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Monday, October 24, 2016

Management Matters

Management Matters
News, opinions and advice on managing business systems and people.

Whether you are just starting a new business or have been running a business for years, everyone wishes they checked off the top 3 issues which often arise

It’s usually easier to look back after a business has failed and identify why than it is to save a business from failing in the first place. However, it begs the question of what a business owner can do if their business is struggling?

Having just been named one of Australia’s Best Places to Work in 2016, David Hickey shares his insights on how to breed a corporate culture which attracts and retains talented, ambitious Millennials.

In the past there have been occupations that remained relatively stable, for example lawyers, doctors, and accountants. If you went to university, got one of these degrees, and entered that particular workforce, it was assumed that you’d be set for life. However, this is no longer the case.

Few would argue against the idea that the design of relevant, valid and reliable pre-employment assessments should be undertaken by specialists who understand the make-up of key psychological constructs that drive a candidate’s suitability for a specific job or organisation, such as personality traits, drivers, cognitive abilities, and so on.

Xref, at its core, is an automated, cloud-based candidate referencing platform – that in itself is a major win for its clients in terms of the time and money they save on resources otherwise wasted on calling and chasing referees.

The New Financial year also provides a perfect opportunity to apply similar strategies to ensure that your businesses health thrives with minimal to no hiccups.

Your organisation needs general managers with effective management skills, who can motivate and lead others and launch inventive business strategies.

Workplace well-being is a growing trend. When a company fully integrates a ‘domesticated’ workplace with high levels of social interaction, opportunities to relax, and amenities to eat and exercise, the increased rates of productivity, retention and satisfaction are exponential.

It was scary and exciting to do something no one else was doing. But then some other people got the same idea and suddenly there were a few people doing the same thing. But rather than freaking out and holding all my cards close to my chest – I celebrated.

Hiring the best talent straight off the mark is not easy, not cheap and it can be risky. It may be tempting to take the ‘safer’ option of hiring less experienced staff at the start with the intention of attracting more experienced talent as the business grows.

Are the words “strategic review” welcome in your business? If not, you might need to rethink why and how you’re conducting them. Whether it’s triggered by a new market opportunity, a change in leadership or if it simply serves as an annual benchmark, a strategic review provides an opportunity to step back from day-to-day operations, assess the foundations on which a business is built and chart a roadmap for its course now and for the future.

Meet Found Careers – a fast growing Australia mobile jobs platform. The new, two-sided jobs app is shaking up the way businesses hire, and the way that job seekers find jobs.

While the myriad ways of delivering information have evolved dramatically, for many organisations, the system for managing the information hasn’t changed much.

What’s not often considered is that decluttering, organising and styling an office can help facilitate greater clarity for everyone in the business, while reinforcing individual and team productivity.

The idea that older workers struggle more than their younger colleagues with technology has been debunked by a comprehensive new survey by Dropbox.

Vineet Nayar shares at least 8 simple ideas that can do wonders to your Employee Engagement scores and ensure happiness, passion and growth.

Kronos, the global leader in workforce management software launched its latest research paper, The $56billion Question which revealed the impact unnecessary administrative tasks has on Australian and New Zealand businesses.

Bringing principles from lean manufacturing and agile development to the process of innovation, the Lean Startup helps companies succeed in a business landscape riddled with risk.

Confidence steadily decreases as women age and the biggest insecurities they have about returning to work relate to balancing work and family commitments and whether their skills and knowledge are up-to-date.




It’s often said that everyone will have at least one big business idea in his or her lifetime. But how do you know if your next big idea is genuinely great or a genuine waste of time? This cheat sheet will help you formulate ideas, identify opportunities, evaluate their strengths and take your first big step forward. Learn how to get focus and clarity. Plus, score a bonus tip that will help you more than you might think!


This cheat sheet was developed to help small business operators harness the incomparable (and undeniable) potency of Facebook to recruit fans, spread the word, and (most importantly) generate inbound business.


The world is littered with products that do little more than cover their cost, and underpaid service industry professionals. But there are some entrepreneurs who set their own prices and receive what they ask with apparent ease. Steve Major teaches you how to become one of these entrepreneurs in this 8-step infographic.