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Rethinking The Performance Review

Born in the industrial post war era when bosses ruled the production line by fear, the traditional annual performance review has grown into a bureaucratic nightmare for many. It is a throwback to a ‘command and control’ mindset that attempts to quantify individual performance into a number. At its most extreme form employees are ranked, rated and mapped out on a bell curve (known as the infamous ‘stack and rank’ process) with devastating consequences to staff morale and ta...

Katriina Tahka Jun 02, 2016

Together: A Diversity Narrative that is built on Connection not Difference

'Together' was the theme of #TEDxSydney 2016.  The incredible line up of (dare I say!) diverse speakers sparked in me the big idea that we need a new human narrative about diversity and in this we have a lot to learn from starfish. Yes starfish. But more precisely, the complex natural systems that all living things are a part of and the ecosystem that connects everyone and everything. Why is it that when you say 'biodiversity' everyone thinks of coral, starfish, seaweed, beehive...

Katriina Tahka May 27, 2016

Leadership Series | Torrents and Toothpicks

Flexible working arrangements, the rise of digital/social communication, increasing economic uncertainty, constant change, endless reshuffling of the deckchairs...how is a leader to cope? Well clearly the leader who tries to control all of this will not. How could you? It's like trying to hold back a torrent with a toothpick. So what does effective leadership look like in this day and age? This is (not surprisingly given we spruik ourselves as consultants) a question that a lot o...

Katriina Tahka May 10, 2016

The Future of Work isn't All Bots, it Must Include People

Last week I attended the 2016 Future of Work conference hosted by the Centre for Workplace Leadership in Melbourne. The brilliant line up of guest speakers showcased some of the best minds around and their thinking about the future of work. It's something we all need to be planning for, now.  Here are my five key take away messages: People need to be included in the conversation around the future of work. Genevieve Bell, Intel Corporation shared that there are too many conv...

Iolanda Hazell Apr 28, 2016

HR Analytics that Deliver Powerful People Insights

HR Analytics has been a hot topic for the past few years however many businesses and HR practitioners still have little or no knowledge and experience in applying statistical data that associates HR and business strategy. But it isn't so hard to get started once you know a few hot tips for where to begin. As A-HA's resident Data Scientist I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of awesome companies to help design, develop and build HR Analytical D...

Katriina Tahka Apr 05, 2016

Sustain your diversity strategy all year round

March was a very busy month for diversity and inclusion.  Many organisations celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) and then Harmony Day.  Now in April larger organisations ( 100+ employees) have shifted their focus to finalising Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) annual reports and Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation applications. If March was D&I party season, April is reporting season!  In my experience, once the final reports are filed dive...

Katriina Tahka Mar 09, 2016

IWD2016: Moving from talk to action with five important pledges

It's been more than 100 years since International Women’s Day was first recognised in 1911. In that time there has been important progress in improving the rights and standards of living for women and girls around the world;  however, there is still much work to be done.  The IWD2016 theme #pledge for parity is a call to action to both indivuduals and organisations. Collectively we can accelerate the pace of change by making the five pledge actions come to life. The...

Katriina Tahka Feb 25, 2016

Fire up your workplace culture and performance!

A-HA's recent research in collaboration with the Centre for Workplace Leadership is featured in Smart Company this week. Here's a copy for you, our loyal readers, in case you missed it! Whether your organisation is big or small, a savvy start up or an experienced player, it's never too late to take steps to create a modern workplace culture that is open, innovative, productive and rewarding for all stakeholders; and boosts productivity and business performance. In this Smart...

Katriina Tahka Feb 13, 2016

Strengthening gender diversity in Australian organisations

Background The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is the peak body when it comes to gender diversity in Australia and is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. We partnered with WGEA to co-create a series of documents guiding Australian gender reporting organisations on how to read, interpret, and communicate their WGEA Benchmark Reports. What we did We co-created and co-designed the Benchmark Insights Guide with WG...

Katriina Tahka Feb 03, 2016

Making Flexibility Work

Flexible work arrangements usually make you think of policies and processes which enable flexibility at work. Imagine a workplace where flexible work arrangements are based on trust. Trust between an individual and the organisation that both are looking out for each others collective interests. A culture of workplace flexibility based on trust is exactly what we discovered when we interviewed Marque Lawyers as a part of the Making Flexibility Work project in col...

Katriina Tahka Dec 15, 2015

Tips for maximising impact & minimising stress of workplace investigations

Workplace investigation. Usually these two words make you cringe. Something has gone wrong. Someone may be hurt. Someone else may be to blame. Either way a rigorous process has to be followed to make sure that the situation is properly dealt with and resolved to the best of your ability.Handled badly, a workplace investigation can further damage a team and organisational culture that is already under stress. However, an investigation conducted fairly and with respect ca...