09 Jan

Sometimes it’s time to stop with the mentors.

We have talked a lot about mentoring this year.  How to find the right mentor, how to be the best mentee.  Mentoring has played a significant role in my career since I started in HR nearly 20 years ago which is why I write about it a lot.  I am a big supporter of both

20 Dec

Merry Christmas from the wattsnext team!

On behalf of the wattsnext team we would love to wish our friends, supporters and clients a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and prosperous New Year! We look forward to speaking with you all in 2018! Here’s a special Christmas video just for you from our CEO and Founder, Sue-Ellen Watts.

24 Nov

The 10 second task that changed my life

8 years ago I found myself with a newborn baby, a toddler, a startup and all the overwhelm that comes from this.  My biggest stress was that whatever I was doing I always felt I should be doing something else.  When I was with my baby I was struggling to be truly present because I

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.

Archive Posts

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 23 Jul 17

    Stop leading on your poor performers

    If your read my blogs, you might notice that there’s a bit of a theme happening here of me going on a bit of a rampage against managers not stepping up (yes, this is an extension to my last blog about being “too nice” as a ...
  • 21 Jul 17

    How to make the most of your time

    Five minutes ago, I was in high school and I was worrying about whether or not I will be accepted into my university degree. Now, I have almost graduated university and my journey in the workforce has begun. As I think back on all of my time that has...
  • 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...