The Rudd Government has introduced new workplace relations legislation titled the Fair Work Bill, which will replace the Howard Government’s Work Choices legislation. On close examination, it seems the Government has brought into place a more balanced system to create a safety net for workers in these troubled economic times.
Small businesses face turbulent times. Some companies are more recession-proof than others but most companies will be looking to tighten their belts in some form or another. At the risk of showing my age, I’ve been around for, and survived, a number of recessions. In the 1980s, I leapfrogged from Thatcher’s economically depressed England to the Australian recession ‘we had to have’ in the early 1990s.
This well-known cliché has been continually abused for many years. At best, management pays lip service to the idea that people are an asset. At worst, they are downright hypocritical. Managers talk values, write mission statements, create intriguing tag lines alluding to the fact that their employees truly matter.
Ever heard yourself say, ‘it’s easier to do it myself’ or ‘I can’t trust this to be done right’? Small business owners in particular often fall into the trap of finding it hard to delegate. Remember, there is only a limited amount you can do. However hard you work, there are only so many tasks you can complete or people you can help.
Not all recruiters are sharks, but there are plenty of them out there with pointy teeth. Employers often assume that engaging recruiters on a success-fee basis and putting the role out to many firms at once will produce the best results. In fact, this creates conflicts of interest and forces recruiters into a strictly transactional approach, which is one of the major complaints many employers have about the industry.