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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

13 Feb

Company blog ticks all the boxes

As I sat working on an upcoming presentation for a client about blog writing I reflected on the benefits of having a company blog and expecting employees to contribute. At wattsnext it is a part of each and every employee’s role to prepare blog content for our social media platforms on a regular basis. For

13 Feb

Wages vs salary – changing an employee’s mindset

Do you have an employee who was previously paid an hourly rate but is now paid a salary? Are they struggling to understand the difference? Are they having difficulty understanding why they aren’t being paid for all the hours they work? I assure you they are not alone! I recently worked with a client who

Archive Posts

  • 09 Jan 18

    Sometimes it’s time to stop with the mentors.

    We have talked a lot about mentoring this year.  How to find the right mentor, ...
  • 20 Dec 17

    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 v...
  • 18 Dec 17

    The best incentive program that fits all businesses

    At wattsnext we are regularly asked about the best bonus or incentive program to implement within a business. Nine out of ten questions are focused around the best way calculate the ...
  • 11 Dec 17

    This is the number one way to engage your staff

    The most common question I am asked as chief executive and founder of HR consulting firm wattsnext is ‘how do I increase performance in my business?’. Most business owners I speak to think their staff are great but believe they ...
  • 29 Nov 17

    So your company values look great on the wall? Now what?

    Last week I shared with you what I see as the biggest mistake businesses make when creating company values. You can read...
  • 24 Nov 17

    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 struggl...
  • 22 Nov 17

    If living company values comes easily they are the wrong values

    We all know that company values are critical to any organisation committed to team alignment and engagement. They are put in place to guide internal behaviour and drive a successful culture. Over the last few years we have seen company value...
  • 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!” ...