6 tips to make sure you never have another pointless meeting! - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

6 tips to make sure you never have another pointless meeting!

Nothing is more frustrating than a meeting that goes longer than needed, has people in attendance who don’t need to be there and where nothing is achieved because no one really knew the purpose of it anyway! I am a stickler for only spending time on things that matter which means I am continually assessing the meetings in my calendar …

The Difference Between NES, EA and Modern Awards - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

The Difference Between NES, EA and Modern Awards

Formalising an employment relationship can seem daunting, especially when we hear words being thrown around like ‘National Employment Standards’, ‘Modern Awards’ and ‘Enterprise Agreements’. Most business owners are aware that they need to have an Employment Contract in place. However, not everyone is aware of how their employment contracts should relate to these Agreements/Standards; and further, how policies come into the …

Refusing a request for annual leave – everything you need to know! - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

Refusing a request for annual leave – everything you need to know!

Previously, I have shared my thoughts on the benefits of allowing your team members to utilise their annual leave to relax and regenerate. Annual leave has a number of great benefits, not only for the health of your employees’, but also the overall productivity and success of your business. However, I understand that employee’s leave requests do not always work …

Is an Owner or Director considered an employee? - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

Is an Owner or Director considered an employee?

It is essential to understand where an Owner or Director sits with regards to head count, prior to certain action being taken by the business. A “Small Business Employer” is defined in the Fair Work Act as an employer with fewer than 15 employees, and has access to a number of concessions in relation to the termination of employees, such …

The must do 'one question' staff survey - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

The must do ‘one question’ staff survey

Australia is slowly heading back to work, New York is still bunkered down with very little chance of workplaces reopening before October, if this year.  There is no doubt that Covid-19 has changed each of us and depending on our individual experiences that change will be just as individual. We keep talking about business and work not returning to how …

3 ways to connect with your employees right now - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

3 ways to connect with your employees right now

Connection is very different for all of us right now.  No longer can we see our friends and extended family over a meal or drink at the bar, we can’t hug, we can’t even shake hands.  Our connection has become about video calls, text messages and waving from a safe six feet distance. Yet we all know connection is more …

JobKeeper Payment? Learn how you can claim it. - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

JobKeeper Payment? Learn how you can claim it.

On 8 April 2020, the Federal Government passed JobKeeper legislation to help businesses that are financially affected by COVID-19 to retain their employees. Our client Marsh & Partners held a webinar with our CEO Ben Watts to explain these amendments. Read the full article by Marsh & Partners here. If you missed out on the webinar, you can watch it …

5 ways to create certainty for your employees - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

5 ways to create certainty for your employees

I think we would all agree that this is the most uncertain time most of have ever been through.  The only thing that comes a very distant second for me was waiting for my babies to arrive, especially the first one but I still knew he had to come out eventually! As Leaders we don’t have any more answers than …

7 tips for working from home effectively - 2020 - Wattsnext Group

7 tips for working from home effectively

Most workplaces that can adopt working from home have now done so and it is important as business owners that we ensure our team are well supported throughout this time.  Many people haven’t worked from home on an ongoing basis and giving some guidance other than ‘get your work done’ is useful, especially when everything else is so uncertain! Here …