How to hire staff



The job interview, the unhelpful receptionist and the missing pen

3:21PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Taskmaster

Do you want to find the perfect employee? If so, the Taskmaster suggests you should start hiding your pens – here’s why.

Penalty rates to remain unchanged in an Abbott government, angering SMEs

3:57PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Under an Abbott government, the Productivity Commission could be charged with overhauling workplace laws, but penalty rates will remain unchanged.

SMEs warned to get up to speed on new parental pay scheme

2:59PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Just as businesses were getting used to the idea of the federal government's maternity leave scheme, experts are warning SMEs to stay on top of the latest addition to parental benefits – Dad and Partner Pay.

Female entrepreneurs hindered by lack of confidence, report suggests

2:44PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A lack of confidence and an “unconscious bias” could be holding back female entrepreneurs, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest Australian Social Trends report.

Hiring an apprentice: A start-up guide

2:07PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Hiring an apprentice can be very rewarding – both from a business and a personal perspective. Here is everything you need to be aware of before you start. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Sacked Sensis staff welcomed by new tech start-up

2:49PM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The chief executive of Melbourne-based tech start-up Miiy has offered to find positions for retrenched Sensis staff within his company, which is developing a range of business services.

Why the Taskmaster is looking at jobs sites

2:33AM | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Taskmaster

The Taskmaster has just spent part of the morning perusing LinkedIn, My Career, Seek and other major jobs websites. If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a good reason why you should as well.

Business critical of Fair Work push to police workplace bullying

2:52PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Proposed law changes on workplace bullying complaints have business groups worried by the prospect of forum shopping litigants.

Government details flexible work changes, experts say clarity still missing

2:09PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

New legislation is on the cards for more flexible workplace arrangements, but industry groups say they are still in the dark about how it will work.

Spend money to make money

2:43PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Napoleon Perdis has suggested Australian department stores could reverse their fortunes by investing in staff. It’s a suggestion with implications far beyond the retail sector.

Fair Work changes coming, business hesitant over flexible working rights

2:21PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Flexible work arrangements are very much on the election agenda, as Labor releases more details about legislation changes.

Turn your sales staff into “interns” one day each fortnight

2:59PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Yesterday, the Taskmaster outlined why it’s a good idea to have your staff spend one day per week or per fortnight in sales. But should your sales staff spend time in other departments?

Franchisee cultural diversity on the rise

2:40PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

An expert has highlighted some of the challenges of hiring immigrant franchisees, after Retail Food Group said more than 50% of its successful franchisee applicants over the last six months spoke English as a second language.

Unemployment rate remains steady but is set to weaken

2:29PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4% in January, despite predictions it would rise, but NAB has warned the labour market will weaken as business conditions deteriorate.

FWO to crack down on unpaid work experience

2:50PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Cara Waters

The Fair Work Ombudsman today announced a new focus on unpaid work experience, following new research into the practice.

Send your staff to the sales coalface

2:44PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Are your staff getting lazy? Old Taskmaster says it’s time to send them to the coalface!

Deloitte and Norton Rose to press government on employee share options

2:50PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Deloitte has partnered with law firm Norton Rose to conduct a survey on employee share option plans in order to present the government with hard-and-fast data on the issues affecting start-ups.

Aussie start-up seeks third co-founder for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

1:48PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up is scrambling to find a third co-founder after being selected as a finalist for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, which has a preference for teams with three founders.

Melbourne entrepreneur offers $2,000 bounty in hunt for co-founder

1:51PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne-based entrepreneur has taken an unusual approach in his search for tech co-founders, offering a $2,000 bounty to anyone whose recommendation is eventually hired.

Seven in 10 employers fearing Australia Day sickie surge

1:31PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

More than seven in 10 employers expect staff to pull sickies due to the Australia Day weekend, although it appears that bosses can only do a limited amount in order to prevent them, according to a new study.