Want to manage better? Manage like a HUMAN.

[Approximately a 4 minute read] If Covid taught the business world one thing, it was that how we lead and manage in the future will separate the good companies from the great. It will also go a long way towards establishing an Employee Value Proposition that does not rely on financial incentives. But first, why do we separate being a Leader from being a Manager – particularly for mid-level managers (often the ‘meat-between-the-bread’)? What is Leading and Managing? Let’s start …

Hybrid – is it a FAD or the FUTURE of work?

[Approximately a 4 minute read] Recently, one of the Directors of QHr (let’s call him Rob) posted a social media observation about Apple requiring their teams to return to the workplace ‘initially’ for one (1) day per week. The response to this ranged from passionate agreement on the need to be physically present – through to resigning unless hybrid work meant never physically returning to the workplace (literally). No matter the side you take in this discussion, we thought we’d …

New caselaw: two steps to avoid SHAM contracting.

The future of the workplace is certainly changing thanks to the global impact of COVID-19 – with some changes easily spotted and already in your awareness. Like the tip of an iceberg, these are widely discussed in media and business groups – from flexible working, skills shortages and changes to the law. Not as obvious in preparing the future of work, and just below the waterline, is the increasing use of freelance or independent contractor (contractor) workforces. We’ve talked about …

6 Covid Plan basics you need

No matter your views on ‘Fortress WA’, it’s time to plan for the inevitable surge of Covid-19. This is not just about keeping on our toes as the ‘rules’ adapt to keep pace with mandatory vaccinations, proof of vaccination and who is a close contact (and thus who needs to get tested). Instead, it’s about creating a practical guide to how your business will continue to operate while keeping your humans safe. The following is based on actual plans we …

Refusals to vaccinate

4 minute read – Updated 24-12-21 UPDATE: The Western Australian government announced the intention that all workers who were previously required to get two doses of the COVID vaccination will now also be required to get a booster shot within one month of becoming eligible. Our thought? Watch this space and visit COVID-19 coronavirus (www.wa.gov.au) for the regular updates on the eligibility period, was 6, now 5… and likely to keep reducing in line with ATAGI Statements and guidance. The …

High Performing Teams

Aristotle and High Performing Teams

3 minute read In this article, we highlight the Google research conducted on creating and driving high-performing teams. This was called Project Aristotle – named after Aristotle (BCE 384 – BCE322) the famous Greek philosopher who is attributed (some experts say incorrectly) with the quote… …”the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” attributed to Aristotle Side note, this project was conducted in 2015…but is still very relevant in a post-COVID world. 5 keys to performing teams The …

Mandatory Vaccinations and your Business

Approx. 5 minute read – updated 24-12-21 The following information has been sourced with reference to the websites of the Fair Work Ombudsman, WA Government, Safe Work Australia and the Department of Health (National). Links to these bodies can be found at the end of this article. A quick disclaimer is unfortunately needed before we get to the bulk of this article. The following information is relevant to Fair Work System employers and you must seek independent advice before acting …

IR Reform 2021

IR Amendment 2021 – What did we actually get?

2020 saw many challenges and opportunities for Australian businesses thanks to the effects of COVID-19. One of the more significant in our opinion was the promised amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (the ‘FW Act’). The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 finally passed both Houses of Parliament on 22 March 2021 – but not before Parliament made several amendments that significantly stripped it to back (for a full list of what was being …

Coronavirus Australian employer business

IMPORTANT UPDATE – COVID-19

Like all West Australians, you have likely started the week with more questions about the impact of the WA Government’s direction to lockdown. Some of the available information on the official government website (link below) HAS ALREADY BEEN UPDATED since yesterday – and we also have the first wave of COVID-19 last year to guide a ‘reasonable’ response to employees. Check regularly for updates on government advice as they are updating this information as they receive questions Quantum HR Summary …

BIG ‘IR’ change in 2021. Here’s what you need to know.

No-one can argue that COVID-19 hasn’t dramatically changed the working landscape for many businesses… sometimes not for the better! However, one of the positive things to come from the pandemic was agreement that a much-needed shakeup of Australian Industrial Relations (IR) laws was needed to make it easier for businesses of any size to navigate a complex awards system. So it was great to hear that on 9 December 2020, the Australian Government introduced its Industrial Relations Reforms – Supporting Australia’s …