I am worried for you and you should be worried too!
You may have recently heard about the 7-Eleven debacle where a store owner was fined more than $400k (the largest penalty to date) for systematically exploiting his workers. He paid his workers as little as only $13 per hour... read more
Oh my god – how much worse can it get?
Recently, a client shared with me something that was happening with one of her valued team members that just seemed so unfair and my client was at a loss as to how she could help. Her employee had recently... read more
I made one of my team members cry today which made me very happy!
They say, and I believe, that “giving is better than receiving”. Today, I was able to do this. I was lucky enough to win a competition for a prize of flowers, thanks to #RubyConnection – the reason I won... read more
Winning war for talent
There is a war on and everyone is fighting to get the best talent – here’s how you can win. You might laugh or think I’m mad – but I’m talking about always hiring the best and brightest for... read more
Is your team in the dark when it comes to what they should be doing?
Your business is going ‘gangbusters’ as you always knew it would do. You are working at a hundred miles an hour and things need to get done, but you can only be in so many places and do so... read more
Member Natasha Hawker featured in Sydney Morning Herald
Member Natasha Hawker of Employee Matters was featured in the article ‘What keeps small business owners up at night?’ in the Sydney Morning Herald on 2 March 2016. The story focuses on common concerns among business owners that make... read more
Flexible working – you now legally need to have a conversation
There is still much confusion in the small business sector around employers’ obligations when employees who are parents are looking to return from parental leave. There are many who still believe their employees can only take 12 months leave... read more
How to Fire Someone Without Getting Sued
I know what is keeping many business owners awake at night – it’s when they have an employee who is not performing. They want to exit them but they don’t know how to go about it and are scared... read more
When are We Going to Say “Enough is Enough”?
Last week, I have to say that I was shocked and also a little appalled by some of my friends’ reactions to the ‘Chris Gayle’ palaver. When are we as women going to say “Enough is enough. This is... read more
Getting All Your Feedback – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
We just took our family on holiday to Tasmania (had a ball) and also had an interesting experience at one of our accommodation stops. They had just taken over the property 3 weeks ago it had become a little... read more
Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business
They say that starting your business ‘is a journey not a destination’, but boy, I wish I knew back then what I know now – life would have been so much easier – less stress, less uncertainty, more time,... read more
Five Ways to Ensure that Your Clients Stay with You for the Long Haul
This week I had to say goodbye to a client that had been with me since the beginning and it was hard, very hard — she had been a regular source of income but it was the right thing... read more