What matters to HR today? While every client has their own unique challenges, here’s what we are hearing consistently from our leading employer client base.

1. Business change
Change, and big change, is seemingly a constant. Flexible and adaptable businesses require commensurate HR support to drive and implement change effectively.

2. The digital world
The digital world is transforming work and creating opportunities and threats. This is as true in the workplace as elsewhere in a business, making effective HR strategy in this area critical.

3. Recruitment and retention
Amidst challenging economic times, we are being told that attraction and retention of the best employees, together with maintaining an optimal leadership pipeline, is as difficult as ever.

4. Doing more with less
Businesses are demanding the same output with fewer inputs. HR is expected to deliver here too. Greater investment in HR metrics is providing more insight into workplace effectiveness.

5. Workplace transformation
In traditional “blue collar” environments there is more than ever a pressing need to rethink the way work is performed; the way relationships exist in the workplace; and the regulation which impacts it. Doing so in a collective bargaining environment is a significant challenge in many a workplace.

6. Workplace risk has never been higher
Employees are increasingly aware of their rights and they have more of them. The workplace has never been more regulated. The system is generating an ever-growing number of avenues for ‘complaints’. The distraction to business is obvious.

Do you have different challenges?  What do you see as the big issues for HR today?

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Photo of Chris Gardner Chris Gardner

“Strategic”. That’s how clients consistently describe Chris.

Starting with the end in mind, he understands that legal advice is only one piece of the jigsaw when balancing strategy and risk.

Clients know they’ll receive advice that fits into the bigger picture.

Best recognised…

“Strategic”. That’s how clients consistently describe Chris.

Starting with the end in mind, he understands that legal advice is only one piece of the jigsaw when balancing strategy and risk.

Clients know they’ll receive advice that fits into the bigger picture.

Best recognised for workplace change and enterprise bargaining, Chris’ work has seen him at the forefront of engagements that matter. Countless employers have benefited from the pragmatic and solution-orientated advice that he is known for.

You may have seen him in Boss magazine, heard him on Qantas Q Radio or Foxtel’s Law TV. He is also famous for his collection of Elvis artefacts.

Photo of Rachel Bernasconi Rachel Bernasconi

“She is magnificent: highly pragmatic and very commercial” quoted a client of Rachel’s in Chambers – enough said?

Rachel does not shy from challenges supporting employers with highly unionised workforces, with rapid technological change and whose disputes more often than not reach headlines.…

“She is magnificent: highly pragmatic and very commercial” quoted a client of Rachel’s in Chambers – enough said?

Rachel does not shy from challenges supporting employers with highly unionised workforces, with rapid technological change and whose disputes more often than not reach headlines.

With a passion for working closely with large organisations, with both blue and white collar workforces, Rachel finds people driven solutions to problems meeting strategic needs while identifying and mitigating risks.