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The benefits of a mentally healthy workplace

The benefits of a healthy workplace are well documented. But, as we mentioned in our recent blog about the most important HR trends for 2017, the need to create a mentallyhealthy workplace is becoming increasingly important too.After all, statistics show that at any time one in five…See More
Feb 6
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

The benefits of a mentally healthy workplace

The benefits of a healthy workplace are well documented. But, as we mentioned in our recent blog about the most important HR trends for 2017, the need to create a mentallyhealthy workplace is becoming increasingly important too.After all, statistics show that at any time one in five…See More
Feb 4
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Jan 21
Lisa McAdams liked Merilyn Speiser's blog post 5 HR trends to look out for this year
Jan 21
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

5 HR trends to look out for this year

So here we are at the start of another year! It’s worth pondering about the HR trends we think will be big in 2017.We think 2017 will be another big year in HR – both in terms of opportunity and also from a workplace relations perspective.  There has been a lot of interesting data on workplace trends released during 2016 and this data gives us strong indicators for direction and policy over the next 12 months. Here are 5 key things we think you need to know.1. Flexibility will be a defining…See More
Jan 13
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

5 HR trends to look out for this year

So here we are at the start of another year! It’s worth pondering about the HR trends we think will be big in 2017.We think 2017 will be another big year in HR – both in terms of opportunity and also from a workplace relations perspective.  There has been a lot of interesting data on workplace trends released during 2016 and this data gives us strong indicators for direction and policy over the next 12 months. Here are 5 key things we think you need to know.1. Flexibility will be a defining…See More
Jan 3
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

Flexibility: Workplace fad or strategic imperative?

 The term ‘flexibility’ is no longer reserved for part-timers. Companies like Telstra, PwC, ANZ and Ten are aiming for the “All Roles Flex” approach, which lets all employees propose an alternative to the standard desk-bound 9 to 5.We strongly believe businesses that can truly integrate flexibility into their workforce will put themselves ahead of the pack when it comes to hiring…See More
Aug 30, 2016
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

Flexibility: Workplace fad or strategic imperative?

 The term ‘flexibility’ is no longer reserved for part-timers. Companies like Telstra, PwC, ANZ and Ten are aiming for the “All Roles Flex” approach, which lets all employees propose an alternative to the standard desk-bound 9 to 5.We strongly believe businesses that can truly integrate flexibility into their workforce will put themselves ahead of the pack when it comes to hiring…See More
Aug 30, 2016
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

Reverse mentoring: turning the tables for better results

Logic says that a mentor should be more senior and experienced than their mentee or protege. But logic can sometimes be, well, wrong.If you’ve ever been part of the mentoring process, you’ve probably already seen first-hand how skills gaps and opportunities to learn exist on both sides….Welcome to reverse mentoring.What is reverse mentoring?Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is credited with coining the term ‘reverse mentoring’. Put simply, this happens when a mentee passes new skills and…See More
Aug 23, 2016
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

Reverse mentoring: turning the tables for better results

Logic says that a mentor should be more senior and experienced than their mentee or protege. But logic can sometimes be, well, wrong.If you’ve ever been part of the mentoring process, you’ve probably already seen first-hand how skills gaps and opportunities to learn exist on both sides….Welcome to reverse mentoring.What is reverse mentoring?Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is credited with coining the term ‘reverse mentoring’. Put simply, this happens when a mentee passes new skills and…See More
Aug 22, 2016
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

How to (and how not to) use social media for recruitment

How (and how not) to recruit someone using social mediaYou’ve probably heard stories about the latest trendy businesses that do all their recruitment via social media. They attract grads and fill new positions by luring them in through Instagram or Pintrest or Facebook or Twitter.Well, guess what? There’s no reason that trendy business couldn’t be you too. You just need to go about it the right way.And, if you do, the rewards could be plenty: a database of quality, enthusiastic brand…See More
Aug 18, 2016
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

How to (and how not to) use social media for recruitment

How (and how not) to recruit someone using social mediaYou’ve probably heard stories about the latest trendy businesses that do all their recruitment via social media. They attract grads and fill new positions by luring them in through Instagram or Pintrest or Facebook or Twitter.Well, guess what? There’s no reason that trendy business couldn’t be you too. You just need to go about it the right way.And, if you do, the rewards could be plenty: a database of quality, enthusiastic brand…See More
Aug 17, 2016
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

What to say to someone who doesn’t get a pay rise

How do you deal with someone who doesn’t earn a pay rise? It’s one of the few downsides of moving from mandated pay reviews to performance based-ones.Setting up effective remuneration policies and plans will help you get part of the way there.  But even with the clearest process in place, there will almost always be a few people who’ll be disappointed by what they receive.By meeting with any unhappy staff and addressing their concerns directly, with tact and empathy, you can help minimise…See More
Jul 19, 2016
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

What to say to someone who doesn’t get a pay rise

How do you deal with someone who doesn’t earn a pay rise? It’s one of the few downsides of moving from mandated pay reviews to performance based-ones.Setting up effective remuneration policies and plans will help you get part of the way there.  But even with the clearest process in place, there will almost always be a few people who’ll be disappointed by what they receive.By meeting with any unhappy staff and addressing their concerns directly, with tact and empathy, you can help minimise…See More
Jul 19, 2016
A blog post by Merilyn Speiser was featured

How's the air up there? HR in the Cloud space.

Why the Cloud will help your HR processesIf the words “Cloud” or “Cloud-based” have you silently sweating it in meetings, don’t worry. This new world of online data storage brings so many benefits for HR in general, and your business in particular.What’s the Cloud and why should I care?As PC Mag puts it, using the Cloud simply means “storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer's hard drive”.…See More
Jul 13, 2016
Merilyn Speiser posted a blog post

How's the air up there? HR in the Cloud space.

Why the Cloud will help your HR processesIf the words “Cloud” or “Cloud-based” have you silently sweating it in meetings, don’t worry. This new world of online data storage brings so many benefits for HR in general, and your business in particular.What’s the Cloud and why should I care?As PC Mag puts it, using the Cloud simply means “storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer's hard drive”.…See More
Jul 12, 2016

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What would you like to share about yourself?
I am an HR and Business Consultant, passionate about Talent, Performance, Leadership and Engagement.
Company website/blog
http://www.catalinaconsultants.com.au
How many employees in your company?
1-49
What areas of HR are you particularly passionate about?
Leadership, Talent, Performance, Engagement, Diversity
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Open networking

Merilyn Speiser's Blog

How psychometric testing can help overcome bias in hiring

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 15:58 0 Comments

 We’re all biased, whether we care to admit it or not. And bias becomes a real problem when it interferes with your ability to find real talent and affects your business’s growth.

We are all biased, whether we care to admit it or not.

That’s not the same thing as saying we’re all racist, xenophobic, homophobic or misogynistic. It’s not even the same thing as saying we prefer people who have the same background as us or think the same way we do (although,…

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The benefits of a mentally healthy workplace

Posted on February 4, 2017 at 17:52 0 Comments

The benefits of a healthy workplace are well documented. But, as we mentioned in our recent blog about the most important HR trends for 2017, the need to create a mentallyhealthy workplace is becoming increasingly important too.

After all, statistics…

Continue

5 HR trends to look out for this year

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 10:38 0 Comments

So here we are at the start of another year! It’s worth pondering about the HR trends we think will be big in 2017.

We think 2017 will be another big year in HR – both in terms of opportunity and also from a workplace relations perspective.  

There has been a lot of interesting data on workplace trends released during 2016 and this data gives us strong indicators for direction and policy over the next 12 months. 

Here are 5 key things we think you need to…

Continue

Flexibility: Workplace fad or strategic imperative?

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 9:04 0 Comments

 

The term ‘flexibility’ is no longer reserved for part-timers. Companies like Telstra, PwC, ANZ and Ten are aiming for the “All Roles Flex” approach, which lets all employees propose an alternative to the standard desk-bound 9 to 5.

We strongly believe businesses that can truly integrate flexibility into their workforce…

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