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Katie Adams Aug 04, 2020
Looking after your employees mental health during COVID

Looking after your employees mental health during COVID

We are still in a period of high uncertainty. Some of us are experiencing delight that we can again visit family and friends, or interact with our colleagues, face-to-face. However, the Melbourne lockdown and close of the Victorian border has re-ignited in many a sense of dread and anxiety, but this time round the sense of frustration has excelled. Many of us are acutely aware that we have ongoing challenges ahead of us, before we can rest assured the transmission is no longer a ...

Katriina Tahka May 12, 2020

Flexible Work: The New Normal Or A Temporary Measure?

The number one question I hear from business leaders and people managers at the moment is “What do we need to be thinking about for a return to [normal] work”. Clearly there’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer! What and where will we even be returning to work? Language is a powerful thing. Some people refer to what we’re doing now as ‘working from home’ and today I heard for the first time: ‘homing from work’. On the other hand, I’ve heard a lot of discussion...

Roger Barker Apr 23, 2020

Creating Human Friendly Workplaces During COVID-19

We have entered into a new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, where the initial ‘crisis response’ and business disruption has begun to settle down.  Now, more than ever, it’s important to start looking to the future, and initiating conversations around how we can effectively set up our businesses and our people to thrive. Staying connected There has never been a more important time to have effective communication strategies in place.  Establishing an operating rhythm ensure...

Katriina Tahka Apr 16, 2020

New Options For Your Business: Managing Your Business Through This Crisis.

The number one question employers are asking me at this time is: ‘what are my options for managing my workforce through COVID-19?’. Up until last week, the three main options were: Reaching an agreement with employees to vary hours of work or salary and/or utilising leave strategies; Issuing a stand-down notice; and/or redundancy measures -but only if the business met the circumstances set out in the Fair Work Act; The Job Keeper payment package announced by the Feder...

Jason Eagleton Apr 08, 2020

Staying Connected

The world is currently in a perculiar position. We are amidst a global health epidemic, being asked to self isolate, practice social distancing and disengage from our normal lifestyle for an uncertain period of time. We are also being asked to continue to work, but possibly in a way that many of us are not used to. At times, it may feel like we are being asked the impossible: stay connected, focused and productive, remotely. As a result, we have become more disconnected and remot...

Katie Adams Mar 05, 2020

Domestic Violence: What Role Does Your Business Play?

By now, most people across our nation are painstakingly aware of the devastating domestic violence case involving Hannah Clarke and her children. While words cannot appropriately articulate the emotions associated with such an incident, what it does bring to light is that more needs to be done to address domestic violence in Australia. So, what is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence includes a range of behaviours that can be used to coerce and control a family member or intimat...

diversity in the workforce - workplace culture

We just signed into the World’s Biggest Trade Deal but what does this mean for workplace culture?

Australia recently entered into a partnership that has been deemed the ‘World’s Biggest Trade Deal’. Known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the pact includes 15 other Asia Pacific Nations such as China, South Korea, New Zealand & Japan. The included nations are said to account for almost 1/3 of the world’s GDP and had India not pulled out, encompassed almost half of the world’s population. This deal opens an unprecedented number of doors i...

Madison Tong Oct 14, 2019
flexibility in the workplace

The Flexibility Bandwagon– how can small businesses jump on and make it work for them?

Hot desking, flex-days, job sharing – these are just some of the words that come to mind when we think about a flexible workplace. In recent years we’ve seen a huge shift in the value that employees are placing on flexibility. Gone are the days where employees work a 9 – 5 job, Monday to Friday. There’s no doubt that flexible work is becoming the new norm and companies need to learn to embrace these changes. Numerous larger corporations have started to offer it, with impr...

Madison Tong Sep 26, 2019
the importance of creating a mentally healthy community

The importance of creating a community that’s focused on mental health

An ongoing conversation we’ve had throughout the year is the importance of creating and maintain a mentally healthy workplace. And while there is still a lot to be done within this area, it is exciting to see how the conversation surrounding mental health has been progressing.  Statistics from the latest report done by KPMG for World Suicide Prevention Day found that Australia’s suicide rate is set to go up by 40% in the next decade. With risk factors such as debt, isolation...

women in stem

Paving the way for women in STEM

This week we celebrate science and all the incredible achievements that mankind have made to shape the world as we know it. And without too much thought, you could probably name at least 5 different men that helped shape the world – Einstein, Newton, Edison, Galileo, Leonardo Di Vinci. In fact you can probably name 5 more men from this century that have paved the way for STEM – Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg , Steven Hawking, Neil Armstrong, Bill Gates. But what about women? How ...

Katie Adams Jul 29, 2019
6 key steps to optimise employee wellbeing

Mental Health in the Workplace: Six key steps employers can take to optimise wellbeing

Did you know 80% of the working population will have 1 clinical symptom of a mental illness at point in time? And yet, only 50% of organisations focus on fostering psychological health in their employees. Professor Nick Glozier of the Brain and Mind Centre, Sydney Medical School, opened an important conversation hosted by the College of Organisational Psychologists on Mental Health at Work, with these confronting statistics. Lucinda Brogden, National Mental Health Commissioner, r...