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HR Postcard from Singapore - Insights from a HR Leader


Our latest HR postcard is from Matthew Kimball, VP and Head of HR for Shell’s Global Commercial businesses.  Global Commercial is a group of three business, operating in 150 markets with roughly 1.5 billion in earnings and close to 9,000 employees servicing 1 million customers.  
We are thankful to Matthew for generously donating the time to converse with us about his personal experience of HR across his…

Added by alan clare on July 24, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

HR Postcard from London

HR Postcard from London

 Our latest HR postcard is from Andrew Fletcher, Head of Human Resources, UK at WorleyParsons.  

Working across the Resources and Energy sector, WorleyParsons covers the full project lifecycle from guiding customers with pioneering projects to finding innovative ways of sustaining and enhancing existing assets. The business employs over 25,000 people across 42…

Added by alan clare on June 18, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

HR Postcard from Dubai, United Arab Emirates


The Next Step -  latest HR postcard is from Robert Parovel, Director of Human Resources at GCC Services, a wholly integrated remote site services company, offering construction, food service and a comprehensive range of camp services. Headquartered in Dubai UAE, the business operates in 12 diverse geographical locations around the world.
Robert is a HR Executive with extensive experience in leading global teams and setting up of HR…

Added by alan clare on June 1, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

The Rise of the Interim and Contracting HR professionals

Whilst having our weekly catch up across the Interim and Contracting teams, armed with coffee and curiosity, we got to thinking (dangerous but true!).

  • What HR skills are most in demand across the market? Analytics, Soft critical thinking, or change?
  • What is going on across the interim markets? Are we seeing growth through extended contracts?
  • What’s the ratio of Interim v Permanent placements as the shift to flexible working styles continues to…

Added by alan clare on May 7, 2018 at 18:29 — No Comments

HR Postcard from Tokyo



Our latest HR postcard is from Andrew Dahms, Vice President, Human Resources at Hitachi Johnson Controls. Andrew is an experienced executive who has worked in country, region and global HR roles for IT, Financial Services, Telecommunications and multi-national conglomerates. Andrew has lived and worked in the United States, Japan, Singapore and Australia.
We are thankful to Andrew for generously donating the time to converse with us about his…

Added by alan clare on April 16, 2018 at 13:57 — No Comments

HR Postcard from Washington

Our latest in the HR Postcard series, comes from Rani Hammond who is a Global HR Executive based in Washington D.C.

Rani recently joined 2U as Chief People Office. A publically listed company on the New York Stock Exchange, 2U is experiencing a 30% year on year growth and has a market cap of 4 billion dollars.   2U is a technology company that has an education component to it. They partner with leading University brands across US and internationally, at graduate…

Added by alan clare on March 19, 2018 at 14:39 — No Comments

The Next Group - HR Postcards from Abroad

We are delighted to share some insights from Karen Pink who is a Human Resource professional with significant experience across a wide range of fast moving commercial industries delivering strategic through to operational HR service delivery. As a people & culture professional, Karen has operated across Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.



Added by alan clare on February 22, 2018 at 9:38 — No Comments

How HR can meet challenges and opportunities in 2018

Most professions are changing as the world of work continues to evolve, but there are few that compare to the level of change that faces the HR community.

The challenges moving into 2018 for HR professionals require an extended mix of capabilities including elements such as problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. 
As traditional aspects of a HR role become more automated and streamlined, HR will shift into a more influential role…

Added by alan clare on January 29, 2018 at 10:47 — No Comments

Build HR Capability Today, to Shape your Business Tomorrow

The importance of building skills, abilities and knowledge in your HR function, required to shape successful business in 2018. 

HR is a multifaceted function of the 2018 workplace. It is no longer restricted to administrative operations such as staffing, development, safety & health or employee relations, and it hasn’t been for some time. HR business functions whilst combining all of the above are accountable to work towards the vision of the business,…

Added by alan clare on January 15, 2018 at 12:13 — No Comments

Taking care of each other over the festive season.

Taking care of each other over the festive season.



So, here we are at the cusp of the festive season, almost daring to take our foot off the accelerator and allowing ourselves to visualise the summer sun and imagine the sound of waves crashing gently on the shore of a destination we worked hard all year to get to. For many it’s a trip home to catch up with family and meander through the local markets,…

Added by alan clare on December 5, 2017 at 15:59 — No Comments

First Impressions - You don't get a second chance

Most of us at some point in our lives have had an interview experience where we just didn’t connect with the other person, we can’t quite articulate why but the meeting didn’t ‘gel’ as well as we had hoped.
There are so many variables as to whether a meeting goes well or badly that you can’t possibly plan for them all but some research says its takes six 2nd impressions to change a first impression, so it pays in the long run to get it right the…

Added by alan clare on November 17, 2017 at 11:47 — No Comments

HR Postcard from London

Today's postcard is from London

Australia should be proud of its high-quality HR talent.  The Australian HR community is now represented around the world.

Today’s Postcard is from ex-pat Australian Chris Meyrick, a Senior VP of HR currently based in the…

Added by alan clare on November 9, 2017 at 14:02 — No Comments

HR Postcard from Seattle


Today’s postcard is from

Seattle, USA.


Australia should be proud of its high quality HR talent.  The Australian HR community is now represented around the world.
Today’s Postcard is from ex-pat Australian, Rick Watt, who is a HRD based in Seattle.


Added by alan clare on October 31, 2017 at 14:44 — No Comments


Knowing your customers and planning around them is only part of mitigating risk and with Baby Boomers exiting the workforce, Millennials are on the rise and work as we know it is evolving beyond expectations.

By 2020, Millennials will account for over half of the world’s workforce and in most sectors, workforce planning will need to be in place to transfer vital knowledge before it is lost. Priorities have changed and what was important 10 years ago in regards to…

Added by alan clare on October 17, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

What makes a great HR Professional?



Human Resources is a constantly evolving profession that requires agility to meet the needs and objectives of organisations. HR professionals for the most part display great business acumen, relationship skills and of course technical knowledge and courage! 

The overarching strategy for a HR professional should be aligned with the organisations plans and objectives.  CEO’s…

Added by alan clare on September 22, 2017 at 12:52 — No Comments

Artificial Intelligence for HR, turn the fear into opportunity

The perception for some is that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will replace much of the work of HR departments. For leading organisations, the adoption of AI is a reality. The long-term benefits to productivity and overall cost savings to their organisations make the initial costs worthwhile. 


So what is AI exactly?

AI is basically technology in the form of machines that have the ability to conduct human capabilities including learning, manual…

Added by alan clare on August 21, 2017 at 10:06 — No Comments

The power of knowing your personal brand for HR professionals

Our sister company, The HR Space recently held its 2016 Inspire Program graduation in Sydney.  Both cohorts across Professional and Leader levels were given an opportunity to provide feedback on the highlights from there Inspire Journey.  Discovering how to create and define your personal brand was the topic that resonated the most with all graduates which led us to write this…


Added by alan clare on August 7, 2017 at 11:24 — No Comments

Health, Safety and Technology for Agile WHS Professionals

Flexible workforces and changes in the way and location of work require a shift in the way safety is delivered across organisations.

Innovation is required to stay ahead of the curve and ensure that people are safe and have the knowledge and tools required to stay safe no matter where they work and how they deliver the work.
Technology plays an integral part in transforming the world of work. It is also a vital component for the…

Added by alan clare on August 1, 2017 at 13:14 — No Comments

So how do HR professionals stand out from the competition?

Most professionals strive to be the best versions of themselves that they can be, and for HR professionals standing out from others is vital to career success.
With responsibilities stretching across most or all functions of an organisation, a successful HR professional is engaged with the entire business and works towards achieving the overall organisations goals not just the goals of their own department.

Added by alan clare on July 27, 2017 at 12:32 — No Comments

How to help your organisation succeed with change.

It’s no secret that change is one of the toughest tasks in the HR profession. To implement effective change requires “buy in” both emotionally and mentally across all levels within the organisation. 

One of the first elements to consider is cognitive, people need to understand why the change is needed. Begin with those who have the most influence and are not necessarily the highest ranking within the organisation. They are the ones who influence the majority…

Added by alan clare on July 13, 2017 at 18:16 — No Comments

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