Open plan workplaces have been on trend for many years, whilst closed plan or cubicle style work is often seen to be outdated. There’s research out there to support whichever argument you want to win, so rather than tell you which solution for your business is ‘best’, we thought we’d share some of the pros and cons we’ve experienced!
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With Summer almost here, there are some unique HR challenges that we often see at this time of year. To keep your summer as stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled our top tips for surviving the summer silly season.
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We don’t think there’s a business out there that hasn’t seen some impact from digital disruption. As a business owner or manager, reducing overheads is important, and often staffing costs represent a significant percentage of overall revenue.
Changing Workplace Processes
Digital disruption or automation may not always be initially obvious as a significant change. For example, 15 plus years ago, we had someone fold all our mail and insert into envelopes; then we used a mailing machine to do that same job, and now, most of our payslips are sent via email. These changes all helped with business efficiency, meaning staff could focus on more important responsibilities. … keep reading
Do you have a workplace social media policy? If you don’t, you really should!
With many Australians accessing Facebook, Instagram or other social media platforms daily, including during working hours, creating a clear understanding with employees as to what’s acceptable online behaviour in relation to your business is vital.
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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?
- 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
It’s Queensland Small Business Week, one of our favourite weeks of the year! To recognise the week, we’re sharing our top five reasons we love small businesses. As the backbone of the Australian economy, we love seeing small businesses thrive in the community! … keep reading
Did you know that helping your staff to be more physically active can also increase their productivity? According to new research, released as part of Heart Week (from 29 April – 6 May), Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson, from the University of Queensland, completed a pilot study, which suggests a link between activity-promoting desks and factors that influence productivity.
According to the study, more than half of participants performed better in the attention task after using a sit/stand desk, as did a third of the sit/walk (treadmill) desk users. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach that works for every role in every business, so we’ve put together some of our own ideas to keep active at work. … keep reading
There are some ads getting around the traps that are grinding our gears because they’re insinuating that Labour Hire is an appalling employment arrangement… but this is simply not the case.
There are many scenarios where Labour Hire is the perfect set up for both employers and employees, supporting both work-life balance and marketplace supply and demand. We’re finding that not everyone is looking for full-time or part-time work these days and more and more people are seeking more flexible working options which labour hire can provide, yet there is still a stigma associated with casual work. Some people automatically think it’s terrible before really looking at their lifestyles and what they’re able to achieve because of it.
Being providers of labour hire we know how great this option can be for businesses and workers alike, be we also do hear of some push-back when the term ‘labour hire’ is mentioned. We wish to share some of our insights in this space in the hope that the stigma is removed from this type of work relationship so more opportunities can be realised for those looking for work or workers. … keep reading
It’s not every day you get to have an international sporting event hosted in your backyard (or at least, down the highway a couple of hours)! It’s been a golden opportunity for Queensland to capitalise on the influx of visitors enjoying the games. It got us to thinking, what lessons can businesses learn from the Games competitors, spectators and organisers?