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An HR professional's guide to navigating change

When staff members are not engaged in change they can consciously and unconsciously resist the new way of working. To avoid any backlash or organisational challenge, this eBook details the nine essentials of change management that will ensure you can seamlessly implement change and bring your staff along for the journey.

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How to make employee life easier with HR technology

Tuesday 9th May 2017

The Australian workforce has become more diverse, largely due to people working longer – often beyond the retirement age of 65. For the first time in history, we are witnessing up to four generations employed under one roof. Keeping every one of them happy is vital to HR professionals today

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3 challenges experienced by multi country payroll teams

Tuesday 18th July 2017

The Global Payroll Management Institute released a video with a short explainer of what the three biggest challenges for global payroll teams are. In this blog we’ll learn about these challenges as well as what HR leadership can do to combat them.

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3 tips on running a gender equality health check

Monday 15th May 2017

Gender equality is a common topic of discussion – but without the right action to follow, these good intentions can slip through the cracks. Gender focused programs reflect an organisation’s position on inclusion and diversity, so it’s important that HR leaders have formal programs in place to ensure that the norm of ‘people’ in the workplace can become a reality across all organisations.

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Compliance Management | Dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s

Monday 24th July 2017

A spate of high-profile and costly payroll failures has shone a light on compliance in this business-critical function. Is it time to review what your organisation has in place?

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From Digital HR to Human Capital Management – How HR has evolved

Monday 1st May 2017

Human resources (HR) is evolving fast. Right now, talent – how to find it, how to keep it and, how to build on it – has become the biggest challenge facing HR professionals today.

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Compliance Training | 6 steps to make compliance training exciting

Tuesday 20th September 2016

While the mere mention of compliance can cause employee’s eyes to glaze over, the 106,565 serious workers compensation claims in 2013/14 alone are proof that it’s in everyone’s best interests to pay attention. And even though there are plenty of statistics that will make your employees sit up and take notice, a scare campaign is by no means necessary. Making compliance exciting isn’t impossible, not even close. Our experts outline 6 simple ways to engage your staff in the topic of compliance.

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Does your payroll data support operational decisions?

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Does the service and information you are able to access from payroll support your manager’s needs? If the answer is ‘no’, or ‘sort of’ – it is time to head back to the payroll drawing board. HR and payroll data are critical inputs to the efficiency and effectiveness of a business and indeed its leaders; it is fundamental to decision-making on both operational and strategic levels.

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4 ways to personalise the employee experience

Monday 1st May 2017

The need for a personalised employee experience is vital to talent management today. There is no one size fits all approach to attracting, developing and retaining employees. Companies are fast recognising that if they want to attract the right people, they must accommodate employees’ personal lives and career aspirations into their talent management strategies.

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How to make your learning programs count

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

You only have to look at the way universities are diving headfirst into a brave new world of web-based and experiential teaching methods to realise that the way we learn has changed. The exciting new knowledge around how people learn offers major opportunities, not just for education institutions, but also for all types of businesses. Ascender was recently involved in the LearnX Live! Summit in Melbourne – here are the most powerful trends that came out of the event.

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The Ripple Effect: The multi-faceted benefits of integrated software solutions for SMEs

Monday 24th October 2016

In the increasingly competitive world of business – one in which employee and customer experience have become significant differentiators – getting the most out of your available resources is absolutely vital. Proven to positively affect employee engagement and boost staff morale, the benefits of integrated software solutions can’t be ignored. In this white paper we detail the broad and interconnected business benefits that can be achieved.

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The Myth of Global Payroll

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

With a geographically diverse workforce, the reality for many organisations is that their level of integrated HR technology is the key driving force for efficiency and productivity on a global level. However, it’s the in-country expertise that accompanies those systems that gives them a competitive edge on a local level. Not only do they need to remain efficient and cost effective, but they need to remain compliant and relevant to their ultimate audience, their employees.

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10 habits of highly successful businesses

Tuesday 13th September 2016

The nature of work is changing, that much is obvious. Far more difficult to figure out is what a business must do on a practical level to keep up with those changes. Ultimately, for a business to excel, it's not just about fulfilling necessary business functions such as payroll. We've explored multiple pieces of research to share with you what great businesses are doing to stay ahead of the game in this age of global change.

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An HR professional’s guide to navigating change

Tuesday 4th October 2016

When staff members are not engaged in change – whether it be relatively small developments such as the introduction of a new process or IT system, or major structural or strategic adjustments – they can consciously and unconsciously resist the new way of working. To avoid any backlash or organisational challenge, this eBook details the nine essentials of change management that will ensure you can seamlessly implement change and bring your staff along for the journey.

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How to leverage company values & boost engagement

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

There are many ways to address employee engagement in a company. HR Professionals often have their own definition of what engagement means for them, however to their employees, it can mean something as simple as social activities, rewards or recognition.

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5 qualities shared by high performance teams

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Just as you need systems that talk to each other, you need a team that communicates well, is working to a common goal and who subscribe to a culture of high performance. Creating this type of culture isn’t something that comes about by chance; it comes from above – from HR leaders and management. So, what are the practical but essential ingredients to create an environment in which high performance is the norm?

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How to win back time for the HR essentials

Monday 31st October 2016

The traditional HR role was one characterised by manual and time-consuming tasks. But with the advent of improved technologies, the low-value elements of an HR professional’s role have been eradicated, leaving them to concentrate on what they’re really good at – managing talent. Everybody knows that successful businesses are differentiated by customer and employee experience. What they may not realise is that modern managers and HR professionals will hold enormous sway over these factors, and so much more.

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Readying your organisation for 457 visa changes

Thursday 1st June 2017

The government’s announcement on April 18 saw big changes to the 457 visa program that allows skilled migrants to work in Australia. Whilst the government had speculated scaling back the number of industries eligible to host 457 visa workers since 2013, the sudden and absolute axing of the program was unexpected.

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Finding it hard to attract and retain talent?

Tuesday 6th September 2016

The art of retaining staff lies in understanding who they are as individuals. Hidden in your payroll data are valuable insights into your employees and their motivation to perform. When used to its full potential, this information can be used to better engage and retain staff and enhance your ability to attract quality talent.

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How an integrated HRIS can drive your engagement strategy

Monday 7th November 2016

Technology has long been known to be a driver of efficiency and productivity, but only recently has its importance as a powerful engagement tool been recognised, acknowledges Ascender’s General Manager, Fred van der Tang. Demographic change, the increasingly competitive war for talent and leaps forward in technology all combine to create an environment in which tech is a driver of retention and attraction.

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The Do’s and Don’ts for End of Financial Year Payroll Preparation

Tuesday 6th June 2017

End of financial year (EOFY) can be a very stressful time for any business, especially for Payroll and HR reporting teams. But what steps can HR and Payroll professionals take to plan and prepare? Here are 3 tips on the do’s and don’ts for EOFY.

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How secure is your data?

Tuesday 30th August 2016

While you can't control the increasing risk of cyber-attacks, you can take steps to protect your employees' precious personal data. Cyber security is of the utmost importance to organisations of every size, which is why we've identified where the risks lie and how you can best defend against potential attacks.

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8 payroll challenges HR Directors can easily overcome

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Imagine a work environment in which all HR documents live online in a structured and integrated system – this is the solution to your payroll concerns.

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How payroll management can navigate their team through EOFY

Wednesday 14th June 2017

The end of financial year (EOFY) is almost upon us, and by this time, you are likely to be right in the middle of deadline preparation. With payroll management, HR filing, superannuation and tax calculations being just a few of the items on the list, payroll and HR teams are by this point likely to be working around the clock. To try and alleviate some of this pressure, we have collated four tips to help you and your team navigate through EOFY.

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Keeping your payroll compliant: Avoiding sham contracting

Thursday 11th August 2016

When it comes to keeping payroll compliant, HR leaders need to ensure the working relationships with their staff is clearly defined and lawful. For example an independent contractor should not be asked to do what’s considered an employee’s job as they won’t receive employee benefits like annual leave or sick leave. In past Fair Work cases, businesses have claimed they were working with an independent contractor when, in the eyes of the law, it should have been an employment relationship. This is called sham contracting.

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Bringing people management into the 21st Century

Friday 20th January 2017

HR has come a long way in recent years. Download our free eBook to see how people management has changed in the past decade, how things have stayed the same, and what you can do to get the most out of your people.

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Seven legislation changes you should be aware of

Friday 10th February 2017

It’s essential for HR professionals to stay abreast of legislative changes influencing the industry. Here is our guide to recent changes to look out for this year.

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How your systems can talk to each other

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Every manager working today can appreciate just how beneficial it would be to have core business systems fully integrated and able to talk to each other across different platforms. Yet so many organisations struggle in vain, soaking up valuable time and resources manually transferring data across multiple incompatible systems.

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Is your people management up-to-date?

Tuesday 24th January 2017

There have been huge leaps and bounds in people management in the past few years. This infographic looks at upcoming trends in HR and how the latest offerings can help improve your business.

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Set your business up for success in 2017

Monday 16th January 2017

It's a new year and time for a new start. Take advantage of this opportunity to get on top of administrative tasks and plan for the year ahead. It's sure to put you in a good position and set your business up for success over the next 12 months.

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Reduce payroll discrepancies, relinquish manual control

Thursday 11th August 2016

When not done efficiently, payroll can be a cumbersome and complex function. But it's also one where there's no room for error. While other HR professionals understand that the demands and challenges associated with payroll can lead to unintentional discrepancies, your staff might not be so accepting. By relinquishing manual control you can avoid the potential for payroll problems to impact your business.

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How to hold on to your top performers in the new year

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Anyone in HR knows it’s hard to find the right people. But holding on to them isn’t getting any easier either. This simple guide will help you hold on to your best talent through 2017 and beyond.

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Do you have a payroll management contingency plan?

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Your payroll management team or individual might be worth their weight in gold, but even golden employees go on holiday, get sick, have personal crises, and are particularly unskilled in the prevention of natural disaster.

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Why organisations need simpler HR software and integrated technologies

Thursday 11th August 2016

The digital revolution has empowered employees by increasing efficiency, however stand-alone HR software and numerous other systems are also halting employee productivity. This leads to the question, could there be a way to create more cohesive and productive teams by simplifying human-technology interactions?

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Q&A: How to engage your workforce

Thursday 16th February 2017

Thought leader and AHRI Director Rhonda Brighton-Hall calls on her 25 years experience in HR to demystify workforce engagement in this informative Q&A.

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Mantra Group Customer Video

Wednesday 28th June 2017

How Mantra maximised employee engagement and cut costs through a combined Ascender and SAP Success Factors solution

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The biggest payroll challenges in healthcare

Monday 27th February 2017

Anyone in HR knows it’s hard to find the right people. But holding on to them isn’t getting any easier either. This simple guide will help you hold on to your best talent through 2017 and beyond.

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Payroll systems compliance: An engagement opportunity for HR Leaders

Monday 3rd July 2017

Most businesses care about their employees and legal obligations, and are not intentionally non-compliant when it comes to paying what they owe. The threat of fines, the risk of reputation damage and the resulting impact on your bottom line are all significant and realistic consequences of non-compliance. But what about the impact of day-to-day errors and oversights, or legacy payroll systems that aren’t as efficient as they could be? What are they costing you?

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Understanding Payroll maturity – four ways to optimise your Payroll practices

Monday 1st May 2017

Payroll processes have significantly evolved thanks to the move towards transformation projects, the increased adoption of cloud and the desire for Payroll practitioners to get more involved in business operations. With a need to contribute to key business decision making, Payroll professionals must have a mature and potentially global Payroll solution in place to support the new range of challenges they face.

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Unlock the power of your payroll data

Monday 17th October 2016

If you’re making business decisions, HR or otherwise, without looking first to your payroll data, you could be missing out on valuable insights. Small changes in the business can create large changes in payroll, and an understanding of cost per employee or revenue per employee can help in planning future growth. Here are a few of the most powerful outcomes of payroll analytics done well.

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How multi country payroll enhances the employee experience

Monday 1st May 2017

Multi-Country Payroll Outsourcing (MCPO) is at a tipping point in Asia Pacific. This is a result of more Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) expanding their presence into the region. They’re looking for a scalable solution that gives them control, compliance, cost efficiency and provides increased visibility into all of their HR and payroll processes.

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How advanced payroll systems and HR reporting can save you this new financial year

Monday 10th July 2017

By now the end of the 2016/17 financial year is all but a not so distant memory, but for some HR leaders, it may feel more like a recent nightmare. A nightmare you do not want repeated – ever again. However, if you are still operating on technology that isn’t keeping up with your business requirements, you may well be headed down the same path. Particularly if your payroll systems, its functionalities and HR reporting could have offered you more. But to flip this statement on its head, did you ask for more? Moreover, should you have?

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Multi-country payroll outsourcing

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Ascender have partnered with Everest to author this detailed study on the benefits of MCPO and associated best-practices for MNCs in Asia Pacific. We look at the maturation of MCPO within the Asia Pacific region — offering details regarding the circumstances driving growth and development.

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The true cost of running payroll in Asia Pacific

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Many growing companies fail to allow for the true cost of compliant payroll and HR expenses. They are also unaware that significant savings can be made by outsourcing this function. This white paper covers the real cost of running payroll in the Asia Pacific region including hidden and indirect expenses. It also includes strategies for developing a more cost-effective payroll function.

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Organisational agility

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Managing payroll and HR in multiple locations and languages is an extremely complex process. Not only does it increase the risk of inconsistency and non-compliance for modern organisations, it limits management’s global view of the organisation. This white paper details the benefits of cloud-based HR and payroll systems that enable businesses to cost-effectively deploy a robust, single platform that is scalable and compliant across multiple regions.

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New considerations for human capital management

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Rapid changes in the global economy require organisations to move faster than ever before. In particular, the shift from transactional HR functions to Strategic Human Capital Management has allowed many companies to quickly gain a significant advantage. This white paper covers the growing trends, models and solutions that are helping businesses optimise their people process.

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Emerging APAC market

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Outsourcing is no longer seen as just a cost-cutting tactic for organisations operating in sluggish economies. It is now being considered as a strategic solution to consolidate cost bases across multiple regions and stimulate growth. This white paper covers the factors that can impact multi-national companies looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region.

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11 principles for successful MCPO

Tuesday 19th July 2016

A helpful infographic illustrating what a payroll provider should be offering you when you're looking to outsource your multi country payroll.