Many employers are afraid of job descriptions. There’s always the concern that someday, an employee will turn around and tell you that it’s “not in their job description”, and be right. That’s a short-sighted approach though. Great employees won’t object to the occasional change in their usual routine. Great employers will make sure they stay…

We’d all like to believe that we can take people at face value, and that the candidates who apply for positions we advertise are as honorable as they come across in the interview. However, as many high profile cases of resume fraud have proven, it’s not always that simple. In fact, for every high profile…

Most people think that once you outgrow your school uniform, you also outgrow bullying and being bullied. You might be surprised to learn, however, that up to one third of Australian employees believe that they have been bullied at some point, and if their employers had done their due diligence they could have managed the…

You may think that it’s obvious: drugs and alcohol are not allowed in the workplace. Period. However, you may be surprised to find that it’s a lot more complicated than that. In fact, if you don’t have a written drug and alcohol policy, you might not even be able to fire employees who are intoxicated…

Employee background screening is a fact of modern life. Whether we like it or not, identity theft, employee mobility and many other modern issues are making it virtually impossible to hire anyone without conducting a thorough background check. However, while these checks are designed to help you weed out potential problems, if they are not…

When a resume lands on your desk, and the candidate has a veritable alphabet of professional designations behind their name, it’s very hard not to be dazzled. After all, we’re hardwired to respect the PhD or MBA, the BSC and the BCOMM. It’s almost automatic, but it’s not always the full picture. In fact, it’s…

We really do hear a lot more about “isms” in our modern society. Every day, there’s another story about racism or sexism in the news. That’s a good sign really, because it shows that our society is becoming more equal, and that we’re all doing a better job of including everyone. One ism that we…

Whether we like it or not, our lives today are frantic, busy and fuller than they’ve ever been. Most of us adapt, or at worst grin and bear it, but sometimes, things pile up so much that they just become too much. When life and work combine into a perfect storm of pressure, it can…

It’s every prospective landlord’s worst nightmare. There’s a tenant you really liked. They impressed you at the viewing of the apartment or property. They work in the most stable job and they just seem to be the right fit. Then they get a negative tenant reference, and you have to start considering renting to the…

It’s becoming more and more common for employers to delve into employee credit histories before they make a job offer. Around the world, companies are routinely requesting access to personal financial information in order to make final hiring decisions. In many cases, this is necessary and justified. Here’s what you need to know about the…

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