06 Dec 2018

Anytime Interview PC
As of 2017, there were 4.8 candidates for each entry-level job available.Statistics are a bit more in favour of the candidate for jobs that are above entry-level.Either way, when you advertise a job opportunity, you'll no doubt get inundated with prospective employees. You may try and save your organisation some time by putting one person in charge of the screening process, and t...

15 Jul 2018

Multitasking
When dividing attention between two tasks (Multitasking), people need to find the most efficient ways of allocating their attentional or processing resources between the tasks. It is reasonable to presume that people with higher levels of intelligence will be better able to allocate their processing resources efficiently. This was investigated in a study by Ben-Shakhar and Sheffer. Read ...

04 Jun 2018

Personality Assessment
In the world of personality assessment there are numerous tools that are used to measure and understand personality. A trait approach to personality has been in existence since the early 1900's, and it has been the aim of many researchers to identify which are the most useful underlying factors to consider - with numerous studies dedicated to this topic.Many of the largest and most r...

04 Jun 2018

Navigating
The rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has created numerous opportunities for more flexible work options, also called telework. A report by Deloitte Access Economics predicted that flexible work created by the NBN would be one of the biggest structural changes to the labour market this decade, creating an additional 25,000 jobs by 2020. The research also found that almost 50...

21 Aug 2013

Employee Engagement
The importance of employee engagement has been discussed in previous posts. Recent research indicates that nowhere is employee engagement more important than in professional services firms. While these firms are necessarily primarily client focused, ultimately the success of professional services firms relies on the success of their employees' work. And the most successful employees are ...

01 Jul 2013

Employee Retention
Research by the American Psychological Association has found that workers are more likely to stay with employers when there is alignment between their values/interests and those of the organisation. They found that these factors were more important than remuneration and benefits.The Workforce Retention Survey, conducted with American workers aged 18 years and above, examined a range ...

27 May 2013

Mental Assessment
Organisations are continually looking for tools and techniques to help them make better hiring and promotion decisions, as well as for ways to set themselves apart in the search for talent. A 2011 survey by Aberdeen revealed the high prevalence and impressive benefits of psychometric assessments as part of a talent recruitment and development programs, particularly in an era when many or...

27 May 2013

Underperformance
Underperforming employees can be very costly to organisations. A 2009 article in the  Australian Financial Review found that unproductive employees can cost Australian businesses up to approximately $33 billion a year!A primary reason for underperformance is a poor fit between the employee's skills and interests and the needs of the organisation. Another related reason is managers no...

15 Mar 2013

Job Skill Test
Skills tests assess skill levels of applicants or employees on a variety of topics and areas that are important in the workplace. These may include typing and data entry, Microsoft Office and other commonly used software tools, Web development and basic literacy and numeracy skills, to name just a few.There are a number of key advantages to using well designed skills tests as part of...

18 Feb 2013

Minimizing Impact
Distractions such as telephone calls, emails, online notifications and colleagues stopping by for a chat, or even the time it takes to try to remove such distractions, are part and parcel of the modern workplace. We tend to take it for granted that long periods of uninterrupted work are few and far between.Recent research has shown that this can have quite a damaging effect on produc...