November 2012 Blog Posts (32)

Creating an Employment Brand

Just like we need a brand to attract the right customers, every business should also have a separate employment brand or employee value proposition to attract great talent. Whilst, it may have similar characteristics to the overall marketing message of the business, it should also be very targeted. Any business, big or small is missing out if they don’t have their own employment identity.

We all know that a brand is not just a company logo; it is what stands behind it in terms of…

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Added by Craig Shutt on November 30, 2012 at 14:27 — No Comments

How not to use LinkedIn: Lessons for recruiters (and other self-promoters)

How can professional people, people who should know better, do such dumb things in the course of doing their job?

No, I'm not talking about Former CIA director David Petraeus and his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, I'm talking about the way some people use LinkedIn.

I currently have over 2,500 first level LinkedIn connections as well as being a member of about 40 LinkedIn groups. As a result I receive plenty of LinkedIn generated emails each day. Minor irritations…

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Added by ross clennett on November 30, 2012 at 8:15 — 1 Comment

The Key Ingredient Of Great Leaders and Managers

With nearly 30 years of experience in leadership and management in many different roles, ranging from operational management to developing national people strategies. I have undertaken various learning and development roles, and latterly 10 years as an HR professional, I have only come across a handful of great leaders and managers in my working career.

The ingredient these people shared was, they were intrinsically drawn to “doing the right thing”. The “right thing” for these leaders…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on November 30, 2012 at 6:26 — No Comments

What to do when people don't respond to feedback?

Research has shown that about 40% of people at work ignore or even resist feedback.  They make judgements based on their own internally held standards and don’t give much credence to the opinions of others.  But there is a way to influence them . . . 

In a previous blog I gave an example of a member of staff who needed a lot of feedback in order to stay motivated, she had an 'External' motivation trait.  Her manager was able to improve her performance by setting up a simple way of…

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Added by David Klaasen on November 29, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Gifted and jobless

One of the smartest people I know doesn’t have a job. She wants one. She is a gifted writer, loyal, warm and friendly – people love her - and she has a great deal to offer any workplace.

She also has a mental illness.…

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Added by Linda Collard on November 29, 2012 at 14:58 — No Comments

Accelerating into the Wind

...A sight to behold



Each year at lunchtime on Boxing Day I religiously watch the start of the world famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

It's famous because it's one of the toughest ocean races in the world and can take days to complete... crossing one of the roughest stretches of ocean in often appalling conditions.

Lives…

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Added by Michael Hall on November 29, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Australian Smoko – Here's What You Thought...

Results

Last week, you told us that whilst you would like to see stricter rules on …

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Added by Ben Thompson on November 29, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

The Best Way to Motivate Your Employees

Charalambos A. Vlachoutsicos, a Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business shared an experience of the benefits of staff engagement. In this article for HBR, he describes a situation he witnessed in a sawmill in Russia, which shows that the importance of employee…

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Added by Mark Robinson on November 29, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Can 100 be the New 70? Implications for a Longer Work Life

Baroness Susan Greenfield, renowned British scientist and broadcaster, will be a keynote speaker at Australia’s cutting edge Creative Innovation Conference in Melbourne this week. According to the Weekend Australian, the baroness has come to Australia especially for the conference, in partnership with Melbourne University’s…

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Added by Lynette Jensen on November 24, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

We're all just…
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Added by Susan Rochester on November 23, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Are your people floundering from lack of feedback?

It’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘treating people as you want to be treated’.  On one level it may make sense, but there is no one who is exactly like you. We all have our unique experience of life that gives us our particular set of idiosyncrasies and our own particular motivational preferences.  If our motivational preferences are not met, we feel it at the deepest levels and it can have a dramatic impact on our performance. 

The trouble with these motivational preferences is that…

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Added by David Klaasen on November 22, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Is the Australian Smoko on its way out?

Next month sees the start of plain packaging laws for all tobacco products sold in Australia. From December all tobacco must be sold in olive green plain packets featuring no commercial logos. Australia is the world’s first to try this approach to stamping out smoking; but we wonder how much further this fight can go and whether the…

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Added by Ben Thompson on November 22, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

"Fun Can Obviously Change Behaviour for the Better"

What is positive psychology? A switch of focus from when things go wrong to when things go right.…

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Added by Mark Robinson on November 22, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Why Every Country Needs A Thanksgiving Day

The beauty of social media is the ability to connect with many great people I wouldn’t otherwise be able to, and my connections include many great USA citizens who are celebrating Thanksgiving Day this Thursday.

In the UK the nearest we ever got to a Thanksgiving was when we used to celebrate our Harvest Festival.  When I was a child the Harvest Festival was a big deal at school.  The Harvest Festival was a form of thanksgiving where we celebrated the food we received and gave to…

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Added by Christina Lattimer on November 22, 2012 at 1:14 — No Comments

Don't be too quick to sack 'the Geek' in your business

An interesting article in the Melbourne Age newspaper highlights the need for HR to remain objective and unemotional in any decision making process involving dismissal.

A workplace employee who was sacked while on sick leave (and after requesting leave to appear on the TV show ‘Beauty and the Geek’) has had his employment reinstated by a Federal Court with orders for the employer to pay $75K in lost pay.

The tables have now turned for this employee who was unlucky in finding…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on November 21, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

Time for a…
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Added by Susan Rochester on November 16, 2012 at 9:27 — No Comments

A Crisis in Thinking?

How are you dealing with the crisis in thinking?

The relentless pressure to do more in less time is creating a crisis in thinking.  Are we depriving ourselves of the very thing that will help us truly resolve the problems that beset any business?   By endlessly fighting symptoms rather than getting to root causes, we are in danger of becoming overwhelmed by urgency and neglecting what is really important.  How are you addressing this critical…

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Added by David Klaasen on November 15, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Your CEO is not a psychopath

There’s been a lot of talk lately about psychopaths in the workplace. Sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it? Well let’s be clear; firstly we are not talking about the Ted Bundy’s of the world - no one is saying you have a serial killer sitting at the next desk. What many of these articles are talking about are the traits of people that are often related to psychopathy. What we think is important, first and foremost, is to define what ‘psychopath’ actually means.

One of the most widely used…

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Added by Laura Lee on November 15, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

5 Tips on Managing Remote Workers

Australia is saying goodbye to the office this week with the launch of the first ever National Telework Week.

One of the aims of Telework Week is to highlight the benefits of remote…

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Added by Ben Thompson on November 15, 2012 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Reward and Recognition – Know Your Values

A common question we are asked when it comes to developing a recognition culture is:

“Where do I start?”

This is a common problem that many will come across, as knowing your intentions is one thing, but rolling out a strategy is something else altogether, and to be able to act, you need a structure or plan in…

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Added by Mark Robinson on November 15, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

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