April 2017 Blog Posts (30)

Get Your Employees to Eat More Healthy at Work

It’s perfectly normal for your doctor, your nutritionist, or your fitness instructor to pay attention to your health. But why should a company police the eating habits of their employees? They are not obliged to do so. True. However, any good company pays attention to the well-being of its workers, and nutritious food is one of the most important things when it comes to being healthy. It affects a person’s concentration,…


Added by Emma Lawson on April 26, 2017 at 21:56 — No Comments

Top 20 Web Crawler Tools to Scrape Websites

Web crawling (also known as web scraping) is widely applied in many areas today. It targets at fetching new or updated data from any websites and store the data for an easy access. Web crawler tools are getting well known to the common, since the web crawler has simplified and automated the entire crawling process to make web data resource become easily accessible to everyone. Using a web crawler tool will set free people from repetitive typing or copy-pasting, and we could expect a…


Added by Nora Choi on April 26, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

How to Identify the Next Generation of Leaders

Organisations succeed by identifying, developing and retaining the best talent and leaders – but how do you know you have found them? Here are five characteristics to help you identify the next generation of leaders to secure the success of your organisation now and in the future.


The next generation of leaders will show great conviction. Conviction in their personal values and beliefs, in your organisation’s values and mission and the ideas and…


Added by Mark Brand on April 26, 2017 at 18:44 — No Comments

Witness Statements Protected in Australia Post FOI Bid

A recent decision of the Australian Information Commissioner has confirmed that certain categories of internal documents cannot generally be forced to be the subject of a disclosure process.

The decision, which was handed down by Commissioner Tim Pilgrim on April 5, 2017, arose from a refusal by Australia Post to produce documents to a former employee, identified for the purpose of…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on April 26, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Ditch your employee suggestion box: it may be doing more harm than good

Academic research into suggestion systems highlights a huge variance in the impact that the average employee suggestion box has vs. a high performing program for managing employee ideas. In fact, the average employee suggestion box may be doing more harm than…


Added by Brennan McEachran on April 25, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

A Perplexing Problem: Protecting Children Overseas

Every year billions of Australian dollars are provided to fund aid projects overseas. The money is targeted to assist developing countries with education, housing, health and community projects. Naturally children are a prime target group for these aid programs.  The majority of these organisations are funded by the Australian public via donations and government funding provided…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on April 20, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Why blogging is an essential weapon in Activating Brand You

I first wrote ‘the blog about my blog’ 2 years ago. I wanted to lift the bonnet on ‘Pinch of Thought’ to show how it actually works and why. My premise – that writing a blog is no longer a nice-to-do, but a business essential. The intervening 24 months have deepened this belief. You see ‘content creation’ is an increasingly important part of the connection…


Added by Mark Hodgson on April 20, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Six qualities of great leaders

There are good leaders who drive growth, and there are great leaders who drive movements. What is the difference between them? Here are six qualities great leaders possess and how can you adopt them through your own leadership style.

1. Authenticity

While every great leader learns from the success of others and listens to the market they serve, they also never lose sight of who they are and what they bring to the table. Your principles, ideas, thoughts,…


Added by Mark Brand on April 19, 2017 at 22:16 — No Comments

5 Essential Data Mining Skills for Recruiters

Job sites are really popular today for anyone to find the right job or for any firm to hire the perfect candidates. These sites, however, also house large quantities of aggregated data which provides good insights for job trends, salary levels, competitors‘ info and many others. While these job sites are overwhelmed with massive volume of data, recruiters should know how to leverage and make full use of them while they are still fresh on the web.…


Added by Nora Choi on April 19, 2017 at 21:31 — No Comments

Foster a culture of ideation using a whiteboard

Since whiteboards were first introduced to offices in the 1990s, they have become an essential tool for every organisation — how they are being used, however, can have a huge impact on the success of your company.

One of the most beneficial ways is as an idea whiteboard, ideally in conjunction with brainstorming exercises.

Idea whiteboard systems come with a host of benefits like being the start to building…


Added by Brennan McEachran on April 19, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Let’s Address the Employee Feedback Abyss (Part 1)

Employee feedback - or the lack thereof - has been a topic of deep discussion amongst executives, businesses, and employees for quite some time. And it doesn’t seem to be going away.

This is because not much has changed. There are plenty of articles written and a few TED talks made, but few companies ever make the necessary changes - changes which…


Added by Lance Hodgson on April 19, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Are we letting down middle managers?

There’s a reason middle managers are often referred to as ‘permafrost’, a reference to the difficulty in getting through this management layer from the top or bottom: a lack of learning and development.

According to our recent survey, almost half (48 per cent) of Australia and New Zealand’s mid-level managers say the training and development they now receive has decreased compared to the early years of their career.…


Added by Eliza Kirkby on April 18, 2017 at 10:38 — 2 Comments

Standing out in the Gig Economy

It’s all sweet in the ‘Gig Economy’. These are the findings of a recent EY report, ‘Is the gig economy a fleeting fad, or an enduring legacy?’. Also known as ‘the contingent workforce’, the Gig Economy is where businesses contract talent on a short-term project or even a daily basis to deliver their services and expertise.

The practice is not new. What’s changed is…


Added by Mark Hodgson on April 13, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

How to facilitate a successful brainstorming session [workbook]

This post will help you facilitate a great brainstorming session. Use it in conjunction with the Brainstorming Workbook as a basic plan for conducting an effective session lasting two hours to a full day for up to 25…


Added by Brennan McEachran on April 12, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Building Rapport in Investigative Interviews

All workplaces are at risk of allegations of bullying, harassment, discrimination or other claims of misconduct or inappropriate dealings. As such, all employers must be prepared to conduct investigative interviews to determine the veracity and accuracy of any allegations made against or by one or more of their employees.

Apart from properly eliciting the facts, perhaps the most…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on April 12, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

8 trends I'm seeing in HR Recruitment this year

Here are 8 things HR professionals need to know about 2017’s employment market, based on the work that’s been coming across my desk over the past 12 months

1. The HR Generalist will still be in demand

Forget notions of newly created specialist HR roles, from where I sat last year it was still a very generalist year.

It’s true that for every one of the seven years I’ve recruited in the Sydney HR market, the generalist has…


Added by Matthew Mayoh on April 12, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Six signs you are a change leader

In an increasingly competitive and changing business environment, your organisation needs a champion for change. Someone who will drive and manage change, anticipate and respond effectively to roadblocks, understand cultural dynamics and engage your team.

Could it be you? Contrary to popular opinion a change leader doesn’t need to be at the top of the company or even within the management team (though it certainly does help!). Here are six signs that you – or someone on your team… Continue

Added by Mark Brand on April 12, 2017 at 14:20 — No Comments

The Value of Org Charts: Look at the white space

Whilst it is true that Change has always been ‘the only constant in life’, the pace, magnitude, and impact of workplace change today, dwarfs anything that has ever come before.

Three significant shifts are currently impacting organisations across the globe:

  1. The lowering of trade barriers has significantly increased the quality and quantity of business competition.
  2. The daily advances made in technology, are making communicating easier, BUT leading to the death of…

Added by Alistair Kerr on April 12, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Mentoring: 26 reasons why you need it

Many of the world’s best minds and great business leaders have had a Mentor. Each knew, in spite of their ego, outstanding skills and abilities, that they would benefit. These folk included Oprah Winfrey,  Mark Zukerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Richard Branson.

Mentoring, however, is not a prominent feature of the Australian business and public sector landscape. How many do you know who are currently being mentored?

From my own experience as a Mentor there are 26…


Added by wayne faulkner on April 10, 2017 at 10:54 — No Comments

7 tips for Managing Moaners

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to have a talent for complaining and moaning?  There is always something wrong or they feel that it’s always another person who is causing all the problems in their life.  They tend to wallow in victimhood and feel everything is unfair.  If not managed, these individuals can quickly create a toxic environment and drag the rest…


Added by David Klaasen on April 6, 2017 at 19:26 — No Comments

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