The HR Architect “HR Communique” – 6 September 2013

Issue 5 | Number 4 | 6 September 2013

HR Communiqué 

(News and Updates from The HR Architect)

BUILDING GREAT PEOPLE … FASTER

HRC NEWS

Not For Profit (NFP) Conference Melbourne – August 2013

NFP-conferencePassionate people are the fabric of what makes the third sector work and that attracting, training and retaining extraordinary staff and volunteers is more important that ever for NFP organisations (Michael Cebon, General Manager and Founder Ethical Jobs).

The Melbourne Conference happened on 27 – 28 August 2013 with over 30 great speakers from across Australia and beyond, presenting to over 200 attendees.  The conference presented the latest trends and forecasts to assist HR managers in making more informed and effective HR decisions.  General topics covered:

  • Best practice recruitment;
  • Leadership/training – prepare staff to take on future leadership roles and access crucial training;
  • Managing people well – inspire your team to perform and deal with challenges in the workplace
  • Health and wellbeing – implement workplace health and wellbeing strategies;
  • HR’s role in implementing ideas to improve staff retention. Read More

HR PICKS – THE BEST FROM THE WEB

Latest Content from WWW

Time Off For Charity Work Can Improve Retention

Employers who allow their employees additional annual leave to complete charity work during office hours are more likely to keep their workforce, according to a growing body of research.

A recent survey found some 50% of workers believe they would be more likely to stay with an employer that allows its workforce time to work or raise money for charities during working hours, and that one in ten employees say they would leave a less charitable company and take a “significant pay cut” to move somewhere which allowed them time off during work hours to do volunteer work.  Read More

NEWS AND EVENTS

Gender Diversity: How To Get It Right, Randstad Women In Business Breakfast, Brisbane

INDUSTRY UPDATES

HR Are You Ready?  Queensland Economy Bright Despite Mining Downturn

The Queensland mining boom is far from over.  That is the message from Deloitte Access Economics analysts who have predicted a bright future for the state’s economy, despite a major downturn in the resources sector in the past financial year.  Discovery Metals Limited and PanAust Limited both lost more than half a billion dollars last year, while Maverick Drilling and Exploration were down nearly $330 million, Deloitte’s annual Queensland index revealed.DRAGLINE

However, Ian Harper of Deloitte Access Economics said the Queensland economy was presently experiencing short-term pain as the resources industry shifted from an investment to export phase.  “The export phase is just starting to pick up and that is slated to last for decades,” Professor Harper said.  “The real economy is slowing but we are not talking about recession but the gear shift from phase one to phase two.”  He said Queensland was expected to continue suffering short-term economic pain but recovery was predicted from late 2013.  Read More

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and the HR Communique.  Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

Contact Tony at thehrarchitect@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

NFP People Conference Melbourne 2013

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Introduction

Passionate people are the fabric of what makes the third sector work and that attracting, training and retaining extraordinary staff and volunteers is more important that ever for NFP (Not For Profit) organisations (Michael Cebon, General Manager and Founder Ethical Jobs).

Snapshot

The conference took place in Melbourne on 27-28 August 2013 with over 30 great speakers from across Australia and beyond presenting to over 200 attendees.

The conference presented the latest trends and forecasts to assist HR managers in making more informed and effective HR decisions.  General topics covered:

  • Best practice recruitment
  • Leadership & training – prepare staff to take on future leadership roles and access essential training;
  • Managing people well – inspire your team to perform and deal with challenges in the workplace
  • Health & wellbeing – implement workplace health and wellbeing strategies
  • HR’s place in organisational strategy – ideas to improve your organisation’s culture to help keep staff for longer.

Setting the Scene

The Health and Community Services Workforce is predicted to grow by up to 77% over the next 12 years to 2025, according to a new report from the government funded Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council.  But that growth will bring “dire, unprecedented workforce challenges” without urgent action.  The Australian community and health workforce currently accounts for 12% of the country’s entire workforce and employs over 1.35 million workforce throughout Australia.

With Australia’s ageing population, there will be a related increased demand and expectation for demand services;  and recent federal government reforms to promote consumer-directed funding, will drive a marked increase in the demand for care services.  Care services including aged care, mental health, children’s services, disability care and indigenous services will face significant challenges that will not be met if the industry is unable to respond to the changing industry.

Inspirational Conference Speakers – Making an Extra Difference

(Dr) Bob Brown – it is amazing what Bob Brown has achieved in the NFP sector and is a true leader with much to share through his stories.

(Dr) Lois Frankel – an aspiring leader helping women  succeed in work and life.

Chris Kotour – inspirational, challenging speaker and leader in residence from Leadership Victoria. Chris shared her valuable experience and futurist argument of the NFP playing field.

Nick Moraitis – six ways to improve your organisation’s marketing to attract prospective employees. A goldmine full of information.

Kon Karapanagiotidis – no words to describe the achievements of Kon at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – it is amazing with over 900 volunteers and counting.

Key Takeaways and Trends

My 3 Top Conference Take-aways:

  • The urgent action required by CEO’s/Boards/HR Managers to engage and start implementing succession planning;
  • Developing women as leaders as 80% of Australia’s community sector workforce are women; and
  • Implementing formal programs to reward and recognise the contribution of volunteers across all generations – Gen Y through to Baby Boomers and Builders.

The Future

This conference has provided the conversation from where the NFP can take direction in meeting the challenges of the future.  Looking forward to next years conference which will build upon the success of the 2103 conference.  Bring it on!

Graphics: Ethical Jobs

About the Author. To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Communique.  Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

Contact Tony at thehrarchitect@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

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