Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 519 Issue Date: 15 Apr, 2019

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James Ross HR Manager COG

Guest Speaker


Our Guest Speaker today was James Ross, introduced by PP Ian Johnston.
James is a Human Resources Manager at the City of Geraldton. He started in 2005 and has slotted into Geraldton well, with 4wd, camping and parenthood to keep him busy. A keen Dockers supporter (Yay!) this is tempered by his Eagles’ wife! (Jeez, Derby days must be interesting!-ed)
The city has 300 FTE staff and a budget of $750K, so its HR needs is great!
In small business we often ask how we can improve profit and an HR professional can assist with a large range of services, including recruitment, recognition, learning, performance, industrial relations, legal issues, OHS, compliance, audit, organisation and policy and procedure! Whew! But what are the options for small businesses if they can’t afford a full time HR professional?
Recruitment can be outsourced, administration may require more staff. Policy and process advice can be sourced from CCH online as an example. In terms of staff assistance, coaching and mentoring can be done through professional coaches (Here Clarke got his plug!) as well as local psychologists. Training can be obtained from many sources including TAFE, AIM, G’ton Universities Centre etc.
With proper HR management, business can obtain better returns with improved leadership skills, and happier, better trained staff. We can improve our profit through people by allowing them some control over their work and providing supportive leadership and commitment.
After a few hairy questions on the COG and its slowly developing economies of scale, James was thanked by PP Raj Mavath and we were all relieved at knowing where our money is going!

Author: Ian Taylor

Published: 23 August, 2009


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