Recruitment
  • April 11 2016 Is now the right time to recruit? 5 questions to ask yourself

    When planning for growth, one thing that often keeps business owners up at night is the question, “When is the right time to hire new staff?” Do you wait until you land that big new contract and then hire the staff you need? Or, do you take the risk and hire the staff first, so Read More…

  • April 5 2016 Why you should always be on the lookout, even when you’re not hiring

    With the unemployment rate hovering around the 6% mark, it’s clear that there are candidates out there, actively looking for work.  But speak to any hiring manager out there and they’ll tell a different story – that good people are hard to find, and the skills shortage we’ve been hearing about for years is a Read More…

  • April 5 2016 Why hiring personality over experience can be the best thing for your business

    “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” Sam Ewig Running a business for over 20 years provides a wide ranging perspective on hiring, firing and the movement of people.  We’ve seen all levels of skill, experience and commitment; Read More…

  • March 23 2016 The construction industry: It’s time to put gender stereotypes aside and embrace the power of diversity

    When you imagine a construction worker, would you think of that person as male or female? It’s perhaps not necessary to state the assumed response to that question because we have been educated to pigeonhole men and women in particular industries. As a result, women are largely underrepresented across a number of industries in the Read More…

  • March 22 2016 The top 10 highest paying and in-demand IT jobs

    For too many people out there, the idea of working in the Information Technology sector is associated solely with coding, as if learning a new programming language is the only thing you can do in order to become a professional in this industry. The reality is that there are plenty of jobs available, with a Read More…

  • March 21 2016 Why culture goes deeper than gimmicks by one of Australia’s Best Workplaces: The Entourage

    If you practice what you preach, you’re more likely to gain credibility as a business leader – whether that be with your staff or customers. After all – would you take fitness advice from a personal trainer who smokes; or would you take driving lessons from an instructor who has a string of driving offences? Read More…

  • March 15 2016 First hire considerations for the entrepreneur

    There comes a point when you can no longer go it alone. Forget flying solo. The time has come for your first hire, but there are so many considerations before you dive in. It’s early days for your business and you’re wondering if a new person is the growth you need. If it’s time for Read More…

  • March 14 2016 Looking good: how your small business can attract the very best employees

    The employment pendulum is on the swing again. With such low unemployment, companies are desperately looking to recruit, ideally the best, candidates.  Employees, especially the most talented, have their pick of jobs and companies.  So, what can small-business employers do to be chosen by their ideal candidates? Pay  Of course, everyone knows it’s not all Read More…

  • February 23 2016 The challenges of importing skills to drive innovation

    Australia is lagging behind in the innovation stakes, ranking 17th for 2 years running in the Global Innovation Index 2015. We are being overtaken by the likes of New Zealand and even smaller markets like Luxembourg amongst a range of criteria, such as business sophistication, infrastructure, human capital and research and creative outputs, amongst others. Read More…

  • February 11 2016 Otherness is a disease crippling many businesses from realising their full potential

    Of all the negative influences that can hamper a business from realising its full potential from its employees, ‘otherness’ is perhaps the most subtle – and, in many ways, the most insidious – of all. It’s so difficult for organisations to grapple with, because it is so difficult to pin down in the first instance. Read More…

  • February 3 2016 Ranking in the top 5 Best Places to Work in Australia, Intuit tells us how it’s done

    The desire to be happy at work and enjoy your job is not an unreasonable one – after all, we spend the vast majority of our waking hours working. True – some of us submit to the notion that getting paid to work is not synonymous with enjoyment, but an increasing number of the workforce Read More…

  • January 28 2016 Getting it right: A healthy work-life balance starts with culture

    If you’re a business owner who was driven to the start-up scene by the prospect of independence and a better work-life balance, then the question you have to ask yourself is this: would you wish for your own employees – the life-blood of your business – to view entrepreneurialism as the ultimate ‘escape hatch’ from Read More…

  • January 21 2016 How failing to hire and retain good employees can destroy your business

    For as long as there is entrepreneurship, people who have taken upon themselves to do this job have searched for the recipe for what makes a successful business, and the answers they found and brought into conversation were sometimes quite extraordinary. Some of them, however, made a huge mistake, and, in spite of having the Read More…

  • November 12 2015 Your company is the sum of your people

    There are two kinds of startups – those who succeed and others who constantly try. In Britain, at least half the companies fail to last more than five years and in the US, three out of four startups are going bust without managing to turn a profit. The team and leader define the success of Read More…

  • November 9 2015 If you’re serious about a new job – you’ll find one

    Trying to secure a new job opportunity can be like playing a numbers game. Feeling defeated before they even start, many job seekers tirelessly pump out applications they know will become one of a few hundred clogging a recruiter’s inbox. But this causes a problem on both sides of the fence: for the recruiter and Read More…