Let me get this straight – my employees are allowed to call me a !@#$ so and so?

6:20PM | Tuesday, 4 June 2013 | Martin Nally

You need to put together a case you can swear by – under oath, in a court of law.

Is now the best time of year to hire staff?

2:12PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Martin Nally

There are a few things you need to get right if you want to recruit an employee who has just returned from a holiday.

Should I set shorter timeframe goals?

1:38PM | Monday, 16 January 2012 | Martin Nally

Before you pick a timeframe, let your team have a go at setting their own goals – you are more likely to achieve “buy-in”.

Do I need a panel of people to interview potential recruits?

10:40PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Martin Nally

When it comes to setting up an interview, you should trust your gut instinct. However, before you begin the process, there is something else you need to look into.

Should I set a test during interviews to ascertain skills?

9:42PM | Monday, 27 September 2010 | Martin Nally

When accessing practical skills through an interview process, it is essential to include some form of practical testing.

How do I sort out a dispute that’s gotten hand of hand between two of my employees?

8:59PM | Monday, 27 August 2012 | Martin Nally

The moment you employ staff, you are obliged to manage them. After all, the behaviour you accept is the behaviour you approve.

Are there any courses I can take to become a good leader, or do I just need to learn on the job?

7:54PM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Martin Nally

While theory and training have their purpose, leadership is a skill you predominantly learn from experience.

How do I motivate a temp?

4:10PM | Tuesday, 3 April 2012 | Martin Nally

Age is an important factor to consider when trying to get a temp worker excited about a role that might not be especially glamorous.

How can I ensure there’s not an (unintentional) gender pay gap in my business?

3:39PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | Martin Nally

It really is unforgivable in this day and age to have gender pay inequity in a small business.

I have an over-enthusiastic employee. What should I do?

10:47PM | Wednesday, 12 October 2011 | Martin Nally

You must communicate that you appreciate his enthusiasm but unbridled enthusiasm is dangerous and can be confusing for clients and workmates.

I’m pretty sure that a member of my staff has taken sickies on a few days. How should I handle this?

9:01PM | Wednesday, 28 September 2011 | Martin Nally

You should handle it head on -- directly, but with research done first.

Should I draw up a code of conduct for staff? It feels like a bit too much of a hassle, but will it come back to bite me if I don’t?

7:53PM | Wednesday, 6 July 2011 | Martin Nally

The simple answer is YES, you should.

I’m finding myself getting pissed off at the way my staff dress. What can I do?

5:57PM | Thursday, 26 May 2011 | Martin Nally

An owner getting “pissed off” about anything isn’t a good look. Lead and others follow.

How can I offer career progression to staff when there’s only four of us in the business?

5:22PM | Friday, 6 May 2011 | Martin nally

One of the greatest myths of our time is that “all staff seek career progression”. They do not. What they seek is development.

I’m a bit confused over the definitions of sole trader, independent contractor and freelancer. Help!

3:52PM | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 | Martin Nally

One of the most important pitfalls to avoid when it comes to categorising your workers is ‘sham contracting.’ So beware!

Who should be responsible for recruitment in my business?

2:36PM | Thursday, 10 February 2011 | Martin Nally

The answer depends on the company. There’s no cookie cutter solution, I’m afraid.

How do I manage my Gen Ys effectively?

1:26PM | Monday, 31 January 2011 | Martin Nally

Gen Y will really respond to being engaged. Barking orders and expecting immediate respect will be a big turn off. Respect from Gen Y is earned not automatic.

How do I hire staff with the right attitude?

1:00AM | Wednesday, 19 January 2011 | Martin Nally

You need to seek someone with the right attitude for your business, not just for today but also for the future.

What is the most effective way to set targets for my staff in 2011?

12:53PM | Wednesday, 22 December 2010 | Martin Nally

Having your people come back and set refreshed objectives is a great way to start a new calendar year.

I have an employee with a child who has special needs. How can I arrange her working conditions?

12:37PM | Tuesday, 14 December 2010 | Martin Nally

This is no doubt an incredibly difficult time for this employee. To have an employer who is open to being adaptive to their personal needs would mean a great deal.