employee engagement

What employees want.. has it changed much?

Engagement of employees is still an issue it seems in Australia.  Recent Australian research by Reward Gateway (HRD) confirms what has long been known by evidence-based HR for quite some time about what employees want.  Forget fancy, generic rewards, what we really want hasn’t changed much. Unfortunately, for many businesses they are struggling just to get the basics right. The results: 79% of respondents prefer a continual thank you for a job well done than annual reviews or recognition events 70% of respondents said that they rather work for a business with a culture where they receive recognition than higher pay […]


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.  […]


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 […]


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” […]



The Roy Morgan case highlights the many pitfalls of not managing within strong people management practice principles when it comes to restructures and redundancy.  We discuss this case and the learnings, to ensure our readers don’t fall foul of the law (especially start-ups or SME’s). We are often asked to assist businesses of all sizes to help plan and manage restructures. We regularly come across managers/executives and even HR consultants for that matter, who don’t truly understand their obligations under law. Whilst we are all for expedition of situations, we would not recommend doing so at the cost of solid […]


Have you got a toxic employee or two?

A while back I was asked by a reporter at BRW Magazine how Small Business Owners could prevent employing toxic employees. Of recent times, a few small business owners I have coached, have also inadvertently managed to recruit some toxic employees. Toxic employees costs small businesses literally thousands of dollars and not to mention the additional stress for the manager/owner.  In some cases, the business does not survive the damage! The actual and hidden costs of a real toxic employee can be crippling, especially to a small business. It is not uncommon for a toxic employee to cost a business […]