Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Smart WFM appoints Andrew Griffiths to new role on global Advisory Board

Global human capital management (HCM) consultancy, Smart WFM, has appointed bestselling author Andrew Griffiths to the new role of Advisor and Director of Marketing, Branding and Messaging, the company’s inaugural appointment to its new Advisory Board. Griffiths, author of 14 bestselling business books, brings over 25 years’ business, marketing, and communications experience to the UKG services partner, having worked with many firms and political bodies including Telstra, Optus, CBS TV, HP, NYK Line, and the EU. He delivered a series of workshops for the EU to help prepare a range of businesses for the Brexit transition.

Business leaders have to do more to prioritise employee mental health

It’s no surprise the pandemic completely changed everyone’s lives, with a good majority of employees leaving their jobs because they are not only wanting more from their careers, but needed more support from their workplace. Much has been made of “The Great Resignation," with work itself evolving, it reflects a reprioritisation of personal choices on a global scale — creating a discontinuity that should be of great concern to every leader.

Seize the day! Optimism shines through in national 2022 sense check

As Australia emerges from the pandemic, a new report by ING Australia reveals 78% feel positive, and some even extremely positive (19%), about the year  ahead. The ING Sense of Us Report shows 20% say positivity is the theme of the year and although some 18% are looking for a more calm year, in contrast, one in six 16% are looking to shake things up, describing the year as ‘new’ (4%), ‘energetic’ (4%), ‘fun’ (3%) and ‘yolo’ (2%).  

Ex-Adobe executive Tania Garrett joins Unit4 as Chief People Officer

Unit4, a player in enterprise cloud applications for people-centric firms, announced the hire of Tania Garrett as Chief People Officer. Tania will oversee the firm’s people success function where she will be responsible for talent acquisition, learning & development, compensation & benefits, and regional HR field teams. Tania will report to Mike Ettling, CEO, Unit4.

How employers can adopt and maximise the hybrid working era

The past two years have marked the rapid expansion of hybrid working, where employees feel empowered to split their time between working from home, the head office, and a neighbourhood coworking space. Having experienced the benefits of hybrid working during the pandemic, employers are planning for a permanent shift to a hybrid model of work.

Technology’s impact on employee inclusion in hybrid work model

In a world where 63% of employees say a hybrid work model is their ideal work pact, only three in ten strongly agree that their firm provides them with the necessary tech to coact equally and inclusively from anywhere. This is according to Jabra’s 2022 edition of the Hybrid Ways of Working Global Report, carried out amongst 2,800 knowledge workers in 6 countries globally to understand sentiments and motivations in this hybrid working era.

76% of Aussie senior leaders plan to leave their business in next two years

According to a report by KellyOCG, the outsourcing and consulting business of Kelly. Over three quarters of Australian senior executives say they are planning to leave their firms in the next two years, which is higher than the global average. The second annual KellyOCG Global Workforce Report – Re:work, surveyed 1,000 senior business leaders in 12 countries to understand the talent challenges and risks facing firms as they emerge from the pandemic. 

Support for 40:40 vision expands to ASX300 to achieve gender balance

40:40 Vision, the investor-led initiative to achieve gender balance in executive leadership, has expanded to the ASX300 with media giant Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), homewares retailer Adairs, healthcare company Healius and insurer QBE among the latest signatories. Chief Executive Women (CEW) census data shows firms in the ASX300 are some of the worst performing when it comes to gender diversity in executive leadership, compared to the ASX100 and ASX50. 62% of all ASX300 firms have no women in line roles, meaning there’s no consistent pipeline to increase the proportion of female CEOs and executive leaders.

New study reveals what employers must deliver to retain workplace talent

A new study from global employee engagement firm Reward Gateway reveals the expectations of employees and goals of HR leaders as they adapt to a post-pandemic world and face record-high inflation rates. The survey of 3,799 employees and HR decision-makers in the UK, U.S. and Australia highlights that employees want support beyond a paycheck. 50% would like to see increased investment in employee reward. 49% of employees would like their employer to increase investment in mental, physical and financial wellbeing resources. Responses further indicate that these investments are more than nice-to-haves.

HubSpot in cohort with Asia Pacific’s top brands to grant upskilling services

HubSpot, the customer relationship management (CRM) platform for scaling companies, announced the launch of ‘The Great Upskill’, which will see brands across APAC including Google ANZ, MessageMedia, Meltwater, Seismic, and Aircall, give their employees a full workday during the week of May 9–13 to dedicate to upskilling and job-related learning. The movement comes on the back of research from HubSpot, which found 71% of Aussie workers wish their employer placed higher value on job-related learning and upskilling, with four out of five saying it’s bumped to the bottom of the to-do list when work gets busy.