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A public sector redundancy: "so what's next?"

With the recent announcements of voluntary redundancies across the Australian Public Service (APS), many public servants will be thinking redundancy right now. They may be thinking about redundancy for themselves, but equally they may be thinking about the impact on the workplace: how it may impact on the team and ultimately themselves.…


Added by Stephen Walker on April 18, 2012 at 10:25 — No Comments

Social media: the future's so bright you gotta wear shades

The benefit of consistently attending a range of recruitment conferences is that, amongst other things, you hear different things from different experts at different times and patterns start to emerge. Many people at these events make public predictions which are just that ... predictions.

What happens down the track, months or years after these predictions are made?

Do these predictions come true, partly or fully, or not at all?

Here's an example of when an expert has…


Added by ross clennett on April 17, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Is the hiring market finally taking off?

The most common question I get asked these days, by clients, candidates, journalists and even my own staff, is whether the job market is improving around the world. Is confidence on the up? Specifically, are employers hiring again, or do they plan to?

To make an informed assessment of the coming quarter, I have looked at our business activity in the countries and cities where Firebrand operates. Are job orders increasing in…


Added by Greg Savage on April 17, 2012 at 21:34 — No Comments

Managing performance – not just KPIs

Organisations are no longer simply basing performance reviews on employee’s achievements; they are also considering how they go about achieving their goals. So while an employee may exceed their sales targets for the quarter, managers need to know how they did this; for example, was it through bringing in new clients, or by poaching clients from others?

More comprehensive performance reviews affect the culture of a workplace and can help to improve levels of employee engagement…


Added by Chip McFarlane on April 17, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Why we need more real HR people and less fake ones

“Don’t be afraid to show your imperfections. It’s why we like real flowers that wilt rather than plastic flowers that never change.”

 This is a quote I read recently in a book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeir Hansson called “Rework: change the way you work forever”. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to get out of the rut of how they do business and is looking for some new ways of thinking.

 I am always disappointed when I visit an office or sit in a…


Added by Karen Schmidt on April 17, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

The importance of employee performance appraisals – and how to do them right

Employee performance appraisals are one of those much maligned HR processes that many feel we’d be better off doing away with altogether. But at a time when employee engagement, productivity and alignment are so important to our organisations, they can be an important tool for effectively managing your workforce — if they’re done right.

Here are some pointers for how to use performance appraisals to help your employees perform to their potential.

Solicit your employees’…


Added by Melany Gallant on April 17, 2012 at 2:30 — No Comments

No, you are not 'running late', you are rude and selfish!

This post may offend some readers. But only because it’s going to cut close to the bone for many.

And I don’t care if I sound old-fashioned, because actually it’s nothing to do with ‘fashion’ or ‘generation’. It’s got everything to do with basic good manners and respect for other people.

So here goes… How did it get to be “OK” for people to be late for everything?

Because as far as I am concerned, it’s not OK.

In recent years it seems that a meeting set to start…


Added by Greg Savage on April 16, 2012 at 7:30 — 3 Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work



Added by Susan Rochester on April 13, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

There are many ways to have a successful career

When most people think of a garden, they picture a flat piece of ground with plants growing on it. Sure, this is the traditional way of thinking but there are many other options available . . . growing plants on lattice or against a wall (called “espalier”) are two established methods. However, there is a new method that is growing in popularity . . . the vertical garden. It’s ideal for people with small spaces or those who want to maximise every growing surface. Plants are hung almost like…


Added by Karen Schmidt on April 12, 2012 at 14:50 — No Comments

Why are you wasting your time?

We all know ‘time is money’ yet we are sometimes willing to throw away time to an extent most of us would never consider throwing away money!

Did you know that if you spend just half an hour each day dealing with junk email, interruptions and other time-wasting…


Added by Susan Rochester on April 12, 2012 at 13:25 — No Comments

"You can accomplish nothing unless you can communicate effectively".....ensuring you are heard as a leader

This week I got a bill from my Accountant – who I’ve had a long term relationship with (nearly 15 years) that got me rather annoyed and frustrated. I had been charged extra for “email advice” on a “range of issues”.  Did that make my blood boil!  Not because I had been charged – I understand they make money…


Added by Nicole Underwood on April 11, 2012 at 12:24 — No Comments

The on-going Productivity debate......

Contrary to what you see in the movies and tv shows, the way to increase your employees productivity is not through the use of derogatory language, whips or Dilbert-like management. The most effective way is by simple communication.

There is almost monotonous regularity of media reports of failing productivity, of employers blaming the Fair Work Act, of unions blaming employers for their “lack of compassion and understanding of their employees”. Neither is completely wrong, nor…


Added by Michael Cosgrove on April 11, 2012 at 9:01 — No Comments

Talent Attraction and Retention in the Digital Age


Added by Greg Savage on April 9, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

Workplace diversity – are you having the right conversations?

The debate about gender diversity in the workplace in the media is ongoing. The gender pay gap currently sits at 17.6 per cent, the same as 25 years ago, and only 13.8 per cent of ASX 200 board directors are women. 

Most gender and diversity programs in organisations are aimed in one direction - fixing the women,  rather than the situation - and much of the recent debate has been around implementing board quotas for women. While this method has had some success in Europe, for there to…


Added by Mandy Geddes on April 4, 2012 at 12:23 — No Comments

Have a Happy Easter!

Easter time is one of my favourite times of year, because in Australia around Easter the light is gentle, crisp and golden. In contrast to its underlying symbolism and meaning, Easter in the Southern Hemisphere is in autumn and in Australia there is a mellowness and relief in the air, as though the earth is resting from the intensity of summer, and gently closing itself in, in preparation for the hibernation of winter soon to come.…


Added by Lynette Jensen on April 2, 2012 at 16:25 — No Comments

HR Manager's Effectiveness: 21 variables to aspire to

HR Manager’s Effectiveness:

I had been Director of HR for just over 5 years in a human services agency. Just after winning a promotion to a senior executive line management position the newly recruited Director approached me and asked me for my perspective on what makes for an effective Manager of the HR function. This is what I gave her:

1 Work hard to build, foster and sustain a special relationship with your CEO. This must be based on –

• trust

• personal…


Added by wayne faulkner on April 2, 2012 at 10:13 — No Comments


Facebook, Twitter, Myspace…The list goes on.  Without researching the exact figures, it would not be unrealistic to assume that well over half the world’s population has at some stage in their personal and professional lives either “posted” or “tweeted” something into cyber space.


The recent move from Facebook, to increase the privacy protection of its users, has been hailed as a good move by those of us that use the social media outlet to stay connected to friends and…


Added by Michael Cosgrove on April 2, 2012 at 10:01 — No Comments

Here is a great idea for your next meeting. Cancel it!

In business, don’t we love a good meeting? Team meetings, status update meetings, budget updates, pipeline reporting, key account meetings, sales meetings, management meetings and finance meetings. The list is endless.

And here is the thing. Many of these meetings, some would argue most of them, are a total waste of time.

No doubt there are thousands of books, articles and training courses on how to run a good meeting. I don’t propose to emulate these. But let me share with you…


Added by Greg Savage on April 2, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

How would your recruitment practice stand up to this scrutiny?

From the very first advertisement you place, your potential new talent is making judgments about you - and those judgments become a critical part of how much your new employee attaches to you and your team. Here's an article from our Social Media Manager, Karalyn Brown. She writes on questions you want (or may not want!) your applicants to ask.

You only get one chance to make a first impression. OK I know this is a cliché. But clichés are clichés for a reason. They contain a nugget of…


Added by Anthony Sork on April 1, 2012 at 13:01 — No Comments

Your Feel Good Friday from Balance at Work


Added by Susan Rochester on March 30, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

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