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Unemployment rate lowest in half a decade

Unemployment rate lowest in half a decade

The latest labour force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed the trend unemployment rate was 5.4% in the month of June 2018, making it the lowest rate in over five years. Chief Economist for the ABS, Bruce Hockman stated “over the year to June, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points. This continues a

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How To Create A Leading Safety Culture

How To Create A Leading Safety Culture

In order for businesses to provide safe environments for their employees, it’s important that an effective safety culture is established. The importance of safety in the workplace has rightfully been on the rise in past years. In 2004-05 there were 135,515 reported serious injury claims throughout Australia, a figure that dropped to 113,965 in 2013-14. Similarly, the number of workplace

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Thinking Christmas In July? Before You Get The Booze Out, Read This

Thinking Christmas In July? Before You Get The Booze Out, Read This

We’ve all heard enough horror stories of work functions going wrong to know that generally, alcohol and the workplace don’t mix. Research reveals that up to 15% of workplace injuries worldwide are attributed to drug and alcohol use. Closer to home, stats show that approximately 90% of the Australian work force consumes alcohol and, alcohol costs Australian workplaces an estimated

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Rise in Apprenticeship commencements for December 2017 Quarter

Rise in Apprenticeship commencements for December 2017 Quarter

According to the latest national apprentice and trainee data, there is a rise in the number of people commencing apprenticeship and traineeship. Apprentices and trainees 2017 – December quarter, published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), provides a national picture of apprenticeship and traineeship activity and includes both quarterly and annual figures that can be broken down

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Cyber Security Is Not Just A Big Business Problem

Cyber Security Is Not Just A Big Business Problem

When we think of cyber security, the first thing that comes to mind is usually data breaches on big businesses. Companies like Facebook and Uber have been subject to cyber-attacks, with the Uber data breach affecting 57 million users. However, cyber security is not just a big business problem with the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report revealing that 61% of

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Unemployment falls to 5.4% despite the loss of 20,600 full time jobs

Unemployment falls to 5.4% despite the loss of 20,600 full time jobs

Despite the loss of 20,600 full time jobs, there was an overall increase of 12,000 jobs in the month of May this year. This was owing to an increase of 32,600 part time jobs according to the latest data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistic’ (ABS). Unemployment fell by 0.2 per cent while the underemployment rate also fell

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The Weirdest Ways To Quit Your Job (And Are They Legal?)

The Weirdest Ways To Quit Your Job (And Are They Legal?)

The Weirdest Ways To Quit Your Job (And Are They Legal?) We’ve all heard stories of weird ways people have quit their jobs and chuckled a little at the theatrics of it all. Think of the woman who quit via interpretive dance or the one who sent her notice via cake; these actions are the ultimate symbols of pettiness that

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Employees Not Showing Up For Work? Here’s How To Manage It

Employees Not Showing Up For Work? Here’s How To Manage It

Unexpected absenteeism is not cheap for businesses. In fact, unplanned absence is estimated to cost businesses $2,741 per employee, per annum and, with an average of 8.8 days of absence per employee per year, this is a cost that no business wants to wear. The direct costs of absenteeism such as paid wages, replacement workers and overtime pay are obvious.

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Should You Be Friends With Your Staff On Facebook?

Should You Be Friends With Your Staff On Facebook?

According to research, as many as 1.6 million Aussie workers say they’ve regretted inviting their boss or colleague to be a friend online. With the lines between personal and professional lives increasingly becoming blurred thanks to digital technologies, it raises the question- should you be friends with your staff on Facebook? Most of our time is spent surrounded by our

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What You Need To Know About Motivating Your Employees



What You Need To Know About Motivating Your Employees



Research suggests that less than half of employed adults think they are working at their peak performance level most of the time and 42% of Australian workers are only “somewhat satisfied” with their job. If our employees aren’t engaged and motivated at work, productivity levels will be down so it’s no surprise that the estimated cost of employee disengagement is

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