Featured Blog Posts – September 2012 Archive (17)

The Untapped Potential of Employee Referrals

Learn how to find great candidates, quicker and save thousands!!

When I talk to businesses about their candidate sourcing strategies, the most common answers I get back include ‘’we posted an ad on Seek” or “we engaged a recruitment agency.” Very often, these answers are followed with “we did not get great results” or “it took us such a long time to recruit”.  I always follow these up with, “did you ask…


Added by Craig Shutt on September 29, 2012 at 14:30 — 4 Comments

21 Reasons To Use Myers Briggs Type Indicator

“Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most popular and respected personality type tools in the world.  It is a personality type tool which is based on research by the renowned psychologist Carl Jung.  The tool, helps people easily understand why differences arise at home and in the workplace.  It is an easy to understand framework which helps to build relationships and teams”

One of the principles of Jung’s model, “Psychological Types” developed in 1921, was each person…


Added by Christina Lattimer on September 28, 2012 at 7:31 — No Comments

Gamblers Vs Visionaries - Which is your organisation?

The past couple of years there have been some high profile cases on the industrial front. Cases involving David Jones and others including Airservices…


Added by Arielle Nakache-Moulay on September 27, 2012 at 15:57 — No Comments

Know your real business landscape

I preface this insight with the fact that I am a prolific user of the iPod, Iphone, Ipad, kindle and any other mobile device which has been designed to impart information. 

Anytime ... Anywhere…


Added by Michael Hall on September 27, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

An outsider's insightful view of HR

Attending HRIZON this week I enjoyed the welcoming message of Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Diane Kerr, a descendant of the traditional owners of Melbourne.

Despite only recently learning that "HR people…


Added by Jo Knox on September 27, 2012 at 10:09 — 2 Comments

Social recruiting must be about engagement

Social recruiting is fast becoming the foundation of modern recruitment as online candidate networks result in quicker time to hire, better fit and longer tenure.

Social media allows recruiters to build connections very quickly. But the key to attracting quality candidates is in turning cold connections into receptive potential candidates.

To strengthen the value of networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, recruiters should offer more than job opportunities, and aim to…


Added by Benjamin Fuller on September 21, 2012 at 15:13 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work


Added by Susan Rochester on September 21, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Tournaments & Bullying in the Workplace

Recently a Nurse Ms Toni Hoffman, raised concerns about Mr. Jayant Patel the surgeon now known as ‘Dr Death’. She claimed she was marginalised and nobody took her complaints of workplace bullying seriously until she went to the media. In a recent Financial Review article, Psychologist Evelyn Field suggested, “this is a classic example of how dangerous bullying and organisational dysfunction can…


Added by Arielle Nakache-Moulay on September 20, 2012 at 15:53 — No Comments

Let's Talk ... Negotiating a Payrise

Many of our professional clients ask us for advice on how to negotiate a pay rise.

It is one of those topical areas that everybody is interested in but no-one seems to talk about.

So Let’s Talk …

There is no doubt that negotiating a pay rise is a sensitive and difficult issue to approach with your employer. The cynic in me would argue that employers WANT to make it a difficult issue to approach, as it’s not generally the type of discussion they want to…


Added by Kristina Reynolds on September 19, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Employee Ownership

Not ownership in the financial sense, but ownership in the emotional sense.


Create a working environment and a team ethic that encourages your employees to take on emotional ownership of the business, as if it is their own. This way, their behaviour makes them accountable for their role and the passion they…


Added by Mark Robinson on September 19, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

No Man Wants to be "Mr. Mum"?

Despite the Federal Government’s latest paid parental leave scheme that began over 18 months ago “Australian fathers are shunning the chance to be MR Mum on the public pursue.”

A study conducted by the…


Added by Ben Thompson on September 19, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

6 Lessons to Introduce Flexibility in Your Workforce

I have recently returned from speaking at the International Recruitment Conference in Fiji where the theme was “Recruitment at the Speed of Tomorrow”.  It was an inspiring couple of days learning about innovative ideas that are driving companies forward.…


Added by Nicole Underwood on September 19, 2012 at 10:21 — No Comments

Career development: We've come a long way

When I was a student, Career Development was not a topic I ever heard discussed. My school had a careers advisor and that person would, so it seemed to me, review a student's subject results and then recommend a likely job or profession.

In 1980's Hobart, my recollection of the options were something like, depending upon your subjects and marks, one of; Lawyer, Accountant, Scientist, Teacher, Nurse, Tradie, Architect, Engineer, Secretary or Public Servant'. The creative types were…


Added by ross clennett on September 14, 2012 at 11:27 — No Comments

Achieving Long term Results

Good health to you ...

Turn to someone and ask if they want to be in good health for the rest of their lives.

Unless there are other issues at play, most people will say, "of course."

If you then ask the person what they can do about it right…


Added by Michael Hall on September 13, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Industrial Action continues to rise.....

The current ABS stats on Industrial Action released recently indicate a significant increase in the number of days lost due to the increase instances of Industrial Action.

Whilst stats are open to interpretation from both sides, employers and unions, lets focus more on why Industrial Action takes place.

The main causes can vary, but the biggest cause boils purely down to bad communication. First off lets be clear that the "union" is not the officials standing waving flags,…


Added by Michael Cosgrove on September 10, 2012 at 15:36 — No Comments

Age discrimination makes HR a media target

The Australian media has become far more adversarial and conflict-based in the hunt for stories. Their sights are turning to recruiters and senior HR staff who have shown only tokenism on age discrimination.

These are the same people who want to sit at the ‘big table’ with the executives and make strategic business decisions. Senior HR professionals will soon get their chance of working ‘strategically’ on rescuing their brand from the nightmare of a sustained media attack if their…


Added by Malcolm King on September 10, 2012 at 14:37 — No Comments

Emotionally Intelligent Performance Management

Managing Performance can be emotional whether we are aware of it or not.  In the following article, I discuss how emotional intelligence is essential in the most frequent performance management scenarios.  I originally wrote this as a guest blog post for Kapta Systems, a leading performance management system developer.   I was and am heartened there are system developers out there who recognise the importance of developing people to make a performance system work. 

One of the most…


Added by Christina Lattimer on September 6, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

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