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06-Feb-2019

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You Don’t Have Weaknesses, Just Overdone Strengths

The theory of overdone strengths

10-Dec-2018

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Why thinking negatively isn't always a bad thing

Contrary to what you've always been told, thinking negatively can very much be a good thing.

18-Oct-2018

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Tips for managing seasonal workers

During the Christmas holiday season, businesses of many types employ seasonal or casual workers to meet extra demands. Often these workers are hard-working young people who have travelled from overseas, bringing with them their own language and culture. This international melting-pot makes for a fun and productive work environment, although it can also present challenges.

28-Jun-2018 Debtor Daddy

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8 Reasons Why You Should Outsource

Outsourcing ‘business as usual’ tasks can bring focus and efficiencies your business needs in order to succeed in today’s fast paced environment. A new level of agility and access to quality analytics and expertise can be brought into your business. To get ahead of the competition, consider outsourcing.

29-May-2018 Vend

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How to Start a Private Label: A Chat with Sarah Ferrence of Mod. Merchant

Have you ever considered selling private label products? If so, keep reading. For this post, we caught up with Sarah Ferrence, the founder of Mod. Merchant, a firm that helps retailers and wholesalers adapt and grow their businesses in the new era of retail.

27-May-2018 Unleashed

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Get Your Staff Ready for Cloud-Based Software

Shifting data, systems and the inner workings of a business onto the cloud can be a big move. However, it’s hard to stay away from the cloud these days; the applications of cloud-based software are seemingly endless.

26-Apr-2018 Vend

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7 Examples of Good Customer Service in Retail (and How to Apply Them to Your Stores)

While there are many things that can affect the in-store experience (e.g. products, prices, store environment, etc.) customer service is always going to be one of the top factors that impact how shoppers perceive your brand.

26-Apr-2018 Vend

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How to Train, Manage and Motivate Part-Time Retail Staff

There were almost 5 million retail sales jobs in the U.S. in 2016. Those workers, both full- and part-time, represent a sizeable chunk of the workforce, and they’re also a key component to every growing retail business. (post by Alexandra Sheehan)

25-Apr-2018 Vend

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How to Prevent and Handle Internal Theft in Retail Stores

When thinking about threats to your retail store, shoplifting is probably number one, right? The idea of someone swiping hundreds of dollars of products into a giant bag and walking out with them is horrifying, isn’t it? (post by Cara Wood)

25-Apr-2018 Vend

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The Retailer’s Guide to Cashier Training: Getting People up to Speed with Your POS

Perhaps the most important part of retail is the moment of the transaction — when money transfers from the customer to the cashier. (post by Cara Wood)

29-Mar-2018 Unleashed

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Women in Tech – It All Adds Up!

Recruiting more women into roles within the technology sector continues to be to a major challenge for employers. In the UK technology sector, only 15% of people working in STEM roles are female, and women hold only 5% of tech leadership positions.

28-Mar-2018 Employment Hero

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How to recognize and prevent sexual harassment in your office

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is back in the news this week – and it’s a reminder that we should seriously think about how we recognize and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

27-Mar-2018 Employment Hero

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Learn how to create business values in just 5 simple steps

When it comes to creating a vibrant company, values are absolutely foundational – in fact, they’re one of the most visible aspects of any company culture.

26-Feb-2018 Employment Hero

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Handle conflict like a pro: essential team conflict management examples and tips

Conflicts are inevitable, even in the most engaged of workplaces. Regardless of the source of the conflict, if they are left unresolved, conflicts can quickly impact employee morale and productivity.

25-Feb-2018 Employment Hero

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Are employee benefits the key to attracting and retaining employees?

Free healthy meals at work, discounted travel, opportunities for personal development and study, flexible working, and paid time off for volunteering – these are just some of the compelling employee benefits that leading company’s offer.

25-Feb-2018 Vend

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How to Deal with Difficult Customers: Nine Proven Tips for Retailers

Dealing with difficult customers can be… well, difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right attitude and action steps, you can effectively navigate these tricky customer situations and emerge (hopefully) unscathed.

25-Feb-2018 Spotlight Reporting

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The Power of Customer Success

Customer Success is one of the most important strategic priorities at Spotlight Reporting. The more we learn about Customer Success principles, strategy and practice, the more we can see the powerful resonance this could have for accountants in practice.

17-Jan-2018 Employment Hero

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4 Essential employee engagement trends for 2018

Creating a highly-engaged workforce and a thriving workplace continues to be a major focus for all HR managers. And the reason is simple.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Value of Workplace Training

Training in the workplace is a very valuable and important component of running a successful business.

22-Nov-2017 Employment Hero

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Make sure you don’t overlook this critical step in your employee onboarding process

So, you’re doing your homework on employee onboarding and preparing new starter kits infused with your company’s values. You also want to mastermind an onboarding process that even the tech giants would be proud of.

22-Nov-2017 Employment Innovations

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Why, How and When To Use a Fixed Term Contract

Many businesses in the building, civil and mining and professional services industries in particular, underestimate the benefit of a well-constructed employment contract.

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Workplace training – what’s in it for the company?

Workplace training is an important part of company work life which, as expensive as it may be, is a necessary means to a skilled workforce.

27-Oct-2017 Employment Hero

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Get your HR processes sorted with these 4 easy HR hacks

If the business you work in is anything like other small businesses, then your role of office manager means you handle just about anything!

17-Oct-2017 Employment Hero

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Get your new employees off to a great start with this onboarding checklist

As we mentioned in a previous post, putting on new staff comes with a mountain of onboarding paperwork. But, that certainly doesn’t mean your new starter’s first day should be all about filling in forms.

28-Sep-2017 SimPRO

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You gotta dig the No Dig method

Dennis Yarrow began Yarrow Plumbing back in 2003. Before that, he cut his teeth in the plumbing industry working in Papua New Guinea where he learned how to manage a team of 50 (and some other life skills he hadn’t bargained for).

27-Sep-2017 Employment Hero

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4 Tell tale signs that you need a new HR system

These days, managing HR in a growing business is a constant task. As an HR manager, you’re probably overloaded with work and you never seem to get to the bottom of it all.

27-Sep-2017 Unleashed

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Teamwork: A Key Ingredient For A Successful Business

Aside from efficient inventory management, teamwork is an incredibly important component of the ‘successful business’ recipe and if left out, the result can be a real flop.

28-Aug-2017 GoRoster

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Five ways to build a happy team

We have spoken to hundreds of business owners and thousands of their employees over the last twelve years.

28-Aug-2017 GoRoster

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Get ready! The millennials are coming…

Millennials – young people born between the 1980s and early 2000s – make up an increasingly large proportion of drinking-age customers. It’s important that good hospitality businesses understand that.

27-Aug-2017 Employment Hero

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4 tell-tale signs you need an HR manager right now

No one ever starts a business with the intention of spending most of their time tied up in the administrative tasks that come with operating one.

29-Jul-2017 Employment Hero

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4 employee wellness ideas that your employees will love but don’t cost a fortune

The thing is, employee wellbeing and happiness isn’t just about nap rooms, onsite massages, and cafeterias serving healthy food and snacks (though that would be nice!)

29-Jul-2017 GeoOp

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Let’s make it clear – Good mobile staff communication is vital

Many small business owners don’t give a second thought about the need for clear communication.

27-Jul-2017 Employment Hero

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No dedicated hr team? You need these essential hr tools and solutions

Every business owner knows that as soon as you start hiring people, there’s a whole heap of important and must-do HR related tasks and compliance requirements that goes with them.

26-Jun-2017 Employment Hero

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HOW IMPROVING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT CAN BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE

Look at a company with a reputation for strong employee engagement and you’ll find a high performing business. We’re not making this up.

26-Jun-2017 Vend

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How to Prevent and Handle Robberies and Theft in Retail

Are you equipped to handle retail theft and robberies? Whether you answered yes or no to that question, keep reading.

26-Jun-2017 GoRoster

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Investing in staff training is an investment in your business

Staff training is one of the best investments you can make for the future success of your business.

26-Jun-2017 Employment Hero

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THE HAPPINESS FACTOR: 6 TACTICS FOR IMPROVING WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY

Remember the old (and slightly misogynistic) phrase Happy Wife, Happy Life! ? Well, it turns out there is a workplace equivalent: Happy workers, productive business! (and no – we couldn’t make it rhyme).

25-Jun-2017 SimproGroup

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5 tips for becoming your own boss

The idea of starting your own business and being your own boss has become more popular in recent years.

26-Jun-2016 simPRO

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Empowering your managers to create autonomy

If you’re seeking to achieve business growth and expansion, it’s likely you’ll look to leverage the passion and talent of your employees. This might mean looking to your star performers, and it might mean looking for new hires.

The ultimate outcome here is to create autonomy within your workforce – you’re seeking to create a capability that works as if you were controlling it but with little need for your input. Think about that for a moment.

26-Jun-2016 simPRO

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How to attract, create and keep exceptional employees

Great employees are made up of two foundational elements: enthusiasm and teachability.

The former denotes a passionate individual, while the latter is one who wants to develop and progress, who is hungry to learn, and who evidences the trait of humility.

If you can find an individual with these two traits as well as highly developed skills, then you’re on to a winner. And, even if the skill levels are less than required, their rise to skill mastery will be much faster if they already have these two foundational traits.

26-Jun-2016 Xero

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Ladies Who Launch: successful entrepreneurs (who happen to be women)

Earlier this week, Square and Startup Week 2016 presented Ladies Who Launch: a panel featuring some of Australia’s inspiring business owners – who just happen to be women.

Around 200 of us gathered at 524 Flinders Street to hear from four successful founders: Sarah Hamilton ofBellabox, Simone Clark of Butterbing Cookie Sandwiches, Sheryl Thai of Cupcake Central + the League of Extraordinary Women, and Jacqui Bull of Sidekicker.

The panel was hosted Josh McNicol, Head of Marketing and Communications for Square Australia.

26-Jun-2016 SmartPayroll

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Avoiding Discrimination In The Workplace

Discrimination can happen in any area of the business, whether it be during the interviewing process or with current staff. This article aims to help employers and employees understand discrimination, how to identify it, and how to avoid it.

26-Jun-2016 Xero

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The 3 positions you need to hire to take your company to the next level

There comes a time in every growing business where an entrepreneur has to make some key hires to ensure the health and longevity of their operations.

Our survey of 2000 small business owners showed successful small business owners don’t pretend to have all the answers. Instead, they establish a strong network of family, advisors, and mentors, including an accountant or financial advisor.

25-Jun-2016 Xero

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What makes your workplace culture fun?

“This is our breakout area. As you can see, we’ve got a pool table, an ironic Space Invaders machine, several broken Apple Macs hanging on the exposed brick wall, craft beer on tap, though I think the keg’s empty… Oh, and that khaki tent in the corner is for meetings. Of course, there’s nobody in here at the moment as we’re all so busy working.”

25-Jun-2016 Xero

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Xero Gravity: Effective communication matters in small biz

You may walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? Public speaking, pitching, talking, listening. Communication is integral to every aspect of business ownership and is a skill that directly impacts success.

29-May-2016 Employment Hero

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Get Ready for the Big Shifts in HR Tech

There are fundamental shifts taking place in HR. In these times of critical skills shortages, everyone has woken up to the fact that employees are the most important company asset. And using the right HR Tech will help you get the best out of them.

29-May-2016 SimPRO

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Using the force to create a positive company culture

It seems, nowadays, that everywhere you look you’ll see something related to ‘culture’ and the benefits of a good company culture — and of course the disadvantages of a bad one. So what is this ‘culture’ I speak of?

29-May-2016 Xero

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Xero In: Building your collaborative A-team

“The people that embrace technology of course are the ones who are going ahead. The ones who see disruption not as disruption but as a challenge to develop new processes and new products.”
– Steve Vamos, non executive director, Telstra and Fletcher Building

29-May-2016 Ento

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How to Spend Less Time Rostering Staff

Staff scheduling is the heartbeat of any SME, and should never be taken on half-heartedly.

25-Apr-2016 Vend

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A Retailer’s Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility: Why Giving Back is Good for Business

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming an increasingly popular concept in the retail world. More and more merchants are realizing that giving back doesn’t just make the world a better place, it’s also good for business.

25-Apr-2016 goRoster

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Be authentic, and discover what your customers really want

Over the last few years we’ve been able to get a pretty good handle on your biggest pain points as a business.

25-Apr-2016 simPRO

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Why you shouldn’t give up on the ‘slackers’ in your company: 5 ways to re-engage your staff

We’ve all worked with them at some point – the employees or coworkers who are chronically late for work but who are the first ones to head home at the end of the day.

When they’re on the job, they do the minimum that they can get by with without getting fired. Many label them as ‘lazy’ or ‘slackers’ and quickly write them off as a potential layoff candidate.

25-Apr-2016 Xero

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Xero Gravity: How to hire your very first employee

When Fortune tabs you as the #5 Best Workplace in Retail for 2015, you’re on to something good.

This week Xero Gravity host Elizabeth Ü chats with Anthony Bucci, Founder & CEO of online motorcycle retailer RevZilla. Anthony’s passion for hiring the right person is undeniable. He shares his learnings from those first handful of hires made at RevZilla and offers invaluable insight into how to grow your best team.

25-Apr-2016 goRoster

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Following these rostering tips will help drive business efficiency

A robust rostering system is essential in any hospitality or retail business. Ensuring you have the right number of staff rostered on will keep your customers happy, and your wage cost looking great.

25-Apr-2016 business.govt.nz

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Got staff? You need to know the new rules

If you employ people you need to take the time to understand a number of employment law changes.

29-Mar-2016 goRoster

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Overstaffed or understaffed? Here are the signs

When it comes to building rosters you want to be as accurate as possible when forecasting future staffing requirements. Time again, we’ve seen rosters being created based on instinct and manager experience.

29-Mar-2016 Xero

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Workplace bullies and how not to be one

The issue of bullying at school is well-known and reasonably well understood. But workplace bullying is just as big a problem. In the US, for example, 27% of employees have experienced bullying, and managers are the main cause.
Wherever you find people who are driven, ambitious and strong-willed, there’s potential for bullying. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that some of the people reading this are workplace bullies.

29-Mar-2016 business.gov.au

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Employee or contractor – do you know the difference?

As an employer, it's important you understand the difference between employees and contractors. You're responsible for getting it right!

29-Mar-2016 Employment Hero

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8 Employee Engagement Trends For 2016

Engaged employees are the secret weapon of successful organisations of any size. If your people are happy, committed and empowered, they’ll stay with your business. Your customers will get a better experience, you spend less on recruitment and re-training, productivity soars and absenteeism plummets.

29-Mar-2016 Xero

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Xero In: Creating and maintaining culture

“We selected our 12 best managers and we psychometrically profiled them. From that profile we were then able to build what we saw was an ideal person that would fit our culture.” - Angus Kennard, non executive director and third generation leader of Kennards Hire.

29-Mar-2016 Business.govt.nz

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Minimum wage gets 50c hike

The adult minimum wage is going up from $14.75 an hour to $15.25, with the starting-out and training rates rising too. Here’s what you’ll need to know for your business.

29-Mar-2016 Business.govt.nz

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Parental leave: More of it, for more people

New laws are increasing parental leave entitlements. Find out what impact it will have on your business.

29-Mar-2016 Business.govt.nz

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Time’s up for ‘zero-hour’ contracts

Changes to employment law will ban so-called zero-hour contracts. Here’s what you’ll need to know for your business.

29-Mar-2016 Xero

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INFOGRAPHIC: The anatomy of an on-demand worker

We’ve all heard about the rise of the on-demand gig economy. About one third of the United States workforce are freelancers. It signals a fundamental shift following the Global Financial Crisis where incomes stagnated and the size of the total labor pool contracted.

25-Feb-2016 Unleashed

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The Art of Change Management

Change. It is the one crucial element an organization needs to be able to execute if it wants to remain relevant and profitable in an increasingly dynamic and challenging global economy. It is also the one vital element that generates the greatest amount of resistance, and throws up the largest number of obstacles to success, than any other business necessity.

25-Feb-2016 EmploymentHero

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[Video] Benefits vs Salary. What Employees Say..

25-Feb-2016 EmploymentHero

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10 Goals for the HR Department in 2016

As the saying goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. So if 2015 was a busy, challenging or downright insane year, it might be time to re-think a few workplace habits as we tear another page off the calendar and hurtle headfirst into 2016.

25-Feb-2016 business.govt.nz

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How a flexible workforce helps your business

Offering your staff flexibility means allowing them to work in ways that fit in with their home life. It could mean letting staff work some hours at home or work a mix of long and short days.

26-Jan-2016 Xero

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12-step checklist for hiring employees

Hiring employees can be extremely time-consuming, but it’s important if you want to grow your business. Your staff can become your most valuable asset so it’s important to get it right.

26-Jan-2016 Business.govt.nz

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H&S when working from home (or on holiday)

If you work from home you already have to look after your own health and safety (H&S). But what will the upcoming law changes mean for you?

24-Jan-2016 Xero

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A manager’s guide to constructive employee performance reviews

Effective and supportive management is a key ingredient in making sure your employees love their jobs. And one of the most important aspects of being a good manager is giving clear feedback to your team members. This is something you should be doing consistently throughout the year. But yearly performance reviews are the perfect opportunity to reflect holistically on what went well and what could use some work. Here are some tips for how to conduct constructive and effective yearly performance reviews.

24-Jan-2016 simPRO

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Building tech-savvy staff

Businesses that boost the technical skills of their employees lift their productivity and profits, as well as improve worker satisfaction. Despite knowing this, most firms still suffer from skill gaps.

A recent survey in the UK found that while most companies accepted the business benefits that would flow from improving their staff’s digital skills, only 14 percent felt their staff training was adequate.

24-Jan-2016 Xero

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Voice of the customer: the human side of business

Surveys are great. They often provide you the down and dirty data needed to develop or validate a hypothesis.

Market research is another fantastic tool. It provides the broad net needed to understand the intricacies of who your target customer is, and what their pain points and needs are.

24-Jan-2016 Xero

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Xero Gravity: How to keep your staff happy and motivated

Does your business have a story? The kind of story that demonstrates your business is committed to upholding its values? This may be key in retaining staff and making them happy.

24-Jan-2016 Xero

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Does your age determine if you’re going to be a successful entrepreneur or not?

What do Elizabeth Holmes, Sara Blakely, Linda Avey and Arianna Huffington have in common? They are all female entrepreneurs who have successfully built billion dollar businesses. But what does differ dramatically is their age.

16-Dec-2015 WorkflowMax

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Customer Love: The True Story

Customers. Without them, you wouldn't be in business. But sometimes they are the sole cause of all our stress and woe. That's especially true during busy times of the year, which for many industries is the leadup to the holiday season.

16-Dec-2015 Employment Hero

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The Top 10 HR Tech Trends To Look Out For In The New Year

Where to in 2016?

16-Dec-2015 Employment Hero

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Why You Should Treat Employees Like Your Best Customers

In a competitive market, customer loyalty is everything. Keep your customers coming back for more and encourage them to become loyal brand advocates, and profitable growth is a given.

25-Nov-2015 Xero

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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Does your business have what it takes?

As a small business owner, you should take any edge you can get when it comes to being successful. You never know what piece of advice is going to be the key to breaking your business wide open.

That’s why we launched our Make or Break? report,which looks into what makes businesses more likely to succeed or fail, in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week. We want to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about your business.

Here’s a quick flow chart to help you decide how to take the next steps in your business.

25-Nov-2015 Xero

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This survey shows what women really value in their businesses

In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we want to celebrate women who are out there working hard on their businesses. We know starting and running your own business presents new challenges everyday. From getting funding, to keeping on top of your cash flow, to trying to be more productive. Every day it’s something new.

We asked 500 small business owners about how the run their business and the things they think about every day. We found that the women in our survey are constantly hustling for their business. Not only that, they tend to only turn to their accountant during tax times. We know that having a great advisor can be the key to maintaining a healthy business.

Take a look at some of the other findings from our survey:

25-Nov-2015 Xero

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What separates entrepreneurs who succeed from those who fail?

Entrepreneurs will often say you’ve got to fail fast and learn faster if you want to succeed. It’s these learnings which not only make you a better business owner but also increase your chances of establishing a successful business.

25-Nov-2015 business.gov.au

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Refusing to supply another business

As a business owner, you can generally decide who you want to do business with, but in some circumstances you could be breaking the law if you refuse.
Whether you’re a supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor, it’s a good idea to understand when refusing to supply is allowed and when it’s against the law.

25-Nov-2015 business.govt.nz

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Casual workers: Filling gaps at short notice

With the summer holidays approaching, now is the time to think about how you’ll fill staffing gaps quickly. Casual employees could be the answer.

Unexpected events, such as a staff member calling in sick, can potentially derail your business day. So having casual staff available is very useful.

But tread carefully – if you treat casual workers like part-time staff, eg give them regular hours, this is a breach of employment law.

25-Nov-2015 Xero

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Pressure is a privilege: Lessons on leadership from the All Blacks

Bestselling author and business coach James Kerr hosted a dinner with Xero to discuss the overlap in the philosophy of sport and business.

James makes a living coaching high performing teams and organisations, with experience inside environments including the All Blacks, Australian Kangaroos, Formula One, Team GB, Premier League Football and the US Navy Seals. This is especially relevant today as the All Blacks prepare for the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

25-Nov-2015 business.govt.nz

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Alert: Deadline to company director changes ended 28 October

From 28 October all New Zealand companies must have at least one director who lives in New Zealand, or who lives in Australia and is a director of an Australian registered company.

New Zealand companies that don’t comply risk being removed from the Companies Register.

If your company doesn’t have a New Zealand-based director, you will need to appoint one who lives in New Zealand or in Australia immediately.

There’s also additional information about directors you’ll need to provide when filing your Companies Office annual returns.

24-Nov-2015 Employment Innovations

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The ROI of a Healthy Workplace

I bet we can all agree that we don’t need anything else to be stressed out about. Unfortunately, new research shows that being stressed can affect your health.

We’ve known for a long time that stress and health are closely correlated and it’s easy to put one above the other, but now it seems that they are both of equal importance for day-to-day health.

23-Nov-2015 GeoOp

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Keeping your best employees happy … and motivated

You’re a business manager or owner, sitting in a room with 10 employees. Have a good look at them. What do you see? Do they all look like people who are happy and keen to show their talents and make a difference to your bottom line?

Chances are that this is unlikely. Alarmingly, statistics show that six of those 10 aren’t engaged in the business at all and another one, maybe two, are “actively disengaged”. If you’re lucky, two or three of them will understand what you and your business are really trying to achieve.

23-Nov-2015 goRoster

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So, what’s the real reason the Holiday season is considered so difficult for hospitality businesses down under?

With the end of the year nearing, it won’t be long now until most Australian and New Zealand companies begin winding down, planning their summer holidays and organising what they’re going to do over the long break. However, while most people are winding down, hospitality businesses are gearing up for their busiest period of the year.

23-Nov-2015 Employment Hero

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The Power Of Perks

Employers know the importance of keeping their teams engaged. Engaged staff are more motivated. They collaborate more effectively, driving your business to success. Combined with work-life balance, engagement is the path to retention, productivity and, ultimately, competitive advantage.

28-Oct-2015 Vend

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9 Seasonal Staffing Tips to Help You Build a Winning Workforce for the Holidays

Being the busiest shopping season of the year, retail sales during the holiday months can account for as much as 20-40% of a retailer’s annual sales. That’s a lot of revenue–and it takes a lot of additional work to achieve. That’s why the holiday season always brings about a spike in temp hiring.
If you’re one of the many merchants looking to hire seasonal employees in the next few months, it’s high time that you start looking, vetting and training people. Remember, you’re competing with a lot of other retailers for talent these days, so the sooner you get started, the better.

28-Oct-2015 Employment Innovations

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Are Brand and Culture Interchangeable?

Culture is recognised as the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a society. When it comes to business, it’s importance can carry even more weight. When we think about a business’ culture, we think of the values, behaviours and attributes of your people.

28-Oct-2015 Xero

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Find out what type of entrepreneur you are

Entrepreneurs come in different shapes and sizes. Which type are you?

There’s an old saying attributed to Mark Twain: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” That’s certainly true of business. Time and again I’ve read that the most successful entrepreneurs are the ones who left school in their early teens and set up their own businesses.

28-Oct-2015 WorkflowMax

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How to nurture your top talent and keep them for the long haul

You’ve got all this amazing talent, ideas are firing, business is thriving, you wake up every day feeling really lucky to be doing what you do. But one day it all starts to go downhill. People are leaving, HR is in overdrive and unfamiliar faces are springing up left right and center as freelancers start filling in the gaps...

28-Oct-2015 Employment Hero

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The Future of HR is...

What do you think when you think of HR?
Administrative? Transactional? Boring?
Yep, the traditional human resources department hasn’t got the best rep. And for good reason – it’s where the business dots the i’s and crosses the t’s, where policies and processes are fine-tuned. It’s not exactly thrilling stuff.

28-Oct-2015 Xero

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This recruiter, who had never run a business before, shares how he quickly learned to be a boss

At Xero, we use the power of technology to foster innovation, connection and entrepreneurialism. To create beautiful work that makes a difference. This is why, each month, we speak to business leaders within our like-minded community. We want to see how they apply similar values to shape their businesses, and their future.

This month, we speak to Stephen Borg. He’s an experienced executive recruiter who, together with his two business partners, started Miller Leith. The firm aims to turn the recruitment industry on its head. They’re creating a more personal, community-minded and supportive experience for businesses and candidates alike.

Stephen tells us in his words why genuine connections make all the difference, how you can innovate work to be a force for good, and how a value-driven service can transform business challenges.

28-Oct-2015 Vend

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What Every Retailer Needs to Know about Running Multiple Stores

Just like most organizations, the success of a retail business relies on the unity and alignment of three critical elements: people, process, and technology. This is especially true when you’re running several retail locations. With multiple moving parts, stores, and teams, it’s essential that you keep every component in sync to ensure that your business runs smoothly.

28-Oct-2015 goRoster

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Why Counting Your Chickens Before They Hatch Is A Good Idea

“Counting your chickens before they hatch” is an idiom that’s thrown around a lot in day to day conversation. Little do people realise its relevance to business strategy. In a nutshell, it means to ‘plan how you’re going to utilize the good results of something, before those results have actually occurred.’

28-Oct-2015 ASIC's MoneySmart

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Money musts before you die

It might be hard to imagine now but what if something were to happen to you? Would your loved ones be taken care of or would they face a tough financial future?

The greatest gift you can leave your family is having your affairs sorted out before you go.

If you have made plans, do your loved ones know where to find them? Would they know what assets you have, what insurance policies are in place or how to access your superannuation or life insurance?

Here are some simple steps you can take to protect the important people in your life.

28-Oct-2015 Business.gov.au

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Uniforms in your business

If you require your employees to wear a uniform, you may need to pay them a uniform allowance or provide them with a uniform at no cost.

28-Oct-2015 SmartPayroll

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Employee Dismissals: Getting it Right

If you’ve ever had to fire an employee before then you know first-hand that the termination process can be as traumatic for you as it is for the person losing their job. It’s one of the most stressful situations for company managers and owners, and over the course of running your business you’re probably going to have to do it at least once. While disciplining staff comes with emotional strain for everyone involved, you also have to consider the legal ramifications involved in the process. If you follow the right protocol when dealing with problem employees you can ensure the safety of your business. Better yet, if you make your employees feel like valued members of your company you can avoid disciplinary problems altogether.

28-Oct-2015 Business.govt.nz

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Health and Safety: What does reasonably practicable mean?

Businesses must always consider first whether they can reasonably eliminate risks. If not they must take reasonably practicable steps to minimise risks under new health and safety laws that take effect next year. But what might this mean for your business?

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion about what reasonably practicable means.

28-Oct-2015 Xero

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What the Rugby World Cup can teach you about running your business

The knockout stages. The final reckoning.

At this point, one decision can define lives, one mistake can devastate nations, one moment can deliver immortality.

As we approach the deciding phases of the Rugby World Cup, how do the teams perform under pressure on the paddock? How do they keep their heads while people around them are losing theirs? And what lessons can we learn from them about dealing with our own business pressure?

27-Oct-2015 SimPRO

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Put yourself in their shoes

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying many times. But what does it actually mean? How does it really help? Does it help at all?
According to the Wiktionary, to put oneself in someone’s shoes means ‘to try to look at a situation from a different point of view, as if one were the other person. To empathise’.

28-Sep-2015 Employment Innovations

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How Culture Plays a role in Engaging Millenials

If you don’t already work alongside Millennials, the chances are that you will soon. Allianz recently posted that are those born between 1980 and the early 2000s, the eldest Millennials are in the workplace now and by 2025 will make up 75 percent of the global workforce. While they’ve got the numbers in force, it’s easy to find negativity towards hiring Millennials, primarily due to their fickle nature when it comes to job-hopping. A greater understanding about what makes Millennials tick is an easy way to build a culture that’s likely to keep them engaged.

28-Sep-2015 SimPro

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Using the force to create a positive company culture

It seems as though everywhere you look nowadays you’ll see something related to ‘culture’ and the benefits of a good company culture and of course the disadvantages of a bad one.

So what is this ‘culture’ I speak of?

28-Sep-2015 business.gov.au

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Keeping in touch with your customers

Whether you’re running a cafe, a landscaping business or you’re a virtual assistant, repeat customers and positive word of mouth are important to your business’s success. Here are some great ways to make sure your customers remember your business and recommend you to their friends.

28-Sep-2015 Employment Innovations

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How to Prevent Payroll Fraud

Unfortunately, payroll fraud is a reality for many businesses across Australia. The average payroll fraud amount has shot up thanks to some large instances, including the Clive Peeters case when a single employee stole 19 million and a Canberra Catholic Education case which saw a single employee rob the system of 1.2 million.

28-Sep-2015 business.govt.nz

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Health and safety: Providing protective gear

If you provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to your workers, here’s how to stay compliant when new laws take effect in April 2016.

28-Sep-2015 business.govt.nz

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Tough World Cup ahead… for fans and employers

Pre-dawn kick-offs. Mid-week games. The men in black may play havoc with getting a full day’s work out of your staff.

28-Sep-2015 Xero

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Automatic enrolment and pension schemes in Xero

Automatic enrolment of employees into a workplace pension will affect every employer over the next couple of years.

Every employer has a legal duty to enrol all eligible employees into a pension scheme. They also need to assess their employees according to certain criteria to find out who is ‘Eligible’.

26-Aug-2015 WorkflowMax

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Do or Do Not - There is No Try: Working with a Business Mentor

When I first started out as a copywriter working for myself, I felt a bit lost. There were so many different directions my career could go, and I wasn’t sure which one to take. I’d never worked for myself before. It was daunting, and I wasn’t sure where to begin to find answers.

26-Aug-2015 Employment Innovations

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A Guide to Social Media in the Workplace

Social media is changing, advancing and evolving, so it’s difficult for employers to know where they stand legally.

26-Aug-2015 Employment Innovations

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Australia knuckles down on Employers who underpay Staff

The Fair Work Ombudsman has been unusually proactive in pursuing underpayment claims in the courts recently. This may have been prompted by several widely reported cases of large supermarket chains mistreating and underpaying their staff. Regardless, this impacts small to medium size employers who may have genuinely underpaid staff due to naivety or a human error and who are now prescribed to the same serious consequences.

26-Aug-2015 Employment Hero

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What Employee Perks Means For Business

It’s no secret that providing employee perks to your staff is a key way to keep motivation and happiness levels high, and to increase productivity across the business. However, for many small to medium size businesses, it can be difficult to compete on a level playing field with large companies. Big corporate players have access to the funds to spend on developing programs at a much higher scale than SMBs can afford.

28-Jul-2015 Vend

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4 Tips for Training Your Staff on How to Use New Technology

Whether in a large corporation or a small retail store, implementing a new piece of software can be a daunting task. One of the largest mistakes an organization can make is overlooking the training investment required with new software.SoftwareInsider recently conducted a survey of potential software buyers and asked what the most important buying factor was when choosing a product. Here were the results:

28-Jul-2015 WorkflowMax

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Out of the Office? What to Monitor For Complete Agency Management

Whether you’re on vacation, attending a conference, or simply working from home, being out of the office can feel stressful.

28-Jul-2015 WorkflowMax

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8 Unexpected Benefits of Business Networking

Have you been told that you should use business networking as a tool to grow your business? You should; it’s an awesome way to expand your brand’s reach and find new clients through referrals, particularly if you’re just getting your business off the ground. But, there is SO much more to be gained from business networking - both professionally and personally - if you put the effort in.

27-Jul-2015 WorkflowMax

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Advancing Collaboration for a Dispersed Workforce

Flexibility and the ability to work from anywhere are increasingly becoming the driving forces behind many career goals. FlexJobs (a leading job search site) has reported a 26% increase in remote jobs advertised from 2013-14. Workers are looking for companies that allow them to set their own schedules, work from home or while travelling, and not stay tied to one company.

27-Jul-2015 Xero

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Do you know yourself as a business owner?

According to Greek mythology, the temple of Apollo at Delphi was inscribed with the words “Gnothi Seauton.” This translates to “Know thyself” – and it’s a useful maxim for business owners today.

23-Jun-2015 Xero

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Happiness is the key to success

What is it that makes us truly successful? Renowned psychologist, best-selling author and happiness guru Dr. Robert Holden believes our definition of success has changed over time.

While many of us were brought up to believe that success will make us happy, Robert says we’re now looking at success differently. “In fact, I think many of us today believe happiness actually increases our chances of success,” he says.

23-Jun-2015 Xero

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Polly LaBarre’s Maverick Manual for Success

As a founding member of the Fast Company magazine team, Polly LaBarre has seen her share of successes—and failures—in the business world. Now the cofounder and director of Management Lab, she helps businesses and entrepreneurs succeed. She starts by asking them a single question: Are you capable of changing as fast as the world is changing?

23-Jun-2015 Employment Hero

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The Top Three Reasons To Switch To Outsourced Payroll

We’re quickly approaching EOFY, the moment that businesses often dread. Time consuming, admin heavy tasks begin to really start to gather momentum, which often means reconciling the entire year’s payroll. However, it shouldn’t be a burden or a time of concern. Instead, it’s an opportunity to draw a line in the sand and begin a new financial year with a clean start to payroll and perhaps a focus on what you’re really in business for.

23-Jun-2015 SmartPayroll

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Helping new employees settle in – Tips for NZ Small Business

As your business begins to grow, when the workload increases and the time commitment too, you may start to think you need some help. If getting the kids to stuff envelopes for pocket money come invoicing time just isn’t cutting it anymore, it might be time to think about formally hiring some staff.

26-May-2015

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How to understand your customers

In more than 20 years of writing for and about a wide variety of companies, I’ve noticed something important. The businesses that flourish are the ones that truly understand their customers – who they are and what they want.

26-May-2015 WorkflowMAX

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Secret Tips for Agencies to Improve Client Relationships

The beginning of a relationship is always the best. You laugh at each other’s jokes, you look forward to every phone call, and you truly enjoy getting to know one another.

26-May-2015 WorkflowMAX

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5 ways to boost productivity using timesheets

In the past, having honest scales were key to doing good business. Today, for many service-based businesses, our scales are our timesheets. Keeping our timesheets honest is not only good for our customers, but necessary to grow your business.

26-May-2015

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Top tips for hiring recent grads

A popular topic these days is how to hire the perfect candidate for your business. Many industries seem to be suffering from a candidate shortage. When you can’t hire a quality candidate with a lot of experience, the focus quickly turns to hiring people straight out of school. So, how do you identify the diamonds in the rough? How can you give them what they need to grow and turn them into the best they can be?

27-Apr-2015 Workflow Max

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9 Tools That Support Better Agency-Client Relationships

While this likely isn’t news to your agency, as with any service business, there is a constant struggle to retain and grow long-term client relationships.

27-Apr-2015 Workflow Max

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Are your best brand champions sitting just down the hall?

With the digital age in full swing, it’s no surprise that your employees’ personal and professional lives are becoming more and more intertwined.

26-Mar-2015 goRoster

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3 Monetary Basics You Should Continuously Be Reviewing

Do you know who an incredible advocate for hard work was? Mary Poppins.

26-Mar-2015 WorkflowMax

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Make the Right Hire: 3 Tips for Agencies to Consider

Successful agencies are constantly on the hunt to attract and retain top talent through recruiting and networking. But making a hiring decision isn’t easy, and it’s important to hire the right person—the first time around.

24-Feb-2015 Xero

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10 steps to perfect small business payroll in 2015

This is a good time of year to review various parts of your business. Payroll is sometimes neglected in reviews, yet it's an important topic. So here's how to make payroll work perfectly for you this year.

24-Feb-2015 goRoster

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3 Ways To Overcome The Management Blues

Often it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. You begin to doubt yourself and your ability to perform your job at a level that you see fit. But you know what? It’s okay.

24-Feb-2015 WorkflowMax

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5 Interview Questions to Find the Right Hire

We all know the colleagues we love working with every day. They usually have a few common characteristics, including…

24-Feb-2015 goRoster

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Change Management: How To Help Employees Cope With Change At Work

No industry is exempt from change. Change is inevitable. It affects everyone within a business, from the CEO and director through to front line employees. It’s important to keep in mind the implications of change that can occur if it isn’t managed appropriately.

24-Feb-2015 Xero

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Kitchen table entrepreneurs – turning your hobby into a business

From cupcake-crazy home bakers to fitness addicts and artistic dreamers, more and more entrepreneurial Britons are turning passions and pastimes into money-making enterprises. In fact, latest studies show there are 600,000 more micro businesses in the UK today than there were during the onset of the financial crisis in 2008*.

14-Jan-2015 Employment Hero

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10 reasons HR Needs To Think Like Marketing

No matter what products or services they produce, businesses need two essential things to succeed: employees and customers.

14-Jan-2015 Employment Hero

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Always On and Agile: The Growth of Social Recruitment

In the race to attract the best staff, and always have a talent pool ready to fill any immediate gaps at short notice, more employers are turning to non-traditional recruitment channels, using social media.

14-Jan-2015 Vend

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5 Key Ingredients of a Winning Loyalty Program

Retailers and consumers alike are huge fans of loyalty programs, and for good reason. For merchants, loyalty programs drive repeat spending and encourage customers who buy once to return again and again.

14-Jan-2015 Duncan Cotterill

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Health and safety in the white collar workplace

The Government’s campaign for health and safety reform has made it clear that there is an increased focus on high risk industries such as forestry, agriculture, manufacturing and construction.

03-Dec-2014 Sqrl

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Solving The Procrastination Problem

Many of us procrastinate, but how many of us are chronic procrastinators? Negatively affecting not only our own performance but the people we work with.

03-Dec-2014 iHR Australia

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Tattoo you! Do employers have the right to ban body piercing and visible tattoos?

Back in the day, tattoos were the province of sailors, prisoners, truck drivers and goths. Nowadays it seems like every twenty-something has one. But does one have the right to display one’s body art at work?

02-Dec-2014 WorkflowMax

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5 Ways to Help Your Team Master the Work-Life Balancing Act

For more than 85 percent of males and 66 percent of females in the United States, the workweek extends longer than 40 hours.

02-Dec-2014 Expensify

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Don’t Fall into the Trap! Three Myths About Finding Great Leaders

So much reading on the internet today revolves around what makes a good leader, what characteristics a good leader has, and ultimately, how to be a good leader.

03-Nov-2014 goRoster

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The Biggest Management Mistake You Don’t Want To Make

At the risk of sounding like a broken record…Bad rostering will hurt your business. A lot.

03-Nov-2014 goRoster

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Top 10 Tips For Happy Employees

The level of employee retention within a business is always a good testament to the management team.

29-Oct-2014 Australian Tax Office

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Protect your personal information

Did you lock your front door today? Protecting your personal information is just as important. So do you know what you need to protect and how? Watch our video and make protecting your personal information part of your day.

29-Oct-2014 Australian Taxation Office

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Get your deductions right

If you are an employee you may be able to claim a deduction for some costs related to your job. There are rules that you need to check and records you need to keep.

29-Sep-2014 Sqrl

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15 Potent Ways to Confront Employee Turnover

As the economy recovers, employers are beginning to see more employees leaving again. According to the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey..

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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Directing Employees to Attend Medical Assessments

Is a direction for further medical assessment lawful and reasonable?
A recent appeal decision by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission re-emphasises the rights of employers to direct their workers to attend medical appointments to determine their fitness for work, while highlighting the more straightforward path for doing so when employers have well drafted employment contracts in place.

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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Measure What Matters

“The average human has one breast and one testicle” – Des McHale

This cheeky quote sums up the value of data when data means everything without insight. Big data is everywhere – but too much data, with too little insight, results in little impact. Research is now showing us that the “big data” trend is struggling to demonstrate a return on investment for this very reason.

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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Penalties Change for Restaurant Industry

The change to Sunday loadings in the Restaurant Industry: what does it all mean?

Many of you would have already seen news reports that a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has decided to reduce Sunday penalties for casuals covered by the Restaurant Industry Award. But what exactly does it mean, what impact will it have on your business now and in the future, and does it suggest similar changes to other modern awards moving forward?

18-Aug-2014 Employment Innovations

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The Leadership Leap – Foster Talent and Develop Emerging Leaders

Are the next generation of leaders equipped with the right skills and qualities to confidently handle the unique challenges of the future workplace? Read on to get EI’s tips for fostering talent and developing emerging leaders.

17-Aug-2014 Employment Hero

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The Way Employment is Managed Has Evolved

Employment management has evolved rapidly in the past few years. Its changed so much in fact that what you think you know about how to manage employment is probably already wrong.

05-Aug-2014 Expensify Blog

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How to survive a “flat management” mutiny

Flat management structures are all the rage, and with good reason: innovation is the lifeblood of a startup, and nothing kills innovation like micromanagement. But scaling a flat management structure is harder than it seems.

05-Aug-2014 Expensify Blog

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Minimum Viable Employee

It’s widely repeated that “great people are 100x more productive than average people.” But while everybody says it, most companies just hire 100x more average people. At Expensify, we try very, very hard to hold the line and only hire people we think are truly great.

This means that despite ample resources and more than enough work to go around, we hire extremely slowly — and spend an enormous amount of energy doing it.

05-Aug-2014 Expensify

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Fire Your Bosses and Promote Your Leaders

Everybody loves to rave about the bossless workplace, but it’s far more easily said than done. I’ve already written about the perils of the “flat management mutiny” — which comes as you emerge a leadership structure out of flat chaos — but it’s even harder going the other direction: dismantling an over-managed “top-heavy” structure and getting back to its roots.

19-Jul-2014 SmartPayroll

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You've become an employer... so now what?

Whether you’re employing staff for the first time or have taken over a business with current employees, the information and suggestions in this free Employer Guide will help you understand your obligations.

19-Jul-2014 SmartPayroll

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Is it time to move your payroll to the cloud?

Payroll law in NZ is complex and there are a lot of grey areas that cause confusion. Sometimes what seems logical and fair is not right and good employers get into situations that cost them dearly.

30-Jun-2014 Xero

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How much should you pay yourself?

You started your own business to do something you love and make a living. But how much should you pay yourself? Too little and you may struggle to survive. Too much and your business might be at risk. So how do you strike the right balance?

23-Jun-2014 Vend

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Managing Your Agency's Virtual Team

Ah, freelancers. As an account manager, they are either the light of your life, or the bane of your existence. Freelancers can save your ass when a project scales beyond your team's capacity, or they can cost you dearly when they suddenly decide to go on holiday with your urgent work still sitting unfinished on their desk.

20-Jun-2014 EnableHR

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Tracking training for business success

It’s no secret that businesses with a culture of training are seen as quality organisations. The right training is a key element in the business strategy and it’s the lifeblood of most successful businesses. A true training culture continuously challenges its own methods and ways of doing things. This ensures continuous improvement and the capacity to change.