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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.

Ef­forts recog­nised

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.

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