Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Keep calm and remember your manners this Christmas season 

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The first lockdown-free festive season we’ve had in years is upon us, with predictions that the retail industry is feeling the pressure. In the lead-up to the shopping hysteria, the mental health of retail workers is a high priority with fears of burnout amongst employees. Studies show that 62% of Aussies working in retail will suffer burnout this festive season. This is compounded due to the challenges of the labour shortage crisis, indicating the usually jolly festive season may not be so cheery this year. Burnout is common around this time of year. I’m sure we all felt the difficulty with the staff recruitment this year due to labour shortages.

Popular apps kids and teens are using and the risks to be wary of

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Gen X and Millennial parents grew up in the times of Facebook and Instagram. But when it comes to the latest social networks, trends and apps their children are using, they may be in the dark about which apps are trending and what they do. Avast, a leader in security and privacy, provides insights for parents into platforms their children may be using, what data the networks and apps can share, to which audiences, and what privacy risks there may be.

Organisations need a multi-layered approach to solve data vulnerabilities

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Data is at greater risk than ever, as ransomware attacks continue to impact Australian firms. There is a greater need to adopt data resilience, which can be defined as a mindset for companies to meet their business continuity plans and keep their operations up and running. A solid data resilience plan is essential as organisations move to hybrid IT and work environments. When performance needs arise or a catastrophic failure occurs, organisations must have a well-thought-out and battle-tested plan for recovering their data.

Five easy tips to follow for quality control in construction management

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Construction project management can be challenging at times. Even if it stays on schedule and within budget, if the project doesn’t meet quality acceptance standards, it risks not just upsetting stakeholders but also triggering possible legal action. According to research, 12% of construction defects are the result of system and material failures, while over half (54%) of all errors may be linked to human factors like untrained labour or insufficient supervision.

Talent retention: What businesses can do to keep hold of their employees

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It has become clear, especially in the last few months, that we are redefining how we live, play, and most importantly, work. Employees are rejecting the status quo and embracing hybrid working arrangements. A LinkedIn research found that more than one in two (57%) people who are currently looking for a job value flexibility, scoring higher than compensation.

Sellers and agents need to sweeten deals to get sales over the line

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With states experiencing some type of property adjustment, sellers are having to reset their sale price expectations. While there is still a shortage of high-quality properties, the number of buyers has dwindled and agents and sellers are having to work harder to get property sales over the line. Despite all this negative media coverage, I believe it is a seller’s market.

Digital transformation: How we built a cloud-based firm from the ground up

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As digital transformation continues to intensify, businesses are realizing the importance of migrating to the cloud. According to Right Scale’s annual State of Cloud Report, 94% of enterprises use the cloud in some capacity, either through hybrid or fully cloud-based solutions. A firm’s ability to successfully migrate can be the difference between success and becoming the latest company to fizzle out due to a lack of in-house technical skills.

Economic headwinds: Tips to help find the right home loan for you

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At a time of ongoing upward pressure on household budgets across a range of measures, every dollar counts for many Australians and their families. New research from leading non-bank lender, Pepper Money, shows that despite almost all Australians (98%) saying that taking time to understand their options helped them more confidently make decisions, more than half (53%) admitted to having taken the first loan approval option they were offered.

How to embrace skills over resumes as the global talent shortage surges

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As The Great Resignation continues to evolve, the effects are being felt across the labour market in the form of tightly resourced teams and new workplace expectations. In response to these changes, employers are doubling down on hiring to keep teams strong. With 2 million Aussies prepared to quit their jobs over the next 6–12 months, businesses are pulling out all the stops to get top performers in the door and bolster their firms’ future success.

Holiday gift shopping: How to pick a bike for your child this Christmas

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With the summer school holidays approaching, parents are thinking of getting their kids a bike for Christmas. Better than adding yet another noisy toy to a pile of toys that won’t get played with after a week, a bike is practical yet fun; and more importantly, a healthy gift. Giving your child a bike for Christmas is a great idea. There is nothing quite like the excitement of seeing a bike by the tree on Christmas morning. getting it at the start of the summer holidays means they can use it for the entire break. Whether it’s your kid’s first bike or an upgrade, there are some important things to remember when you go shopping.