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When you run your own business, one of the most consistent and common causes of sleepless nights is the people you employ. But it...

How to keep your people motivated and energetic. "Short, simple... powerful!"

I recently read a report by PwC that said that one in four CEOs are unable to pursue a market opportunity, or have to...

Everyone needs to find their A-Team. Whether it's using traditional job boards or, using broader communities like Gumtree, there are some nifty tactics that...

Dr Jason Fox is an expert in motivation strategy and design, and all things gamification. Dr Fox works with companies all over the world,...
HTML wizard at Vooza

Is a HTML wizard really who you want as a part of your tech team? How about a Javascript ninja or Ruby On Rails rockstar?

Heineken received 1,734 applications for a starter role at the company. Rather than asking the same standard questions and getting mediocre, repetitive answers, the company did something different to identify the right person for the job.

Jobs within startups generally offer no security, the founder will often have little or no clue about what he or she is doing and the odds of the job description staying the same over a six month period are zero to none. So, how does an aspiring business builder recruit for a startup?

Yes, it's true, it only takes one budding entrepreneur with a brilliant idea to start a business, but from that point on, it takes a collaboration of staff to turn that business into a success. The only thing more powerful than champion employees, are champion employees that know how to collaborate and work together.

"Creative" topped LinkedIn's list of the most overused buzzwords of 2011, as revealed through a study of members' profiles on the global networking site. "Extensive experience," last year's number-one phrase, was the runner-up this year, with "effective", "track record" and "motivated" claiming spots three through five.

While Australians have come to expect a casual approach to service, visitors aren’t so forgiving. “Having recently been in the USA, the standard of customer service there is great, staff actually want to help you,” says Australian marketing manager Jessica Hannant. “Here the sales assistant doesn't get off the phone to her friend to even serve you at the checkout.” Are things here getting worse?

The gap between what your people are paid and the value they deliver determines people performance and company profit. Do you have who it takes? Andrew Horsfield delivers some hard truths.

At sometime during the recruitment process, ask the candidate to write down 35 reasons why they want to be a salesperson within your company. Allow up to 15 minutes for this process alone. I’ve conducted this exercise with hundreds of sales consultants. A common theme is that by the time they reach around the 15th reason they get stuck. Why? Because the first 15 reasons are typically high level and relatively easy to communicate.

Many Australian companies don’t even provide regular feedback to their staff, let alone have a formal employee development program. This is a costly mistake. As busy managers give less and less time to developing their people, companies are losing the very employees they need to succeed in the long term.

More small businesses now fall under the national government definition of "small businesses", thanks to laws that came into force on 1 January 2011. This means that countless more entrepreneurs will now need to follow federal rules against unfair dismissal. Are you a small business according to the new definition?

Remember when your parents said, “Money doesn't grow on trees” or “A penny saved is a penny earned”? Employees and business owners need to re-visit these old truisms. Carelessness, complacency and failing to ask the right questions of staff and customers has resulted in Australian companies paying dearly in both time and money, according to Catherine DeVrye.

The whole concept of a unionism depends on having a 'crowd' and harnessing the power of that crowd to gain collective bargaining power. Therefore, it might seem slightly strange to describe ThePoint's online service, designed to help office workers anonymously organise with their coworkers, as 'crowdsourced unionism'.

A study of hospital workers conducted by Chilterns University College in the UK found that nurses working for hospital supervisors with poor management styles had significantly higher blood pressure than nurses working for bosses judged as understanding and considerate. As a result, the nurses with bad bosses had a roughly 20 percent higher risk of heart disease. Are you giving your employees heart attacks?

A new study shows Australians are largely pessimistic about the likelihood of women receiving equal pay to men, though most Australians firmly believe in the idea.

One question – Where do you do your best thinking? – received the most surprising answer. Only around 10% of people responded “at work”. Consider this: people are paid to think, and are required to spend a lot of time at work, yet work is not the place where they think well.

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