The commercial reality of business is that even the most agreeable of parties, can butt heads over issues arising in the course of operations. If disagreements aren’t resolved quickly and effectively, it can have a huge effect on your business. This is why including a dispute resolution clause in your business contract is so important.Read more
Will swearing at work mean your boss can immediately sack you?
In the case of Smith v Aussie Waste Management Pty Ltd  FWC 1044 (12 February 2015) Mr Smith a rubbish truck driver lodged an unfair dismissal application against his employer where he was terminated for allegedly swearing at his manager. On the day of his dismissal Mr Smith was apparently taking longer than usual to complete his rubbish collection round allegedly (which Mr Smith said was due to mechanical difficulties with a vehicle). His supervisor Mr Coombes called him about the alleged lateness and the evidence suggests the conversation was quite heated and resulted in Mr Smith hanging up on Mr Coombes. The Commission accepted Mr Coombes’ evidence that he terminated Mr Smith because he said “you dribble shit, you always dribble fucking shit”.Read more
The way you handle conflict will determine what you get out of life.
Ever gone into a conflict or negotiating situation with butterflies in your stomach? Do sales people make you feel nervous? Does the thought of bringing up a problem with your spouse make you feel sick? Well don’t be afraid, I would say most of us have felt or continually feel like this (depending on your personality)!
As a lawyer I’m dealing with conflict everyday and if not in that role than as a Dad, Husband, friend and Boss… pick your role!Read more