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3 Leadership Strategies for a Strong, Flexible Work Culture

By Business, People & Culture

According to a 2023 CHRO survey, negative executive attitudes toward hybrid and remote work make it almost twice as likely that the organisation has punitive policies for noncompliance.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to flexible work, and the optimal strategy for one organisation may not be right for another. Clearly, both workplace engagement and wellbeing are vitally important, and organisations need to ensure that both are addressed effectively in consideration of where employees do their jobs. READ MORE HERE.

How High-Performing Teams Build Trust

By Business, Leadership, Operations, People & Culture, Personal, Workplace

Discussions about fostering trust in the workplace often center on the dynamic between managers and employees. Equally, if not more, crucial is the establishment of trust among team members. To better understand how the most successful teams cultivate trust internally, researchers conducted interviews with 1,000 office workers and identified 5 behaviors that distinguish these teams:

1. They don’t leave collaboration to chance

2.They ensure colleagues are well-informed

3.They share credit

4.They view disagreements as opportunities for improvement;

5.They proactively address tension.


Diversity matters even more: The case for holistic impact

By Business, People & Culture, Workplace

For almost a decade through McKinsey has delivered a comprehensive global perspective on the relationship between leadership diversity and company performance.

This year, the business case is the strongest it has been since we’ve been tracking and, for the first time in some areas, equitable representation is in sight.

Further, a striking new finding is that leadership diversity is also convincingly associated with holistic growth ambitions, greater social impact, and more satisfied workforces. READ MORE HERE.

How to Sustain Your Empathy in Difficult Times

By Business, Leadership, People & Culture, Personal

Empathetic leadership is crucial in today’s workplace, driven by employee expectations. However, managers often find it emotionally and physically draining. Many managers feel torn between being empathetic at the cost of their well-being or preserving their emotional health by distancing themselves. Fortunately, a Stanford psychologist and neuroscientist suggests that this dilemma is more apparent than real. He outlines three strategies for leading empathically without compromising personal balance and presents a blueprint for practicing sustainable empathy. Read More Here.

How Inclusive is Australia?

By Business, People & Culture

We all want to live in a Country that is welcoming, and includes us. But what does that really mean? The Inclusion Compass report provides a rare look into how inclusive Australian society really is and reveals what Australians are saying about our major institutions and society in general.

The Centre for Inclusive Design in partnership with The Lab Insight & Strategy used AI-powered digital decoders to analyse over 700k online conversations, together with six months of in-person workshops, to identify the shortfalls, solutions, and to find what the issues are stopping Australia becoming a fully fair and inclusive society.

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What’s The Business Case For Psychosocial Safety?

By Business, Mental Health, People & Culture, Personal, Workplace

The data presented underscores the significant impact of work-related stress, including lower engagement, increased absenteeism, higher compensation claims, decreased productivity, lower customer satisfaction, higher turnover, litigation costs, and reputational damage.

The article estimates that burnout costs U.S. employers around $300 billion annually, emphasizing the importance of understanding and addressing psychosocial safety for both business success and employee wellbeing.

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Short Changed: Unsatisfactory working hours & unpaid overtime

By Business, People & Culture

The Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute has released its annual survey on overwork, unpaid overtime, and time theft in Australia, highlighting issues of maldistribution of working hours and the scale of unpaid overtime.

Despite the recent strengthening of the labor market and improved bargaining conditions for workers due to government industrial relations reforms, wages are not keeping up with inflation, and many workers face unsatisfactory working conditions.

The report reveals that, on average, employees reported 5.4 hours of unpaid work per week, equivalent to 16.9% of total working hours, leading to a yearly loss of $11,055 per worker or more than $130 billion economy-wide.

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Seeing around corners: How to excel as a chief of staff​

By Business, Leadership, People & Culture, Personal

A Chief of Staff (COS) can significantly contribute to a CEO’s success while advancing their own career. COS responsibilities can vary from administrative to strategic, depending on the organsation’s needs and the COS-principal relationship, always focused on enabling the CEO’s mission. Eight pieces of practical advice for COSs include defining the job description, building trust, ensuring smooth transitions, and balancing influence without engaging in internal politics. The COS role is dynamic and intense, presenting both challenges and exciting opportunities for those who navigate it skillfully.

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4 Forces That Are Fundamentally Changing How We Work​

By Business, Operations, People & Culture

We’re experiencing a seismic transformation in the way we work — an evolution shaped by technological advancements and changing societal norms. 

In this next phase, work will be defined by its adaptability, technological integration, flexibility, and collaborative spirit. Moreover, it will take a holistic view, considering not just productivity, but also the well-being of individuals and the broader societal impact of the work we’re doing.

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