographic below, which was produced by payroll and contractor management company Ayers (www.ayers.com.au), highlights the most common résumé mistakes and advises on how to make your résumé good enough for a recruiter to find it impossible to reject you. If you take the time to get Step 1 right, you will invariably be streets ahead of the majority of other applicants who don’t.

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Is a worker an employee or contractor? These resources from the ATO can help you figure it out.

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It can often be difficult to determine whether someone working for your business is an employee or an independent contractor. 

A common misconception is that if a worker has an ABN and invoices you for their work, then they must be an independent contractor. In fact, the Tax Office and other bodies such as the Fair Work Commission will look at a whole range of factors when deciding if someone is an employee or a contractor. An invoice is only one factor, and is not decisive on its own.

The implications of getting this wrong can be serious - including having to pay additional tax and/or back-pay employee entitlements including leave and superannuation. So, it's important to be certain about the arrangements you have in place.

The Australian Tax Office has some useful resources, available free of charge, that can help small businesses figure out the correct working relationship. They are:

Online employee/contractor decision tool.  This involves an online questionnaire, and provides you with a report that outlines whether your worker is an employee or contractor for tax and super purposes, and details any tax and super obligations you need to meet. The ATO states on its website that:

Provided your responses accurately reflect the working arrangement, you can rely on the result provided by the tool. It is a record of your genuine attempt to understand your obligations for your worker and would be considered if we review your working arrangement in the future.

The online decision tool is on the ATO website at https://www.ato.gov.au/Calculators-and-tools/Employee-or-contractor/?2016SBN_Invoice

Employee/Contractor Webinar. These are one-hour webinars that cover a range of issues including:

  • the differences between employees and contractors
  • common myths about contracting
  • how to make the right decision about the status of your workers
  • what the tax and super consequences are for each.

The webinar is being held at the following times:

  • Tuesday, 28 June 2016 4.00pm-5.00pm AEST
  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12.00pm-1.00pm AEST
  • Thursday, 11 August 2016 12.00pm-1.00pm AEST.

To register to attend one of the webinars, visit the ATO website at https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Webinars/Employee-or-contractor-webinar/?2016SBN_Invoice.

 

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