July 2011 Blog Posts (15)

Tips on how to protect your online reputation

Have you ever Googled yourself and found something negative? Just one small negative posting can cost you a job or damage your business. 

The web is a viral breeding ground of rumor, scams and scandal. Ex-employees, rival companies and angry customers can use the internet to destroy your online…


Added by Leah Gibbs on July 29, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Your 'Feel Good Friday' from Balance at Work

'Feel Good Friday' is a weekly dose of fun and/or inspiration to give you a lift into your weekend. Subscribe here to receive it in your inbox every Friday morning.


You are going to love…


Added by Susan Rochester on July 29, 2011 at 17:24 — No Comments

Ric Willmot's Friday Redux No.1

Ric Willmot's Friday Redux


Power your business to better results with Ric Willmot’s Five Keys:


1. Keep raising the bar – be innovative, focus on growth rather than cost-cutting or problem fixes, and expect more of yourself and those in your…


Added by Ric Willmot on July 29, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Are you green and growing or ripe and rotten?

Earlier this year I attended a 2-day conference with Dale Beaumont in Melbourne. Apart from an inspiring couple of days that made me think of at least 100 new business ideas – there was one phrase that really struck a chord with me. He asked “Are you green and growing or are you ripe and rotten?” It was those words that made me sit… Continue

Added by Nicole Underwood on July 29, 2011 at 15:55 — 3 Comments

Do values matter?

Some time ago, I walked into a business (names will be withheld to protect the guilty) and waited in line. Eventually I was attended to by a customer service person behind a desk near an end wall. On the wall was the company's mission statement. Knowing what it was and interested to see the level of commitment and engagement, I asked the customer service agent what was the framed statement on the wall. His response 'I dunno just something head office said we had to put on the wall!" Wow, no…


Added by Pat Sheehan on July 29, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Are you investing your talent budget in the right places?

If you’re a hiring manager in an industry experiencing skills shortages, chances are that those in your board room are experiencing stress levels moving in the opposite direction to the unemployment rate. You’ll be talking how to spend your talent budget in designing attraction programs focused on sniffing out, enticing out and engaging hidden talent.


But think for a moment.


Do you know what are you spending your money on, and why? Our research shows that…


Added by Anthony Sork on July 25, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

The Joys of A The Daily Commute....NOT!!

The other day, I made the dreaded daily commute.


I had a meeting with a client in corporate land in the city. I braved the bus home at peak hour. I stood in the line, rummaged through my bag to find the change to pay the driver.  It was crowded. It always was crowded.


The lucky ones were sitting on seats, but the rest of us were swinging from…


Added by Leah Gibbs on July 25, 2011 at 14:03 — No Comments

What's in a name?

In a previous post called [“What language do you use” http://www.letsgrow.com.au/blog/?p=786I] I talked about the issue of using technical terms rather than common expressions when discussing employee engagement. However, there is another language-related issue I want to address in this post: job titles. Whilst I generally use the term gardener, I was watching a TV program recently that referred to them as “plantsmen” and of course there…


Added by Karen Schmidt on July 22, 2011 at 9:57 — No Comments

How To Retain Top Talent

The recruitment industry is notorious for high staff turnover. Statistics range from 43% (Staff Turnover: A Recruitment Industry Crisis) to the average length of service of a new Recruitment Consultant being 8 months! Ironic for an industry that specialises in recruiting the right staff for their clients to make a buck!

So interesting as I reflect on my recruitment career, that I too left my…


Added by Nicole Underwood on July 21, 2011 at 14:55 — No Comments

Managing Back to Certainty


It has been generally accepted in the past decade that Australia has grown into a dual speed economy. The Mining and Resource sectors have experienced incredible growth and the remaining categories of the economy, while experiencing healthy growth over the past decade, have not kept pace.


As Australia emerges from the uncertainty of the Global Financial Crisis relatively unscathed, a new economic reality is emerging. The affects…


Added by Kristie McMaster on July 17, 2011 at 16:31 — No Comments

Early warning system

I love visiting wineries and was in the Hunter Valley, NSW recently speaking at a conference for the Venue Management Association. There are two things I look forward to besides the wine: the dogs and the roses. It seems every wine maker has a dog or two on hand to greet visitors with a wet nose and a dirty paw. Not that practical but a bit of fun. The roses, which I have only thought of as being decorative, turn out to have a very practical purpose that I wasn’t aware of until recently.… Continue

Added by Karen Schmidt on July 14, 2011 at 14:49 — 1 Comment

Okay…I’m pissed off about this one! Not Happy Jan

While reading the news a couple of days ago, I discovered that the future of flexible working arrangements has been thrown into jeopardy. 


No, not by some group of cashed up corporates in suits, but by a woman who went for a tumble while shuffling around her home in bed socks.

Normally, this kind of thing wouldn’t make the news.  You know, like the…


Added by Leah Gibbs on July 13, 2011 at 15:39 — 3 Comments

Is it time for recruitment ads to be more "gender smart"?

Many organisations in Australia, particularly listed companies, are now focusing on gender equity at board and executive levels. A gender balanced organisation is not just an outcome by achieving gender ratios, as there is also a need for a process to develop a more strategic approach to achieve gender equity.

Recent research by Roy Morgan Research highlighted specific gender…


Added by Charles van Heerden on July 13, 2011 at 8:52 — No Comments

Smart ways to go green in the workplace

Going green for small businesses is not only kind to the environment, but also presents many opportunities to cut operating costs. As we spend a lot of time in the office, simple little changes in our day to day work environment and work habits will reap rewards now and for our future generations. Always think ‘How can I Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’…


Added by Leah Gibbs on July 12, 2011 at 21:35 — No Comments

The ideas behind "HR Daily Community"

We're launching this new "HR Daily Community" for a few reasons.


Firstly, to give more HR professionals a voice. When we started featuring external blog posts on HR Daily it seemed as though there were only a handful of people writing (in Australia) in this space, but over the past couple of years that number has grown significantly.


Many of these people still don't have the kind of reach they say they'd like to, so we hope that by bringing them…


Added by Jo Knox on July 12, 2011 at 12:44 — 2 Comments

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