Social media connections are more powerful than human ones - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

Social media connections are more powerful than human ones

I can feel people around the globe being angered by this concept, but hear me out. The digital revolution is here. Information, education and people are more accessible than ever, making the world a far smaller place. Why limit ourselves to who we can meet in person? Human relationships will always be the epicenter of business, but is this thinking …

Throw out your feedback sandwich – it’s mouldy - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

Throw out your feedback sandwich – it’s mouldy

If you’ve read any management books or articles you would have encountered the tool of the “feedback sandwich”. You know, “sandwich” some bad feedback with two pieces of positive feedback. The next time you think about using it… STOP. That sandwich? It’s mouldy… no one wants it, there’s a much more fresh approach that you can use. Here’s why I …

The Culture Interview - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

The Culture Interview

My daughter is in her final 100 days of high school and, like many of her peers she is trying to figure out the next step in her life. She recently travelled to Far North Queensland to check out a University she is considering attending to understand if this was a place she could spend the next four years of …

Quirky management habits - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

Quirky management habits

Do you have a quirky high performance habit? Our CEO Sue-Ellen Watts has been changing her voice message EVERYDAY since 2009! We asked her why she does this and she shared her 3 reasons for this quirky routine! It sets the expectations to the caller of when she can get back to them. If she is in meetings all day …

Leverage HR Tech to be more interactive and less transactional - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

Leverage HR Tech to be more interactive and less transactional

We are well in to the age of digital disruption. In fact, if you haven’t already made changes to your HR function through technology then you’re already behind. While there are a number of business leading the way and jumping on board with technology trends, there are still some HR strategies that are falling behind and haven’t yet ventured in …

Try before you buy (and sell!) - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

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? - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

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? - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

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! - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

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. …

From the mouth of babes - 2022 - Wattsnext Group

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, …