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 ...

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 ...

20 Jun 2013

Assessment
Our previous post Organisations are reaping the benefits of psychometric assessments summarised the outcomes of recent research by a leading organisational research firm which revealed the relationship between HR success and the use of psychometric assessment tools.This post provides more information about the ways successful organisations use psychometric tools and incorporate them ...

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...

24 Sep 2012

Report Reveals
A report by the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Talent pipeline draining growth: Connecting human capital to the growth agenda has found that failing to draw on the talent and expertise of employees can result in significant difficulties with growing the business and reaching financial targets.CGMA surveyed over 300 CEO's, CFO's and HR Directors and found that almost h...

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...

20 Aug 2012

Hidden Cost
A recent research poll of Australian workers has found that more than 80% of Australian employees feel disengaged and work, with more than 20% being actively disengaged, that is behaving in ways that are actively harmful to the organisation.  They estimated that disengagement costs Australian organisations at least $33.5 Billion a year in lost productivity.  It also has other negative so...

26 Oct 2010

Unskilled
Finding amply qualified candidates to fulfil a specific job description and skill set is not always the simple task. When you ask whether or not a candidate is proficient in a particular skill, you will most likely receive the answer you are looking for: yes. However, surveys have implicated that 1/3 of job candidates tell little white lies during the recruitment process. How do you know...

29 Sep 2009

Time Management
Published in the Sydney Morning Herald.Out of Time?Researchers at the University of Sydney's Department of Psychology have found that being a good time manager is closely related to how conscientious a person is, and that this may be a personality trait rather than a skill one can acquire. Good time managers are also likely to be early birds, and slightly more prone to worrying....