Sara Kaplan's Blog (27)

How to build a personal leadership panel

Studies show that there is still a severe lack of women in senior roles in Australia. There is a huge gender pay gap, and we still see discrimination in the workplace. But how can individual women cut through these infuriating statistics and break into the C-suite? We wrote up an inspiring talk by the Head of Video at Twitter, Lottie Laws on how she managed it. 

Wife. Mother. Ex-Premier League Basketballer, regional Volleyballer and…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 10, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

4 Techniques to Beat Decision Fatigue

We are subject to certain biases and limiting factors when making decisions. When the average person is reported to make up to 226.7 choices per day on food alone, it is unsurprising #DecisionFatigue is becoming a greater problem which is limiting our ability to make decisions on the whole. Here, Weploy COO Ben reveals his top techniques to ensure he is optimising his decision making ability.

When I…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 10, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

The Truth of the Gig Economy

What is the “Gig Economy” anyway? 

Defined as a “Labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs” - Gig work is not a new concept. The hype around the Gig Economy, however, has risen in Australia of late, largely down to the widespread adoption of digital platforms like Uber, Deliveroo, and Airtasker. Whilst short term “gigs” and freelance jobs have been…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 9, 2019 at 16:19 — No Comments

The #Gigster Series - Employee Gigster Types

Experienced career trainer, author, Independent LinkedIn Specialist and of course, professional Gigster - Sue Ellson has a background in career development, human resources and online publishing. #Gigsters is her fourth book and provides a user friendly guide to navigating the new world of work and the kind of life choices we have like never before. Here she gives us an insiders guide to…

Added by Sara Kaplan on September 9, 2019 at 15:30 — No Comments

How to Make Better Decisions

When I think about the best leaders I've worked with there has always been one element that stands true. I trust and respect their decision making. I don't have to want to be their best friend, but I have to believe in the decisions they make.

I'm faced with a multitude of decisions every day and my biggest priority, both professionally and personally, is to constantly improve how I make decisions. So I thought I'd share the four most important principles I've…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 9, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

Challenging Assumptions - A Practical Guide to Innovation

I want to talk a little bit about Marvin Pipkin and what he can show us about challenging assumptions. When the United States Army Scientist returned to civilian life and joined General Electric in the 1920’s - he was set the “impossible” task of creating a lightbulb that was frosted on the inside. But Marvin, not understanding this was a joke for new recruits, set about as if it were possible, and in 1925, the new internally frosted light bulb was completed.

Creating and using…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 9, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Secrets of a Growth Hacker

Growth hacker, startup Unicorn, serial entrepreneur, nature lover and part merman Eddie Dostine has had tenures in the early stages of Uber, Deliveroo and Airtasker. Here he tells us a little about his career path and reveals a few important learnings from growing businesses.

My first work experience was at the early stages of Uber Australia, where I interned whilst completing my masters at Sydney…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 9, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Temporary to Permanent Staff Conversion: An Employer Guide

It’s a problem we’re finding ourselves faced with more and more frequently. One of our Weployers hires a Weployee through the platform for a few hours, a couple of weeks or months, and like Kate Winslet to a slowly, tragically dying Leonardo di Caprio hanging onto a fragment of the majestic Titanic vessel in the North Atlantic Ocean - they just can’t let go. Our pool of Weployees are so…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 9, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

What the Foodora Case Means for Contractors Vs Employees

The three workers were allegedly asked to sign a contract entitled “Independent Contractor Agreement” when they started work, implying they were contractors - filling in their ABN number and…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 5, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

What is Work-Life Balance?

New research by US Compensation, Culture and Career Monitoring site shows some pretty dire results when it comes to employee satisfaction. An anonymous survey was conducted to discover the Best Companies for Work-Life Balance, and asked employees a series of questions including “Are you satisfied with your work-life balance”, “How long do you take for lunch breaks” and “On average, how many hours do you work per day”. The key findings state that:

  • 51% of…

Added by Sara Kaplan on September 5, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

How a chicken dinner turned into $1m in funding

By Tony Wu

You read about it in the blogs, hear about it from a friend of a friend and see it in the news, but when push came to shove and we needed to raise some money for our start up, we had no idea what the “correct” way of doing it was. So for us, we decided to do what we knew best - Hustle.


Step 1: Identify a problem

It all started when our co-founders Nick and Vince were having dinner and that chat turned to the common…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 4, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

How to avoid burnout and retain your staff

By Vince Luong

A little while back when I was working for a large international mining company, a small team and I were sent to open the Australian branch. We were getting really good…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 3, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

Role Atomisation - what is it and why should I be doing it?

By Hugo Robinson

You open your packet of chips and the salty aroma hits your nose. Saliva starts to build for that first delicious bite. You reach into the packet, and reach.. and reach...

Finally, after wading through half a bag of air, your hand strikes gold in the form of crispy, potato goodness. But every time this happens you feel ripped off, right?

With that in mind..Why are you still hiring permanent staff with expertise in their field to spend half their time on…


Added by Sara Kaplan on September 3, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

Lessons for leaders

By Tony Wu

About four years ago, I decided I was over working in the corporate field, and wanted to do more with my career. Keen to utilise my studies and pursue a career in marketing, I started applying for hundreds of roles, and attending interview after interview, only to be told my CV wasn’t what they were looking for. So I decided I had to change tack. Maybe there was a way I could combine my passion for design and creativity with my knack for business, and start…


Added by Sara Kaplan on August 29, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

When to turn to temp agencies

Businesses of all sizes and industries use temp agencies to help them bring on extra staff quickly when they find themselves in need of support. It could help them flex up during seasonal peaks or when an unexpected shortage arises. Having instant access to a pool of work-ready business support talent is reassuring in uncertain times or in the event of a crisis - but temporary workers aren’t just a good idea when unexpected occasions arise. Most of the time - on demand staff can actually be…


Added by Sara Kaplan on August 8, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Safeguard your Hiring for Good - Ben Eatwell

I’m currently searching for some key hires at Weploy that will be instrumental in our next stage of growth. Talent is so critical to any company, so I spent a lot of time considering what I’ve learnt over the past year at Weploy to ensure these hires would succeed at a fast growing, disruptive company.

Securing talent is always challenging, but for me, hiring for a start-up is the most difficult. You can explain…


Added by Sara Kaplan on April 5, 2019 at 12:22 — No Comments

Blind Recruitment - The New Resume

Whether we’re aware of it or not, the hiring process has inherent bias. It’s a neuroscientific fact that our brains are hardwired towards finding patterns and similarity - which we are now finding out is the worst thing possible when looking for talent.…


Added by Sara Kaplan on April 5, 2019 at 12:14 — No Comments

Top Time-Saving Hacks for Finance Leaders

Computer scientist turned accountant, Robert Krigsman is the Principal of Krigsman Partners, a boutique taxation and accounting firm, a Chartered Tax Adviser and Registered Tax Agent with an interest in Australian Start-ups specifically.

When he’s not busy running around Fitzroy Gardens, or one of his four children, Robert is a mentor and writer for Startup Smart, a committee member at Chartered Accountants…


Added by Sara Kaplan on March 13, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

The Culture Fit Myth

As the evidence for Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace mounts, the idea of Culture Fit is fast falling from favour. Recruitment attitudes are shifting to consider how diverse candidates can contribute to the culture instead of fitting into it, and hiring processes at forward-thinking companies are being examined in order to remove the notion altogether.…


Added by Sara Kaplan on January 30, 2019 at 10:23 — No Comments

We Need to Talk About... Mental Health

The State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia report reveals that one in five Australian workers is currently experiencing a mental health condition and…


Added by Sara Kaplan on January 4, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

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