Blog

29 Aug

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 importance at the time.  There was certainly a theme to the reactions I got from every

29 Aug

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 role to work at wattsnext, somewhere I had wanted to work for a

28 Aug

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 one of my favourite clients when we were discussing business etiquette and we

23 Aug

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 to succeed within this new and often challenging position. ignite.leadership is a program designed around the practical resources

22 Aug

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 generally having them feel sorry

Archive Posts

  • 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...
  • 03 May 17

    How your daily coffee can make an IMPACT

    For the wattsnext team, 2017 is all about IMPACT. How we impact our clients, how we impact our community and how we impact each other. Now as the resident office health nut and waste reducing Nazi, it was also very clear to me that w...
  • 28 Apr 17

    Pets at work policy

    With announcements by UK company BrewDog that they are introducing Pawternity Leave, which allows their employees to take a paid week of leave to look after a new dog, it is easy to see that our pets are becoming an int...
  • 28 Apr 17

    Begin with an end in mind

    I was faced with a scenario this week where I was scheduled to meet with a client for the first time. We had only communicated via email up to our meeting and I was concerned that it could be quite a combative experience because of her rather gruff a...
  • 25 Apr 17

    Australian 457 visa changes

    Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. But how does this effect you as an employer?...
  • 17 Apr 17

    Workplace Wellness is critical but should it fall on the employers' shoulders

    Wellness in the workplace has again hit the ‘Workplace trends’ lists for 2017 as companies use wellness programs to reduce absenteeism and attract talent. It’s not a surprise, as employees continue to become more health conscious and employe...
  • 11 Apr 17

    Domestic violence...why I'm running for my life

    What do you do when a friend suggests that women that get stuck in domestic violence situations should know better?  That the issue was theirs because the warning signs were there, yet they chose to stay? This happened to me a couple of months ba...
  • 28 Mar 17

    You don't have to be a soldier to serve

    Firstly, I have an admission – I am a very late adopter to the whole podcast/audiobook bandwagon. However, recently (like 3 days ago) I finally got with the program and am now loving having access to so much amazing content straight from m...
  • 09 Mar 17

    Employee ink: Is it time to update the company dress policy?

    Recently returning from New York I unintentionally started a workplace discussion that has got us thinking about employee dress policies! The conversation was, “What do you do if one of your team come back from their holidays flaunting a rather ...
  • 17 Feb 17

    Richard Branson on the most important skill any entrepreneur can have

    Virgin Airlines founder and influential entrepreneur Richard Branson believes there are certain skills and abilities that put successful entrepreneurs ahead of the pack. Establishing yourself as a successful entrepreneur can be a hard journey, on...
  • 14 Feb 17

    Five tips for managing an office romance

    Love is in the air, or it was on Tuesday February 14, which is not only Valentine’s Day but also a day for going to work, where many love stories blossom! We spend so much time at work these days, it’s not surprising that our workplaces have also...
  • 07 Feb 17

    When your mentor falls off the pedestal you had them on

    Last year I wrote a blog sharing what I thought were the three key ...
  • 31 Jan 17

    Are you fighting the wrong battles with your staff?

    I recently met with the senior management team (SMT) of a medium size national Australian business. We discussed many HR related topics with a theme of “how can they do it differently”. It was a light-hearted but productive discussion with great ...