According to a recent Australia Institute study, millions of workers "donate" unpaid overtime to their employers on a regular basis - but employees who work longer don't necessarily work harder, warns RMIT professor of employment relations Dr Sandra Jones.
No organisation can afford everything. But most organisations have enough resources to afford the thing(s) that are truly most important to them. What non-essentials can we do without so that we can afford the central things?
Spreading compensation evenly lets managers avoid difficult conversations with average and low performers, but can cause top contributors to lose motivation and leave, say remuneration experts at Taleo Research.
HR managers need to understand how industrial instruments and relevant legislation affect disciplinary matters before tricky situations arise, says Alison Page, a legal advisor to Wise Workplace Investigations.
A Victorian employee who was sacked without notice for breaching her employer's "backbiting policy" was unfairly dismissed, Fair Work Australia has ruled, describing the policy as "an extremely blunt instrument".