Financial Insecurity

Sue has been working with you for a few months after being unemployed for two years. Initially she was very enthusiastic and engaged, but recently she has begun to show signs of tiredness at work. You notice she is no longer bringing her lunch and seems to be withdrawing from social events after work. She approaches you to ask for an advance on her pay.

Cues & Clues for Effective Managers

What happens when I become a manager?

When we become a manager, our lives change. We move from being responsible only for the quality and quantity of our own work to being responsible and accountable for the performance of others.

Success within the workplace is now redefined for us to include how well the team is performing, how we are managing the individuals within the team and how well we are working with our colleague managers.

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Six questions to find out if your work is working for you.

When thinking about their ideal job, most people think about pay, how far they have to travel, their career path, or what ‘work perks’ they get. But research shows the things that actually make a job great are some ‘work related factors’ that might not be on your list at all. 

Ask yourself these 6 questions that will get you thinking about whether your work is actually working for you. 

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Bullying in the workplace

You see one of the supervisors giving another apprentice a hard time, it seems to happen every morning when they arrive on-site – they are too late, or too early, or have brought the wrong tools, worn the wrong clothes – nothing they do seems right. You know this is actual bullying, rather than normal behaviour, because it has been going on for a few months, repeatedly targeting one person, and you can see how it is upsetting the apprentice.

Do you…

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What’s your role in creating a mentally healthy workplace?

A typical job description is usually about the responsibilities and duties of the job, but what responsibilities and duties do managers and young people have to both themselves, and other workers, to ensure they are contributing to an emotionally safe workspace?

We’ve asked young people what they look for in an ideal supervisor, and asked managers what they would like to see in their employees. See the job descriptions below and see how you are contributing to a positive and productive working environment.

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Leave

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A Leave Policy is designed to inform employees of their entitlements and requirements regarding leave from work. The National Employment Standards (NES) stipulate the minimum leave entitlements for employees for all industries. Businesses may have their own award, registered agreement, or contract. Irrespective of that, those contracts and agreements cannot include leave that is less than what is specified by the NES.

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Workplace Behaviour

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The aim of a Workplace Behaviour Policy is to detail the standards, values and expectations for appropriate behaviour in the workplace, and in particular an employee’s obligation to contribute to a safe and pleasant work environment that is free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.

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