As companies return to work in post-restriction Australia, the conflict about the office's role between business leaders and employees is generating tension that a new RMIT Online report calls "The Office Clash." The report "The Office Clash: How back to work policies are dividing management and workers," identifies management and employees have divergent views on how we should work, the impacts of the current changes and the future of the office.
The world of work is experiencing talent dynamics like we’ve never seen before. Even during the Global Financial Crisis, we didn’t see the pace of change that’s happening now. Entire industries are being forced to come to grips with the fact that talented employees want to work differently, off the back of the pandemic. On the other hand, there are industries where mass layoffs and restructures have created job uncertainty and unemployment for many.
Peaks and troughs are part of the ride for any business, but a firm based on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia is helping those troughs potentially become valuable money-earners. Tech provider BenchOn, has re-imagined its “staff sharing portal” to help firms manage their workforces in new ways. Established by the City of Gold Coast, The Gold Coast Business Portal uses the established tech to strengthen the local business community, connecting local firms experiencing high demand for specialist talent with those that have talent to spare.
PeopleKey, a manufacturer of biometric devices used for time & attendance data recording and access control solutions, has launched the latest in its extensive product line with the introduction of the PeopleKey 5110 Face & Finger Scanner. The 5110 builds upon the earlier 5100 model, having added a camera enhancement to the product providing the additional benefit and convenience of facial recognition along with the security of fingerprint scanning.
30% of UK workers believe they lack the skills needed in today’s workplace. We know the skills gap is a problem here in the US – new research from the United Kingdom highlights that organizations need to commit to relevant training and development to solve this problem. Questionmark, the online assessment provider, surveyed the UK workforce against the skills identified by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The survey identified the disconnect between the skills needed in the future and the current confidence levels amongst UK workers. It also highlighted the areas where inadequate training and support are holding workers back.
LinkedIn has launched the latest iteration of its #ConversationsForChange initiative with a new content series in partnership with Indigenous-led creative consultancy, Campfire X. The three-part series, titled ‘Change Starts With’, aims to highlight the subtle, everyday moments that impact Indigenous Australians in the workplace. The campaign encourages non Indigenous Australians to consider how their unconscious biases can make workplaces less culturally safe for Indigenous people. The campaign launches in the lead-up to Reconciliation Week, and runs for two weeks across both Linkedin and its local social channels.
We’ve all seen the long list of big names called out for underpaying workers, from celebrity chefs to the country’s biggest employers such as Qantas, Coles, Woolworths, NAB, CBA, Super Retail, the AB, and even – allegedly – some of our biggest law firms1. It’s a problem affecting remuneration from hiring to retiring. PwC estimates underpayment affects 13% of the Aussie workforce and Industry Super Australia found bosses failed to pay three million employees, nearly $5bn in employer super contributions in 2018-193.
Velocity Global, a provider of global talent solutions, announced that it raised $400m in Series B funding round, increasing the company’s valuation seven-fold since the same time last year. This second round of funding is led by Eldridge and Norwest Venture Partners which join Series A investor FFL Partners on Velocity Global’s board to lend their deep expertise in the areas of technology, future of work and global scale. The company retains majority ownership and founder Ben Wright continues as CEO and chair of the board of directors.
New research from Infosys, a global player in next-generation digital services and consulting, has found that two years of pandemic-induced reliance on technology for work has altered our relationship with digital apps and services. When asked what they’d like to see the back of respondents stated they were tired of “Zoom video calls” and “being contactable 24/7”.
The art of effective sales management is being lost as a discipline with many modern-day sales managers unable to understand that it’s an action role, not a position. Too many sales managers are unable to relate to the teams they manage as they fail to invest time needed to understand each member as individuals with unique needs and very personal aspirations.