In 2010, nearly 6 million people living in Australia weren’t born there. That’s nearly 30% of the total population. That means that if you’re in business, chances are, sooner or later, you’re going to be hiring someone who is from a different culture. That can be a scary prospect, but there are many ways you…

It’s a sad fact of modern life: no matter how safe we’d like to think our countries, cities and companies are, the threat of terrorism is a real one, and no one is immune. There are several ways that terrorism could potentially put you and your business at risk, so we’re going to look at…

It’s a common conundrum for managers and business owners: you know you need to screen potential employees, but you’re concerned about privacy laws. The last thing you want to do is be accused of breaching them, or worse: discrimination. It is a tough situation, but there are ways that you can find out what you…

Financial advisors can be the secret weapon your company needs to take your business to the next level. Especially if you don’t have a business degree and don’t have any experience in this area. Let’s face it. You can be great at what you do, and still get the cold sweats when you hear terms…

Every few years, in Australia and elsewhere in the world, there’s a high-profile case of medical malpractice. Usually, it’s negligence that is on trial, but every once in a while, it’s the medical practitioner and their credentials under the microscope. It’s every company that operates in the health care industry’s worst nightmare, but it is…

Every business should run an employee background check on potential staff members to be absolutely sure that they are hiring the right person for the job. From a personal reference check to credential checks, criminal background checks and other employee background checks, you probably have a long list of things to investigate before you make an offer….

One of the most important things in any business is cash flow. Nearly every business out there bases their future planning to some degree on money that they have yet to receive. When a customer goes insolvent and files for bankruptcy, that can damage your cash flow, and your business, in a big way. The…

The employee reference check is a critical and routine part of the hiring process for most companies these days. Chances are that you check education and qualifications, as well as verifying experience with previous employers. You might conduct international checks on immigrant candidates, and you might run credit checks on employees who will be in…

Compared with other first world countries, Australia’s internet is not considered to be great. Between infrastructure problems, personal privacy concerns and security issues, there’s a long way to go when it comes to all things online Down Under. That doesn’t mean changes in how we do things aren’t relevant, however, or it isn’t necessary to…

If you’re hiring for anything more than the lowliest of entry level positions in your company, chances are the process will involve many calls, emails, meetings and interviews. During the process, you’ll be asking questions and conducting background checks, and your candidate will be doing the same. In fact, interviewing is such a big deal…

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