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WE SUPPORT SMALL TO MEDIUM BUSINESS SIZE OR SCALE UP ORGANISATIONS

We advocate for the growth of pe​ople and their potential

We partner with organisations to help maximise their people power by  specialising across these three areas: 

We partner with organisations to help maximise their people power by specialising across these three areas: 

Recrui​tment

Our Recruitment offer is unique in that we offer flexible options based on your budget and resources.

Our Recruitment offer is unique in that we offer flexible options based on your budget and resources.
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HR Solutions

At BespokeHR ​we are passionate about creating enjoyable, engaging, connected and productive organisations.

At BespokeHR ​we are passionate about creating enjoyable, engaging, connected and productive organisations.
HR Solutions

Training

We deliver a variety of leadership development activities through coaching, webinars, online training and face-to-face intensive workshops. 

We deliver a variety of leadership development activities through coaching, webinars, online training and face-to-face intensive workshops. 
Training

THIS IS WHO WE ARE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY — WHY WE DO IT

We solve 
people problems

BespokeHR is an Australian company specialising in helping companies Define, Attract, Manage and Grow your people and workplaces. In order to ensure we give you a people platform that is interconnected, the BespokeHR client pathway can help you across a range of services when it comes to Defining, Attracting, Managing and Growing your workplace. 
Learn more about us below.

BespokeHR is an ​HR consultancy in Adelaide specialising in helping companies Define, Attract, Manage and Grow your people and workplaces. In order to ensure we give you a people platform that is interconnected, the BespokeHR client pathway can help you across a range of services when it comes to Defining, Attracting, Managing and Growing your workplace. 

Learn more about us below.
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Maximising Business Success: The ROI of Employee Engagement and How to Measure It

In the ever-evolving landscape of business, one constant remains: the importance of a motivated and engaged workforce. Companies around the globe …

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What Employees Want – A Guide to Strengthen your EVP

In today’s fast-paced job market, employees are seeking more than just a weekly pay packet. They want a holistic and meaningful work experience …

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7 Proven Tips for More Effective and Engaging Team Meetings

Team meetings are meant to be a hotbed for creativity and collaboration, but they often end up being perceived as time-wasters by employees. If …

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Your Guide to the Best Team Building Games of All Time

In the realm of Human Resources and team management, few tools are as effective in fostering collaboration, trust, and communication as team …

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Empowering Growth: Challenging Your Team to Reach New Heights

In today's fast-paced professional world, continuous growth and development are not just desirable—they are essential. Regardless of skill level, …

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Spotting Workplace Mental Health Red Flags and Mastering Well-Being Checks

In the bustling environment of today’s workplaces, mental health can often take a backseat to pressing deadlines and ambitious goals. However, as …

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Building a Feedback Culture: Shifting from Annual to Continuous Cycles

In today's fast-paced business environment, agility is paramount. One of the most effective ways to foster agility is by building a robust feedback…

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Maximising Efficiency and Performance through Strategic Workforce Planning

As businesses navigate an ever-evolving marketplace, strategic workforce planning has never been more critical. Companies must drive efficiency and…

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3 Powerful, Simple, and Effective Ways to Motivate Your Team This Month

As leaders, we know that a motivated team is a productive team. However, finding the right strategies to keep your team inspired and driven can …

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Turning Tables: Transforming Performance Reviews into Strategic Success Tools

Performance reviews often get a bad rap. Seen by many as merely administrative formalities or dreaded by employees and managers alike, these …

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Clear Directions, Successful Outcomes: How to Prevent the 'Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody' Dilemma in Your Team

In the world of management, clarity is king. Without clear directions, even the most talented teams can flounder, unsure of priorities, …

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Performance Reviews – The high cost of getting them wrong (5 things to avoid)

Performance reviews are a critical part of employee management and can significantly influence the morale, productivity, and retention of your …

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The 3 Toxic Team Member Characteristics That Are Undermining Team Success

In the vibrant tapestry of a team, each thread – or team member – contributes to the strength and beauty of the whole. However, just as a single …

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The 3 Toxic Characteristics That Are Killing Teams

In the intricate dance of teamwork, where diverse talents and personalities converge to achieve common goals, people often view harmony and …

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Have You Got the Right Players on Your Team? A Look Through the DISC Lens

In the realm of team dynamics and performance, having the right mix of individuals is more akin to art than science. Each team member brings their …

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Whoopsie, Our Organisation Structure No Longer Fits Our Requirements

Having trouble with your Organisational Structure?
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Empower, Don't Hover: Is Your Leadership Style Smothering Innovation?

In the vast sea of leadership theories and practices, certain timeless traits stand out as markers of effective leadership. Among these, the …

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Steering the Ship: Does Your Leadership Framework Set the Course for Organisational Triumph?

In the world of business today, leadership capability frameworks have become an indispensable tool in driving organisational success. These …

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Is Your Organisational Structure a Launchpad or a Roadblock? Navigating the Path to Strategic Alignment and Growth

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the alignment of organisational structure with business strategy and objectives has emerged as a …

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Leading Through Change: The Unprecedented Importance of Strong Leadership in Today's World

In an era of unprecedented change and complexity, the demand for strong leadership has never been more important. As businesses, governments, and …

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Strategic Systemisation: Elevating Your People Processes for Success

In the dynamic landscape of business, the daily challenges of managing people can be overwhelming. Reacting to day-to-day issues often takes …

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Narrowing Focus for Team Success: The Power of Accountability and Clarity

As we reflect on the challenges of the past year, one recurring theme stands out – the impact of stress, burnout, and distractions on both managers…

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Mastering your priorities: A purposeful approach to achieving success in 2024

Last month, we delved into the importance of clarifying your people priorities. This month, we're shifting our focus to a more personal sphere. …

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Shaping your Long-Term Success: The Critical Role of Personal Development in the Workplace

In today’s competitive and fast-moving employment landscape, personal development has become a non-negotiable aspect of professional success. …

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Shiny Object Syndrome: Time to get super clear on your priorities and where you spend your time.

In this fast-paced world, the allure of "shiny objects" presents a constant challenge. Whether it's the latest trends, cutting-edge technologies, …

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New year, new opportunity to get clear on your people priorities: A guide for organisational effectiveness

As we boldly step into 2024, it's not just individuals who should be contemplating resolutions and priorities; organisations too can benefit from …

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Navigating Leadership Challenges: Key Trends from 2023

As we step into the dawn of 2024, leaders find themselves at the forefront of a rapidly evolving landscape, shaped by the lessons learned and …

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Emotional Regulation in Teams: Nurturing Collective Resilience

Last month, we explored the importance of emotional regulation for managers in creating a positive workplace culture. This month, we delve into the…

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A Roadmap to Success: How Sam Transformed His Business with the People Success Scorecard

Sam had always been an ambitious entrepreneur. With a knack for numbers and a vision to make an impact, he established his accounting firm, …

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Webinar Series: Innovation and Continuous Improvement to Evolve, Elevate & Empower — here’s our key takeaways…

In today's fast-paced business landscape, standing still is not an option. Both innovation and continuous improvement are essential for businesses …

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Fostering Emotional Resilience: A Guide for Managers

In the modern-day workplace, emotional regulation plays a pivotal role in promoting a harmonious and productive atmosphere. It's not uncommon for …

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Rising above the pressure: Being a nurturing leader amid financial challenges and rough times

This is an open letter to managers and business owners. As we navigate the ongoing repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, its financial strain …

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New hires leaving after only a few short weeks? How to create an exceptional candidate experience to prevent this from happening

In recent times, as HR professionals, we've borne witness to a concerning trend. A rising number of new candidates and hires, brimming with …

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Effectively Navigating Change: A Roadmap to Success

Change is an inevitable force in today's fast-paced business landscape. Whether it's a shift in how an organisation operates or a complete overhaul…

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Surviving the Festive Frenzy: An HR Guide for Terrified Managers

'Tis the season to be... absolutely terrified of HR mishaps? For managers, the Christmas period can be like walking through a winter wonderland …

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Pete's ‘aha’ moment: The one reason his team were disconnected, lacked energy and underperformed

The day began like any other for Pete. As the manager of a team of twelve, he had grown accustomed to the sounds of keyboards clattering, phones …

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Unlocking Potential Through Coaching-Based Leadership: A Multifaceted Approach

"Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to grow." This simple yet powerful statement encapsulates the essence of coaching in the realms of …

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Is one of these core areas of business affecting the success of your people? Take the People Success Scorecard to find out…

As a seasoned professional in leadership, workplace culture, HR, Recruitment, and Learning & Development, I have seen firsthand the importance …

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Power vs. Influence: Building an engaged, connected, and innovative team

In the realm of leadership, the choice between wielding power and harnessing influence can make all the difference in building an engaged, …

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The latest updates and entitlement changes

From 1 August 2023, the entitlement of 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave introduced under the Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family …

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Why are we feeling the pinch at the moment? Unrested workers, conflict and burnt out colleagues post-COVID EXPLAINED

There is clearly something in the air at the moment as we are seeing more unrest, exhaustion, short fuses, lack of accountability and quick to …

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Trust based leadership and why it's important to your people

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, successful leaders are no longer solely defined by their authority and hierarchical power. Instead,…

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Do you have a Samantha on your team?

John had been managing a small team of five for the past year, and he was proud of what they had accomplished together. They had delivered several …

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Introducing the People Success Scorecard — your holistic audit for successful business and thriving workplace

I am thrilled to share with you our brand new, shiny auditing tool which we have spent the last few months researching, refining and developing as …

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Fostering a culture of trust in the workplace: A recipe for success

Trust is the invisible thread that weaves together the fabric of a thriving workplace. It forms the foundation of healthy relationships between …

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Trust-Based Leadership: How to build trust as a leader

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, successful leaders are no longer solely defined by their authority and hierarchical power. Instead,…

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The Do's and Don'ts of Performance Reviews

Performance reviews allow us to evaluate our employee’s progress, identify areas for improvement and support their ongoing development. However, …

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5 Tips for Successful Probation Management

Probationary periods are a valuable tool for employers to assess the skills, work ethic, and fit of new hires. However, managing employees on …

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Leading others: how to build on potential and help others realise their greatness

American entrepreneur and author, John C. Maxwell once said — "Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life …

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When s*** hits the fan: leading through a crisis — five things to do and what you definitely should NOT

It’s the kind of scenario that nightmares are made of (for managers).  What do you do when a crisis hits your organisation, and the buck …

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Leading self — seven signs you're a highly emotionally competent leader

This month we’re taking a deep dive into leadership and answering the question — “how do I become a great leader, and how do I not only lead …

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Restructures are on the rise……things to consider as an employer

While economists are still forecasting that Australia will avoid a recession this year, we have definitely started to see redundancies extending …

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These three goal setting approaches will help you fast track your goals (and chances are you’ve never heard of them before)

Goal setting is an important aspect of personal and professional development. While SMART goals are a widely used framework for setting and …

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Too much on your plate? Five ways you can stop juggling and start delegating as a manager…

Being a manager is not an easy job, especially when it comes to managing conflicting priorities. With so many things to juggle and limited time, it…

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The ultimate guide to online tools — 5 ways to make your life easier as a manager while boosting productivity, saving time and decreasing cost

As a manager, you have a lot on your plate. From overseeing multiple projects and teams to communicating with clients and stakeholders, it can be …

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It’s not about motivating, it’s about inspiring — how to lead with inspiration so others take action

Inspiration /ˌɪnspɪˈreɪʃn/  A feeling or experience that motivates, encourages, or stimulates creativity, imagination, or productivity. It …

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“Treat people not how you want to be treated, but how they want to be treated.” Are you rewarding staff in the wrong way? What people ACTUALLY want

So you think you’re doing all of the right things.  You pay your staff really well. You provide an office space that is light and airy, …

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“My leader doesn’t talk to me and now I’m leaving.” The art of connection  — how to prevent mass walkouts and disengaged staff 

When it comes to disengaged workplaces and staff exits, a factor often overlooked is authentic, purposeful connection. 75% of people who …

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People aren't performing? Here's five reasons why and what you can do about it

Are you noticing that people in your organisation aren't performing as well as they used to? It can be frustrating trying to figure out why this …

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4 Tips for Having the Tough Conversations You Dread as a Manager

Don’t sweat the tough stuff!Does having tough conversations and providing feedback as a manager instantly make you sweat under the collar? The …

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Communicating with Your Team: Five Feedback Techniques for Managers

As a manager, effective communication is essential for providing feedback to your team. Not only does clear and effective communication help you …

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How to communicate as a leader with the four DISC personality types

At Bespoke HR we say — "Treat people not how you want to be treated, but how they want to be treated". Although we think we should treat others how…

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of workplace communication

Communication in the workplace can make or break an employee’s experience. It can be the difference between making a high performer leave a …

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Make this your best year yet: The perfect business planning day to run with your team

Our last two blogs provided ways to set up your 2023 for success. This blog will focus on setting a dedicated business planning day, which will…

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The four business trends that will destroy your business in 2023 (if you don't address it now)

In our last blog we focused on preparing your team for success in 2023, now it is time to consider the new business trends that might affect …

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Five ways to prepare your team for a successful 2023

With 2023 already upon us, the month of January always provides a great opportunity to focus our attention on the year to come. Regardless of …

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Dream Team 2023. Let’s reflect on your staff’s performance for 2022...

In our last blog you reflected from an individual perspective, now its time to consider your team. How did your team perform this year? Did you have…

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Onwards and Upwards…. Individual reflections of 2022

December has arrived. And what a crazy year have we have all had. Personally and professionally.  And now is the time as we head to the end …

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8 Tips to Setting Rock-Solid Goals

Our last two blogs have been about reflection. This one will get you facing forward and focusing on the future. You don’t always have to think …

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Retention and reward strategies through a HR lens

According to the HR Australian Institute, HR mechanisms and having robust systems in place can have just as much of an impact on retention as …

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People don’t leave companies, they leave bosses — ways you can level up your leadership in 2022

This month we have been discussing retention and reward in workplaces, especially geared towards post-pandemic climates.  “If you don’t want …

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We ask a HR & Recruitment specialist what four biggest things affect businesses when it comes to retaining staff

What actually makes a person want to stay at a workplace? Free lunches? Beanbags? Flexible working? Great pay?  No.  They may certainly …

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The HR team huddle — The five issues around retention we’re seeing across the board right now

This month we’ve been talking about the ‘R’ word — retention. Our clients are currently sharing stories and challenges of not only attracting great …

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Leadership styles that sink ships — the five habits and lessons we can learn from lost staff, dictatorships and shipwrecks

The leader steers the ship. Most often when we’re discussing leadership it’s generally in a loose and sweeping metaphorical sense, but in today’s …

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TRENDING: This latest Tik Tok trend is gaining traction alarmingly fast and scaring bosses — what is 'quiet quitting' and what you can do as a leader to prevent it

“So here’s what you do, right?” an enthusiastic Tik Toker mockingly whispers down the barrel of a camera. “Just rock up to work. Do the BARE a** …

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The four secret signs of stress and burnout you might be missing

Does your workplace suffer from incidental burnout and pressure? Are you spotting those that are chameleon-like — stressed and on the verge of …

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Building your Employer Mental Health Prevention Plan

We’ve already established that mental health, stress and burnout can be multi-faceted and often complex. However, there are a range of preventative …

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What is your organisation doing to recognise R U OK? Day?

Hi Bespokers, This month we are showcasing R U OK? Day and encouraging opening up conversations within our workplaces. Do you have the …

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5 Steps to Installing Culture

Ok, so I’ll admit it. The world of HR isn’t always a walk in the park. With hairy topics like: Holding onto star employees (while dealing with …

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How to ‘Humanise’ your workplace

With policies and procedures for everything and now 5 generations potentially in one workplace, humanising your workplace has never been more …

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Employer Branding Matters More to Job Seekers Than You Think..

If I were a potential candidate looking to work for your company, what does your Employer Brand – and particularly your digital presence say about …

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Conduct a sweep of your HR policies and procedures with our new compliance checklist!

Ensuring your HR Policies and Procedures are up to date and compliant has never been more important than it is now.  The start of a new …

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Why Employee Retention is crucial in our current climate!

As the economy continues to fight against a second wave of COVID, businesses are still being challenged in ways that could either make or break …

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How to keep top performers

“My top performer is already on the highest salary bracket and still wants more. How do I keep them?” So you have a high …

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5 things NOT to say in performance reviews

We enter performance review season with the best of intentions. And despite the typical resistance from employees (ranging from mild anxiety to …

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Are annual performance reviews dead?

Is there still a place in today’s ever-connected world for the annual performance review? Many high-profile companies — like Adobe, GE, Accenture, …

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Five things to look for on LinkedIn profiles when searching for CEO roles

A great way to search for talent in 2022 is online. However, does this stand for executive leadership positions? We have found some of our best …

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Negotiating salary guide for $100K+ roles

So you’ve found a fantastic executive leader and you’re ready to start putting some offers on the table. Here are a few things to keep in mind when …

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6 EQ traits executive leaders have and what to look for

This month we will discuss how to hire for executive leadership positions. This approach may look very different to your standard role hires and …

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5 business leadership approaches that will make you stand out

Leadership and business ownership go hand in hand. It is important for any business to have strong leadership skills.  Every person may have …

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Attracting your dream team — the five hires you need on your team

This month’s theme is centered around aligning your people with your business. We all know that your people are what can make or break your …

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Ask me anything: the common questions I get about business and recruitment

From the weird, to the wacky, to the common questions, I feel confident in saying there hasn’t been a question that I haven’t come across in the …

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What they don't tell you about running a business and having a team...

A new month, new Bespoke HR theme!  This month we’re running Business Bootcamp. This is a series that will uncover some of the ‘makes’ and …

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Your 12 step action plan to a thriving culture

So you’re ready to get started in transforming your culture. You, my friend, have come to the right place.  Here are the stages we guide and …

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The six areas to focus on to level up your management in less than six weeks

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been learning about the multitude of challenges managers face on a day to day basis.  The Bespoke HR team of …

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Ten simple things to say that will make you a better manager — an infographic

Communication is key when it comes to being a great manager. The simplest of interactions and conversations have the power to empower and engage …

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Seven undeniable reasons why your staff may hate a manager (Part Two)

Tried and tested conversation starters and strategies for being a likeable and empowering manager Last week we shared a range of examples of what …

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Seven undeniable reasons why your staff may hate a manager (Part One)

Tried and tested conversation starters and strategies for being a likeable and empowering manager This month we will be focusing on a series around…

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Developing a Culture Code — six features of a successful culture document

One of our signature templates that have been as popularly requested with our clients as hot potatoes, is our Culture Code document (which we guide …

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Culture: expectations vs reality

It seems that ‘culture’ has become quite the buzz word, and it can easily be misinterpreted based on what the media and Silicon Valley has to say …

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The seven secret culture killers in your business

You can do everything in your power to try and cultivate a thriving and happy workplace culture, however are these secret and often undetected …

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What’s your Culture IQ Score? 12 key focus areas that make or break your culture

And just like that, we’re into the second month of 2022. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?  This month we will be focusing on providing you…

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Five of the best tools and documents you and your team NEED to set your year up for success

January is often the time for planning, team days, goal setting and setting up for the year ahead.  What process do you use to set yourself up…

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Five critical shifts in business to watch out for in 2022

According to leading research and insights firm Gartner, the top priorities for business owners and HR specialists in 2022 are shifting to meet …

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Seven small changes to make to your recruitment strategies in 2022 to create big impact

In late 2021, recruitment began to pick up again after a dip in requirements due to uncertainty from the pandemic. However, since this increase, …

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Five things to leave in 2021 to make 2022 your biggest year yet

So… how was your 2021? It was an extremely challenging year for many, and although we thought we’d seen the end of pandemic-related challenges at …

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7 Big Lessons from 2021

What a year 2021 has been with so many highs and lows. Reflecting back on the last day of the year, I thought I would share 7 key people themes and …

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Thank you...

First of all, I would like to say a big thank you! 2021 has been craaazy and we couldn’t have done it without the support and love from our amazing…

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2021 Reflection exercises for your Christmas break

We know most of you at the moment are looking forward to a well-deserved break, and some will also be working through for the month of December in …

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Five ways to share the love with your team at Christmas time

We absolutely honor the attitude of appreciation at this time of year. How can you show your team your gratitude for what they’ve achieved this …

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What leaders should prepare for in 2022...

Can you believe we have all survived yet another crazy year? Whew! With all the ups and downs, people need effective leaders now more than ever. …

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What to look forward to in HR for 2022

As we end the year 2021, it’s that time of year where HR professionals are getting ready for 2022 and starting to draft and align their internal …

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How aligned is your team with your business values?

Many business owners set out with the intention of being successful. However, how do we really define success?  One could assume that small …

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Top 3 HR trends of 2021

With COVID-19 impacting so many businesses in 2020 and 2021, many were able to adapt and shift their mindset in how they operated.  According …

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27 'get-to-know-you' questions to ask staff during their first month

First impressions last - even more so for a potential new employee in their first three months in a new role.  Sometimes it’s the simple …

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Most popular task management systems

And just like that, 2021 is almost finished!  We have definitely conquered some crazy obstacles this year and juggled different tasks all at …

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Developing the ultimate Innovation Workshop

For the month of October, we have shared and discussed how critical transformation and innovation is in every business.  Certainly, the …

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Seven easy ways to bring innovation and new thinking to your business

It seems easy to say “Hey! We want to innovate,” but sometimes it can feel as daunting as jumping off a cliff and building an aeroplane along the …

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Five challenges that stop your team from innovating

Implementing and fostering innovation can sometimes be easier said than done.  Being somewhat subjective, and doing things that appear to be …

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Four reasons why innovation is critical to survival

It’s safe to say that 2020 and 2021 have been disruptive years for business owners. Trying to manage and lead a business through financially …

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Building your Employer Mental Health Prevention Plan using evidence-based prevention strategies

We’ve already established that mental health, stress and burnout can be multi-faceted and often complex.  However the positive of this is that…

Read more

The four secret signs of stress and burnout you might be missing

Does your workplace suffer from incidental burnout and pressure? Are you spotting those that are chameleon-like — stressed and on the verge of …

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Six processes and procedures that are impacting workers’ mental health

In a recent report published by the Network of Workplace Health Promotion (NWHP), it’s been identified that more companies are beginning to realise …

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“We’re at a mental health tipping point” — addressing current mental health concerns in the workplace and what to do about it

It would be no surprise to hear that the most common request for support I’ve had from clients is based around mental health at the moment.  …

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Have a recognition program in place.

Simon Sinek once said “There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” Creating an incentive …

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Do you know what your employees want?

              I recently had a client share a story (that is oh, so familiar!) about one of her new …

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How to lose good staff by failing to do this one thing...

Picture this scenario. ‘Amy’ has worked for the ‘Sunnyvale Law firm’ for ten years.  She regularly puts in overtime hours, delivers …

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Six signs your employee is lacking motivation and may be about to quit

We all want our staff to be happy and content at work, however some workplace cultures might just not be the right fit for someone, no matter how …

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How to motivate your team and keep spirits high during a stressful time

With a high level of external stress being echoed around the world with the pandemic, it is becoming evident this distress is beginning to take its …

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Delivering and Receiving Feedback is a skill. How good are you at both?

If I said to most people, “can I give you some feedback”, sadly most people will automatically think they are about to be told off. That might be …

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Tips for keeping team collaboration and connection alive in a virtual world

This week’s blog will focus on providing leaders with helpful tips and activities to help keep collaboration and connection alive within a team …

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It’s time to reset, refocus and re-energise!

Our topic of the month for July has centred around effective leadership, clear communication and using the CPQQRT (Context, Purpose, Quality, …

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Building Effective Workplace Communication and Relationships

It is no secret that open, transparent and constructive communication is the key to any successful relationship. Whether we are talking about …

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Turn the spotlight onto your own personal development.

“Self-development is invaluable to not only ensure your own success, but it also enables us to develop others.” – John Maxwell It’s easy to get …

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Does your organisation have a strong feedback muscle?

Do you have a workplace where people can provide feedback in a trusting and safe environment where feelings aren’t hurt, productivity isn’t …

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Is your Performance Development Review process hitting the mark?

The end of the financial year is only weeks away. This time of year usually signifies the end of another year of performance, and therefore the need…

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5 mistakes we see regularly with Probationary Period

Of course, both parties in a hiring situation hope for the best: That is…the new employee will love their job and fit well with the rest of the …

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Setting clear standards for your business

Your standards define how your company works, which in turn builds trust in your brand. These can be guidelines that describe quality, performance, …

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How to effectively plan an Onboarding Program

By now, we are all familiar with the contrary belief that the Onboarding process should  not start on the first day of a new job. Onboarding begins …

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Why is Onboarding so Important?

  In today’s time, the common workplace moves faster and demands more. Hitting us with COVID-19, we have witnessed the importance of culture, …

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Is Virtual Onboarding the future of an employees onboarding experience?

Providing a positive onboarding experience builds the productivity of your new hires, reduces employee turnover, and promotes a positive company …

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Why your employees engagement is critical

As a leader or a Business owner.  Do you ever stop and wonder, how employees are speaking about their experiences with your organisation and …

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Use your digital footprint to capture the best talent

Imagine the perfect person for your team is looking for a new job… They’re after something different. They want to contribute and be a part of …

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Why should anyone work for your business?

If you haven't noticed, candidates are interviewing you more than you are interviewing them.  So, what makes your company a great place to …

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How do you find the team you need?

Have you noticed that recruitment is getting harder?  Most businesses that have been through a successful recruitment process will tell you that it…

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What team do you need?

Let’s imagine I hold in my hand a magic wand. And because you’re one of my favourites, I’m going to wave my magic wand… And award your business an…

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How not to lead?

By the way – we now have a monthly Bespoker Toolkit Program where we drip feed one super useful tool a month with a live online coaching of the tool…

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How do you lead?

By the way – we now have a monthly Bespoker Toolkit Program where we drip feed one super useful tool a month with a live online coaching of the tool…

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High Achievement Leadership Traits

By the way – we now have a monthly Bespoker Toolkit Program where we drip feed one super useful tool a month with a live online coaching of the tool…

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How to lift the lid on your leadership

By the way – we now have a monthly Bespoker Toolkit Program where we drip feed one super useful tool a month with a live online coaching of the tool…

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What type of leader are you?

This month we are focusing on Leadership!   By the way – we now have a monthly Bespoker Toolkit Program where we drip feed one super useful …

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Rate your culture - where do you sit?

What if I asked you to rate your workplace culture? Where would your company sit? Are your employees thriving in their roles, committed to a …

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How can you install culture?

It’s easy to see why HR can seem kind of intimidating. And why many business owners put off digging into their HR processes and structures (often …

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Culture differentiators – What team members and job seekers are looking for?

To attract the best talent, your company culture needs to stand out. Never has it ever been more difficult to find the right people for your …

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What is culture and why is it so important?

This month we are talking about Workplace Culture and Employer Brand.  “Culture is to recruiting as product is to marketing.” – HubSpot’s …

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Back to Work - so now what? How to get your work mojo back?

For many people mid January is the return back to work after the Christmas break.  Following a long prior year of COVID related constraints …

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Do you have the right foundations in place to support your business?

Often as part of a new year start, we have employers come back and want to do some cool new things with their team which is awesome but what we …

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Have you planned for what could go right?

After a year of planning or responding to what could go wrong (either intentionally or by necessity), I thought it would be great to start our first…

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Merry Christmas and Thank you!

Wow – what a year!  As we come to the end of the year we just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for supporting us.  Thank you …

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What will 2021 bring from a people perspective – 8 trends you need to prepare for?

While these trends were already starting to become big issues, this year has certainly magnified them.  Having a position or plan on where …

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What are your standards you will not walk past?

David Morrison’s “the Standard you walk past is the Standard you accept” is perhaps one of my favourite quotes of all time.  Why? Because it …

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Driving a values driven business..

At the moment, we are seeing a real difference between Employers who have a strong values driven business and those who don’t.  Those who do, …

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Establishing an open feedback culture

As most teams are now starting to head back to work, we thought this month we would focus on the broader topic of ‘Humanising the Workplace’.  …

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How to 'Humanise' your workplace

With policies and procedures for everything and now 5 generations potentially in one workplace, humanising your workplace has never been more …

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What NOT to do when it comes to recruitment for both Employers and Candidates. 

To be fair to both sides, we are covering this for both parties.  If you have held a number of interviews or been a candidate going for …

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Are you prepared to answer questions from your candidates? Here are 6 you may get.

Now more than ever, candidates are interviewing employers in the same way, employers are interviewing candidates.  How employers respond, will…

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12 of my favourite Interview Questions to ask

What are your favourite questions to ask in an interview? Have you got your favourite ones documented? Finding the right person to join your …

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How hot is your business?

If I were a potential candidate looking to work for your company, what does your Employer Brand – and particularly your digital presence say about …

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Are you in exhausted mode and don't quite know why?

Whether you are flat chat in business or not as busy and hustling at the moment…..one consistent theme that is coming through loud and clear right …

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How much is Mental Health in the workplace costing?

According to the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it’s estimated that 45 percent of …

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5 questions to ask yourself to help build connection with your team

Now more than ever, the ability to connect with your team is absolutely essential. Getting to know your team well, what they like/don’t like, what …

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Do you have a Mental Health Plan for your workplace? We can fix that quick smart.

Does your organisation have a Mental Health Plan? Not yet? Don’t worry – we have found an awesome tool that can fix that quick smart.  Ok, I get a …

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Next 6 Week Management Acceleration Program – Start Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Hey Bespokers, After some extremely positive feedback from our last 6 week Management Accelerator Program, we are running another one starting on …

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What is your organisation doing to recognise R U OK? Day?

Hi Bespokers, This month we are showcasing R U OK? Day and encouraging opening up conversations within our workplaces. Do you have the feeling …

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5 Steps to Installing Culture

Ok, so I’ll admit it. The world of HR isn’t always a walk in the park. With hairy topics like: Holding onto star employees (while dealing with …

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How to operationalise your culture – 20 key indicators

If you’ve been following my Workplace Culture articles this month, by now I’m sure you’re getting how important team culture is. Not just to the …

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8 Contributing Factors to consider that can impact your culture.

So you want your team to work for more than a paycheck, enjoy coming to work and rave about how fantastic it is working for your company? These are …

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Rate Your Culture

What if I asked you to rate your workplace culture? Where would your company sit? Are your employees thriving in their roles, committed to a …

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Setting a clear company vision.

Ok so now you have your personal vision, do you have a clear company vision? A good company vision defines your company and, more importantly, its …

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Will you commit?

You guessed it! It’s time to pull out your notebook again. For the next 12 months to be impactful and the year you’re hoping and dreaming for, we …

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4 steps to creating a Personal Vision you connect to..

How’s your week going? Have you had a chance to complete last week’s exercises? In case you haven’t done the 10-minute exercises, you can find …

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Let’s start the new financial year super clear. 

As we head into the beginning of the new financial year, what a great time to reflect and refocus. Reflect on what we loved, what worked and what …

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EOFY Wrap up…..what a year!

Hey Bespokers,    Well, we can definitely say this year, has been one of the most interesting end of financial years that we have had for …

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Are annual Performance Reviews dead?

As we are heading to the ‘traditional’ performance review period – how will your organisation handle them this year? Will you still have them, …

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What will the new workplace look like?

Has our traditional workplace changed forever? Now that we have had a taste of working from home, zoom meetings (instead of face to face client …

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Workforce Planning – What team does your business now need?

Let’s imagine I hold in my hand a magic wand. And because you’re one of my favourites, I’m going to wave my magic wand… And award your business …

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Where is your team’s attention?

Here’s an old Zen story. A student said to Master Ichu, “Please write for me something of great wisdom.” Master Ichu picked up his brush and wrote …

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Time to innovate

We know innovation is critical to staying competitive, particularly at the moment. ‘Disrupt’, ‘pivot’, ‘innovation’, ‘think tank’ are all terms…

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4 tips to help get you into the right mindset

No doubt by now your inbox and social media is being filled email titles of ‘urgent’, ‘read this’, ‘COVID-19 important information’ and you are …

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What are the expected people challenges ahead?

While there are certainly lots of positive things coming out of this challenging time such as businesses getting better at building flexible …

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How to lead through challenging times - 6 key traits you need

COVID-19 has definitely impacted our day to day lives and in particularly, the way we do business. Not too dissimilar to the GFC and other …

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The rise in domestic violence during COVID-19: A guide for employers

DISCLAIMER: Domestic, sexual and family violence can be a complex, and extremely serious situation for individuals. It is important you seek …

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Job Keeper Payment – useful breakdown and fact sheets

The biggest economic package in Australian history has been passed and the JobKeeper payment will flow. The Morrison government legislated its …

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Tips for dealing with anxiousness

Hi Bespokers, During this time of uncertainty, many have been left without income, jobs, and high levels of stress due to circumstances beyond …

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14 Recommendations...

Disclaimer – The above information provided is general in nature and does not constitute specific or legal advice. Information on COVID-19 is …

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The Mental health impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hi Bespokers, As always, Mental Health is a critical issue for everyone to be aware of. With a total disruption to many workplaces, livelihoods, …

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Some positive news...

After one of the hardest hit weeks we’ve seen for businesses in the last few decades, it has been a week challenging grit, resilience, determination…

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Tips for working from home + remotely

During these unprecedented and everchanging times, more teams are working from home or remotely to comply with social distancing advice.  …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – WHS requirements and Employee Entitlements

Hi Bespokers, With the impacts of the spread of COVID-19 now affecting all our workplaces more and more, we are providing some further useful …

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SA Health’s advice on how to manage self-isolation and quarantine periods

With a total travel ban announced this morning with travellers advised to return immediately home, along with a mandatory 14 day quarantine period …

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PM Addresses nation on current Corona Virus limitations.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has addressed the nation on current restrictions announced to prevent the spread of COVID-19   Here are the key …

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Building a multicultural workplace - What experts are predicting for a cultural workplace boom...

In 2018, Australia’s population grew to 23.4 million with extensive immigration making up those numbers. With strong British colonisation and …

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Cyber bullying & Social Media - how is it impacting your workplace? 5 Common problems and prompts to tackle them

This month we’re covering a range of cyber issues, and how social media is being used - or abused in the workplace. From employees wasting away …

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Some information about coronavirus for business owners and employers

Hi Bespokers, Over the last few weeks, Bespoke HR has been inundated with requests for information on how to handle the current alert of …

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International Women’s Day - 4 snapshots of where we are today and how women are making an impact in the workplace

won't you celebrate with me what I have shaped into a kind of life? I had no model. born in Babylon both nonwhite and woman what did I see to …

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Losing your files - how to protect your data, files, and CMS (content management systems).

Although not as dramatic as cyber scams, identity theft and other cybersecurity topics we’ve covered the last month, the following issue can have …

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Scam Alert! Part 2 - What to do if an employee has fallen for a scam.

It’s 11am on a Monday morning. The day has been going swimmingly, and you’re feeling like business is going well. You had your best week of sales …

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Cyber Scams - the top four scams in 2020 you need to know about…

This month we’re covering cyber safety and other issues that arise from doing business in a digitally dominant world. A costly mistake that …

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Protecting Intellectual Property in the workplace. How do you stop employees from stealing your IP?

  Happy February! We hope you have set your dream team and started to make big moves for this year. Your goals should be written down by now,…

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Your 2020 external dream team: the support group you NEED around you for business success.

As business owners, you may have your staff and team ready to go, but where do YOU go for coaching, support and ongoing training? Build your …

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Productivity vs profit. How to maximise productivity in 2020.

According to The Harvard Business Review, a gifted mathematician was hired by a large organisation to come up with a sophisticated formula for …

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2019 in review: The 5 biggest people / HR issues of last year and how to start your 2020 ahead of the game

What stressed you out in 2019? Chances are, it stressed a lot of other business owners out as well, so you are definitely NOT alone. Here are the …

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Starting the year off: 7 killer ways to set your dream team up for success in 2020

Happy 2020! From all of the team at Bespoke HR, we hope you had a relaxing and well deserved rest over the Christmas and New Year period.  …

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Happy Holidays! With love, from the Bespoke HR team

We’d like to take this chance to send all of our beloved clients, friends and colleagues a Happy Christmas and New Year.  In the spirit of staying …

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How did your business perform this year? A 60 minute check up...

As we’re beginning to wrap up the year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how your business has performed, and where you want to head in the …

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It’s that time of year. Let’s reflect on 2019…

How did we get to this time of year again? If you’re feeling anything like me, it’s been a whirlwind of a year, and has flown by oh-so fast.  …

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Empowering leadership: Four behaviours that contribute to employee empowerment

As we have mentioned in previous blogs about leadership, your staff can only perform as well as the best leader within your organisation (to learn …

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When Empowering Employees DOESN’T Work...

We all have the best of intentions when trying to empower staff.  However, what if in trying to empower them is actually having a negative effect, …

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4 Things Stopping Employees From Feeling Empowered In The Workplace

There are many factors that can contribute to staff feeling a sense of empowerment in their work. However, following on from last week’s blog and …

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The Powerful Effects Of Empowering Your Staff

“Empowerment is more than giving people additional responsibility - to be empowered, people need to feel empowered.”  -Matthew Nash, Leadership …

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How to be productively paranoid… a guide to exploding business like a 10x company.

Differing from sceptics or cynics, being productively paranoid encourages you to look at your environment, rivals, industry, trends, new legislation…

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Supercharge your performance mechanisms - the top 5 metrics 10x companies measure to succeed.

What you measure is what you grow. If you can’t measure, you can’t manage. As business owners, we know how important performance metrics and …

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The art of discipline: generating a habit of productivity & prosperity across an organisation

In uncertain situations, companies that thrive as those companies who are seriously disciplined in business practice. But what does that actually …

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10x YOUR BUSINESS SERIES: How to explode your business with key principles from exceptional companies...

Hi Bespokers, We have a brand spanking new blog series for you to follow on from our leadership series.  This month, we’re going to share with you…

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The future of HR & Hiring - what you need to know about hiring talent in 2025

With rapidly changing technology, leadership requirements and the need for upskilling in new industries over the next decade, what role with HR play…

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The Workforce of the Future: What will it look like in 2025?

The world is under a constant change that has always been hard to chase. As it evolves, everything else does. Meanwhile, the workplace has yet to …

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Why is leadership so important in 2025? A Leader vs Manager

As we experience changing times, both managers and leaders are required in organisations to ensure that both vision and execution across teams is …

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10 critical skills required for the future

Following on from last week’s blog regarding vast changes for leaders and organisations, what skills do leaders need to look for in staff in the …

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The future leadership crisis in Australia

A new month, a new blog series. The workforce in 2025 This month we're covering leadership and it's role in navigating the changes in the workforce …

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*This may be controversial* but... is “mental health” becoming the next excuse? Why employers are scared of the term...

DISCLAIMER: We are sharing common problems our clients experience. BespokeHR are not mental health or medical practitioners and any advice provided …

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MENTAL HEALTH SERIES: When it's you that's suffering… it’s okay not to be okay.

DISCLAIMER: We are sharing common problems our clients experience. BespokeHR are not mental health or medical practitioners and any advice provided …

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MENTAL HEALTH SERIES: Educating yourself on mental health + 7 things you can do as a business owner to help...

DISCLAIMER & TRIGGER WARNING: We are sharing common problems our clients experience. BespokeHR are not mental health or medical practitioners …

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MENTAL HEALTH SERIES: What is Mental Health? A further break down of what Depression and Anxiety is...

DISCLAIMER: We are sharing common problems our clients experience. BespokeHR are not mental health or medical practitioners and any advice provided …

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5 Factors That Contribute To Workplace Mental Health (PART 2).

*Photo credit: The Black Dog Institute DISCLAIMER: We are sharing common problems our clients experience. BespokeHR are not mental health or …

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MENTAL HEALTH SERIES: 5 Factors That Contribute To Workplace Mental Health (PART 1)

This month we’ll be covering a critical issue that is all-consuming and a common challenge in workplaces which is becoming more, and more apparent -…

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The Stress Claim Allegation: The Seven Common Causes Of Stress Complaints

Ahhh... the stress complaint.  Sometimes it can cause you just as much stress as the employee that’s made the claim.  According to Fair Work, …

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The Pay Dispute Claim: 5 Things To Review Each Year To Safeguard Yourself

I’ve got to say… actually paying people correctly is incredibly complex particularly if covered under awards. Even with HR and with legal …

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The Unfair Dismissal Claim: Four Things You Need To Know When An Employee Thinks They Are Unfairly Let Go…

We hope you got some interesting insights out of last week’s blog. Did it make you reflect? Did you take out your contracts and have a look at …

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Four Fundamentals You Should Have In Place To Protect Yourself From These Common Employee Blowouts…

This month we're going to be talking about common employee blowouts. DISCLAIMER: We are sharing common problems our clients experience. BespokeHR …

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The Competence Commitment Model: The Simple Way To Evaluate, Upskill & Act

Last week in our blog, we looked at how to turn poor performance into powerful feedback.  We’ve also looked this month at leadership traits, …

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Four Ways To Transform Poor Performance Into Powerful Feedback

This month we're talking all about toxic cultures, and this week’s topic is a doozy… It’s easy to spot poor performance… deadlines not being met, …

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Six Secret Leadership Traits Killing Your Culture… Are You Guilty Of This?

They say you can’t have a great business without great leaders. Those who are at the top can strengthen a team and lead them to the greatest of …

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Five Contributors Of A Toxic Workplace Culture You Need To Know About...

We all know that when you build a great culture, it can be powerful and productive for everyone who is involved with your business. We know all of…

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5 Ways to Help Your Overwhelmed Team

For our last week discussing overwhelm and how it impacts work, we’ll cover my top 5 techniques you can use to step in and help ease that stress for…

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Is your team struggling? (5 signs of overwhelm)

If you're the boss (or manager) and you're running around feeling completely overwhelmed... It's more than likely that the feeling is trickling …

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6 Ways to Declutter Your Mind at Home (to Prepare You for Work Success)

As we continue our month-long focus on stress and feeling overwhelmed at work, we will focus this week on tips for what you can do at home to help …

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9 Ways to Help You Feel Less Overwhelmed at Work

If feeling overwhelmed and stressed seems to be the new norm for you, you’re not alone. It’s part of the cultural phenomenon that places “being …

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Not Just Candidates: Dos and Don’ts of Interviews for Employers

We’ll finish our month on recruitment with a topic that doesn’t often get covered: The dos and don’ts of interviews for employers. There are loads…

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Don’t Get Caught Off Guard: 5 Questions Candidates Are Asking

Because we know how important recruitment is in shaping your business, we’re sticking with this topic and covering various aspects of each it …

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Enough Already! 4 Tips To Avoid A Bad Hire

The last couple of weeks we’ve covered what costly mistakes to avoid during the recruitment process (because no one likes to lose money!) and how to…

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3 Steps To Eliminate Overwhelm When Hiring

Do you feel queasy at the thought of starting yet another recruitment process? Drafting ads Putting it on job boards Getting inundated with …

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Top 5 Recruitment Mistakes Employers Make That Cost Them $$

More than 90% of the time when we talk with clients about why they hate recruitment, they say: “I’ve been burnt in the past, and it cost me time …

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Australia and Diversity: How We Stack Up Globally

As we continue our discussion about diversity, we need to look around us and figure out how diversity stacks up in our own country and how Australia…

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5 Moves to Make Toward a Diverse Workplace

Having just recently celebrated International Women’s Day, hopefully, diversity should be hot on your radar with recent tags such as #Balance for …

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5 Reasons to Embrace Workplace Diversity

Diversity is more than just a buzzword. It’s more than just something you put on your website or in your brochures. You can’t just make sure there…

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Workplace Diversity: Yep, we still need to talk about it and why

Workplace diversity is far from a new topic, but it is one that continues to evolve. So we will be devoting this month to it, including: What is …

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My 20 fav low-cost employee perks

After talking about all the great perks businesses like Google and Virgin Atlantic offer employees, your average business owner might be feeling a …

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[perks] Steal these best in class employee benefit ideas

Every business owner wants to hear the words, “I love working here,” from employees. Happy employees make the best staff they work hard, usually …

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Avoid a heart attack: Build your HR foundations to pump blood into the organisation

Not unlike the heart in your body, the HR foundations set the pace and pump blood throughout the company. But instead of beating actual blood, it’s …

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You can’t have great HR without great leadership

We’re going to take this month to begin introducing the topics that we cover much more in-depth in our 90-day program. We’ll first start by …

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Is your career the second love of your life? If not, it could be time to get divorced!

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SOME CONTROVERSIAL POINTS. The excited rush of nerves during the early days of a relationship is not all that …

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Sick of distractions? Don’t fall victim to shiny object syndrome

Do you ever: Feel overwhelmed when comparing yourself to others? Look for fast-track schemes, products or tools? Get distracted….doing things…

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Productivity vs profit. How to maximise productivity in 2020.

According to The Harvard Business Review, a gifted mathematician was hired by a large organisation to come up with a sophisticated formula for …

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4 Common Problems That Arise When Values Aren’t Defining Your Company Culture

Have you ever sat in your office thinking about how you get on so much better with certain staff members than others? Or that some of your …

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2019: Excited or Dreading It?

Welcome back from your holidays! I hope you had an awesome break. While you’re trying not to type 2018 on meeting dates, how do you feel as you …

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Merry Christmas and R-E-S-P-E-C-T Yourself into the New Year

I wanted to cap off 2018 by taking a moment to say thank you. Thank you for reading our emails, blog or LinkedIn articles—however you get our …

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5 Big People Trends to Watch in 2019

It’s the holidays, and while most people want to spend time decking the halls, jingling all the way and fa-la-la-la-ing, for business owners and …

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Looking Back on 2018: Reflect, Review and Reignite for the New Year

December has arrived, whether you like it or not. I swear...where did November go? Not only does it mean the holidays are upon us, but the calendar…

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What Happens When No One’s on Top (in the Business)

All month we’ve been talking about working and owning a business with your partner—from what issues to watch for to how to handle whoever takes the …

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What Happens When He’s On Top (in the Business)

When partners own a business together and are working together to raise a family, based on their career backgrounds, the male may take on the top …

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What Happens When She’s On Top (In the Business)

This month we are covering working with your partner - what happens when she is on top, what happens when he is on top (or one party on top of the …

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Working with Your Love

It’s not unusual for people to meet, fall in love and tie the knot through working at the same place. It’s also not unusual for spouses to decide to…

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The 2018 Blog Survey

  We are taking a break from our usual fodder to gauge how the readers of our blog feel about the topics we’ve been covering, and get a few …

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How to Rid Your Office of Backbiting for Good

Almost every person who works in an office environment anywhere in the world experiences backbiting. Backbite, verb. To say mean or spiteful …

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How Office Politics Damages Your Organisation

If you are starting to see a trend of people leaving without a ‘real’ reason, it is definitely time to start to investigate why. A likely culprit …

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7 Ways To Spot If You Have Office Politics In Your Organisation

The rumblings start innocently enough—a few people griping about a people problem within a project. But make no mistake, these vent sessions can …

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Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand: The Inevitability of Office Politics

No matter where you work—unless you happen to be a company of one—there’s going to be office politics. Big or small, every organisation deals with …

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The Value of Employees Being All In (And 7 Ways to Capitalise On It)

If you don’t think it’s important that your employees understand, and hopefully even stand behind, what your business does, then you miss out on …

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4 Questions To Know If You’re a High Performing Organisation

As a HR/People and Productivity consultant, I quickly determine how high performing an organisation is by asking team members four simple questions.…

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7 Reasons Why One-on-One Check Ins Benefit Your Company

Good managers already know one-on-one meetings play an important role in employees’ performance and results. Great managers already hold these …

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Ready. Set. Go. How good are your Monday Morning Scrums?

It’s Monday morning. You’re sipping your coffee, catching up on email and then it hits you: it’s time for the weekly meeting. Eye roll. Grab your …

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5 Clues Something’s Amiss With Your Performance Management

2016 Australian of the Year and Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison famously used the line, “The standard you walk past is the standard …

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5 of the Biggest Problems We See With Probationary Periods

Of course, both parties in a hiring situation hope for the best: The new employee will love his or her job, fit in perfectly with the rest of the …

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8 Symptoms that Will Diagnose a Recruitment Issue in Your Business

Do you have a vacancy now or will shortly and feel a headache come on if you think about going through the recruitment process? Lots of business …

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Awkward. 5 Reasons Why Salary Negotiations Make You Uncomfortable

Knock, knock. One of your employees pops in and wants to have “a chat”... Immediately launching into a rehearsed speech about why he or she …

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5 Proven Techniques to Build and Maintain a Business Success Mindset

All month we’ve talked about setting yourself, the business and your team up for success—from defining what success means to you personally to …

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There’s No I in Team: Achieve Business Success Together

We all know it’s hard to achieve business success alone. Whether you own your business, manage a team or even supervise a small department, you …

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#goals: Chunk down with 90-day sprints

Welcome back! We hope you’re coming along with us to further understand how to plan and, ultimately, achieve your version of success. We’ve talked …

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12 questions to ask yourself to frame up FY18-9 for success

So, you know what you want. Now, you need to figure out what you need to achieve from a business perspective to reach these goals. It’s time to …

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What do YOU want?

As you look forward to starting a new financial year, it’s the perfect time to take a look at goals for the next year. For most people, they’d …

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The voice of Gen X (in response to Gen Y)

“Hate” is a strong word. Gen X doesn’t hate Gen Y, but sometimes they get frustrated with the younger generation. Hear what Gen X has to say about …
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4 Tips for employers to help manage multiple Gens

It’s a whole new office environment out there. In today’s companies, you find as many as five generations trying to figure out how to work together.
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The voice of Gen Y

It’s coming. Baby boomers are retiring, and more and more Gen Y are entering the workforce. It’s time to figure out what makes them tick.
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26 fun ways to connect with your team

Take one, two or 10 ideas from this list and pump up your team’s engagement.
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5 Research Proven Methods to More Engaged Employees

Don’t take those happy, passionate, motivated employees for granted. They're a rare find! Read on to find out what to do about those “do the least …
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What’s your employee experience wavelength?

Take a hard look at how your employees feel about their experience. Are they happy? Making plans to leave? Create a wavelength and see where your …
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Employee experience vs. employee engagement

Engagement isn’t the same as experience. Both are important, and while engagement has been part of the corporate speak for years, experience is on …
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Replace your traditional performance reviews with a 360 review program

Tired of just boss with employee reviews? Wouldn’t it be better to have more input for reviewing each person? This year try out 360 performance …
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One word: Empathy

Don’t underestimate the power of face time with your employees. Check in regularly, and connect with your team. You’ll be glad you did!
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Common approaches to solving people performance issues

If you are losing sleep over performance issues on your team, then start by reading through these tips. Then ask yourself, do I need help dealing …
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Case Study: Helping Transform Kid Sense into an Employer of Choice

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2018 Performance and Conduct Trends

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[SOLVED] recruitment (become a great place to work)

Attract the next generation of workers by adjusting your business according to the following tips. Plus, how you can get more HR help for your money!
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You won't attract top performers until you fix this #1 thing

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How attracting high performers changes the game (2-10X performance increases!)

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Could hiring WRONG cost you $100k/pa?

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In 2000 Helen Hunt starred against Mel Gibson in Nancy Meyer's hit movie What Women Want. The story sets up when Mel Gibson's character Nick falls …

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Looking to motivate staff? Think smaller

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Secrets of the Stay Interview

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Employee perks, loyalty, and Google

You’ve probably heard about the perks of working at Google: Free lunches, exceptional workout facilities, nap pods, and on-site massage therapists …

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The hidden price tag of staff turnover

If you’ve ever owned a vehicle, you’re probably familiar with hidden costs. You make your car payment. Then you pay for car insurance. And yearly…

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Why do employees leave?

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_____ are the lifeblood of innovation

Tell me if this sounds familiar... You’ve been trying to take your business to the next level. You're working harder than anyone you know. You’re…

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The 3 sneaky S's sabotaging workplace wellness

An unhealthy workplace is problematic… for many reasons. It harms the wellbeing of your employees It reduces the quality and speed of work It…

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What’s your company culture? Find out today

“Culture is to recruiting as product is to marketing.” - HubSpot’s Culture code Let me ask you a question... ... And I want you to answer …

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5 ways to fire up your offshore staff

It's true. Offshore teams can buy you more time to focus on the important strategic work... They can inject your business with valuable skills …

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Which roles can I outsource?

A few weeks ago, a colleague asked me what roles are best to keep in-house. Which gave me the chance to think about which roles are ideal for …

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10 Steps to Set Up an Offshore Team

Here's a stupidly simple reminder for you...  Successful team building 101: Define leadership strategy (long-term goals, culture, values, etc.) …

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Is an offshore team right for my business?

As our highly connected world and digital economy expands, teams across oceans are becoming more and more common. Today businesses are hiring …

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🎉 Happy Birthday to BespokeHR!! 💥

On behalf of my team and I, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to our clients, friends, supporters and suppliers for all of your support over the …

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How do your employees see you?

Leading without knowing how your employees perceive you is kind of like walking around with spinach in wedged in your teeth — and no-one telling you…

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5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders

Brace yourself for a harsh truth. If you don’t approach each day with great leadership habits, no one’s going to see you as a great leader. …

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8 leadership styles. Which is yours?

Have you ever thought about what your leadership style is? If you haven't—or just want to learn more—this week's article is for you. We'll review …

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How do you lead?

Understanding what you stand for as a leader can make a big difference. Both for you, and for your team. Without a clear leadership vision, many …

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Gen Z: Here’s What We Know So Far

Have you ever met someone from a group or demographic that you didn’t know much about? Maybe it made you feel a little uneasy. Or maybe you were …

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Tell Me About The Millennials

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What You Need To Know About GEN X!

You probably already know that different generations operate differently in the workplace. You might know this from personal experience or from …

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Baby Boomers (And Reverse Cycle Mentor Programs)

Do you remember the very first day of your very first job? Chances are you do. And where you started in the work world probably played a role in …

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2017's Top Peak Performance Trends

Company A and Company B both have great leaders. But Company A is seeing increased results, while Company B is stagnating. What’s the difference? …

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The Puzzle of Employee Motivation

In Jeff Goins’ best-selling book The Art of Work he describes our lives as the “whole body of work you make — including your job, your …

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How to fail running a performance review

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Gin & Tonic: 2 things that go together for professional development

The calibre of your employees’ performance impacts each part of your business. From day-to-day tasks to bigger decisions, your employees play a …

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How expensive are your meetings?

Meetings often become standard routine — without taking a closer look at what they achieve and how much they cost. Like any business expenditure, …

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11 easy-to-use apps for meetings

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The Savvy 10-Step Guide to Running a Meeting

Have you ever felt discouraged or frustrated when a meeting doesn’t achieve the results you’re looking for? Or worse: it heads wildly off-track and…

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9 hacks to heroic meetings

Meetings offer opportunity for collaboration, brainstorming, and communication. They can push your business forward and spark faster, more …

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Attract candidates like koala to eucalyptus

Sometimes a first impression is the only chance you get. To engage a new client, make a new friend — or attract a new candidate to work for you. …

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Candidate A, B, or C: who to choose?

A small finance team in Queensland interviewed three candidates for their open administrative position. They liked all three candidates and had a …

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Look within: 3 steps to building an internal employee referral program

Have you ever wondered how you can attract more talent to your company without tons of extra work? Do you have the perfect opportunity, but can’t …

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How to know (for sure) if someone is a high performer

Hiring the perfect candidate for your team is critical. And having an idea of what high performance looks like can mean the difference between your…

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Up staff pay? OR ____?

“Despite common perceptions, money is only a component of the motivation to stay and enjoy a job,” shares JD Rucker in a recent Business Insider …

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The how and why of salary benchmarking

Just as a volleyball team has a certain place or ranking within a league, companies can benchmark themselves against other similar companies. It's …

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6 tips for having easier salary review discussions

Salary reviews may seem like a touchy subject, but they don’t have to be. You can handle salary review requests and salary review expectations …

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Competitively positioning your compensation

Knowing how much to pay your staff and leaders can be tricky. You want to incentivise top performance in order to attract and retain top talent. …

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The secret social media ratio (to attract more staff and sales)

Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. LinkedIn. We've all seen stories of businesses blowing up using social. When done right, social media can be a …

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Capturing talent you want at your company

Imagine the perfect person for your team is looking for a new job... They’re after something different. They want to contribute and be a part of …

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Time for a digital detox

Halfway through the morning, you’ve already checked Facebook a few times, scrolled through Instagram, and Twitter, and read every email that’s …

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Your recruitment elevator pitch

According to McCrindle, a large Social Research organisation, the Australian national average in job tenure is: 3 years and 4 months, based on …

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Business Health Check Worksheets

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Why do you exist?

I hope and trust that 2017 has started smashingly. For you, and for your business! As we enter into a new year, we have the chance to relook at …

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The self managed employee

Did you know that many of the HR issues you handle daily could be self-managed by your staff? That’s right. With optimised processes and systems, …

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My #1 Loyalty Hack

Do you want them to be excited to work hard for you? Well - with this week’s article revealing my #1 loyalty hack - you can win the dedication and …

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5 handy hiring hacks

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Tools I can't live without

There are some things in life that shouldn’t be kept secret, and that’s how I feel about my time-saving tools. They are game-changers and …

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6 savvy time saving secrets

Do you have any tricks you use to save time? Aren’t you happy to have discovered those secrets? That’s how I feel about the time-saving tools and …

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Reflections : Your 2016 in review

New Year is a great time to re-evaluate and make resolutions... But we usually miss a key step in that process. We forget to truly reflect. Often …

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4 steps to creating an unstoppable vision for 2017

How’s your week going? Have you had a chance to complete last week’s exercises? In case you haven’t done the 5-minute exercises, you can find them…

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Reflections: your 2016 in review

New Year is a great time to re-evaluate and make resolutions... But we usually miss a key step in that process. We forget to truly reflect. Often …

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6 Unique Time-Saving Ideas

Do you have any tricks you use to save time? Aren’t you happy to have discovered those secrets? That’s how I feel about the time-saving tools …

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Tech tools I can't live without

There are some things in life that shouldn’t be kept secret, and that’s how I feel about my time-saving tools. They are game-changers and …

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5 handy hiring hacks

Finding the right fit for your team can be a lengthy and time-consuming process - but it doesn’t have to be. Several options are available to make…

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#1 loyalty hack

Do you want employees to trust you and stay loyal to you? Do you want them to be excited to work hard for you? Well - with this week’s article …

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The self managed employee

Did you know that many of the HR issues you handle daily could be self-managed by your staff? That’s right. With optimised processes and …

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Tips to switch off

Today life buzzes around us at the pace of a formula 1 race car. It can make our responsibilities and expectations feel so steep, that we can …

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Time for a digital detox

Halfway through the morning, you’ve already checked Facebook a few times, scrolled through Instagram, and Twitter, and read every email that’s …

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It’s OK to ask for help

I want to start this off with a story.=== Ronda manages a sales department at a mid-size products company. She's worked there for 15 years and …

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Learning to say no

If you're seeing what I'm seeing, you'll agree that these last few months have been among the craziest, busiest times on record. Confidence is in…

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Setting stretch goals to develop All Stars

Today I'd like to share one of my favourite strategies for developing staff. It's called setting stretch goals to develop All Stars. We've …

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Are annual performance reviews dead?

Are annual performance reviews dead? Is there still a place in today's ever-connected world for the annual performance review? Many high profile …

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Should you link pay to performance?

On the surface, paying for performance and incentivising employees monetarily may seem like a smart business approach. But effectively linking pay …

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5 things NOT to say in performance reviews

We enter performance review season with the best of intentions. And despite the typical resistance from employees (ranging from mild anxiety to …

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The problem with professional goal setting

Still reeling from the strong dose of Necker Island inspiration? If you're anything like me, learning about exciting entrepreneurs taking on the …

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Under the hood of Netflix, with CEO Marc Randolph

Today I'm peeling-back-the-covers and giving you an insider's look at the inner-workings of one of the hottest, most disruptive companies in the …

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Dancing zorba tabletop at Necker

Dancing the Zorba. On tabletop. At Necker Island. With Richard Branson on the table next to me!? * Not an experience I ever envisioned having! Let…

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What does 5 days with Richard Branson teach you?

Still pinching myself! I recently had the privilege of attending Igniting Possibilities: Building Purpose Led Businesses. A 5-day Leadership …

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"Challenge the impossible" - Sir R. Branson

Celebrating my 7th year in business and being my 40th birthday in November... I set out to make 2016 a year to live new experiences, see …

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Turning ideas into innovation plans

This month we've covered a lot of ground exploring innovation in business: Week 1: The principles - Google's 9 Principles of Innovation Week 2:…

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Coach your team to be idea machines!

It's common knowledge that if you put 10 staff members through the same experience, you'll get 10 different interpretations. That's why the …

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2 Modern Tools to Help You Innovate

In PWC’s 14th Annual Survey of over 1,200 CEOs, business leaders around the world were asked to name their #1 factor to sustainable business growth.…

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BespokeHR on the road!

From: Sunny Necker Island! Yes... *that* Necker Island!  Don't hate me! 😉 I've escaped the frosty Adelaide winter... To retreat to the warm …

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Synergy: getting more out of your team

What exactly is synergy? I simply define it as: Two singles that when combined, produce three (or more). A worthwhile goal, especially in the …

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Say these phrases to build the perfect team

In 2012, Google set out on what would become a 3-year project, code-named Project Aristotle, to discover what makes up the perfect team.  The …

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Is your team setup to succeed?

It's an all-too-common scenario: You've pulled out all the stops... Brought together some of the top individuals you could find... The team can …

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15 of my favourite team building games

Teams work better when they know, like and trust each other. This week to kick-off our Team Building topic, I'd like to present 15 of my favourite …

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Onboarding Checklist: Are you ready?

This month we've explored why you need a robust onboarding process. We've discussed the quantifiable benefits of an onboarding process, including: …

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Reduce Employee Turnover

Nothing. And I mean nothing... Frustrates like: Investing weeks and weeks searching for the right candidate Spending thousands in advertising,…

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_________ = motivated & successful staff.

It's a simple formula. ... backed by countless studies... Organisational research has clearly shown THIS as a predictor of: Increased job …

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7 wonderful ways to welcome new staff

Today we'll explore how you can make new hires feel really special. You know... Connected. Valued. Excited to be part of the team. Because …

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First day, 9:00am

You don't get a second chance to make a _____ __________. Picture this... It's 9:00am Monday morning. Your new hire, all bright-eyed and …

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Dealing with 'work stress'

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” - Sydney J. Harris  So many people commented in last week's survey that they're over-worked…

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The Skinny on Recruitment Agencies

Now that we've talked ALL about attracting talent... Hopefully you feel a little more comfortable looking at recruiting your next staff superstar! …

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Pick me! Pick me!

You're looking to recruit quality staff, yet the odds are stacked against you... Neither blessed with a big-budget, nor a sexy, in-demand role or …

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Recruiting for Attitude versus Skill

You're reviewing candidates for a new role in the company... There's the candidate with the right technical ability and track record, but their …

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Attracting candidates (in talent short markets)

Back in September we ran the BespokeHR Community survey, and I asked your number #1 HR challenge... Many of you responded with: "I need help …

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Panic! We need...

Are you in the same boat as most of my clients and colleagues? Fighting the February frenzy and just hoping March will settle down to give you some…

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5 Steps to Installing Culture

Ok, so I'll admit it. The world of HR isn't always a walk in the park. With hairy topics like: Holding onto star employees (while dealing with…

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How it's done...

If you've been following my Workplace Culture articles this month, you've learnt... The secret sauce to culture... (all that makes up the 'vibe' …

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Claim your culture!

Elon Musk ruffled feathers last year when he called Apple "Tesla's graveyard". Only half jokingly, he was referring to Apple hiring the engineers …

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Rate Your Culture

What if I asked you to rate your workplace culture? Where would your company sit... Are your employees thriving in their roles, committed to a …

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Need a mentor?

This month we've focused on supporting business growth. If you've taken part by completing the growth planning exercises, you've now mapped out …

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Will you commit?

You guessed it! It’s time to pull out your notebook again. With the end of the year approaching, I want to make this article especially impactful.…

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The untold 'change' story behind Youtube's success...

The Hidden Factor Behind YouTube's Success Right time, right place.  Great leadership.  Exciting vision.  Phrases like these are tossed around …

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You got this?

Preparing for growth (a people perspective)  So you're ready to become the next Steve Jobs? If you've been running a small business and you're …

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Workforce Planning 101: Having the right staff at the right time

What is Workforce Planning and why is it important? Let's imagine I hold in my hand a magic wand. Because you're one of my favourites, I'm going to…

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Thank you!

Thank You! Firstly, I would like to say a very big thank you!! This year has been BespokeHR’s busiest year and we couldn’t have done it without our…

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To give or not to give...

One of your team have decided to move on... And now they're asking for a reference. It's not like they were the worst employee in the world... …

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Sorry...

... this just isn't working.  If you've been following December's focus on poor fit employees, you may have come to a difficult decision …

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😒😡😭 Is this YOU?

Tell me if this sounds like you? ...You've stopped asking your team to do things (as you believe the only way to do things right is to do them …

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Mindset: Biz Owner VS Poor Employee

Wow, we blinked and December arrived! With end of year looming and the holiday season ahead, we're about to enjoy some much-needed space to take a …

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Which celebrity leader are you?

Based on DISC personality principles, this fun quiz assesses your leadership style and tells you which celebrity leader you are! Join over 700 …

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Leadership Quiz: How did you compare?

With this month's focus on leadership, I thought I'd have a little fun with you all and create the Celebrity Leader Quiz. In the last 20 days we've…

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Disruptive Board? Take these 4 steps...

The right board can be a powerful asset to your business... Keeping strategy on point. Overseeing managerial performance. Ensuring controls, …

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5 Gens in 1 Workplace?

For the first time in history, workplaces may soon have five different generations working together. Whether this is cohesive, happy and …

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200,000 fell under a spell...

Over 200,000 squashed into the area, watching on eagerly, nodding in agreement, shouting in support... Millions more following live from around the…

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Employee Motivation Hacks

Pull a lever and motivate employees. Seems like a fantasy, right? Like the idea of self-driving cars sounded just a few decades ago. Yet, earlier…

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HR Lesson From Houdini

The Chinese Water Torture Cell. September 21st, 1912. Berlin, Germany - Harry Houdini introduces the world to what would become his most …

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How to keep top performers

"My top performer is already on the highest salary bracket and still wants more. How do I keep them?" So you have a high performer with more than 5 …

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4 Steps to Creating an Unstoppable Vision for 2017

How’s your week going? Have you had a chance to complete last week’s exercises? In case you haven’t done the 5-minute exercises, you can find them…

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Will you commit

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11 of my favourite Interview Questions to ask?

Finding the right person to join your Company and team can be confronting and time consuming. Most interviewers will make 50% of the call within the…

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Seriously…is time travelling faster or are we all just getting insanely busier?

Being busy is a good and fortunate thing for businesses and professionals but this question has been raised pretty frequently around my circles this…

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8 Ways Leaders can earn Trust

Authentic leadership relies on persuasion and persuasion relies on trust. Trust is the most important asset that any organisation, brand, product, …

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5 Essential Habits of Remarkably Effective People

As I walked out of the gym today, I saw the sign “Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going. Creating great habits are …

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Feeling overwhelmed?….Time to look at what to Stop, Start, Keep and Fix

While these short weeks with public holidays are great breaks, from a business perspective, they provide less days to do the work that still needs …

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Performance & Development Reviews – what should you think about before implementing or updating your process?

Quite regularly, I am asked by Clients to help them with their performance review systems. Here are a few questions to consider that I generally …

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5 things to consider in relation to Reward and Recognition programs

At the end of the day, our employees are telling us they want more than just a competitive salary to feel motivated in the workplace. They want to …

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20 People Trends to be aware of in the Workplace

Below are 20 trends/issues that I am seeing in the workplace either starting to creep in or will increasingly become bigger issues for Employers.  …

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Thirteen 2020 Leadership Qualities

In a world where we are becoming more global, more digitally able, transparent, emotionally charged and have faster speeds of innovation, here are …

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List for Living….what would yours look like?

After a year that has already started with some early tragedies around the world and closer to home and with one of my young coaching clients asking…

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7 Biggest Small to Medium sized businesses’ (SME’s) headaches when it comes to people!

Do you feel like you are spending all of your time managing people issues rather than running your business? Are you sick of losing the people you …

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11 things to do BEFORE you think about Recruitment

Effective Recruitment starts way before you think about promoting a vacancy! If you are possibly thinking of recruiting this year, here are 11 …

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8 tips to handle that difficult, underperforming employee?

Upon popular request for this particular topic…..here it is. If you would like any other tips on topics, please do not hesitate to let me know and I…

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10 work time wasters and how to avoid them

Professional Services who charge by the 6-minute block (or less) are normally very good at being effective time managers (as they are very aware of…

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5 tips to help you be more productive and a better time manager in 2015

As we start a new year, normally there a number of new priorities and projects about to start. It is normally the perfect time to plan out your …

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Here is to your fabulous 2015! Tips to Setting Effective Goals

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to my clients, friends and supporters for all of your support over 2014. I really …

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Corporate gift ideas for staff and clients - What are you doing to say thank you?

As we lead into Christmas I thought this e-newsletter may be appropriate! WHAT!!!!! Less than 1 month until Christmas. If you are anything like me,…

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The first 180 Days of employment 10 Things to closely review

So, you have now made a decision to hire someone (after reading the article “How to hire the right person”). The first 6 months of employment is …

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Reference Checks – How important are they? Tips for employers and candidates

How important are Reference Checks? Do we actually need to do them? Let me answer this straight away. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! And yet in my experience,…

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10 Tips on how to hire the right person for your organisation?

Welcome to my series of weekly blogs to help answer some queries you may have in relation to hiring, managing and developing your team. The first 3…

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Want to be a better Manager? – You need to learn how to give and receive “Feedback”

Do you want to have a happy team, low staff turnover, no industrial employee action and no bullying or harassment issues in addition to being able to…
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What’s your new employees first 120 days like? Have you ‘attached them’ to the organisation?

What’s your new employees first 120 days like? Have you ‘attached them’ to the organisation? Here are some Tips to add to your Induction / onboarding…
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Employee Engagement / Disengagement is costing your organisation

4 out of 10 employees are disengaged. This article describes what drives employee engagement so that you can re-engage your staff.
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8 General Success Tips that I follow

If we are in control of our thinking, which impacts our emotions which influences our actions…..why are we all not terribly happy …
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20 Effective Success Strategies

Paulette’s Summary Points from Brian Tracy Business Mastery Conference held in San Diego, California
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Setting Effective Goals

Forget New Years resolutions which are once off high level promises that tend not to be kept…Have you set your goals for the year yet?……If not, below…
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The People Side of Restructuring – 12 Key Tips to Restructuring

“Restructuring” can be seen as a dirty word. If carried out successfully, it can be the critical piece in ensuring ongoing business success and can …
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Our email address is: 
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