Thursday, August 18, 2022

BenchOn’s service helping SMBs make money and manage workers

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 casts the 5110 biometric time and attendance clocking system

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.

UK workforce unprepared and unskilled for the future of work

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 casts campaign to accent Indigenous Aussie workplace terrain

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.

The biggest software risk is the one you don’t even know you’re taking

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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 raises $400 million in Series B led by Eldridge and Norwest

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.

Aussie positivity towards tech for work halved in year two of the pandemic

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”.

Sales management put at risk by feeble modern-day sales managers

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.

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.