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27 Jun

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 manufacturing plant. All of these businesses were clear

20 Jun

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. I use the time to make calls,

06 Jun

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 experience in India, he was finding it impossible to secure a full-time role in

01 Jun

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 know that we will build things that people don’t

Archive Posts

  • 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 ...
  • 24 Jan 17

    Is your company uniform doing you more harm than good?

    I recently read that over 50% of Australian businesses have a company uniform that employees must wear. The main reason for businesses implementing a company uniform is to boost professionalism. However, from what I recently saw on a plane from Sydne...
  • 17 Jan 17

    Five resolutions your HR advisor hopes you’ve made this year

    While we are all fresh and ready to be better leaders this year, I thought I would take the opportunity to get you motivated with five resolutions to create your highest performing team in 2017! 1. “I will not put my head in the sand” ...
  • 17 Jan 17

    How to prepare your business for “sickies” this Australia Day

    “Chucking a sickie” might be accepted Australian slang, but with Australia Day fast approaching experts warn business owners to prepare now, before sickies are unexpectedly chucked at them. Australia Day falls on a Thursday this year, and man...
  • 10 Jan 17

    Punk Rock and Evolution - We were all millennials (equivalents) once!

    So, to continue on the current topical point of millennials and their effect on the work place, I would like to propose that we were all millennials once. Retrospective evaluation would identify that each new generation has always been looked a su...
  • 07 Jan 17

    Quit the generational BS!

    This blog may not be well received. Many people may disagree, some may think I’m entirely missing the point, but I’m sick of hearing about millennials, baby boomers and any other generational label people are sticking on me, my colleagues and my...