Featured Blog Posts – March 2013 Archive (27)

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work (early!)

Recently, I was watching David Attenborough on TV and marvelling at…

Added by Susan Rochester on March 28, 2013 at 8:01 — No Comments

(a mental) Hup, One, Two, Three...

In our last article we focused on how to help maintain a physically healthy workforce and workplace. Now we're going to look at both from the mental point of view. In other words, how can we help to keep and develop a mentally healthy workforce?

This is a much more difficult area to deal with, partly because the signs of…


Added by Melissa Binks on March 28, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

How to turn your Engagement Survey into an Engagement Strategy – 6 Tips to Maximise Survey Results

Do Engagement Surveys in your organisation meet with yawns and complacence? Do you create space in your leadership planning schedules to work through your survey results with a view to making impactful changes? Or is your annual Engagement Survey just ticking an HR To-Do box?

Whilst an excellent starting point, an Engagement…


Added by Kate Boorer on March 27, 2013 at 10:13 — 2 Comments

Change Management Procedures and Anti-Discrimination Policies

You might think that a recent decision in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal regarding the dismissal of a pregnant employee would have managers reaching for their anti-discrimination policy – but what they should be doing is reviewing change management procedures.

Cook v Commanding Communications Pty Ltd and Ors [2013] QCAT 24

This decision centred on the allegation of a casual telesales employee who exhibited emotional outbursts and became upset…


Added by Daniel Cummins on March 26, 2013 at 13:52 — No Comments

Three Practical Steps for Fostering a Learning Culture in Your Organisation

Peter Senge said it best - “the only sustainable competitive advantage is an organisation’s ability to learn faster than the competition”.

Unfortunately this is easier to say than do, especially if employees don’t experiment for fear of making mistakes, if it’s not possible to challenge ideas based on their merit, or if silos stifle the sharing of best practice. Having said this, there are three practical steps that you can take to kick start your organisation’s learning culture…


Added by Justine La Roche on March 25, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Hup, One, Two, Three...

Question: how fit are you?

Added by Melissa Binks on March 25, 2013 at 13:29 — No Comments

3 Skills Leaders Use To Set Parameters

Inspired success is not always about big action or visionary sight or indeed big ideas.   Sometimes it is simply down to everyone doing their part in the right way, taking equal responsibility and doing what needs to be done to achieve success.  

This weeks article talks about 3 skills. people (not only leaders) need to master to experience consistent success in their lives.   Many times I have seen leaders and managers unwittingly disengage teams when there is a lack of balance.…


Added by Christina Lattimer on March 22, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

Sometimes after a long week, you just need a little amusement.  This…

Added by Susan Rochester on March 22, 2013 at 9:15 — No Comments

How is your Working Style affecting performance?

Is your working environment lowering the productivity of your people?  Is your personal preference getting in the way of others?   Our working traits and preferences can have a profound effect on our productivity and if the environment doesn’t match our needs we can get stressed and de-motivated.  Yet there are often some simple solutions. 

One of the things I love about snorkelling and scuba diving is getting up close and observing all the tropical fish and their behaviour.  There is…


Added by David Klaasen on March 21, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Blogging tips from a pedantic editor

Here in the HR Daily office, I'm known for my pedantry. I'm very picky about details, and doing things in particular ways. While I'm sure it's annoying to some people, it's a trait that has served me well in my career as a journalist.

Here are some quick tips that I try to use every day, which might help you take your blogging to…


Added by Jo Knox on March 20, 2013 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Motivation is Rarely About the Money...

One of the conversations that I regularly have with clients when talking about engagement in organisations and career opportunities is the role that money or financial inc entives play in workplace motivation.…


Added by Kate Boorer on March 19, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Developing A Winning People Strategy

When I first began to develop people strategies to increase the odds of businesses being successful at delivering on their key outcomes, I researched my topic widely on the internet and in professional circles, but I found there was little guidance.

That was some years ago and while there is a lot more around about people strategies,  these days, the advice and information varies widely in content and form.  

I quickly realised i had to develop my…


Added by Christina Lattimer on March 15, 2013 at 7:29 — 2 Comments

Balancing confidence and competence

A great way to get over the winter blues is to challenge your physical and mental skills at high altitudes.  Every fibre in your body is alert to any physical feedback as your mind tries to balance the mental cocktail of extreme excitement, anxiety and danger.  While surges of adrenalin keeps you totally focused on the here-and-now so you forget everything else, if you misjudge the conditions the consequences are immediate. . . 

Skiing provides a unique combination of pure fresh air…


Added by David Klaasen on March 14, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

25 Quick & Easy Tips for Staff Engagement

Here are 25 quick, easy tips on staff engagement:

1. Put engagement on your agenda and commit to helping your staff achieve it

2. Be real and genuinely care about your staff’s happiness, growth and contribution

3. Make it your job to help all your staff achieve their potential

4. Keep the atmosphere light, even when the topics are serious

5. Make your office known for the creation of laughter not anger

6. Give your staff a voice, involve them, listen to them,…


Added by Omer Soker on March 13, 2013 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

When is Employee Appreciation Day? Every Day.

In the US, they have National Employee Appreciation Day; it falls on the first Friday in March and has been doing so since 1995. During the approaching weeks, business owners and managers all over America are stricken with panic as they have forgotten to make arrangements. Simultaneously, the internet churns out streams of advice on how to show employees that they are…


Added by Mark Robinson on March 13, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Communication - or is it?

Communication - or is it?

“Communication” is a much-used word, and a very important one at that, one which we all use frequently and, perhaps, have pride in…

Added by Melissa Binks on March 13, 2013 at 8:13 — No Comments

What Leaders Can Learn From Inspirational People

I have always admired people who have made a real difference. I think it takes particular qualities to really inspire me and others.  It is those qualities i have attempted to capture.  

My list of inspirational people is not exhaustive.  I can think of many others, and I know there are many "unsung hero's" who inspire.  

I’d read about Philippe Petit some years ago, and while being amazed at his …


Added by Christina Lattimer on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work

To celebrate International Women's Day, here's a woman worth…

Added by Susan Rochester on March 8, 2013 at 8:20 — No Comments

How do you try to convince others?

There is a significant difference between having some thoughts about something and being convinced about it. When it comes to your clients and customers it can make the difference between saying a clear ‘Yes’ or just a ‘Maybe’.  The ability to convince others is critical to business success.  

For example, it could be providing a strong enough business case for your pet project or proposal to the board, getting buy-in from your team about the direction you need it to go in, or…


Added by David Klaasen on March 7, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

WorkLife Balance

Almost every organisation, big and small, maintains a true desire to help people achieve and maintain a ‘work/life balance'.

But, it's an almost impossible task, and here's why....

The very name itself…


Added by Michael Hall on March 7, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

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