15 Nov 2013

English
TOEFL Junior testing tool offers world-standard testing methodology to cope with large increase in school students learning English as a second language.With students from non-English speaking backgrounds now estimated at around 30% of school enrolments in Australia, teachers are demanding a more effective means of placing new students into appropriate language programs.With the ...

21 Aug 2013

Training
In Australia, on average 15 percent of all school students come from a non-English speaking background. In some states it is much higher: in New South Wales this figure is almost 25 percent English Second Language Students, as it is in the Northern Territory, and in Victoria it is 20 percent. According to Adriano Truscott, president of the Australian Council of TESOL (Teachers of English...

04 Feb 2013

Protect Business
As the business world becomes more diverse and expands across national boundaries, concerns about security and integrity in the workplace have never been higher. Stakeholder expectations for ethical business operations continue to rise, placing more responsibility on organisations to employ people who have high ethical standards.To safeguard their organisations, many organisations in...

12 Nov 2012

Job Performance
In the Australian work context, together with other similar individualistic Western countries (such as the USA and UK), job performance is typically assessed in terms of task (in-role) behaviour - i.e., how well an employee performs their duties;  organisational citizenship behaviour - i.e., going 'above and beyond' role requirements such as helping other employees with their workload; a...

05 Nov 2012

Learning Skills
A recently released report outlining the findings of Deloitte's 2012 Bribery and Corruption survey reveals that organisations in Australia and New Zealand may be ill-equipped to identify and manage corruption and bribery risk.The survey was completed by 390 organisations from Australia and New Zealand, including publicly listed companies, Australian subsidiaries of foreign companies, p...

22 Oct 2012

Dr Brad Dolph
In our efforts to ensure that we offer the most up-to-date, empirically based, well-researched tools available, we are constantly doing research and market-place testing of our new assessment tools.We even go to China!In an earlier blog we introduced the Multi-Tasks test, an empirically based competing tasks measure with a long history in job selection research that is particular...

10 Oct 2012

Skilled Job Seekers
Australia's immigration policy had long focused largely on accepting highly-skilled migrants. Seeking workers with outstanding skills and qualifications that are lacking in Australia aims to address specific skill shortages and enhances the size and skill level of the Australian labour force.In the 2012-13 period Australia accepted approximately 190,000 migrants. 68 percent of these,...

10 Sep 2012

Employee Retention
Thursday 13 September is National R U OK? Day.R U OK? Day is a national mental health day on the second Thursday of September to encourage Australians to connect with their colleagues/employees by asking them: Are you okay?One in five people experience depression at some point in their lives. That means that approximately 4 million Australians will suffer from depression. More th...

03 Sep 2012

Legal Issues
When hiring senior executives, a lot of time and attention tends to be given to perfecting the remuneration package.  A leading workplace law and strategy firm warns that it is important to give equal attention to exit strategies, to avoid costly legal battles if the relationship sours.One aspect of the exit/departure process that is often disputed when senior executives move on is t...

15 Aug 2012

Woman Working
One of the most important issues in the current labour market is the ageing of Australia's workforce. There are not enough Generation X's and Yers to replace the retiring baby boomers (BBs). However, this is not necessarily cause for concern as over the last decade we have seen a big increase in the number of BBs working past traditional retirement age (60-65 years).In 2000 approxima...