Why Workplace Culture Is The Key To Success

OK, hands up if there’s a ping-pong table, snazzy coffee machine, games room or other stress busters at your work. Does it make you more productive? We know that having these fun breakouts in businesses can reduce stress and help maintain focus but, the harsh reality is that only 13 per cent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. In …

Workplace flexibility: Are There Jobs That Can’t Be Worked Flexibly?

A-HA recently ran a session with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and a group of employers on how flexibility  is applied to your typical ‘inflexible’ jobs that have client, time and location demands such as construction, sales and shift work. The common challenge that many of the participating organisations faced was shifting the overall mindset, perceptions and culture in the …

The Rapidly Changing  Workforce

It’s exciting to realise that the face of business — especially small business — is rapidly changing to reflect the evolving social, economic and global context that we live in. Rather than be afraid of the change, SME’s can embrace the opportunities that come with evolution. Small businesses are no longer just the corner stores and restaurants. Small businesses have evolved …

3 Steps To Conquer Self Doubt After A Career Break

There are moments in life when you can really question yourself and your decisions. The self-doubt ‘monster’ starts creeping up and tapping you on your shoulder. It’s usually when you need to take a leap into the unknown without having all the answers. I have returned to work this month after a six month career break, but what does a …

The Countdown Is On To Re-imagine The Future Of Work.

I don’t mean to alarm you, but 2020 is about 1,000 days away. For years, 2020 felt like a time and place so far into the future that it didn’t need our close attention. But now, it’s just under 3 years away and things are getting very real. There are so many great expectations placed on 2020. For instance, almost …

Leadership Series | Torrents and Toothpicks

Flexible working arrangements, the rise of digital/social communication, increasing economic uncertainty, constant change, endless reshuffling of the deckchairs…how is a leader to cope? Well clearly the leader who tries to control all of this will not. How could you? It’s like trying to hold back a torrent with a toothpick. So what does effective leadership look like in this day …

The Future of Work isn’t All Bots, it Must Include People

Last week I attended the 2016 Future of Work conference hosted by the Centre for Workplace Leadership in Melbourne. The brilliant line up of guest speakers showcased some of the best minds around and their thinking about the future of work. It’s something we all need to be planning for, now.  Here are my five key take away messages: People need …

Tips for maximising impact & minimising stress of workplace investigations

Workplace investigation. Usually these two words make you cringe. Something has gone wrong. Someone may be hurt. Someone else may be to blame. Either way a rigorous process has to be followed to make sure that the situation is properly dealt with and resolved to the best of your ability.Handled badly, a workplace investigation can further damage a team and organisational culture …