20 Jul 2012

Scale
A large survey of Australian businesses conducted by the National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research reveals some interesting findings about the significant ways in which employment patterns have changed in the last 20 years. They found that since 1992: There has been a significant shift away from full-time, ...

20 Jul 2012

Office
As seen recently in a leading Australian Human Resources magazine, the importance of 'soft skills', including creativity, flexibility, diplomacy and original thought in the modern workplace is gaining momentum.  In an increasingly complex business environment these skills can help organisation's develop new and better solutions to problems, as traditional ways of interacting with clients...

20 Jul 2012

Safety Matters
Incidents such as the leak of the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium by Orica in Newcastle in August last year highlight the importance of safety procedures and proper handling of health and safety incidents by organisations. Following the leak the plant was closed for 6 months, it reportedly lost $90 million in earnings, it faced court over breaching Environmental Protection...

01 Sep 2011

Personality Assessment
Meta-analyses have revealed that the most valid predictors of job performance are ability measures (cognitive or intelligence tests) and personality assessments, particularly the "Big 5" personality traits, followed by structured job interviews. Together, ability tests and measures of conscientiousness or integrity provide an adjusted validity of 0.65 (Ones, Viswesveran, & Schmidt, 1...

25 Jul 2011

Identify Leaders
The idea of a 360 degree performance appraisal is to survey those around an employee to gather information about their performance from the perspective of different individuals they interact with at work. Feedback is typically provided by subordinates, peers and supervisors, the individuals themselves (self-assessment), and may include feedback from customers or clients. "360" refers to ...

11 Apr 2011

Theory Based
It's a reality that incompetent accounting staff can virtually destroy a business. Accounting practices have evolved over the last decade due to unprecedented market pressures including commodity-based pricing and increasing costs from training, technology, and litigation (Eilifsen, Knechel & Wallage, 2001). A number of accounting scandals in the early 2000’s (e.g. Arthur Andersen...