Myth 5: An unfair dismissal complaint will cost my business thousands
This is one of those myths that is being promoted by those with an agenda to push.
Yes. An unfair dismissal complaint may cost you.
How much it costs you depends on how rigid you are and whether you are willing to compromise.
Myth 6: Penalty rates MUST be reduced for me to stay in business
Now this one technically isn’t an industrial relations related myth. It has more to do with the way a business is run than anything else. Though that hasn’t stopped alleged experts from using it to push their agenda.
The reality of things is that if the margins on your business are that tight, you probably shouldn’t be in business.
Are you trying to set yourself apart from your competitors, or are you in a race to the bottom to see who can sell the cheapest widget?
Myth 7: We need to start battening down the hatches to prepare for the coming IR war
While there may be an IR war on the horizon, (depending on who wins the next election), businesses shouldn’t be gearing up for a fight.
What they should be doing is engaging with their workforce.
If you think there is a war looming, employ quality people now to identify any smouldering embers, before they turn into a forest fire. They could also attempt to restore the ‘trust’ and ‘faith’ they have lost in management.
As with everything else in life, don’t take what some people say as gospel. Always, seek out advice and do your own due diligence.