From Flipping Pizza to Flipping to the Cloud and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

From Flipping Pizza to Flipping to the Cloud and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

Like most of us, my first exposure to the day-to-day operations of a business came from working part-time as a teenager. I was flipping pizzas at the local shop and, thinking back on it, that was where my experience in workforce management really started. By Damien Chambers.

Summit Insights: Packaged Solutions Strategy

Summit Insights: Packaged Solutions Strategy

Presence of IT’s Gordon Laverock explains how the business’s leadership recognized several years ago the need to evolve away from traditional project-based revenue toward packaged solutions that customers increasingly found appealing. “We were telling the market how much it costs, how long to implement. If you drill that in, building a statement of work, the sales process starts accelerating,” Laverock said.

Top 9 tips for implementing HR technology (and avoiding tears)

Top 9 tips for implementing HR technology (and avoiding tears)

I spend most of my working day advising clients on all things HR technology. I hear when they have great successes and when they've come to us frustrated and needing advice. In my experience, I've seen clients taking the cheapest option and know it's going to end in tears and I've also seen plenty of brilliantly managed projects too. By Presence of IT’s Sarah Wojciechowski.

Culture, Tech & Environment – our key takeaways from the Employee Experience Summit

Culture, Tech & Environment – our key takeaways from the Employee Experience Summit

It’s the hottest topic on the HR plate right now, and the Employee Experience Summit in Melbourne was a fantastic learning experience.  The overlay of culture, technology and environment provides a complex and fascinating landscape for today’s human resources leaders.  High engagement is a direct line to company performance, and with a room full of c-suite HR professionals, there was no shortage to thought-provoking discussions.

39 HR activities Drive Employee Engagement... It's not about the T-shirt

39 HR activities Drive Employee Engagement... It's not about the T-shirt

Rob Scott: “I've never been a fan of the term "Employee Engagement", mostly because it is a narrow view of the collective of people, teams and other contributors who constitute the total workforce. It also seems somewhat 'one-sided' with remnants of master-servant and power-mongering innuendos which evokes memories of Deming’s ‘Red Bead’ experiment where employees were subjugated under the guise of effective management systems.”

HR the engine that drives workplace culture

HR the engine that drives workplace culture

Sometimes, when we talk about workplace culture, there’s a tendency to detach ourselves from it. It’s just a general feeling or idea that “just exists” in an office or worksite, outside of anyone’s real control. There could be a charismatic leader who encourages certain kinds of behaviour, or there could be a pervading sense of “this is how we do things around here” from long-serving employees. The truth, however, is that HR is the engine that drives workplace culture.

6 ways your manual payroll system could be increasing your risk profile

6 ways your manual payroll system could be increasing your risk profile

Bill Gates once said: “Business is a money game with few rules and a lot of risk.” It’s absolutely true of course.  But while in some aspects of the business world risk-taking is associated with audacity and big rewards, there are other instances where taking risks offers no pay-offs.  One instance in which risk should be avoided at all costs is your payroll system.

Best of the best: driving success through performance management

Best of the best: driving success through performance management

The links between well-designed performance management and organisational success are well established, but there’s still an ongoing debate about the best approach. We know from research conducted by SAP SuccessFactors that the best performance management systems are those which are tailored to an organisation’s unique workforce characteristics including their culture, industry requirements and available resources.