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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

How important is training and development?

Training and development (T&D) can improve competitiveness in a global market, decrease skills and performance gaps, be used as a motivational tool for employees and improve individual capabilities and performance.

Work life balance – the grand debate

‘Work life balance’ has been a hot topic for both employees and employers for some time now. It has been at the forefront of a lot of management meetings and having a healthy work life balance can be a challenge for businesses, but it can also have a serious impact on organisations. I meet with candidates daily

Managing different generations in the workplace

Generational gaps in the workplace can be as diverse as Kylie Minogue’s wardrobe. See how to effectively manage the age gap without any bias involved. With an aging population, generational age gaps are fairly prevalent in today’s job market. And, over the next two decades, these age gaps are only going to become more dominant.

Why you should hire someone over age 55

Unconscious bias happens to many of us. But, does age-old experience get in the way of securing your Mr or Mrs Right? Here’s why you need over 55’s on your payroll. Anyone in the business knows that recruiting takes time and money. Creating a position description and job advertisement, marketing the position, fielding through applications,

Are you embracing and using new technology tools to your advantage?

For those of you who know me, I love great Thai food.  Having lived a number of my formative years in Thailand, there is nothing more enticing than authentic, fresh Thai food. The other week I was at my favourite local Thai Restaurant with the family for a meal and I noticed a number of

How to aim for (and actually hit) the stars!

After a briefing with an advertising agency and our goals for the coming year, the agency’s managing director came up to me and said, “I like your style. ‘To hit the trees, aim for the stars,’” he said. He was referring to our stretch goals for the year, and he was genuinely impressed that he

Why Working as a Temp can be a Great Career Move.

I recently wrote a blog for employers explaining why hiring temps or contractors is a beneficial business strategy. But that’s just one side of the equation.  What about the worker?  Here are some of the benefits for job seekers. Some people choose temp work as a lifestyle (ICT contractors for example) going from project to

The Secret to Happy Employees!

How happy are you with your job?                                                                           On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate yourself?   I hear it daily from our recruitment business that the pre-Christmas period is a time when candidates are active. Forget the New Year resolutions! We also see it from the data we get from our clients via