January 2018 Blog Posts (29)

Helpful tips for fitting out your office

Whether it’s because you’re moving office or undertaking a refurbishment, how you go about fitting out your office can have a big impact on workplace productivity, employee engagement and also brand perceptions.

Fitting out an office can also be a stressful time. There’s a lot to think about including whether the new office will adapt as the business grows and evolves, the type of furniture and technology to invest in, making sure the fitout results in an efficient and prosperous…


Added by Belinda Lyone on January 31, 2018 at 13:04 — No Comments

Time to future proof your career

It wasn’t that long ago that you needed a downtown office to do business. A bricks and mortar presence was essential. Corporates traded with other corporates and the little guy could hope for little more than the occasional crumb. Work was done in offices. Meetings (lots of them) took place in meeting rooms. Consultants, entrepreneurs and contractors worked in a…


Added by Mark Hodgson on January 31, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

It’s the things we can’t see that we are most afraid of.

Do you still think of the Jaws movie every so often when you are swimming in the ocean?  Yep, I thought so. And if it’s not conscious it is definitely there… lurking in the back of your mind…   It’s bizarre when you actually think about how fake the shark is in that classic film. Just hearing the Daaa…


Added by Zandy Fell on January 30, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

80 Best Data Science Books That Are Worthy Reading

Data science is probably the most popular concept nowadays. I believe that many people are looking for an entrance to get inside the industry, and I just happened to read an article that lists some great data science books that may be helpful for you. So I concluded it in this article and I’ve also given the books brief introductions, so you can choose the ones you’d like to read. Some of the data science books you can find it online, and I've given out the links. But most of them I…


Added by Nora Choi on January 29, 2018 at 12:51 — No Comments

How HR can meet challenges and opportunities in 2018

Most professions are changing as the world of work continues to evolve, but there are few that compare to the level of change that faces the HR community.

The challenges moving into 2018 for HR professionals require an extended mix of capabilities including elements such as problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. 
As traditional aspects of a HR role become more automated and streamlined, HR will shift into a more influential role…

Added by alan clare on January 29, 2018 at 10:47 — No Comments

5 Things To Consider When Choosing HR Software Vendors

Choosing the best HR software for your business takes a lot of work. Not only do you have to figure out which key features you need, you’ll also then have to decide which vendor is the best fit for your business.

This task can be slightly overwhelming -…


Added by Sebastian Reay on January 25, 2018 at 9:39 — No Comments

Are you talking yourself out of future success?

“Happy 2018 you magnificent Grand Final winning bastards. Pre season is almost upon us and need to know who is saddling up again for 2018”.

This is the text sent to me by the captain of the mighty Newport Rugby Club 3rd team. I am 53 in February. By any measure, that’s old to be playing rugby. It’s easy to give in to a prevailing narrative - “time to hang up your boots”, “most of those blokes could be your son”, “Mate, you’ll be the slowest bloke on the park”. In…


Added by Mark Hodgson on January 25, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Four Important Steps for Finding Hourly Employees Online

It's hard to find an article on a recruiting topic these days that is not focused on some new online tool or strategy. This thing called the internet (you've probably heard of it) seems to have changed recruiting forever. 

What you don't see very often is articles that are focused on helping managers and employers find the hourly employees they need for their business to be successful. 

When you're recruiting these employees online, your options are overwhelming. Where do you…


Added by Spencer Rule on January 25, 2018 at 1:47 — No Comments

Unlocking the Benefits of Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce

It was not too long-ago that business normal often consisted of ‘old guys’ – those who had spent years working their way up to the so called ‘top jobs’.  Usually found sitting in their closed-door offices at one end of the building; with the so called young ones – sitting in their cubicles, waiting for their own chance to move up the ladder and into an office of their own. 

Fast forward to today where we now work in a far more complex and diverse workplace environment. One that has…


Added by Tony Simonsen on January 24, 2018 at 13:29 — No Comments

An Introduction to Team-Based Planning

Team-based planning is something we work on with our clients at the beginning and end of the year as a top and tail activity. But what exactly is team-based planning? Who’s involved? And what are the benefits? In this post and this podcast episode we take a look.

What is team-based…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on January 24, 2018 at 11:44 — No Comments

[Study] Workplace Resilience Training Lowers Stress and Sick Leave, Increases Productivity and Job Retention

A current investigation by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine into the improvements in resilience, stress and somatic symptoms following resilience training has stated:

There is ‘a growing body of evidence [which] connects employee resilience with important work-related…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on January 24, 2018 at 11:41 — No Comments

The Cost of Aggressive Leaders

There are many different skills which are required for an effective leader - such as excellent communication skills, perseverance, the ability to inspire and motivate staff, clarity of thought, and efficiency. But one detrimental trait that many leaders may possess is aggression.

Although it is often accepted that a domineering personality seems to go hand in hand with successful leadership, in many…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 24, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

The Gig Economy – “Uber” factors to consider

The gig economy has arguably revolutionised the labour market, allowing short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs. 

The gig economy provides a platform for businesses to offer their services to their clients or customers via the engagement of short-term contracts as contractors or consultants.  The most famous examples are Uber and Airtasker however business consultants and graphic designers are just as prone to this type of engagement.

Care ought to…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 23, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

5 HR issues every business needs to know about in 2018


Added by Merilyn Speiser on January 22, 2018 at 10:24 — No Comments

Tackling a Toxic Workplace Culture

Many people start off each year with a bundle of resolutions - to eat better, to exercise more, to spend more time with the kids... the list goes on. The start of a new calendar year is also a fantastic time for businesses to take stock and reassess. If your workplace culture is getting in the way of your business fulfilling it's potential, make change your top New Year's resolution for 2018.



Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 19, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Professionals must accept the “rough and smooth” of working outside the normal working hours

There has been significant discussion around working outside normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) and whether those extra hours should be paid as either overtime or time off in lieu (TOIL).

In a decision by Commissioner Mathews in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Commissioner made it abundantly clear that employees who work in “professional” roles (such as a certified practicing accountant) need to accept that in the real world…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 18, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Why you need to shine in the new world of work

I was recently driving back from holidays with my wife, Nicki, listening to Russell Brand’s excellent podcast, ‘Under the skin’. His guest Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and author of ‘The Age of Anger’ said something that really resonated.

“Most lives end in disappointment”

Simple, profound, confronting. But true? We paused the podcast and debated the idea.

On balance, I suspect, sadly, he’s right. Mishra frames his argument in terms of a world in which many…


Added by Mark Hodgson on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

3 Hacks to Improve Employee Engagement

Okay, these are not really hacks.

I can't offer quick-fix answers to your employee engagement problems.

I can provide a common sense approach to engaging employees at work.

Want to know the truth?

Employees are people.

To get more engagement out of…


Added by Spencer Rule on January 18, 2018 at 3:44 — No Comments

Does the complainant or respondent have to participate in a workplace investigation?

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question...

Does the complainant or respondent have to participate in a workplace investigation?…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on January 17, 2018 at 16:31 — No Comments

Build HR Capability Today, to Shape your Business Tomorrow

The importance of building skills, abilities and knowledge in your HR function, required to shape successful business in 2018. 

HR is a multifaceted function of the 2018 workplace. It is no longer restricted to administrative operations such as staffing, development, safety & health or employee relations, and it hasn’t been for some time. HR business functions whilst combining all of the above are accountable to work towards the vision of the business,…

Added by alan clare on January 15, 2018 at 12:13 — No Comments

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