October 2013 Recruit News Workplace bullying update: How to protect your employees and yourself. For employees the experience of bullying can have a devastating impact on feelings of self worth and psychological and physical wellbeing. For employers, costs can include staff turnover, productivity loss, damage to workplace culture and, in some cases, significant legal costs and adverse publicity. In a recent decision the Victorian Supreme Court awarded a worker nearly $600,000 in damages after it found she was bullied, harassed and intimidated in circumstances where there was an absence of any bullying and harassment policies. The new anti-bullying measures, in the form of recent amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) which commence from 1 January 2014, create new avenues of are unlikely to take effect before the anti-bullying laws recourse for a worker who reasonably believes him or commence on 1 January 2014. herself to be the subject of workplace bullying. In particular, a worker will be able to seek an order from the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that the bullying stop and the application must be heard within 14 days of being The new laws are significant and have far reaching implications for employers. Before 1 January 2014, employers should: made. There will also be a new national definition of • familiarise themselves with the new bullying laws; “workplace bullying” and the definition of “worker” is wider • review, and update, existing bullying policies, bearing in mind they may be subject to review by the FWC; than an employee including for example contractors and their employees. It is possible that the Coalition Government, will introduce a ‘filtering’ process whereby bullying complaints will need • ensure employees have received appropriate training; and • consider their complaints and investigation processes. to be submitted to a regulatory agency (possibly the Fair Early intervention can help safeguard an organisation Work Ombudsman) for vetting before they are allowed from legal action, as well as prevent the more dire through to FWC. However, any Coalition amendments consequences that can result from bullying. The changing labour market The nature of the Australian labour market has changed February 2013, which is well below the national rate of considerably over the last 20 years. A much greater 5.4%. This compares with an unemployment rate of 6.6% focus on skilled jobs, an associated increase in young for TAS and 5.8% in SA, states that are feeling the effects people participating in education and the ageing of the of the high Australian dollar and weaker labour demand. population, are just some of the developments that have contributed to a workforce which is very different today. Statistics contained in a report by the Department Some other interesting statistics are:• Almost one third of Australians work part-time of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, hours. Two decades ago, part-time work was far less revealed that whilst the labour market has seen common, with around 22% of Australia’s workforce some marked changes over the past 20 years, there are employed part-time. some things that continue to show the status quo. • Today, the Health Care and Social Assistance industry Over the past 20 years employment has increased by more than 50% is Australia’s largest employing industry, with 11.9% There are now more Australians in work than ever before was the largest employing industry, with 13.7% of (more than 11.5 million as at November 2012). In November workers, which today is only 8.4% (967,100 workers) 1992, employment numbered around 7.6 million, which means that over the past 20 years employment has increased by more than 50%. The unemployment rate in February 2013 was 5.4%, one of the lowest in the industrialised world. of workers (1.37 million or more than 1 in every 8 Australian workers). Two decades ago, Manufacturing During these 20 years Trojan Recruitment Group has responded to these changes to ensure we identify and create a perfect fit with all our clients’ needs. Whatever the industry, or recruitment requirements, Trojan can help deliver end-to-end people management solutions for your Australia has also seen the emergence of a multi-speed business. Trojan are the right people to help you find the economy and labour market, with some states and regions right people. performing strongly, while others struggle. For instance, NT and WA, which are both resource rich, recorded unemployment rates of 3.9% and 4.5% respectively in Peter Melki - Chief Executive Officer Trojan Recruitment Group Professional Networking in Adelaide On 12th and 15th April 2013, Trojan Adelaide held another major companies including successful round of HR Networking Breakfasts. GM Holden, Viterra, The topic this month, presented by Kaye Smith, was ‘The Fair Work Act: What Lies Ahead’. Kaye Smith, Partner EMA Legal, is an expert in providing advice to various companies on all matters concerning employment, enterprise bargaining, work, health and safety and right of entry disputes. In keeping with the approach of these breakfasts, Kaye’s presentation was informal yet very interactive, allowing the BTG Australasia, Coffey International, Arnotts, ASC, Haighs Chocolates, Amcor, Electrolux and Schneider Electric. Trojan Recruitment Group Adelaide facilitates monthly HR Networking Breakfasts for HR professionals from all industries. attendees plenty of time to ask questions. The event was For further details of the next event please contact Denise a major success with over 65 attendees from a range of Lower on [email protected] Meet the team Amanda Pearson is the Client Development Manager with Trojan Recruitment Group for the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Central Coast areas. In this role Amanda is responsible for maintaining and developing client-business relationships. Amanda has worked in the recruitment industry for over GB McGregor Portables: Portable Buildings Australia-Wide GB McGregor Portable Buildings are a leading and major supplier of portable offices, lunch rooms, toilets, accommodation. 15 years and for Trojan for almost 5 years, assisting many GB McGregor Portables has been supplying top-quality businesses in a variety of industries with Permanent, portable buildings and portable offices to a wide range of Casual, Contract and Temporary, Blue and white collar industries Australia-wide for over 20 years. In that time the recruitment. usage of their portable buildings has evolved to include: ‘It is an exciting time at Trojan, with the launch of the new corporate brand. This has given us the opportunity to share our new focus and resources with all our customers. Living by our values, ‘real determined people’, our focus is to partner with other determined people to achieve great results’. • Portable offices, site offices, receptions and meeting rooms • Portable lunch rooms, change rooms and recreational rooms • Portable toilets, bathrooms and other staff amenities Amanda and the team in Newcastle are local people with over 30 years of combined experience who know the local market extremely well. With their friendly “can do” approach and expertise, they are ready to add value to your business by solving your business problems using people and their skills. Trojan Consulting Services Drawing on the extensive experience of our management consultants Trojan Consulting can help you identify and deliver value with pace, certainty, and strategic agility. Trojan has the frameworks and tools to help organisations improve the performance of their people and to keep that performance continuously aligned with strategic goals. Our range of consulting services includes:• Human Resources Consulting • Industrial Relations Consulting • Work Health & Safety Consulting • Benchmarking Trojan can deliver consulting services to organisations that complements our core offering, with clear and measurable returns on investment. GB McGregor Portables is a family business based on true morals and values, which is why Trojan Recruitment Group and McGregor Portables work so well together. Trojan assists GB McGregor Portables with long term quality candidates wanting a career in the building and construction industry. It is an absolute pleasure to deal with GB McGregor Portable Buildings. Paul Bygrave, the General Manager, knows exactly what he wants for his business and knows what it means to have a recruitment agency and team that listen to what he is asking for. GB McGregor Portable Buildings is located in Keilor Park VIC. Trojan launches new ‘Brand’ for a renewed business era In July, Trojan Recruitment Group unveiled its new corporate brand to the industry. The new brand reflects the company’s successful evolution into a highly differentiated, customer-focused company. The updated brand is the result of an intensive design and creative process and will appear across all customer experience platforms as well as all advertising and social media. The brand rollout included an internal launch party for all Trojan staff and a national advertising campaign across the country. “Trojan’s new brand identity is now more closely aligned to our business plan, our products and services, our dynamic team and our commitment to all our customers across the country,” stated Trojan Recruitment Group CEO, Peter Melki. The new look website, www.trojanrecruit.com.au, is sleek The new brand identity is supported by a new logo, which and stylish and is full of new features, new imagery and features an icon of three curved lines surrounding a letter refreshed copy to make the site more user-friendly and ‘T’. This is intended to represent the company’s three core encourage user interaction. The new site offers quick and values – We are Real, We are Determined and We are easy access to essential information for those looking People Focused, encompassing the ‘T’ representing the for work and those looking for staff, and is part of the Trojan Way. Supporting the icon and logo is the company’s organisation’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and new tagline ‘Determined People’. availability of information to all customers. Trojan Recruitment Group would like to recognise the companies that we have been in partnership with and have been regularly supplying over the past 10 years. ADCO Constructions Gibson Shopfitters RJC Constructions Bayer CropScience Haslin Constructions R.M. Watson Bluescope Lysaght Husqvarna Australia Ryder Shop & Office Fitting Carty Property Group John Holland San Remo Macaroni Company Corinthian Industries Kane Constructions Toll IPEC Downer EDI Engineering Power Kingston Building Australia Transform Retail Projects Euro - Line Nicom Interiors University Of South Australia FDC Technologies Queensland Rail Trojan would like to thank its partners for their business and support over the past 10 plus years and is looking forward to a continued relationship and joint success into the future. www.trojanrecruit.com.au Trojan Recruitment Group Head Office Sydney | t | 02 9692 9155 Branches Adelaide | t | 08 8443 5130 Brisbane | t | 07 3220 3722 East Melbourne | t | 03 9574 8666 West Melbourne | t | 03 9933 6777 Western Sydney | t | 02 9633 4933 Newcastle | t | 02 4960 9088 Perth | t | 08 8443 5130 Trojan Recruitment Group © Copyright October 2013. 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