Try before you buy (and sell!)

Have you ever engaged a consultant that is telling you what you need to do without having done it themselves? Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of theories and methodologies out there that are tried and tested (and I’m not saying don’t work).  But have they ever lay awake at night thinking about the things that keep you …

Employee development – manager or employee responsibility?

One of the most common attributes of a great workplace is the opportunity for employees to access and engage in training and development. Almost every engagement survey we conduct, employees deliver a wish list when asked what further training and development opportunities would they like to engage in. It’s the general understanding now that training and development is important in …

Are incentive schemes worth your money?

“I want to implement an incentive scheme so my underperforming employees start hitting their targets.” “You want to do what!?” I cried in despair! I absolutely see the merit in employee incentive (or bonus schemes) because when done right, for the right roles and the right people, there are a lot of business and individual benefits that can ensue. But …

Farewell permanent office layouts, hello virtual teams!

Do you remember when working from nine-to-five was the norm? What about the aspirations of having the corner office with a view (maybe even just an office at all)? It’s hard to imagine that it’s not going to be long before what we now know as a “traditional office space” will be a distant memory, just like the fax machine. …

Diversity is a point of difference

An interesting people story came through my news feed the other day which celebrated an American high school basketball hero who scored 20 points in the last 4 minutes of his school’s final game.   What made this story so emotionally charged was that as the squads enthusiastic Team Manager, Jason had never played a game before; Jason was also autistic. …

From the mouth of babes

Before you start to read this blog, let me introduce myself.  I am a 40 year old mother of two who has worked full time since the age of 18, and have continued to do so right up to, and not long after the birth of both of my children. Why did I choose to work full time? Quite frankly, …

Can a bungee jump save your life? It saved mine!

Can you imagine jumping 134m into a canyon from a steel cage suspended between two mountains, free falling for 8 ½ seconds head first towards the ground with only a cord tied to your ankles to save you from a certain death?  This is the Nevis 134m, in Queenstown, New Zealand. For those adrenalin junkies out there, this may sound …

Do you know what will help you stay sane?

We are taught a lot about why providing constructive feedback to employees is important, it helps with their development, usually their job satisfaction and can help you build trust to delegate more (so you can focus on the key areas within your role). But I want to share a different reason which I think a lot of you will connect …

Domestic violence affects 1 in 6 women but why don’t they leave?

The domestic violence statistics in our country are mind blowing: 1 in 6 women experience domestic violence  Every 3 hours a woman presents to hospital with an injury from domestic violence  1 in 4 children witness or experience domestic violence We have all heard the horrific stories, particularly in QLD last year, of women being brutally murdered by men they …

HR is a waste of time and money

Don’t delete me from LinkedIn or block me on Twitter, this is about return on your investment. Business owners & C-level executives hire HR generalists (under sufferance) to ‘deal with’ administrative functions like: payroll, compliance and those pesky staff issues without truly assessing their return on investment. It might seem unusual considering at wattsnext we make a living consulting to our clients about …