21 Nov

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 accomplished something. Recently as our yogi-master was talking us through a

14 Nov

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 involved in a conversation about people’s sleeping patterns with a number of my colleagues.

07 Nov

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 time it is set it is usually ambitious, sometimes

25 Oct

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, either as an accessory or as part of material used in clothing”. They define one of the

Archive Posts

  • 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...
  • 11 Aug 17

    I put my money where my mouth was - and it didn’t pay off

    This article first appeared in Virgin Unite.  To view the article click here ...
  • 08 Aug 17

    Top tips for increasing gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces

    Industries such as infrastructure, mining, utilities and construction have historically been perceived to be a ‘man’s domain’ and the proportionate representation of women has remained low across most levels. In Australia, organisations have st...
  • 26 Jul 17

    Personal Branding – you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!

    I was recently undertaking a training session for a client of mine with a room full of new managers. When I say new managers, I mean young and inexperienced, but eager to make the right impression and take advantage of new opportunities.  The dow...
  • 19 Jul 17

    Workplace bullying – don’t be a silent witness

    A study completed by Andrea Adams titled ‘Bullying at work: How to confront and overcome it’suggests that being bullied in the workplace is more stressful than all other workplace stressors and job demands combined. Her research shows th...
  • 18 Jul 17

    Can you tell someone that they smell?

    Feedback – it is the greatest gift and the greatest nemesis in our business communications! If you have a team of people, feedback is a must to ensure the individuals ongoing development but also to support a healthy culture in the workplace, ye...
  • 11 Jul 17

    Why are you keeping your team off social media?

    How often do we hear that HR don’t get a seat at the table, or that they aren’t seen as adding value at an executive level? Whilst this argument was a lot more prevalent a few years ago, the topic of conversation is still around today. As I wa...
  • 10 Jul 17

    Playing the biggest game of your life

    Did you ever have that feeling that you were made for something bigger but you just couldn’t quite work out what it was?  And even though you heard that voice deep within you silently steering you in the right direction you shut it down before it ...
  • 04 Jul 17

    The one person in the organisation responsible for employee happiness

    I recently attended SHRM17, the biggest HR Conference in the world, and it was here I found my most favourite theme of any conference I’ve ever been to. I’ve heard it before but it’s never resonated as strong as it has in the sessions I’ve be...
  • 27 Jun 17

    Purpose above pay cheque

    It has always been important for me to be a part of an organisation that I could be proud of and I have been able to find this pride in a large variety of businesses – from healthy burger franchises, mining companies, a communications agency to a m...
  • 20 Jun 17

    Is managing humans a craft?

    My family and I have chosen to live on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland Australia, and I commute about 1.5 hours to our office in Brisbane. I have been doing this for about 12 months and like to utilise the drive time as part of my working day...
  • 13 Jun 17

    Increases to the National Minimum Wage

    Effective 01 July 2017, the Fair Work Commission have decided to award a 3.3% increase in modern award minimum rates and the national minimum wage. So what does this mean for your business? ...
  • 06 Jun 17

    What are you grateful for?

    I recently had a conversation with a friend about gratitude. He relayed an incredible story of a colleague, who had moved to Australia from India with his family in search of a better life. Despite full and reputable qualifications and wide experi...
  • 01 Jun 17

    It’s time to give your employees permission to fail

    In an entrepreneur’s world we are taught that to succeed we must fail. We know that to build the best product or service for our customers we will need to make many iterations along the way, always adapting to the changing needs of the market. We k...
  • 30 May 17

    Do you have a workforce of quitters?

    As people managers we are always trying to achieve a balance between providing positive feedback to our employees whilst also being able to discuss poor performance when expectations are not met. I recently had a discussion with a chief executive ...
  • 19 May 17

    SmartCompany Class of 2007: Sue-Ellen Watts on how she knew it was time to move on from her business

    It was a distaste for the “old fashioned” HR industry and passion for helping SMEs that led Sue-Ellen Watts to start her small business focused HR consultancy, wattsnext HR.  With “nothing but a vision”, Watts has guided the ...
  • 15 May 17

    How can HR help business embrace the future?

    How well connected you are used to be measured by the number of physical handshakes you made throughout your business life. Today your 'social currency' is your digital footprint. How many digital connections, followers or friends have you accumu...
  • 08 May 17

    I don’t want to be an entrepreneur

    Not so long ago I was returning to Australia from living and working in London and feeling like this would be the perfect time to try something new, different and potentially risky. I had no real assets but also no debt, no job, no lease and all of m...
  • 08 May 17

    The rejection phone call

    The recruitment process is a long journey that is made up of many important aspects, one of the most important being made up of two types of phone calls; the phone call to the successful candidate and the phone call to the unsuccessful candidate. Des...
  • 05 May 17

    An open letter to the medical community…

    Its 9.00pm on a Wednesday night and the darts competition at the local pub is in its final round.  There have been a number of beers shared as part of the battle and unbeknownst to me, one of my team is the winner of the local competition, again...