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Forbes predicted trends for Workplaces in 2017

We comment on the Forbes article about 2017 workplace trends.  Our comments in italics. Trend 1. Companies focus on improving their candidate and employee experiences. We absolutely support this and have been championing this for over 15 years.  This is our key focus with our clients.  Your employee experience is critical.  A great employee experience = higher calibre candidates.  A great candidate experience = great employer brand in market. So many companies and recruiters on behalf of companies manage this exceptionally poorly. You only have to ask any job seeker to find out the current state of the candidate experience.  […]

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The rising shift to Activity Based Working (ABW)

In recent years’ there’s been a lot of talk and movement towards activity based working (ABW). What has caused ABW to become the next bandwagon? We have become a knowledge-based workforce, where the type of work we do rapidly changes. Technology does a wide range of routine or mundane tasks, freeing up workers for value-add, idea generation, and problem-solving type activities. Technology developments are enabling quantum change in very short periods of time. Much of ABW has been facilitated due to the proliferation of cool cloud tools and start-up disruption tools like Box, Dropbox, Google Docs, Slack and Trello to […]

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Taking the sting out of performance reviews

At the HR Experts International we advocate for a more agile and dynamic performance management approach, that is high touch and high engagement that produces outstanding results.  However, many organisational still use the end of year Performance Review or Appraisal approach.  So if this is you, then here are some tips to get the most out of this process! Although it’s likely that you have quite a bit of time before you have to do your next round of performance appraisals, it might be worth getting your head around them (and possibly making peace with them) sooner rather than later. Especially […]

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New 457 Visa rules- More headaches for high tech companies

In a step that is sounding a bit Trumpish, Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull announced yesterday that the Government will replace the skilled 457 visa with two new visa categories to give Australians top priority for jobs. Turnbull made the announcement on Facebook, saying he would “put jobs first” and “Australians first”. The current four-year 457 visa for skilled migrants is to be replaced with: a 2 year visa (no possibility of permanent residency) an a new 4 year temporary visa with added requirements, including work experience (which it does now) and better English-language skills as well as “labour market testing” […]

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Mindfulness – Why should it be important to business leaders?

Mindfulness has become the latest buzzword in Western Culture, particularly in leadership. It has, however, been part of Eastern philosophies like Buddhism for thousands of years. There are numerous definitions but, in general, mindfulness means bringing 100% presence and non-judgmental consciousness to the present moment to what is being truly experienced in that moment. “Consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience, with openness, interest, and receptiveness” (Harris, 2007). There are three main components about mindfulness that stand apart from regular focused thinking: Mindfulness means observation WITHOUT our ego and programming (thoughts, beliefs, knowledge, previous experience, meanings and associations etc.). True […]

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How to become more time effective

Have you ever had a day where it was extremely busy but, when you got to the end of it, it felt like you’d achieved absolutely nothing? Of course, everyone has these days! However, if you find yourself procrastinating or feeling like there are not enough hours in the day, then chance are need to review your time effectiveness strategy. And I don’t mean by going on an expensive time management course! The reason I say this is because they won’t work if you’re time defective. So how do you know if you’re time defective? Follow the tips in our […]

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How time effective and efficient are you?

The combination of my having been really busy lately, and the fact that several of our coaching clients have wanted coaching on time management, has left me pondering the concept. For me, it really comes down to being time effective and time efficient. So what do I mean by this?   Time effectiveness is all about working on things of high importance that move you towards your outcomes and goals. Time efficiency, on the other hand, is about how well you manage those tasks i.e. completing them in the most productive or economical way. What you need to recognise, is […]

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10 of the most common causes of Team Dysfunction…

Have you ever been part of a team that just can’t get things done, not gelling or are continually bickering? Team dysfunction can make you feel like tearing your hair out! Dysfunction in teams is far more common than people think. We’ve worked with hundreds of teams, many in crisis, many with dysfunction from front-line teams to Executive teams! Here is what we find are the 10 most common elements contributing to a dysfunctional team. Leadership In almost all cases, dysfunctional teams lack a strong leader. Most teams require a strong leader, who is emotionally intelligent, competent and cares about […]

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Getting real about organisational culture

The recent study by Robert Walters (regarding organisational culture in ANZ), I’ve decided to write about one of my passions – Getting Real about Organisational Culture! The RW survey is not unique.  I believe it is now time that organisations of all sizes and state of development deal with these issue head on.  It is time to start getting REAL about Organisational Culture. I got into HR 30 odd years ago with a dream of making organisations fabulous places to work. I thought in my youthful utopian viewpoint, that I would truly change the world. Thirty years later, I know I […]

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2017 – Is this your year to finally achieve your goals?

We all know the feeling…. time is rushing ahead and at the end of the year we wondered where the year went! Having goals helps us to focus our energies on activities that are important to us.  It’s all too easy to get into the procrastination game! So we’re going to give a few tips over the next month about setting and achieving your goals, whether personal or business. As a coach the first thing I cover off with coachees is whether their movitvation for achieving goals is “AWAY FROM” or “TOWARDS”.  Subconsciously, this is a very powerful distinction. Our basic […]

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