Thursday, August 18, 2022

APAC has lower unemployment, more vacancies than before the pandemic

PRO Unlimited, an integrated workforce management (IWM) platform provider, released the results of its July 2022 APAC Labor Market Report. The analysis highlights the employment rebound in full swing throughout the region and its implications. Despite unemployment figures in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia dropping to or below pre-pandemic levels, these countries have seen vacancies increase by 83%, 127% and 111%, respectively.

Seven tips on how to incentivize your employees back to work in the office

Are you a business that is struggling to get staff back to work in the office? You are not alone, in fact, you are the majority. There have been state gov't incentives, rebate schemes and promotional campaigns aimed at reigniting the spark lost by Aussie’s biggest cities, which, for the most part of two years became ghost towns as the pandemic swept across. In spite of all the effort, firms are still struggling to get their workers back in their city offices. 

Fiverr moves into the advertising industry with Togetherr™ launch

Togetherr™, a platform for building creative teams and connecting them with leading global brands and agencies, launched. The platform, designed and built by Fiverr, and backed by industry-leading visionaries, uses proprietary technology, the Creative Genome, to construct award-winning teams, from an exclusive group of creative talent. These teams will be curated and matched to support brands and agencies on specific projects and campaigns.

Post-COVID office jargon: are you up to speed with the lingual reset?

Creativity is one of the hallmarks of humanity. When the whole world was plunged into lockdown, it was only a matter of time before we humans started up with some new lingo to express new situations that we were dealing with. Before the pandemic, nobody would have known what ‘coronavirus’, ‘social distancing’, or ‘contact tracing’ would come to mean.

SMB optimism remains high despite skills challenges impacting digitization

A new study by SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) has found 84% of SMBs in Australia are confident in their growth over the next 12 months despite workforce volatility, including the Great Resignation, having directly impacted the digital transformation plans of 89% of SMBs. 

Deel launches Global Payroll product to streamline international payrolls

Deel is launching a fully managed Global Payroll product for firms that hire employees using their entities and want to combine regional payroll systems into an effortless platform. With Global Payroll added to our suite of products, firms can bring their entire workforce onto Deel. Contractor Payments, EOR services, and Payroll Management are all in one place. 

Lenovo casts workspace solutions as business leaders opt for hybrid work

As Australia eases restrictions, paving the way for offices to reopen, LenovoTM announced the launch of its Workplace Solutions portfolio designed to give firms the confidence to welcome their employees back. With solutions like simplified workspace booking, utilisation analytics and smart facilities management coupled with professional services, businesses can provide flexible working options offering benefits of in-office interactions and remote work.

Office dog policies could be barking up the wrong tree finds new research

One lockdown habit here to stay is dog owners spending more time with their pups. Aussies have grown fond of having their canine companions by their side, for staycations up the coast, Friday nights at dog friendly pubs or trips into the office to ease separation anxiety. 

Global advisory firm Egon Zehnder elects Michael Ensser as next chair

Michael Ensser has been elected Chair of Egon Zehnder by the partnership of the world’s leadership advisory firm. Ensser will assume the new role on Nov. 1, 2022, succeeding Jill Ader, who has chaired the organization since 2018 and will transition to an advisory role.

Alvarez & Marsal launches Southeast Asia and Australia business branch

Global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has launched a business unit in Southeast Asia and Australia (SEAA), headed by recently appointed Managing Director, Utsav Garg. A&M’s SEAA business unit shows the firm’s commitment to and investment in expanding its geographic footprint across APAC in response to growing market demand.