How many organisations' employees are so engaged that they would give everything into every single transaction they perform? How many managers would still provide a stand ovation to their employees for a fantastic job, even if there were a few hiccups along the way?
A recent Fair Work Australia order - requiring a contractor to reinstate a worker at a principal's site - demonstrates the significant operational issues employers could face if ordered to return a dismissed worker to their former role, says Harmers Workplace Lawyers partner Lesley Maclou.
An "engaged" employee can still be "a real flight risk", says SHL director Stephanie Christopher - especially in a situation where a leader, "who they may have personal respect for and loyalty towards", leaves the company.
Almost nine in ten employers in Australia and New Zealand have established flexible work practices, but many admit their employees are unaware of the benefits - and less than half are using them to attract new candidates, a Rubicor survey has found.
A recent court finding that an "informal" discussion constituted disciplinary action is a "classic" example of how failing to communicate the purpose - and possible consequences - of management action can put employers at risk, says Thomson Playford Cutlers partner Jacquie Seemann.