The Consequences of a Lack of Support: A General Protections Claim for Constructive Dismissal in a Bullying Incident

Workplace bullying and harassment can have a significant impact on an employee’s mental and physical well-being, and in some cases can lead to constructive dismissal. In this blog post, we will discuss a recent case of a General Protections claim that eventuated, where an employee, who was a recent school leaver with limited experience in the workplace, was subjected to …

Introducing the National Employment Standard: 10 Days Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave for All Employees - 2023 - Wattsnext Group

Introducing the National Employment Standard: 10 Days Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave for All Employees

The Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2022 has increased the National Employment Standard for leave related to family and domestic violence from 5 unpaid days to 10 paid days per 12-month period for all types of employees. This change will take effect on February 1st, 2023 for businesses with 15 or more employees and August 1st, 2023 for small businesses. It is not necessary to update employment contracts, but it is recommended to have a clear policy in place for this type of leave.

Navigating the New Normal: My 2023 Business Predictions - 2023 - Wattsnext Group

Navigating the New Normal: My 2023 Business Predictions

As we move past the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s important for businesses to focus on retention of key employees, addressing toxic behaviors, and attracting top talent. The shortage of talent will continue to be a challenge in 2023, making it essential for companies to invest in the frameworks that underpin their culture and promote flexibility in the workplace. The past two years have been difficult, but 2023 presents an opportunity for a fresh start. At the wattsnext Group, we have been preparing for months and wish all businesses continued prosperity and success in the year ahead.

Unleash the Power of Culture: 3 Simple Words that Will Change Your Company

You can learn a lot by asking your employees “anonymously” to describe your culture in 3 words. This can be helpful in understanding what your employees think about the atmosphere, values, and dynamics of your workplace. It can help you to identify strengths and weaknesses in your culture, and to take action to improve it. An anonymous survey can also …

Uniting on the 26th of January, Australia Day: Honouring the Past and Building an Inclusive Future - 2023 - Wattsnext Group

Uniting on the 26th of January, Australia Day: Honouring the Past and Building an Inclusive Future

With Australia Day fast approaching, it is supposed to be a time of year where all Australians can come together to celebrate our nation, our culture, and our diversity. In recent times, however, there has been a growing backlash against the National Day of Celebration and #changethedate movement has been growing at an increasing pace. The 26th of January (Australia …

Christmas Appreciation

Christmas is sneaking up on us, and before we know it the laptops will be shut and the blur that was 2022 will tick over into 2023! Don’t forget to take this opportunity to show your team how much you value them before they head into some well-deserved down time. As we prepare to wind up another year, it is …

Trust me, you have blind spots | Top 6 blind spot areas - 2023 - Wattsnext Group

Trust me, you have blind spots | Top 6 blind spot areas

We all have blind spots and business owners are no exception. Blind spots definition is a prejudice, or area of ignorance, that one has, but is often unaware of. The best leaders are constantly searching for not only theirs, but where these ghastly black holes could be lurking in their business. 

Quiet quitting in an employee’s market - 2023 - Wattsnext Group

Quiet quitting in an employee’s market

The talk of the town in the HR / People Manager / Business Owner world at the moment is the term “quiet quitting” but just what is quiet quitting and why are people freaking out? Let’s look at it: What is Quiet Quitting? Quiet quitting (I believe) was a term first mentioned on the TikTok platform and refers to a …