Coaching and Mentoring

In this edition of Tips and Trips, we examine the concepts of coaching and mentoring and provide some advice on developing programs within your business to support the development of your team. We also briefly look at the benefits of mentoring for both business leaders and employees.

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Kate Liptrot
Contractor versus employee, a vexed question

When a business considers engaging someone to perform work, often the decision is about whether to engage them as an employee or as a contractor. The decision is sometimes quite difficult and the difference has implications for items such as, yet not limited to, taxation, superannuation, control and liability.

In this update, we review the characteristics of both a contractor and an employee and provide some tips on what to consider when engaging workers to ensure risks are minimised.

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AB Phillips
Statutory Declarations

There are times, in the workplace, when we may seek better verification for an event than simply an employee’s word for it. An absence that is unsupported by suitable documentation is an example. Another is making a statement as a witness about an occurrence where you are seeking verification – a workplace incident might be an example.

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Payroll deductions

On occasions, a manager is faced with a need to deduct money from an employee’s pay particularly in situations where the employer seeks to recover money which they believe the employee owes to them. This practice is strongly regulated under legislation, notably, the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act).

It is important for employers to understand their obligations. In this article we review some of the circumstances and the rules that apply.

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AB Phillips
Having an engaged team

Business owners and leaders work very hard to build their brand and to develop and maintain their reputation in the marketplace. This process often takes many years of investment in time and money and it is critical to ensure all aspects of your business support the ongoing attainment of brand identity and reputational growth.

This article provides some insights in developing and maintaining your brand and enhancing your reputation by engaging and utilising your number one asset – your team.

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Work related social functions and how to manage an annual close-down

Work related social functions, in particular end of year functions, are a good way to recognise and celebrate achievements and provide a setting for people to enjoy some social time together. In most cases, these events are enjoyable and allow excellent opportunity to encourage and build a team to be more cohesive. In some cases, unfortunately, these events can become a time of unsatisfactory behaviours.

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