21 Mar

Happy Harmony Day!

Let’s all celebrate the beauty of diversity together. Here are some facts about multiculturalism in Australia!  

05 Mar

Top Reasons To Outsource Your HR!

There’s no denying that HR has vastly grown in recent years. Once upon a time, HR was known as record keepers, the “fun police” when it came to company regulations, and/or compliance or wage/payroll officers. But today’s businesses acknowledge the need to move their HR function away from focusing on personnel management and administrative tasks,

05 Mar

5 Employee Induction Best Practices from HR Experts

A lot of businesses overlook the importance of preparation when they’re about to welcome a new employee. An effective on-boarding process is vital to ensuring new employees receive the support and training needed to set them up for success in their new role. It should also increase job satisfaction and employee retention. I was recently approached

27 Feb

“But I’m just a casual”

How many times have I heard the phrases, “I’m just a casual employee, therefore regular rules of behaviour, work standards, and reliability don’t apply to me because I’m pretty much unemployed from the end of each shift.” “I don’t have to give two weeks’ notice. I’m leaving”. “I don’t have to care because I’m not

23 Feb

Industrial Manslaughter

On the 23rd of October 2017, the Queensland Parliament passed the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017. This Act was introduced following a report commissioned in response to the workplace fatalities that occurred in 2016 at both Dreamworld and Eagle Farm racecourse. The review resulted in a total of 58 recommendations

Archive Posts

  • 21 Nov 17

    From happy baby pose to corporate power pose

    I love hot yoga, I’m not overly good at it however spending 75 minutes sweating my little heart out forces my mind to focus on nothing but breathing and contorting my body into the appropriate positions and I walk out feeling like I have accomplish...
  • 14 Nov 17

    Inadequate Sleep

    “New research suggests that sleep is vital in allowing each cell, in every organ of the body, to continue to function. No wonder sleep deprivation is such a highly effective form of torture” - The Sleep Health Foundation I was recently involve...
  • 07 Nov 17

    A vision achieved but not as I expected

    For anyone who has worked with wattsnext or has heard me speak will know how important I think it is for every business to have a clear vision.  A vision in my view, is a goal/s the company wants to achieve in the future. At the tim...
  • 06 Nov 17

    Are you ready for a mentor?

    Having had mentors all of my adult life I am a big advocate for building connections with people who are where you want to be, or have experience in the areas you need to learn more about. We regularly see blogs written about how to choose the bes...
  • 25 Oct 17

    Why we should all be having meetings with ourselves

    We have all had a lot of fun laughing at President Trump this week when he said he had a meeting with the ‘President of the Virgin Islands’, ...
  • 25 Oct 17

    The role of wearable technology in HR

    As technology has evolved it has become more involved and entwined in our lives. The introduction of wearable technology is an excellent example of this. Investopedia define wearable technology as “electronics that can be worn on the body, eithe...
  • 17 Oct 17

    Good-bye Holden – Will the march of the machines be repeated in other industries?

    This coming Friday, 20th October 2017, the Holden plant shut the doors on a dynasty of manufacturing that has embedded in Austra...
  • 04 Oct 17

    HR should lead the way with social media

    It is no secret that we at wattsnext are keen social media enthusiasts. I have managed to grow my twitter following to over 25 000 in just under a year! By involving the whole team in our social media strategy, watts...
  • 03 Oct 17

    The gig economy: how can your business leverage the trend?

    It’s been labelled ‘The Gig Economy’… the significant increase in the amount of contract or temporary work across Australia and New Zealand and it’s not slowing down any time soon. An Uber driver might spring to mind, but the trend is findi...
  • 03 Oct 17

    Every business can change the world

    I have previously written about the importance of business owners/leaders knowing the purpose of their organisation, ensuring they can articulate this, and embed it into everything they do. Increasingly prospective (and existing!) employees are looki...
  • 26 Sep 17

    Can "chucking a sickie" be grounds for disciplinary action?

    The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) requires an employee who is taking leave because of a personal illness to provide evidence of that illness that would satisfy a reasonable person. Most of the time, this means the employee needs to produce a me...
  • 26 Sep 17

    Join me on a one-way trip

    When someone tells you they are going to Mars on a one way trip, it takes a moment for your mind to compute. Mars! Wow! Hang on a minute, did you say one way? I can only imagine the questions that Dianne McGrath gets being a ...
  • 13 Sep 17

    It's time to ditch the drama at work

    According to drama researcher and international keynote speaker Cy Wakeman, we spend on average of 2.5 hours per day complaining, creating stories and arguing with reality! Now I am sure your immediate response to this statistic is, “not me!” ...
  • 12 Sep 17

    It's time your business stopped replacing people

    One of the first things that usually happens when someone resigns is to immediately start looking for their replacement. If all is well, we ask the departing person to help with the recruitment and then conduct the handover. Hoping that the chan...
  • 29 Aug 17

    The raw learnings from 10 years in business

    Many of my peers have recently commented that they have not celebrated important milestones in their business.  Whether it be first anniversary, ten years, acquisition or sale.  The reasons vary from not making the time, to not seeing the importanc...
  • 29 Aug 17

    A warm welcome

    For some people starting a new job is an exciting opportunity, but for others leaving behind the familiar routines and people they may have worked with for a long time can be a nerve-racking and stressful experience. I recently left another HR rol...
  • 28 Aug 17

    Handshakes or hugs?

    We all know that a handshake in a professional setting is not only an expectation but it demonstrates that you are polite, confident and approachable. But what happens when the handshake turns into a hug? I recently delved into this topic with ...
  • 23 Aug 17

    Ignite Leadership Program

    One of the most common pitfalls for organisations is the limited focus on developing their people managers.  So often, technically excellent staff members are promoted to management roles without being provided with the tools, resources and support ...
  • 22 Aug 17

    Am I “sick enough” to take sick leave?

    I am writing this blog from the (relative) comfort of a chair on my balcony on my very own sick leave day. I injured my back and so rather than have to spend some of my work day laying on the floor of the office, whinging to my colleagues and general...
  • 11 Aug 17

    Future HR Thoughts: The Irreplaceable Human Mind

    Human Resources (HR) plays an important role in all successful organisations. Between rapid globalisation and the pace of growth among  global businesses ever increasing, it’s important to not just acknowledge the n...