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Creating A Culture Of Accountability And High Performance

Trudy featured in UK magazine VQ this month. This month Trudy MacDonald, Managing Director TalentCode HR is featured in the Vistage UK Magazine – VQ discussing how to create a culture of accountability and high performance. Vistage operates in 16 countries around the world to support leaders make better decisions and achieve better results.   Creating A Culture […]

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How Can You Select Winners For Your Team?

November 20, 2017 Recruitment

In the previous newsletter, we walked through how your company could improve upon the recruitment process in five easy steps (If you missed this article and want to have a quick skim before jumping into this one, you can find it on our blog by clicking here). Since we published this article I have had […]

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How to Recruit the Best People for your Business

October 16, 2017 Recruitment

For many employers, recruitment is viewed as a way of filling a vacancy, and in many cases it is a process that they want to do quickly. But recruitment is really so much more than filling a gap in your team and is a decision that should never be rushed. Think of recruitment like finding […]

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Using Your Onboarding Process to Improve Company Culture

September 18, 2017 Culture

It might sound a little strange, but I love the setting up the onboarding process for new employees. Now I can already hear you thinking I’m a little strange, but to me the onboarding of a new employee is the most important part of ensuring they are set up for company culture success. Think back […]

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Is Workplace Culture a waste of time for smaller businesses?

August 15, 2017 Culture

What does the term “Workplace culture” mean to you? Well, if all it means is ‘another one of those nice-to-do best practice things HR wants us to care about’, well this is for you! We’ve all heard the success stories – I mean, just look at Google and Virgin for just two examples of how […]

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Why are we scared to talk to our employees?

Recently I received a call from a long-term customer of mine who was dealing with an employee with excessive absences and wanted some guidance on how to deal with this situation. Now this is a very common question, in fact it’s possibly one of the most common questions we get at HR On-Demand, and no […]

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Award rates increase – are you ready?

June 8, 2017 Remuneration, Uncategorized

  As a result of this year’s Fair Work Commission review, minimum wages in Modern Awards and the national minimum wage will be increased by 3.3% as of the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2017. Increase for Award-covered employees. Modern award minimum weekly wages are to be increased by 3.3% per […]

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The Performance Review That Actually Works

It’s that time of year again where many businesses are preparing for their annual performance reviews. Once considered a fundamental tool to ensure employee performance that is in line with the business’ values, direction and standards, performance reviews are now often sidelined for tasks deemed more necessary. Time and time again I’ve heard from business […]

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What is Salary Benchmarking?

May 15, 2017 Remuneration

In our last newsletter, we raised the question of “Are You Overpaying Your Employees?” (click here if you missed it). It was a great read about incentive programs, and how to reward your employees when they are on the higher end of their salary band. But what if you don’t know what a salary band […]

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Are you overpaying your employees?

April 10, 2017 Remuneration, Uncategorized

We all know how employee salaries and incentives used to work. Company X would hire John, and they would agree on an annual salary for the position. It was so simple. Each year based on performance, John would receive a pay increase of approximately the CPI increase for that year, and all was well. Well, […]

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How well do my People Managers manage their staff?

March 16, 2017 Leadership

One of the most important questions you can ask yourself as a Leader is quite simply “How well do my people managers manage their staff?” Sound simple? Think you have an answer? Will let’s put it in context before you make that decision. If you stop and think about your workforce right now – how […]

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How can I reduce sick leave in my business?

It’s an unfortunate truth that no matter how well planned and executed a Company’s HR Strategy is, there is always a component of unknown risk when it comes to our employees. Now that risk can present itself in many ways – claims, tribunal action, resignations – and for the most part, a strong Strategic Plan […]

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Cashing Out! Can my employee ‘cash out’ their annual leave?

October 14, 2016 Remuneration

In some cases, yes they can! Until this year, very few employees were able to ‘cash out’ their annual leave entitlements under the Fair Work Act – however recent reforms now allow employees to voluntarily ‘cash in’ or exchange some of their annual leave entitlements for wages. Thanks to the new reforms, almost all 122 […]

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The Future Of Work: How Can We Adapt To Survive And Thrive?

October 12, 2016 Leadership

Last year Deloitte published a report discussing how the world of work is changing rapidly and what organisations and individuals need to think about in order to keep up (Deloitte Access Economics 2015).  The research  surveyed 1,400 Australian employees asking questions about employment history career and educational requirements and their plans for the future. The […]

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The 3 Biggest Mistakes Companies Make When Creating Company Values

April 8, 2016 Leadership

Whether they are beautifully laminated and posted around the office or “unspoken” but clearly understood by a few key people, most businesses have a set of company values. I also find that most business leaders understand the importance of having company values – a guiding set of behaviours that define the desired culture and provide […]

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Have you Identified the Future Leaders for Your Business?

Who has the leadership capability to take your business into the future? As a business leader or owner, you won’t be in your role forever.  You may change companies, decide to scale down or retire from your business – whichever path you take, knowing that you will leave your current business in the right hands […]

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Employee Engagement

Question of the Month: James was once a top performer, but now he’s coming in late, being rude and not achieving his targets – what do we do? Unfortunately it’s all too often that businesses face a loss of productivity, and even damage to reputation as a result of disengaged employees. Whilst employees may become […]

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Company Culture

Business culture: what exactly is it, and how do I create the right one? I often hear from my clients that they struggling to create the right culture in their business. While they may have the best intentions, they simply don’t understand what a business culture is, let alone how to go about putting the […]

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Are Psych Tests Worth the Investment?

Psych tests have been around since the 19th Century when both China and France used them to evaluate mental ability. Modern day assessments are used both for recruitment to understand more about the capabilities of job applicants and for development as part of a rigorous training needs analysis or self-awareness exercise. I am often asked […]

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Four Reasons Why Your 360 Feedback Surveys Are Failing!

360 feedback surveys are one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to business practices to encourage both individual and company-wide improvement and development. An effective 360 feedback survey reflects everything that you strive to nurture in both your employees and your business: there is open and honest communication between all levels, […]

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6 Tips for Conducting Effective Salary Reviews

As we approach the time of year that many business owners and CEOs dread, I start to hear more and more nervousness surrounding the salary review process. This is caused primarily by a lack of structure and information when it comes to making decisions. I hear questions such as: “How much of an increase do […]

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Client Issue: Creating a Long Term Incentive Scheme

Context: Our client is a mid sized business with a number of key management staff they wish to retain over the long term. The Issue: The current incentive schemes do not provide “Golden Handcuffs” or any form of Long Term Incentive for these Managers to stay. Our Challenge: The business owner was considering providing equity […]

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Why Most Bonus Schemes are a Waste of Money

The topic of bonus and incentive schemes and how they apply to employee behaviour is a complex one. To understand this fully, it is important to consider the impact of individual preferences, individual needs, company cultures and the mechanics of the schemes themselves. I get really disheartened when I talk to CEOs and business owners […]

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The Three Biggest Incentive Scheme Mistakes

We all intuitively know that money is not the only thing that motivates people, and in fact for many people it is not in their top five. We also know that unless we get the money “right” it will quickly become a source of demotivation which has a measurable impact on productivity and performance. In […]

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Christmas Bonus Do’s and Don’ts

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 7 weeks away – so if you haven’t started planning your staffing requirements yet, now is the time to start! This week we’ll tackle a few of the Christmas-related questions we’ve received on our Advice On-Demand hotline: 1) How much notice do I need to give staff of […]

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Pay Increases: How to say no!

It’s something that every Manager has had to face at some point their career – that moment when an employee sits down and asks for a raise. Now in a perfect world, when a high performer has this conversation with you, it would be as simple as grabbing your golden cheque book and signing on […]

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Long-term vision key when planning staff numbers

New Zealand Herald Interview with Trudy MacDonald In this recently published article in the NZ Herald, Trudy MacDonald – Managing Director of Talent Code was interviewed on the implications for hiring staff in the current economic climate. A good fit is vital when taking on employees and one bad hire can have a lasting impact, […]

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The Most Important Interview Questions You Can Ask

Interviewing is one of the most common techniques used during the selection of new hires however it is also one of the most difficult skills to master. We have all been there – the candidate who “wows” us with their charisma, who impresses us with their technical expertise or has worked for such an impressive […]

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Selecting Winners – Recruitment and Selection

Without a doubt, recruitment and selection is one of the most critical responsibilities of a leader. Getting it right means happy hiring managers, getting it wrong has huge implications for the business – sending you back to the drawing board to find that “great fit” in addition to taking all the necessary steps, time and […]

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5 Secrets to Maximising the Performance of Your People – Part 3 of 3

This is the final article in a three part series that explores the secrets to maximising the performance of your people. Part one and two discussed the importance of “Defining Great”,  “Measuring Great” and “ Rewarding Great” for your people in order to maximise performance and productivity. We follow now with Secrets #4 and 5 […]

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5 Secrets to Maximising the Performance of Your People – Part 2 of 3

This article is the second in a three part series that explores the secrets to maximising the performance of your people. Part one discussed the importance of “Defining Great” for your people and your business as the blue print for all your people initiatives. We follow now with Secrets #2 and 3 Secret #2: Measure […]

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5 Secrets to Maximising the Performance of Your People – Part 1 of 3

“Imagine where my business would be today (and what my life would be like) if I got this right 10 years ago!”  It was this statement from a customer that really got me thinking about the broader impact of getting the people side of business right. Increased profits? more time to work on the business? […]

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Performance Reviews that actually work!!!

It’s that time of year again where many businesses are preparing for their annual performance reviews. Once considered a fundamental tool to ensure employee performance that is in line with the business’ values, direction and standards, performance reviews are now often sidelined for tasks deemed more necessary. Time and time again I’ve heard from business […]

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Creating a Culture of Accountability: How to have effective one on one meetings

How effective are your one on one meetings? What is the key to high performing staff? Almost any Manager you ask will tell you that it’s regular and open communication – but why do we find it so hard to do? Do we not have enough time to communicate? Or do we simply underestimate the […]

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Trudy was awarded “Best New Speaker – 2013” at the Annual TEC (The Executive Connection) Chair’s Convention

During 2013, Trudy presented to over 30 groups totalling more then 450 CEOs and Senior Executives across Australia and New Zealand. Presentations covered a range of topics including People, Strategy and Execution. “Trudy has inspired (our very experienced) CEOs across the country to challenge the way they are leading, developing and rewarding their people. Her […]

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Trudy was awarded Best Speaker 2014 at the Annual TEC (The Executive Connection) Chair’s Convention

April 7, 2016 News & Events

Talent Code’s Managing Director, Trudy MacDonald, was awarded Best Speaker 2014 at the annual TEC (The Executive Connection) Chair’s Convention in Sydney recently. This is the second year in a row Trudy has been recognised by TEC for her work as an engaging and motivating speaker, been awarded with the Best New Speaker Award in […]

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Public Speaking

Written by: Ivan Bonus Operations Manager Talent Code Pty Ltd Trudy Speaks at the 2014 Resilium Conference! Resilium “The difference is YOU” Adviser Conference 2014 in Port Douglas 25 – 28 August. Trudy presented at the Resilium Conference which was held at Port Douglas and attended by 100’s of Resilium agents from around Australia. Trudy […]

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