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The 21st Century Workforce

By Darren Stevenson, Extend Managing Director. Published in Business First Magazine April/May 2015 edition. The modern work environment has added some new language in the last few decades. Most of the new lingo refers to the explosion of information technology in the modern era. However one new phrase that isn’t IT related is ‘working from home’.   Still not well accepted in a handful
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Helping your school community adapt to change

By Darren Stevenson, Extend Managing Director   When we’re in charge of a new initiative where success involves the buy in of others, our dream outcome is that instantly people will line up to support the cause. In reality though all change is met with some resistance. Understanding why this resistance occurs and predicting when it will occur can help us smooth the waters
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Help Wanted, Apply Within…

By Darren Stevenson. Published in Business First Magazine April/May 2015 edition.   In modern business, traditional HR techniques are becoming obsolete. We’re evolving from hiring individuals to complete tasks to establishing talented and flexible high performance teams. With more professionals opting for two or more careers in their lifetime, there’s a growing pool of people who offer multiple skills. As the younger generation moves
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How to have a great day

Humans are driven by emotions. We like to think we’re all logically driven. But when we weigh up the pros and cons of everything from buying a family home to accepting a job offer, we do so mostly through the use of our emotions. Our reactions to others and theirs to us, have a far-reaching impact both emotionally and physically. Like the exchange of
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Ten Tips for People Managers

Casey Stengel said “The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.” It’s true that people management isn’t a popularity contest. However, to be likeable certainly doesn’t hurt. Here are some tips for management success. 1. CREATE VISION Help your team build a vision for their future. If they have a desirable
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It’s all about our staff

We all want to feel inspired to grow and succeed, both personally and professionally. Engagement is the term used to describe the inspiration and commitment we feel in the workplace. Most organisations recognise that increased employee engagement provides an instrumental advantage in the workplace. So, how do you help your staff harness their commitment and motivation in order to become more engaged? Engagement results
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How to deal with Staff Conflict – Part 2

How do you manage job-related staff conflict? Read the article here on the 3 steps you can follow.


How to deal with Staff Conflict – Part 1

What do you do when you have two (or more!) employees that don’t get along? Learn 3 steps to manage this.


Government schools in SA: How to outsource OSHC

The above information and more can be found at the following links and resources: DECD, Third Party Providers Update DECD, Engaging Third Party Provider SAASSO, Outsourcing OSHC


Waiting lists in childcare?

In some areas in Australia, and across the globe, parents are camping outside their school or childcare centre in order to secure a place for after school care. For those who miss out, their child is placed on a waiting list that is so ridiculously long, they may never have access to the service. Why is this happening? This situation is created by two
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