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Team building exercises

While hiring a group of people that work well in a team isn’t always easy, when you do, it can result in a more effective, productive and overall more successful workforce.

To create a strong team of workers, some businesses turn to setting aside a day to undertake team building exercises to rally everyone together and break down communication barriers, overcome shyness, build confidence in one another and overall unite everyone together.

Before engaging in team building exercises, businesses first need to establish the goal they wish to achieve from engaging in such activities. Many employers plan activities with no goal in mind, which often results in employees reverting back to their standard behaviour after the day of fun and games.

Examples of team building goals include overcoming conflict, improving communication, encouraging collaboration or even simply getting to know one another better.

Businesses also need to consider the type of team building exercises they would like to conduct to determine whether they need to set aside an entire day, half a day or even just a few hours to build a strong team of workers.

Location is also very important – is there enough space in the office to engage in team building exercises or will you need a larger area, like an outdoor field. Consider also whether you will need equipment and if employees will need to bring a spare change of clothes. Some employees may not be able to participate if they are wearing suits or heels.

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SMSFs: beware of illegal early super release

July 13, 2018

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees to beware of allowing members to access their super early.

A self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustee must meet a condition of release before any funds can legally be released.

The ATO can issue severe penalties if you or a SMSF member access your super before you are legally entitled to do so.

Some consequences of getting caught up in an illegal super scheme include the disqualification of trustees, imposition of administrative penalties, the fund being made non-complying and prosecution.

The Tax Office encourages those members who have been involved in an illegal super scheme to contact them immediately. The ATO will review your voluntary disclosure and take your circumstances into account when determining any penalties.