A couple of weeks ago, we brought you some ideas on how you can help young people enter the workforce. Today, we look at how the skills of the older generations can be a force for good in your business.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reports that Australians over 65 had a workforce participation rate of 13% in 2016, increasing by 5% in only 10 years. This speaks to a trend of older men and women reassessing what ‘retirement’ looks like, the cost of living and the availability of a pension. This trend of older Australians continuing to work (or expectations to work) past 65 brings with it some challenges, but also some great opportunities for employers. … keep reading

Let’s face it. Not everyone wakes up on Monday morning, energised and ready for an amazing week ahead at work. We wish it weren’t true, so we’ve come up with our top 10 ideas for starting the week with a BANG! What would you add to get your week off to a great start?

  1. Get organised on Sunday.

Taking a few minutes to get organised at your own pace on Sunday can help Monday feel that bit more manageable. Decide what you’re going to wear, or check that your uniform is washed and dried, get lunch ready and pack anything else you need for the day. … keep reading

Did you know that young people in Australia are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as the general population? According to recent figures, those aged between 15-24 had an unemployment rate of 11.6%, as compared to the general population of just 5.4%. Across the world, young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, so as World Youth Skills Day approaches on 15 July, we thought it was the perfect time to share our ideas on how employers can help young job-seekers enter the workforce. … keep reading

Are you aware of the Codes of Practice relevant to your industry? In Queensland, Codes of Practice (or equivalent or higher standards) must be followed by employers, otherwise, enforcement action can be taken by a safety inspector. This is due to changes that came into force from 1 July. Previously, inspectors could only issue improvement notices, or other enforcement action, for breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 or the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

 

Although this may sound daunting, Codes of Practice are a more practical resource which can help you to achieve the required health and safety standards for your industry, whilst also helping identify and manage hazards and risks.

 

It is possible that more than one Code of Practice could apply to your workplace. For example, many businesses would need to follow the following Codes of Practice (CoP): … keep reading

3, 2, 1…Happy New (Financial) Year! Yes, it’s that time of year again! The new financial year is a great time to check in with your personal and business goals, to assess if you’re on track, or if perhaps you need to ramp-up or re-evaluate the way you’re doing things. When it comes to your workplace, we’ve got a few ideas for your mid-year, workplace resolutions. … keep reading

Want an excuse to take your best friend to work? This Friday 22nd June is International Take Your Dog to Work Day, so if your pooch is feeling a little lonely at home, this is the perfect day for some social interaction! The initial idea behind the day was to encourage pet adoption through local shelters.

Bringing a pet to work (one that’s toilet-trained and friendly to people and other dogs, at least) is said to reduce stress and have a calming effect on the workplace. That is, after the initial ruckus and excitement from the novelty of having a dog in the office!

If your workplace management does agree to bringing your dog to work, we’ve got a few tips for making the most out of the day. … keep reading

Last month, a worker on the Gold Coast was struck and subsequently run over by a forklift in the loading bay of an industrial workplace. The worker suffered serious injuries to his leg and shoulder. Investigations are underway as to how the incident occurred and how to prevent a similar incident in the future. Although all workplaces are different and need to be assessed individually, there are some common aspects of working safely around forklifts, we’ve covered just a few of them for you: … keep reading