People Look to Leaders to Lead - Lessons from George W Bush - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

People Look to Leaders to Lead – Lessons from George W Bush

SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. interviewed 43rd President George W Bush in front of 20,000 human resource professionals. George W Bush spoke of the importance of humility, asking questions, seeking opinion and learning from the great leaders across the world. He said that leadership is not about the individual, but collaboration and intent.

How much information is too much? The balance between transparency and oversharing. - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

How much information is too much? The balance between transparency and oversharing.

Small organisations typically battle between the desire for maximum transparency and the worry it will all blow up in their face. The perfect recipe for disaster is small organisations (and their employees) wanting to keep the same level of transparency or familiarity as they double and triple in size. Now don’t get me wrong, transparency is great! A family feel, open door policies are fantastic but, in …

Queensland Leaders Update June 2022 - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

Queensland Leaders Update June 2022

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Queensland Leaders event for the first time – and there were a lot of things I liked about the session. Initially – there is an ‘Ask the Expert’ session where my senior Clint Adams and I paired up with Gary Myburgh, a consultancy business owner in the I.T space. He had …

4 Tips for Strategic Workforce Planning - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

4 Tips for Strategic Workforce Planning

In part 2 of my blog series focusing on Inflation, Minimum Wage and Strategic HR I’ll be covering what SME’s can do to better manage their workforce to set-up for long term success (if you haven’t yet read part 1, check it out here). This blog focuses on Workforce Planning and how adopting a well thought out strategy catering to operational …

Queensland Leaders Update May 2022 - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

Queensland Leaders Update May 2022

On Thursday 12th May, Ben and I attended the Queensland Leaders monthly event at Brisbane City Hall. This time before getting stuck into the Expert Mentoring Sessions, Ben was tasked with delivering one of the three Industry Expert Workshops. He presented some great insights into the concept of Sustainable Culture and provided a quick but very useful Self Audit for the attendees …

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Is your Culture Sustainable?

Is your culture sustainable? To answer this question, we first must define culture. Ask one hundred business owners how they define a good culture, and you will get 90 + different answers based on their individual experiences. We have been HR and Business Advisory Consultants at the wattsnext Group for 15 years and one thing that has never been more difficult …

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SHRM 22: It’s time to cause the effect

SHRM is hosting a conference in New Orleans, USA, in June 2023 – and we eagerly look forward to having Ben Watts and Sue-Ellen Watts representing wattsnext and how they are bringing their global learning from Australia to provide cutting edge new HR thinking for SME’s. In this session, Sel is one of the only two speakers on the ‘ChangeMaker …

Inflation, Minimum Wage and Strategic HR

We recently discussed inflation in our blog, noting leading economists were predicting an underlying inflation rate of 4.25% for the past year – a figure much higher than what Australia (and the world) has gotten used to. Shockingly, the underlying rate came out at 5.1% – so what does this actually mean for your business and the broader economic conditions? …

The ‘Hybrid Working’ Headache

A part-remote, part-office work-life has been referred to as providing employees and their employers with the best of both worlds, but is this the case? Since the pandemic, many employers and employees across the globe have had to adapt to a seemingly ever-changing work environment. A lot of workplaces took up the ‘Hybrid Working’, a flexible working approach where employees …