Managing for happiness

Managing for Happiness

14 June 2016

Nurturing a company culture of opportunity and challenge, support and appreciation is not just about giving you a warm fuzzy feeling – it can increase your bottom line. Rena Klein makes the case.

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Measuring productivity

Measuring Productivity

11 March 2016

What is productivity and how should we measure it? Robert Peake reports on recent survey findings and suggests strategies for architectural practices.

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A Guide to Managing Performance

A Guide to Managing Performance

6 March 2015

Retaining high performing employees and managing performance have major business benefits. Peta Tumpey and Katie Simon of TressCox Lawyers provide a guide. 

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Reverse Mentoring

Reverse Mentoring

21 September 2016

Reverse mentoring has much to offer architectural practices, with potential benefits to employees, employers and the whole business. 

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Mentoring

The Merits of Mentoring

8 May 2017

When it comes to creating a motivated and well-supported architectural workforce, mentoring is a no-brainer, argues Michael Smith. 

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Return to Work

The Ultimate Return to Work

14 March 2018

Providing support and easing the transition for an employee returning to work makes good business sense, argues Jennekin Dicks.

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Part of the Territory?

Part of the Territory? A response from the ACA

20 March 2017

Poor workplace cultures and conditions are bad for everyone – employee, employer and the wider profession. David Wagner responds to one recent account. 

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Pay equity

Pay equity

30 January 2014

Equal Pay Day draws attention to the pay disparity between men and women. We list some resources to help you ensure this is not an issue in your practice. 

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GUIDE TO HIRING  NEW EMPLOYEES

Guide to Hiring New Employees

31 March 2014

A new guide for small business from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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2015 Salary Survey

2015 Salary Survey Report and Analysis

17 July 2015

The ACA has released the report on findings of the 2015 National Salary Survey. The outlines the broad trends identified this year and compares these to the results from the previous two years.

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Internships

Internships Update

10 July 2013

Do internships provide a much-needed foot in the door and an opportunity to learn or are they exploitation? It all depends on the structure and policies in place, and the integrity with which they are supervised.

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Why HR Policy Matters

Why HR Policy Matters

12 May 2014

With the release of the new ACA HR Policy Templates, we outline the benefits of having policy in place for practices of all sizes. 

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HR Policy Templates

HR Policy Templates

18 August 2018

Comprehensive and written in plain English, the HR Policy Templates can be readily tailored to suit the needs of specific practices.

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Individual Flexibility Arrangements

Individual Flexible Arrangements

17 October 2017

Individual flexibility arrangements provide the opportunity to vary modern awards or enterprise agreements to provide flexibility in a fair and appropriate manner.

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Construction happiness index

Do We Need a Construction Happiness Index?

4 November 2014

John Held on happiness, mental health and the construction industry.

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Supporting Working Parents

Supporting Working Parents

5 August 2014

What does the recent Human Rights Commission report mean for architectural businesses?  

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Mel Bayl-Smith

Valuable Experience or Exploitation? The Story of Unpaid Internships

7 August 2018

In a profession under pressure, unpaid internships are becoming increasingly common, but they may be placing our most vulnerable students and graduates at risk. Melonie Bayl-Smith unpacks the issues.

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Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice

13 May 2014

The Parlour Guides to Equitable Practice aim to help Australian architecture move towards a more equitable profession; one that offers opportunity for all and is better positioned to meet contemporary challenges.

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Elizabeth Radley

Managing the Risk of Sexual Harassment

16 July 2018

Implementing policies and staff training around harassment are important, but enforcement is crucial. Employers must be prepared to take direct action when required, advises employment law specialist Elizabeth Radley.

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The New Workplace

The New Workplace

17 December 2017

At a time when margins are small, and the war for talent is real, Josephine Sukkar outlines the importance of trust, clever recruitment and succession planning, and the cultivation of flexible management and teams.

 

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Champions of Change

Champions of Change

15 April 2015

Sydney-based representatives from top Australian architecture practices have signed up for the first Male Champions of Change program in architecture. Leone Lorrimer reports on the launch event, the initiative, and what it means for Australian architecture. 

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Part time

The powerful impact of part-time work

18 August 2017

Part-time employment can have enormous benefits – to employers and employees, but also to the creative process, argues Madeline Sewall.

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LOng hours

Go Hard or Go Home!

20 March 2017

Lee Hillam reflects on the long-hours culture in architecture.

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KYA_PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

Performance reviews

9 September 2013

How do you make performance reviews productive for both the business and the employee?

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Performance reviews

How Do You Performance Review?

15 May 2018

ACA – SA is developing advice for all members about the effective use of performance reviews. To get going we want to hear from you.

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To Work or Not to Work? The Part-time Question

To Work or Not to Work? The Part-time Question

12 November 2013

Melonie Bayl-Smith argues that flexible work arrangements may be the best option for an architectural practice to retain its corporate knowledge and for the profession to retain its talent.

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ACA WIRE
Architects and mental health

"This review has highlighted the lack of data and knowledge in relation to the mental health and wellbeing of architects. It has highlighted a number of characteristics of work and education of architects that are strongly associated with increased risk of developing mental health problems."

As part of an ongoing project, the NSW Architects Registration Board has now released a literature review of material relevant to architects and mental health.

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ACA WIRE
Managing Part-Time Architects

Meaningful part-time work in architecture is a key issue for many, but not all practices know how to manage this effectively. Misty Waters has written about tips for employers and for those returning to work, available on Parlour

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Women in Male-Dominated Industries

Women in Male-Dominated Industries: A Toolkit of Strategies

10 December 2013

The Women in Male Dominated Industries Toolkit of Strategies offers a range of ways to recruit, retain and support women.

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Stop Harassment

Stopping Harassment in its Tracks

15 December 2017

How does your practice address sexual harassment at work? Merilyn Speiser from Catalina Consultants offers a 10-step approach to keep your business harassment-free.

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CEO Roundtable

CEO Roundtable on Gender Equity

21 July 2015

Leone Lorrimer co-hosted the first CEO Roundtable to explore and discuss gender diversity issues in architecture. She reports on the event and the resulting action plan. 

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Successful Leadership Succession

Successful Leadership Succession

7 March 2015

How do you develop a clear, effective process for succession in your practice? Robert Peake outlines the key issues and strategies, and warns of problems you may encounter. 

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Building a business

10 Principles for Building an Architectural Business

31 May 2014

How do you build an architectural business? Charles Justin offers 10 principles to guide a practice.  

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Supporting Mental Health

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

10 July 2017

The topic of mental health is receiving increasing attention in architecture. So, how can you ensure that your practice is safe and healthy? ACA partner Cbus works with SuperFriend to provide knowledge and resources about mental health, some of which is shared below. 

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