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Dec 10, 2008

Fatigue and Road Safety

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As the holiday season approaches it is timely to remind us all about the hazards of driving at this time of year. There is a significant increase in the risk of you being involved in a crash if you are becoming tired when driving. When you are starting to become tired you can’t concentrate properly on your driving and so you can’t respond as quickly and safely as you should. What causes fatigue? Fatigue can be caused by: Driving at times you are normally asleep or in the afternoon lull, when our biological time clock makes most of us feel sleepy Having a sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea Lack of quality sleep Research has shown that going without sleep for 17 hours has the same effect on driving ability as a Blood Alcohol Concentration...
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Nov 24, 2008

Give Yourself TIME to work!

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To be productive at work sometimes we actually need time to work! What I mean is interruption FREE TIME. Time at our desk without the phone ringing; responding to emails or speaking to drop in’s. If you build this into your weekly or daily routine colleagues will begin to respect your work TIME. Interruptions can be costly to both your personally and the business in general. You lose your focus and thoughts with each interruption and have to begin again. Reports have said that “unnecessary interruptions consume about 28 percent of the office based worker’s day” which does make a significant impact on our productivity. Solutions Simple solutions such as closing the door and allowing the phone to go to voicemail can be effective. If your office design means it is difficult...
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Nov 18, 2008

Make TIME for the important things in your life!

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The past few blogs have focused on employment and keeping staff engaged. This article is all about you and maximizing your life. Enjoying your down TIME. Here are some ways to enjoy this weekend! Go on a picnic Pack a lunch, afternoon tea or early dinner, don’t forget the picnic rug. Enjoy time by yourself with a book or with family and friends. Give yourself some pampering It is getting close to sandal season so give your feet some attention whether by a professional or do it yourself. Find some sun Set up some space in your backyard for relaxation, hook up a hammock , a daybed or a chair and pillow. Enjoy a few minutes and the time for yourself. Host a potluck brunch Invite friends over and ask everyone to bring a...
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Nov 6, 2008

Work Life Balance for Men

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Work-life balance is a focus for businesses nowadays and many organisations are heading towards a flexible workforce. It is important to remember that there is not a “one size fits all” answer to this. Employees are in different life-cycles and therefore different elements of flexibility are needed. It is fantastic that this is a focus however many programs and initiatives have been aimed at helping working women but what about men? Life for men is continuously changing and what is expected of them is in a change phase as well. Work does play a vital role in men’s lives and can be intrinsically linked with their sense of self – success or failure, purpose, self-esteem and self-worth. Men need to focus on their own eco-system as well – that is, work,...
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Oct 30, 2008

Practical Staff Retention Ideas

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Following from last weeks blog regarding focusing on staff retention rather than recruitment I felt it was appropriate to provide some positive solutions or ideas. The objective is to create happy and loyal employees. Elements are taken from an article written by Nukte Ogun in May 2008. 1. Salary One of the biggest employee motivators, pay is what attracts us to most new positions and encourages us to stay. 2. Remuneration package Think about other perks, besides pay, which you could use to lure and keep staff, including salary sacrifice, bonus super and novated leases. 3. Respect Your grandmother had it right: treat others as you would like to be treated. 4. Resources Staff tire pretty quickly of faulty and out-of-date equipment. It doesn’t have to be the newest or the best (it’ll help if it is...
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Oct 21, 2008

Recruitment vs. Retention

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The costs of replacing departing staff can be massive. Companies should be focusing their attention on how to keep their existing staff. It is an exhaustive process to hire new staff and not one that an organisation wants to do often. So don’t let the recruitment take over, change your focus from recruitment to retention. Why should I focus on retention? The cost to replace a single employee is between 25 per cent and 150 per cent of their annual salary. Once you start multiplying those replacement costs out across the number of employees lost each you, the cost of attrition can be crippling. What is the true cost of losing a member of staff? Recruiter’s fee Advertising costs Exit interview costs Psych testing Interim staff costs Training costs Protective clothing , uniform IT and systems set up...
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Oct 15, 2008

Has the weekend become a blur?

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Has the weekend become a blur? Our childhood memories are made up of spending time with cousins, aunts, uncles and family friends on a hot Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed a meal outdoors, kicked a ball, ate watermelon, were free to get dirty, climbed trees, played family cricket, and went bush walking. When was the last time you did this with your children? It is no wonder we don’t have time to create these memories for our children, have you considered what we try and juggle and manage in our everyday lives? Today’s modern life of a flexible workforce, technology which enable us to work from anywhere at anytime, managing a home, giving to our community and the never ending pursuit to better ourselves personally and professionally. This is what we all...
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