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If HR were a science fiction movie…

Imagine how the HR or People and Culture functions across the employee life cycle would be represented in a science fiction movie. Most of us already think we are in a badly written sci-fi movie with the outbreak of COVID-19. Hats off to all those practitioners who have helped guide their people through a pandemic.

Optimum Advice Episode 3 – HR Metrics

We are continuing our ‘Optimum Versus Bad Advice’ series with one of Jason’s favourite topics – HR Metrics. Everyone in business these days will be familiar with the expression ‘what gets measured gets done’. But does that mean that things that aren’t measured don’t get done? And if we assume that we can’t measure everything,

Optimum Advice Episode 2 – Balance Your Team

We are continuing our Optimum Advice vlog series, and in today’s second episode we look at whether ‘hiring for culture-fit’ is good advice in an age where diversity is so important. In doing so, we will offer up a slightly better way of looking at this topic – balancing your team – as a strategy

A great time for great advice.

Let’s agree, COVID-19 is already changing the global business environment in ways that could not have been imagined in January 2020. It is the pace of change that has caught everyone by surprise and whilst many things may return to ‘normal’ at some point in the future, there are some things that will have changed

Career Tips – Ensure Your Skills Remain Transferable

In October 2017 I wrote Evolution is Unstoppable, an article demonstrating how customer loyalty doesn’t last forever.  Loyalty is challenged when people have the luxury of choice… often the new options are better, faster and cheaper.  At that time, Holden had just ended its Australian motor vehicle manufacturing and the once mighty “Roaring Lion” was

Dad/Life/Work Balance

For my wife and I, having our first child was a brilliant moment in both of our lives. February 10, 2019 was a heck of day, actually, so was the night of the 9th! From this point on my wife and I embarked on a challenging year with new and diverse obstacles. My wife and

Diversity In The Workplace – More Than Just Meeting A Quota

Diversity in the workplace is becoming a more and more prominent issue in today’s society with organisations having ‘quotas’ in terms of male to female ratios to achieve gender balance. I was having a conversation with a group of male and female friends about this recently and it turned into a somewhat lively discussion about

Forget New Year Resolutions, Try This Instead…

The custom of making New Year resolutions has been around for thousands of years, so it’s natural for most of us to sit back and reflect on the year that was.  We often also make a promise of change to ourselves at the stroke of midnight on the 1st January.  These are often life changing

How to Cope with Change

2019 has been a big year for me with many changes; I think probably the most change I have gone through at any point in my life, both personally and professionally. I’m sure I am not alone in saying I’m not a fan of change, but the one constant in life is change and we