28 Mar

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 my phone to my brain! So, tonight, while I was clocking up my

09 Mar

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 obvious tattoo?” Well that team member was me, the founder and chief executive, and while

14 Feb

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 become our dating grounds! But what are

31 Jan

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 ideas flowing for how they could improve their overall performance and engagement. Until it

Archive Posts

  • 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...
  • 05 Jan 17

    4 tips towards creating a happy and rewarding professional life

    If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since launching my human resources career, it’s that no two paths are the same. Yet irrespective of field, experience or expertise, we do all share the capacity to make healthy choices and decisions towards a f...
  • 09 Dec 16

    Is HR the fun police?

    Anyone who has worked in a corporate or office setting has likely heard something along these lines at one point or another. So, why does there seem to be such an overwhelmingly negative perception of HR and everything it does? Since HR is often s...
  • 24 Nov 16

    Don't tell me HR is Boring

    Today I Googled ‘most boring job’, and guess what wasn’t on the list? - anything related to ‘Human Resources’, ‘People and Culture’ or ‘Talent’. Some jobs that did make the list, though, were: taking the temperature of frozen peas; ...
  • 21 Nov 16

    How to Deal with Toxic Workplaces : Employee Self tips on Mental Toughness

    Workplace stress can be severe due to workplace changes, mergers and acquisitions, organizational changes, a missed promotion, an unforeseen demotion, bullying, conflicts with colleagues or broken employee-employer relationships. At one point in o...
  • 14 Nov 16

    Workplace bullying and Harassment - Act Quick!

    When a team member comes to you with an issue with another team member, what to do next can sometimes be a daunting task! It can seem the best option is to put it on the “to do” list and deal with it once all the “important” issues are finish...
  • 10 Nov 16

    Bloom where you're planted

    For me, 2016 has been a year of momentous change. It got off to the worst of starts, my entire world flipped on its head. I had returned from living and working in the UK with a broken heart, an empty bank account and a very foggy plan for t...
  • 07 Nov 16

    8 minutes...

    When I think about time, what are some things that I could do in 8 minutes?  According to T-Nation, an MMA site I found on the internet, I could do 200 push ups in various ways or Amazon states that I could order an on-line book in this time.  I co...
  • 02 Nov 16

    It’s just not Cricket! Improve your batting averages or you’ll get bowled.

    A recent business trip near the Melbourne Cricket Ground got me thinking. The MCG is a place where we have seen some of Australia’s greatest sporting performances, as well as form slumps that have seen previous top players dropped from their teams....
  • 21 Oct 16

    Psychopaths welcome but no “whingers” need apply: The traits these two employers are looking for in new employees

    Have you got an employee who whinges too much? Or would you rather one who displays psychopathic traits? With job advertisements an opportunity to showcase exactly what your business is about, two employers in New Zealand and the UK have sparked a...
  • 18 Oct 16

    Culture is King in Silicon Valley

    We recently returned from an innovation tour of the famous Silicon Valley last week and mind blowing does not do it justice. The Bay Area covering San Francisco and its surrounds is arguably the innovation heart of the world. It did not let us down, ...
  • 13 Oct 16

    How Gloria Jean’s is rallying behind an employee who received racist comments at work

    National coffee chain Gloria Jean’s will reportedly be advocating anti-racism message in stores across the country following a customer interaction in its Cairns store that went viral. ...
  • 30 Sep 16

    Virgin Airlines “turns off” email to get staff away from screens – how to digital detox at work

    Some Virgin Airlines offices in America and the UK are implementing a radical new policy to encourage a “digital detox” for staff. From 10:00am to noon on Wednesdays, 200 workers across the offices are left without email access as the ...
  • 20 Sep 16

    The importance of off-boarding

    At wattsnext we work with many clients who have found great value in the on-boarding process. The experiences of their staff in their first 90 days with their business has improved exponentially since bringing in these proce...
  • 20 Sep 16

    ​Be a better leader - quit being too nice

    I recently met a leadership coach who described being “too nice” as a terrible disease in business that we have an obligation to cure. Now while I personally think the analogy is a bit extreme, I do agree with the sentiment in the importance of b...
  • 14 Sep 16

    Get the most out of your new employees

    We have all been through the process of hiring a new employee. Sorting through resumes, conductin...
  • 30 Aug 16

    My "I" style

    As I sit waiting for a meeting with one of my new clients I have a quiet moment to reflect the first month of #projectFOW, the journey that the team from wattsnext are embarking on over the next 12 months to see if the Futur...
  • 30 Aug 16

    I just wrote my learning and development policy and it cost me over $10,000!

    We have all heard of the plumber with the leaky taps and I’ve even had a not-so-fit gym instructor. I never considered myself as one of those clichés – but I am! Well on a small scale at least. As someone who is always happy to share my mistakes...