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Why Workplace Culture Is The Key To Success

 

OK, hands up if there’s a ping-pong table, snazzy coffee machine, games room or other stress busters at your work. Does it make you more productive?

We know that having these fun breakouts in businesses can reduce stress and help maintain focus but, the harsh reality is that only 13 per cent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. In other words, only one in eight employees are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to make positive contributions to their organisations, meaning that maybe the ping-pong table and coffee machines just aren’t cutting it. Can you imagine the cost to business when 1:8 employees are disengaged in their work?

 

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Four Ways to Improve your Business Performance

 

If someone were to ask you what ‘Human Resources’ means to you, what would you say? At a recent small business trade show, we asked this very question to many of the people who wandered by our stall, and their answers made us realise that the first thoughts people have of Human Resources (or HR) gets pushed in to hiring and firing, payroll and pesky policy makers.

While some of these options may well be part of the HR process, it is definitely not the defining factor of what HR can do for a business. Here at A-HA, we have a very different approach to HR, where we design it differently to suit the business. Your people can be your greatest asset — done well, it can deliver profitable bottom-line results to your business.  

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Workplace flexibility: Are There Jobs That Can't Be Worked Flexibly?

 

A-HA recently ran a session with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and a group of employers on how flexibility  is applied to your typical ‘inflexible’ jobs that have client, time and location demands such as construction, sales and shift work.

The common challenge that many of the participating organisations faced was shifting the overall mindset, perceptions and culture in the workplace about how work gets done, particularly for construction and sales, where people need to be physically onsite and available for face time with clients.

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The Rapidly Changing Workforce

 

It’s exciting to realise that the face of business — especially small business — is rapidly changing to reflect the evolving social, economic and global context that we live in. Rather than be afraid of the change, SME’s can embrace the opportunities that come with evolution.

Small businesses are no longer just the corner stores and restaurants. Small businesses have evolved to become professional services (accountants, lawyers, financial advisors), educators, real estate agents, medical providers, and specialists in high growth areas like tourism, building and construction and urban development.

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A Human Agency co-CEO Katriina Tahka to speak about accelerating business performance through agile workforce planning at the B2B Expo, the biggest small business expo on 28th June

Katriina will be sharing insights on how to accelerate your business performance with cost effective and agile solutions for engaging talent at the B2B Expo Business Matters Seminar Series held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney on the 28th June.

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Why Law Firms Are Like Crocodiles

 

In our recent legal Roundtable law firms were humorously referred to as ‘crocodiles’ because they haven’t changed for years, but are smart and have survived. When I hear law firms being referred to as crocodiles I think it is because they, like crocodiles, can only move in a straight line making it difficult for them to change direction. So what does this mean for the future of work for the legal industry?

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Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: 3 Essential Elements for Success

This week, on the 21st of May, we celebrated International Day of Cultural Diversity. Whilst not as well known as Harmony Day in March, it is an important day for global recognition of how cultural diversity can enrich rather than divide communities.

Modern Australian society has been built on an intentional platform of multicultural policy. According to the ABS 2011 Census, 45% of Australians have one or more parents born overseas.

Yet the reality is that we live in a diverse multicultural society which is not reflected in our workplaces. If you think progress in gender diversity is glacial, then the picture for cultural diversity at work is even more dire.

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3 Smart Ways To Invest Your HR Budget for the New Financial Year

 

Want to know how to invest the rest of your HR budget for the year?  We have created a priority list of hot EOFY offers just for you of where to put your HR dollars to work based on what’s trending with our clients right now.

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The Sh*t HR Says

 

Ever received a ridiculous comment from a HR professional? We've been sharing some HR horror stories with you over the last month. In case you have missed the posts, here are the most cringeworthy ones.

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3 Steps To Conquer Self Doubt After A Career Break

 

There are moments in life when you can really question yourself and your decisions. The self-doubt ‘monster’ starts creeping up and tapping you on your shoulder. It’s usually when you need to take a leap into the unknown without having all the answers.

I have returned to work this month after a six month career break, but what does a career break even mean?  Well for me it was a chance to stop working altogether, take some time to rest, to breathe, to think and plan my future, because my busy professional career life was not allowing me to do so.

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