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15 12, 2017

Staff On Holiday? Fill In – Casual Workers

By |December 15th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Staff On Holiday? Fill In – Casual Workers

As they say, all work with no play makes for less productive employees. It is for this reason – and the law of course – that all permanent and part-time employees are entitled to at least 4 weeks of paid time off each year. Giving your employees some time off to relax is both beneficial for your organisation and the employees. It doesn’t seem so, but it is. Allowing your employees a break gives them the chance to relieve their work-weary minds. On the employees’ side, holidays are important as they help reduce stress and rejuvenate their spirits which in turn helps improve the employees’ productivity and thus benefiting the organisation. Although generally beneficial, there is a downside to employees taking work leaves; labour gaps. When one or several employees take some time off from work, they leave the organisation with a shortfall in workers. This can seriously hurt production [...]

14 12, 2017

Employee of the month: Heidan

By |December 14th, 2017|Blue Collar People News|Comments Off on Employee of the month: Heidan

Blue Collar People would like to announce that Heidan has been chosen for the latest Employee of the Month award. Heidan has been working for Blue Collar People for the last 17 months as a construction labourer and trade assistant. He is extremely reliable, motivated and always represents Blue Collar People in a professional manner. Here are some responses to some questions we put to Heidan: Name: Heidan Role: Labourer Brief Description of duties: I conduct maintenance on building sites, use power tools and complete demolition work, fence removal, foundation, piling work and grano work. Employment length: I have been working with Blue Collar People for 1 year and 7 months. What do you enjoy about your role: The opportunity to learn and develop new skills. What has surprised you working with BCP: Having had no prior experience working for an agency or what it involved I am surprised that I have [...]

11 12, 2017

How To Improve Employee Engagement In Your Company

By |December 11th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on How To Improve Employee Engagement In Your Company

Employee engagement is defined as the emotional commitment an employee has to the organisation and its goals. Because they’re emotionally committed, engaged employees actually care about the company as well as their role in it. As a result, these employees don’t just work for a paycheque, or just because they want to earn a promotion, they work because they want to contribute to the organisation’s success. When an employee cares – i.e. they’re engaged – they put in discretionary effort. This means that the employee will be willing to go out of their way to get the job done to the best of their ability even when their boss is not watching. An engaged worker, for example, will be willing to work overtime even without being asked. Happiness and satisfaction don’t equal engagement Employee satisfaction and happiness should not be taken to mean that employees are engaged. An employee could [...]

24 11, 2017

Managing A Cross-Generational Workforce – How To Go About It

By |November 24th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Managing A Cross-Generational Workforce – How To Go About It

Managers in many organisations are increasingly having to grapple with the challenge of managing different generations in their workforces. Currently, the average workforce consists of at least three generations that include Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and the newest arrivals, the Millennials. Regardless of your age, if you’re sitting at the head of the table as the manager, everybody will expect you to keep misunderstandings between the different generations in the workplace from turning into full-blown office feuds. In addition to managing conflict in your age-diverse workforce, it’s also your duty as a manager to keep everyone motivated, productive and engaged in their work; something that is easier said than done considering the different priorities and values that cut across the different generations of workers. Is having an age-diverse workforce a good thing? From the introduction, it might seem like age diversity in the workplace is a bad thing; far from [...]

22 11, 2017

How To Be A Good Leader – 6 Effective Tips

By |November 22nd, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on How To Be A Good Leader – 6 Effective Tips

Whether you’re leading a group of permanent employees, contract workers, temporary staff, or a combination of the three; how well you do it will determine whether you achieve your organisation's goals or not. Making sure a group of people works cohesively towards a common goal is, however, easier said than done and can easily become overwhelming. What is leadership? Before we get to how you can become a good leader, let us first try to understand what leadership is. A leader is defined as a person who establishes a clear vision for his/her team and then proceeds to guide the team towards their vision by empowering them and coaching them to greatness. A leader needs to stay calm and collected in crisis while maintaining a laser-focus on the end goal. The thing you need to keep in mind when working to be a good leader is that leadership is not [...]

10 11, 2017

BCP WA Monthly News Roundup Nov 2017

By |November 10th, 2017|About Perth, WA, Blue Collar People News|Comments Off on BCP WA Monthly News Roundup Nov 2017

A new water recycling plant to boost Perth’s water supply, a $2.5b expansion plan unveiled for Perth Airport, and the Liberal party moves to block plans to increase gold royalties in Western Australia; all in our monthly news wrap-up. New $262m water recycling plant for Perth The state government is planning to build a new recycling plant that will turn treated sewerage into drinking water in a move to shore up Perth’s water supply. The plant, which will cost $262 million will be built in Perth’s northern suburbs by a joint venture between Clough (a local engineering firm) and the French waste management giant Suez. The expansion will double the existing plants capacity from the current 14 billion litres per year to 28 and will include a 13km pipeline to recharge sites at Neerabup and Wanneroo. Construction work – 90% of which will be sub-contracted and supplied by local Western [...]

8 11, 2017

What Is Ethical Labour Hiring?

By |November 8th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on What Is Ethical Labour Hiring?

Ethical labour hire is the hiring of individuals in a non-discriminatory way. Discrimination can be overt or covert and can be based on sex, gender or sexual orientation. Hiring staff with a bias based on any of these factors can be seen as discrimination. Factors to consider when hiring labour There are a number of factors to consider when hiring labour to ensure that ethical labour hire processes are followed. Hiring practices should promote fairness, equality and honesty There should be no discrimination against any employee in any way The best candidate should be chosen on merit and potential Ensure appropriate wages are offered to staff in line with industry benchmarks Safe and healthy working conditions including a safe environment and appropriate working hours are vital. Why is ethical labour hiring so important? Ethical labour hiring is vital in developing a reputation for fair and transparent recruitment processes. This process [...]

7 11, 2017

Why Having A Skilled Workforce Is Essential

By |November 7th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|0 Comments

Ask any successful entrepreneur or business leader, and they will tell you that their human resources are the most important component of their organisation. That’s because the success or failure of any business highly depends on the quality of labour available to it. Every organisation needs a skilled workforce.  So many industries are becoming more and more competitive, and big changes are occurring on a daily basis. Having access to staff who are well-trained, able to adapt and knowledgeable in their roles ensures you can maintain high levels of performance, no matter what the current challenges of your industry may be. Why you need to have a skilled workforce There’re numerous reasons why having a skilled workforce for your organisation is crucial. Here we shall look at five of the most important. They are: Increased productivity. For an organisation to produce its maximum output, you need the people [...]

23 10, 2017

Staffing Levels for Next Year– Start Planning Now

By |October 23rd, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Staffing Levels for Next Year– Start Planning Now

Having an inadequate number of workers is tough for any company. Some of the common reasons for staffing shortages include employees falling ill, maternity leave, annual leave; and in good times… increased demand for products. Whatever the reason for the labour shortfall is, the bottom line is that it has to be fixed for operations to go on smoothly. Like every other problem that challenges your business, the key to overcoming labour shortfalls is planning. A good Plan on how both foreseeable and unforeseeable labour shortages are to be dealt with, should be put in place at the beginning of each year. To make proper plans, enough relevant information should be gathered. So:  Ask your employees to book their next leave as soon as they get back from their previous one to allow you enough time for preparations. Analyse labour requirements for previous years to determine the time of year [...]

10 10, 2017

BCP Monthly News Roundup for WA Oct 2017

By |October 10th, 2017|About Perth, WA, Blue Collar People News|Comments Off on BCP Monthly News Roundup for WA Oct 2017

Take off in the resources sector creates a jobs boom, Evolution agrees on a deal to sell the Edna May gold mine, and the $456 million Nova mine officially opens; all in our WA monthly news roundup. Jobs boom as resources take off A jobs bonanza is about to begin with thousands of operational and construction jobs forecasted from at least 15 mining projects. Although the resource sector has been ailing for the past couple of years, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy claims that confidence is finally back. The resurgence charge is being led by iron ore projects, a commodity whose price has risen from $US31.50 a tonne in January to $US75 by the end of September. Lithium – the key ingredient in batteries that power electric vehicles – has also contributed significantly to the ongoing recovery in the resources sector. Even if the recently announced increase in gold [...]

21 09, 2017

Why Should You Hire Workers From a Labour Hire Agency?

By |September 21st, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|0 Comments

Have you ever considered hiring a temporary worker from a Labour Hire  Company? If not, there are many reasons why you should consider these temporary skilled workers as a great way to gain additional employees as needed for your business: Hiring staff is a big job. When business owners or managers find that they need to increase their workforce to meet sudden business demand, an excellent option is to look at using a labour hire company to help them to find those workers. These workers are employed with the labour hire agency and then hired out to the client business.  Finding the right people to fill a job is extremely time consuming. From posting the job to interviewing applicants, the entire process can take weeks or months, and does not always guarantee that the right applicant will be found. Since the time of executives, supervisors and managers is precious, being [...]

11 09, 2017

Blue Collar People WA Monthly News Roundup – Sept 2017

By |September 11th, 2017|About Perth, WA, Blue Collar People News|Comments Off on Blue Collar People WA Monthly News Roundup – Sept 2017

Hundreds of jobs at risk as nickel mine closes, the Premier commits $120 million for the Ocean Reef Marina project, and construction works begin for a $150 million shopping centre near Perth Airport; all in our monthly news wrap-up. Nickel mine closure puts hundreds of jobs at risk First Quantum Minerals has announced that it will be closing its Ravensthorpe nickel operation citing persistently low nickel prices as the reason for its decision. First Quantum had bought the operation from BHP, who sold it before it even started producing any nickel, in the hopes that nickel prices would resurge. First Quantum has been, reportedly, looking for a buyer for the mine over the past year but has not been successful. The Canadian firm in a statement said that discussions with its workforce and contractors would begin soon in order to have the mine in care and maintenance by October. This [...]

7 09, 2017

History Of Labour Hire In Australia

By |September 7th, 2017|Labour Hire FAQs, Labour Industry News|Comments Off on History Of Labour Hire In Australia

In the beginning While the term “labour hire” is relatively new in Australia, the concept of labour hire has been around for quite a while now. The use of companies and agencies specialising in the provision and supply of workers to client organisations and companies can be dated as far back as the 1950s. “Temping agencies” have for a long time been providing workers to help companies cope with temporary employee absences and fluctuations in demand. At their emergence, these “primitive” labour hire agencies only provided temps for administrative, clerical and other white collar positions – roles that generally needed nothing more than standard administrative and secretarial skills to perform. The 70s to 90s Over the years, these firms slowly but steadily grew as the labour arrangement became increasingly popular with many businesses and organisations. It was not until the 1970s and 1980s, however, that labour hire really begun to [...]

28 08, 2017

How to Keep Your Temps Happy

By |August 28th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|0 Comments

..and thereby getting the best out of them when they are working for you How does a labour hire company help with paperwork for hiring temps?  How do you keep your temps happy? When you need the right staff to help you get work done, you may need them for a special project or to replace someone on a temporary basis. Temporary labour is a great way to fill the gap and to ensure that you have a large amount of skilled workers to complete the work you need to have done. What about training and paperwork? When you need to hire and train new employees, it can take up a lot of time and company resources. If you choose a labour hire agency they will ensure that the employees that are sent to you are ready for your specific requirements, and have some familiarity with your company. You will [...]

1 08, 2017

Management Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Temporary Workers

By |August 1st, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Management Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Temporary Workers

Temporary employees – or temps as they’re commonly known – come in a number of different forms that include on-hired workers (labour hire workers), contract workers, and direct-hire temps. Once you’ve decided to add temporary workers to your workforce, you will need to manage them effectively to ensure that you get the most out of them. Managing temporary workers can be quite challenging as the rules and expectations differ significantly from those for managing permanent employees. With temps, you will need to figure out how to keep employees who will be working for you for a short duration of time interested, motivated, and excited about their job. Because of the short tenures of temporary employees, many managers assume that they do not need to tend to them as they would their permanent employees. And while there’s some degree of truth to this notion, it does not mean that you should [...]

14 07, 2017

BCP – WA Monthly News Roundup – June 2016

By |July 14th, 2017|Blue Collar People News|Comments Off on BCP – WA Monthly News Roundup – June 2016

Perth Stadium footbridge to be constructed in WA, a boom in engineering jobs indicates an activity surge in the mining sector, Superior Gold Project gets government approval and a rise in WA’s minimum wage; all in our WA monthly news round up. Perth Stadium’s footbridge to be built locally creating 250 jobs The Perth Stadium footbridge will now be built in Western Australia after the original contract with Toyota Tsusho was cancelled due to lengthy delays. The Premier Mr McGowan said the arch components as well as the bridge’s steel deck, which were originally meant to be fabricated in Malaysia, would now be built locally. This new arrangement is expected to create about 250 jobs in WA, but at an increased cost of $83 million up from the previous quote of $70 million – a $13 million jump. A new completion deadline of March 2018 has also been given to [...]

13 07, 2017

Employee Of The Month: Jordan Doogue

By |July 13th, 2017|Blue Collar People News, Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Employee Of The Month: Jordan Doogue

Jordan has been working for Blue Collar People for the last 12 months as a construction labourer and trade assistant while also focusing on his hobby of furniture making using recycled timber and steel. He is very reliable, motivated and always represents Blue Collar People in a professional manner. We also received a complimentary letter from one of our clients thanking Jordan for his quiet, competent and friendly manner while completing maintenance work at a retirement village. We asked him a few questions about his role and love his answer to what he finds most challenging! Brief Description of duties: Construction and trade assisting; demolition; maintenance; and general labour hire. Employment length: About a year here at Blue Collar What do you enjoy about your role: Our clients represent most aspects of the construction industry, and so I am regularly exposed to a variety of trades, projects, and people that I [...]

16 05, 2017

BCP – WA Monthly News Roundup, April 2017

By |May 16th, 2017|About Perth, WA, Labour Industry News|Comments Off on BCP – WA Monthly News Roundup, April 2017

Iron ore mine at Koolan Island set to reopen after seawall rebuild, $2.3 billion worth of projects for WA over the next two years, and work to upgrade Perth Airport to commence soon; all in our WA monthly news round-up.   Koolan Island’s iron ore mine set to reopen Mount Gibson Iron has recently revealed plans to restart production at their Koolan Island mine. Mining operations are expected to resume after the company rebuilds a collapsed seawall that protects the mine at a cost of nearly $100 million. This is welcome news in West Kimberly, where a string of mine closures in recent years have resulted in hundreds of job losses. The planned revival of the mine (which will include construction of a new seawall) is expected to take 2 years creating 80 jobs during the initial stages, and 315 jobs once mining operations commence. Construction of the new seawall [...]

6 05, 2017

Labour Hire Costs Vs Benefits

By |May 6th, 2017|Employee / Staff Management|Comments Off on Labour Hire Costs Vs Benefits

In business, labour needs are always changing. A business may be overstaffed today and then become understaffed just a week later without any changes being made to the employee roster. There’re two common reasons why labour needs keep changing in companies. These are: –    Worker absences. Your employees will sometimes miss work due to reasons such as illness, maternity and annual leaves. This creates labour shortfalls without the number of employees on your payroll changing. –    Fluctuating demand for your product. When demand is high, your production needs will increase making your current labour force inadequate for operations. A fall in demand for products, on the other hand, will result in reduced production and hence you’ll have a problem of excess employees. Since permanent workers cannot be hired and let go on a very short time scale easily, temporary workers are hired to fill any short-term labour shortfalls that arise. [...]

27 04, 2017

2016 AIM Salary Survey – Summary & Stats

By |April 27th, 2017|Labour Industry News|Comments Off on 2016 AIM Salary Survey – Summary & Stats

The 2016 National Salary Survey, conducted by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), shows that the Australian living standard is under more pressure than it has ever been with a falling wage growth compared to inflation. The survey found the overall salary movement to be at +3% – the lowest reported growth rate since 2012. Over the four years to 2016, growth has cumulatively dropped by about 1.1%. This trend is expected to continue in 2017, especially in Western Australia and Queensland regions that have been heavily affected by the mining downturn. The sectors that saw the most sluggish pay increases were manufacturing and construction with retail, business, and finance industries also under threat from the decrease. Other key findings from the survey The survey also revealed that: Employees who left their jobs did so 81.9% of the time to look for a new challenge, 56.5% of the time to [...]