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Riding That Wave. The Future Workforce Has Begun

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

As an HR professional, based out of Adelaide, South Australia since the 90’s, I feel like I witnessed, or have been a part of three business waves. The first wave saw bigger companies that were [...]

John the MD’s Dream

July 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Claire, the receptionist was impeccably dressed, had the front office looking spickety- span, and greeted John, the MD, with a warm smile and a pleasant “Good Morning” greeting. “I hope you don’t mind that I [...]

What Quadrants Do Your Staff Live In?

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Business Leaders and owners have many challenges. If it’s not IT, it is finances, if it’s not finances, it’s something else, and of course there is always, always the people side of the business equation. [...]

Having a Difficult Conversation (part 1)

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

I’m no handyman that’s for sure. But after botching up a number of jobs around the house I have come to understand you really need the right tools to do certain jobs right. Sometimes you [...]

Having a Difficult Conversation (part 2)

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Do you think having a difficult conversation with an employee is a stress related activity? For a number of leaders the answer is definitely “Yes”. As a matter of fact, too many difficult employee conversations [...]

Power of Positive Feedback

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

When I was at graduate school studying Organisational Psychology I remember reading about some old obscure psychological research. U.S Psychologists were involved with trying to help improve how to guide early missiles. Now this is [...]

Do you hear Elvis when you do salary reviews?

May 9th, 2017|0 Comments

You may be a total fan of the triple j “Hottest 100”. Maybe you like the new Ed Sheeran, Dire Straits, or maybe you only hanker for Hank Williams. But listen. You can’t go past [...]

Scheming for Your Next New Hire

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

At some workshops I recently conducted for a somewhat sizeable company, I asked the workshop participants who had got their jobs at the company after being referred from a colleague or former colleague. Up to [...]

Did Your Preferred Candidate Turn You Down? This Could Be Why?

April 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Things were going so well so far (other than the fact you just lost one of your best staff members and you were looking for a high quality candidate to fill the much needed gap [...]

The Greatest Reason for Staff Turnover (and What to Do)

March 24th, 2017|0 Comments

I often think of the word entropy. It’s a word I learned in science class years ago, and it’s kind of a fancy sounding word. It pretty much means that there will be a natural [...]

Let’s Bring Back a New Version of the Tea Lady

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

I think I really started to become aware of it about four years ago. I was working in HR for a major multinational organisation then. I had my laptop with me, had finished dinner, and [...]

Biased Reviews Getting The Better Of You?

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

You may have done performance reviews at the end of last year. They may have gone OK. Perhaps they went OK because there was relief by you and your staff member that they were over. [...]

Quicker Results With New Teams

February 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Change is constant. Whether it is changes in technology, processes, company structures, teams or staff, it is unavoidable. In the business landscape of change there are lots of mangers that are given opportunities to lead [...]

Uh-oh. I May Have Discriminated While Recruiting

January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

A number of years ago I was on an interview panel with a Managing Director and one of the board members who was on the Recruitment Committee. We were in the process of hiring a [...]

Are We Looking at the Probation Period the Wrong Way?

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

If you are a Probationary driver and your probation ends after you meet the criteria, you may be delighted. If you are arrested, and are on probation seeing a Probation Officer, after your probationary period [...]

What Does the Donald Trump Election have to do with Your Business?

November 20th, 2016|0 Comments

A horrific event occurred in New York City in 1964. Kitty Genovese, a New Yorker was tragically stabbed to death. It later became clear that approximately 38 people either saw it or heard it happening. [...]

Reference Checking: Level 201

October 31st, 2016|0 Comments

There are plenty of examples of both low and high profile employees being investigated and removed from companies after it has been discovered that they do not have the experience or credentials they claimed they [...]

Should presidential candidates be psych assessed in the future?

October 27th, 2016|0 Comments

I just got off the plane after being in America last week where I found the petrol to be a lot cheaper, the increased selection of boutique beers to be a bit overwhelming, and the [...]

Exit Interviews. Worth the Time?

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

The other day I was talking to a business owner about some of his HR challenges and practices when we got onto the topic of Exit Interviews. “Do you do them I asked?”   He was [...]

Employer of Choice 101

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Some years ago I did an independent research project on “Candidate Rejection and Corporate Communication”.  I was interested at the time in learning more about the perceptions of job seekers in regard to how they [...]

A Practical Viewpoint on Job Descriptions

August 19th, 2016|0 Comments

I went to a primary school soccer match, and saw the future athletes of Australia. On this particular day it was overcast and a little rainy, but all the eight year olds had a much [...]

What Does a $156 million Sports Team have in Common with Your Business?

August 11th, 2016|0 Comments

It is just wonderful, and inspirational to watch the Olympic athletes who have spent years of dedicated training and commitment go into their respective events and do their absolute best. The attitudes of the humble [...]

The Value of One on Ones for Your Staff

August 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Have you ever gotten into a situation as a leader when the end of the year performance review comes around and you really weren’t looking forward to it? And one of the main reasons you [...]

Three Great Interview Questions to Help with Your Recruitment Process

July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Unlike Recruitment Agencies, who by and large sell a candidate, antero HR partners with Hiring Leaders and shares the journey of the entire Recruitment and Selection Process. While partnering with Hiring Leaders over the years [...]

What Not To Do in that next Performance Review

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

While some organisations do Performance Reviews or Appraisals once a year, there are other companies that conduct appraisals twice a year with the mid-year appraisal happening right about now. This is exciting for some leaders, [...]

HR and Toilet Paper?

June 17th, 2016|0 Comments

While I think it is important that HR Professionals have commercial acumen and an appreciation of what is behind some of the financials of the business they are partnering with, I am often flummoxed by [...]

What is the greatest HR challenge most companies face?

May 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Is finding the best skill sets for your company the greatest HR challenge? Is providing effective training and development to ensure they are productive the greatest challenge? Maybe it’s about providing the best workplace environment, [...]

The Psychology of the Interview Panel

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

I was part of a panel interview recently. The other panel members were well organised. They had a range of open ended questions. I thought that was very good. After all, you do not want [...]

The Real Cost of a Bad Hire

May 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

You don’t hear about it often, but you do hear about it from time to time. What you hear is someone talking about how “so and so” or “such in such” has worked for their [...]

Why You May Want to Change Your Resume

April 26th, 2016|0 Comments

I have looked at more than my fair share of resumes over the years, and have helped quite a few tune theirs up for the next chapter, and while adding this little piece of additional [...]

What Makes Staff Happy ?

April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Lets face it. The majority of us need to work. So with up to 50 percent of our waking lives involved with some form of earning a wage, what is it that makes staff happy [...]