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Reducing Staff Turnover in Your Business

Reducing Staff Turnover in Your Business

Managing Staff Turnover “Clients do not come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.” Sir Richard Branson According to leading human resource consultancy firm Harrisons, depending on the size of your business, the total costs of replacing an employee varies from 30-150% of their salary. This cost includes replacement costs, re-training costs

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Strange interview questions and how to answer them!

Strange interview questions and how to answer them!

What happens though when you get asked a ‘curve-ball’ question you really weren’t expecting? The important thing to remember is that while the question may seem funny or odd, there is usually a reason behind it. Your answer allows the interviewer to get to know you better, your personality, your creativity and your ability to think on your feet. Here

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10 Steps To Personal And Professional Goal Setting

10 Steps To Personal And Professional Goal Setting

You’re probably no stranger to setting goals. Whether it’s something work related like getting a promotion, or something more personal like losing weight, we’ve all set goals at some point. Even our long forgotten New Year’s resolutions can be classified as a type of goal, as can our desire to get through our to-do list before the end of the

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7 Ways to Overcome Anxiety in the Workplace

7 Ways to Overcome Anxiety in the Workplace

With an average of one in four people experiencing anxiety at some stage in their life, it’s no surprise that Aussies are experiencing anxiety in the workplace. This has a massive impact not only on the individual, but on the business with 92% of serious work-related mental health condition claims being attributed to mental stress and one in five Australians

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5 Apprenticeships And Traineeships With Thousands Of Jobs Available Right Now

5 Apprenticeships And Traineeships With Thousands Of Jobs Available Right Now

With university degrees no longer rewarding students with a guarantee of full-time work, there’s a greater need for alternate education and employment pathways. Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to train people in occupations and industries that are experiencing high demand. For businesses, hiring apprentices and trainees is a great option because it involves taking on workers that are

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Ways To Cope With Sensory Overload

Ways To Cope With Sensory Overload

Open plan workplaces have boasted increased collaboration, improved comradery, greater transparency and a more productive workplace. However, it has been suggested that employees are one third as productive in open office designs as in quiet rooms. While increased collaboration and room to work together with colleagues appears to make sense on paper, there seems to be very little evidence to

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Experiencing Anxiety At Work? 5 Tips To Help You Through The Day

Experiencing Anxiety At Work? 5 Tips To Help You Through The Day

Everyone is familiar with feeling stressed at work. Whether it’s because we have a deadline looming, an important meeting coming up or a busy period in the year- feeling stressed at work is not uncommon. Most of this stress is manageable and doesn’t pose a significant problem to the average worker. However, when this stress is ongoing and excessive, or

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Full-time work continues to rise in Australia

Full-time work continues to rise in Australia

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this month have shown that seasonally adjusted employment has increased by 44,000 jobs, with 33,700 of those positions being full time. This rise in jobs has meant that full time employment has increased by 202,100 since August 2017. The Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, said

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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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Australia Added More Jobs but Unemployment Increases

Australia Added More Jobs but Unemployment Increases

Australia’s job growth has hit an all-time historic high with four decades of consecutive monthly growth, the longest unbroken period of growth recorded since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) started collecting data back in 1978. However, although there are more jobs it did not stop the unemployment rate creeping up slightly to 5.5% during December 2017. Snapshot (seasonally adjusted

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Back to Work and $20,000 Youth Boost expanded to South East QLD

Back to Work and $20,000 Youth Boost expanded to South East QLD

From July 1, the existing Back to Work program available in regional Queensland will be extended to employers who take on a long-term unemployed or a young unemployed job seeker aged 15-24 years in the South East. This will support up to 1,500 new jobs in the South East, with eligible employers in line for support payments of up to $20,000

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Hard work and dedication pays off for Dianne

Hard work and dedication pays off for Dianne

Mature age employee Dianne Smith has never been one to shy away from hard work. The Cairns local had been previously unemployed for two years in Melbourne but has now found her feet in the tropical north after securing full time work in a field she has always enjoyed. With the help of CoAct BUSY At Work Employment Consultant, Jessica Campbell and Placement Officer, jobactive, Jason Meyer, Dianne is now working 40 hours a week as a cleaner with respected local business, Abelia Cleaning.

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Darien thrives in administration traineeship following Work for the Dole Program

Darien thrives in administration traineeship following Work for the Dole Program

Mackay local Darien Andrews is positive proof that being a participant in a Working for the Dole (WfD) program can be a meaningful and life changing experience. The 21 year old signed up for a Work for the Dole activity at the Pioneer Tennis Club in September last year and is relishing the opportunity to learn new business skills in an office environment. BUSY At Work, Work for the Dole Coordinator, Kristy Gostelow said Darien had performed so well at the club that he was offered a traineeship on 30 January this year a

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National unemployment jumps to 5.9 per cent – QLD loses 11,500 jobs

National unemployment jumps to 5.9 per cent – QLD loses 11,500 jobs

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today showed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2017 increased by 0.2 percentage points to 5.9 per cent. Queensland observed the largest increase in unemployment rate (0.4 percentage points). Queensland also saw the largest decrease in employment (down 11,500 jobs).

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BUSY helps Daniel find a new career helping others

BUSY helps Daniel find a new career helping others

In September last year Daniel Newell was at a low point in his life. With a wife and two children to support, the future was looking very uncertain with Daniel unable to secure regular work to make ends meet. After connecting with Jason Meyer, BUSY At Work’s Job Placement Officer for Smithfield, Mareeba and Atherton, Daniel was able to turn his life around and is now working full time in a new career which is not only financially rewarding but one he is passionate about. In the lead up to meeting Jason, Daniel ha

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Gold Coast 101 Campaign takes the lead around Australia

Gold Coast 101 Campaign takes the lead around Australia

With Gold Coast’s youth unemployment sitting around 12% in November last year, leading provider of employment and apprenticeship services BUSY At Work was determined not to take it sitting down. BUSY joined forces with Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training and local Federal Member Karen Andrews to call on Gold Coast employers to help resolve this growing trend. Embarking

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The benefits of a parks and gardens career

Australia has more than 500 national parks, which encompass 28 million hectares of land, according to federal government figures. This represents approximately 4 per cent of the country's total land, with a further 6 per cent comprising state forests, conservation reserves and nature parks.

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How to overcome interview nerves

How to overcome interview nerves

Being asked to attend a job interview can evoke a mixture of emotions; you'll probably be excited at the prospect of landing your dream apprenticeship or traineeship, but it's likely you'll also experience some nerves.

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5 ways to ace your next Skype interview

5 ways to ace your next Skype interview

If you've been asked to attend a job interview, you may only be one or two steps away from securing your dream apprenticeship or traineeship. This is why it's so important to ensure you impress your interviewer and give yourself the best chance of clinching the position.

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What are the best ways for apprentices to network?

In many cases, no matter the industry, the people you've connected with and worked for are just as important as your qualifications or tangible skills. From past colleagues and managers to friends working in an industry you want to break into, networking with people is a great way to boost your apprenticeship eligibility outside of traditional education options.

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What are CV keywords and how can they help you get noticed?

What are CV keywords and how can they help you get noticed?

It can be difficult to stand out from the crowd when applying for a job. In many cases, budding apprentices are going to be competing with other people who have similar past experiences or qualifications. During the application process. it's reasonable to think that a highly detailed and well written CV is going to wow employers and guarantee at least an interview.

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The benefits of a career in childcare

The benefits of a career in childcare

If childcare is one of the professions you're considering, perhaps you're hoping to learn more about the advantages of working in the industry? Well, there's no disguising the fact that childcare careers can be demanding, but these challenges are often offset by the rewarding nature of the job.

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Becoming a chef: What can the future hold?

Becoming a chef: What can the future hold?

There are plenty of exciting opportunities if you are looking for work in the hospitality sector, especially if you can find a position that suits your personal needs and offers long-term career prospects. Becoming a chef is just one of these options, and it can provide you with the skills and experience you need to forge your own path in this sector.

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