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Nine tips to avoid risk during the festive season

Festive season

Christmas functions are a great way to celebrate the year’s achievements and reward employees, but poorly planned and executed functions can lead to sticky situations and potential legal issues. Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for employees which extends to...

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Are performance review systems a waste of time?


Most companies’ current performance review systems are broken, bureaucratic and a waste of valuable time. Further, the annual process of setting goals, holding mid-year meetings (which often do not take place) and rating people is often demeaning and damaging to employee engagement[1]. Companies need to start...

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List: Top ten things that ‘A Grade’ SMEs do

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As the founder of Checkside, I was pleased to celebrate our 10 year anniversary this July.  During the last 10 years I have seen a lot of Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) start, grow and – in some cases, stop.  As management consultants we...

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Six HR essentials for ‘A Grade’ SMEs


It is fair to say that HR is considered a cost centre for most companies. And for SMEs, it usually doesn’t make financial sense to have a highly skilled (and expensive) HR team in-house. Most SME owners tend to choose one of 3 options: a)      Delegate 'HR tasks'...

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Getting the recruitment process right

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Why are businesses still getting the recruitment process so wrong? Last week I was approached by two different companies to hire people into what were described as ‘important management roles’. This should be great news – it is an ideal time to be looking as there is...

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NEWS: Checkside brings HireVue to WA

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Checkside brings world class cloud interviewing to WA West Perth based consulting firm Checkside has achieved an Australian first by signing an agency agreement with US technology provider, HireVue. HireVue provides cloud based digital interviewing, onboarding and scheduling solutions for a number of the world’s most iconic...

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