Work in progress
Money, money, money
WHO says it’s not about the money? A recent survey by admin staff recruitment company OfficeTeam was looking for suggestions on what could boost morale among colleagues in a workplace.
A mere 36 per cent said employing enough staff to maintain productivity would help.
About half – 49 per cent – said public recognition of achievements was the thing, while 53 per cent wanted more training to upgrade skills.
But the most popular thing for boosting morale – suggested by 59 per cent of those asked – was to increase pay and any benefits package.
There you have it, employers, get your chequebook out.
Driven by nightmares
RESEARCH has found that some of our career dreams are actually driven by our nightmares.
The research looking at the dreams and aspirations of people was carried out by superannuation company Sunsuper and marketing company Ipsos.
‘‘Careers are a major driver of dreams for those in their 20s and 30s but they are being driven by the nightmare of what could happen if those dreams aren’t realised,’’ Sunsuper general manager of customer engagement Teifi Whatley says.
‘‘The career nightmares for this age group include being left behind, not having the finances to enjoy life, ending up dissatisfied with work and being stuck in a career rut.’’
On the positive side, in pursuing their dreams workers are keen to be recognised for their achievements and to show their value to the world.
‘‘The emotions attached to achieving their career dreams include confidence, pride and self-respect,’’ Whatley says.
It’s interesting to note that in older age groups, it’s family life and time with their partner that tops the dream lists, and high on the nightmare list are health and a fear of being alone.
TIME to recognise the efforts of those who have overcome a workplace injury and made it back into the workforce.
The Return to Work awards, run by the state workplace compensation regulator, Q-COMP, also recognise those who have helped in that journey.
There are six categories, with a new one this year aimed at health providers, and a prize of up to $2000 for each winner.
Nominations open on Monday and details are available at www.qcompconference.com.au.
Winners will be announced at the Return to work Conference and Expo in October.
One in 100 million
IF online networking is your thing and you’re a member of the LinkedIn community, then as of this week you’re officially one in 100 million.
About 1.5 million of those are members in Australia and New Zealand.
The website says it’s picking up new members at a rate of about one million a week.