Today, the R U OK? movement will mark the 9thAnnual R U OK? Day. This incredible company has established itself across Australia and beyond as a beacon of hope for many individuals and families suffering from loss and grief and has brought the topics of mental health and suicide into the public conscience. These are incredibly complex subjects, with the R U OK movement helping us to simplify our responsibility to one another – to ask, to start a conversation, to encourage people to act in times of difficulty.


Client Spotlight – Compassion Australia

When you meet Shelley Johnson, HR Manager at Compassion Australia, you are immediately caught by her energy and passion, not just for the ‘people’ work that is the focus of her role, but also for the purpose and cause of Compassion Australia.  We’ve had the privilege of working with Shelley and the Compassion Australia team, based in Warabrook in the Hunter, for a number of years.

We sat down with Shelley recently, to chat about those projects, and the value Seed People Consulting has been able to add to the work which Compassion Australia does across the world.


Fair Work Commission Update – Domestic Violence Leave & Casual Entitlements

The Fair Work Commission has been busy over the last month, with two major decisions impacting on employers: Domestic Violence Leave for Award-covered employees and a decision regarding the true nature of casual employment (the WorkPac decision).

Both these updates again raise the need for employers to stay up to date on decisions by the Fair Work Commission, and changes to Award provisions.


We’re hiring! Bring your ER skills to the Seed People Consulting Team today


Welcome to Seed People Consulting! 


Here at Seed, everything we do is aligned to our organisational values of being Relatable, Resourceful, Respectful, Responsive and Fun.  We pride ourselves on our experience on ‘both sides of the fence’; in-house HR expertise and specialist consulting and love to work with our clients to build sustainable and effective relations – delivering the best solutions that are right for their people and their business.

Like what you hear? Then read on!


What are the 4 things the World Cup and Business Leadership have in common?

The recent Football World Cup has had us thinking … What are the traits of a great leader in the Football arena? And how do they differ from great leaders in business?

All successful teams need a variety of people and skills to make it to the top of the game. But the role of the Coach is pivotal in the ability to achieve their desired outcome: score goals and achieve victory.

Whilst the world of a sporting coach may seem a million miles away from your day-to-day duties, we can certainly learn a thing or two from a coaching approach in a business perspective.


3 Steps to Building Performance and Accountability in your Business

What role does your team play in the overall success of your business?

Most small to medium sized businesses operate with a small number of team members (who all tend to wear a number of different ‘hats’) which means that having a high performing team is essential – if one link weakens, the whole chain can fall down around us.

So as managers and business owners, how do we keep performance and accountability high on the agenda?

And how do we ensure that our team members understand their impact on the business?

One way of approaching this is to look at your Performance Review process.


We’re all in this together – supporting Mums return to work

By Julia Fiore

I’m willing to guess that most, if not all of us know of a friend, colleague or family member who has been lucky enough to bring a beautiful little human into this world.

Whilst riding the emotional rollercoaster of parenthood, and following the first few months of baby’s life, the caregiver is often required to make a tough decision – do I want to go back to work? Or perhaps more often, do I need to go back to work?

And if/when I do so, how on earth do I manage the juggle of parenthood with the pressure of returning to a workplace, having had time out of my career?


Ticking the compliance boxes for FY19

Did you hear about the Fair Work decision regarding Award and minimum pay rises recently?  Did you also hear about Fair Work’s commencement of prosecutions aimed at the ‘gig economy’? In this blog, we explore what you need to do to make sure you kick off FY19 with your compliance boxes ticked!


Time to reflect on your HR and Finances for EOFY?

As the end of financial year (EOFY) approaches you may be feeling the rush and managing an influx of clients and customers, or perhaps your workload is slowing down, allowing you some time to organise yourself for the remainder of the calendar year ahead in terms of human resources and finances.

Whatever your current situation, the imminent passing of another financial year shouldn’t go by without a little bit of reflection, to help you to gather your thoughts on the year that has passed, in order to help you plan for the year ahead.

We’ve partnered with our friends at Vision Business Advisors to give you some food for thought for reflection, and inspiration to set you up for success in the 2018/19 period.


Team Development

Your people are your most important asset. So how much time are you spending on team development?

It is encouraging to see the shift that has occurred, with organisations becoming much clearer on the importance of valuing their employees – however no one can work effectively in isolation, so team development is just as significant.

The key to a great team is communication. Because if people are working by themselves, don’t understand the instructions, or don’t receive clear instructions, it becomes very difficult for them to contribute meaningfully to the end objective.