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Struggling With Casual Employment Rules – Top 5 Tips To Get You On Top

Struggling With Casual Employment Rules – Top 5 Tips To Get You On Top

With the rise of insecure work arrangements and the gig economy it’s becoming more and more important for employers and employees to understand where they stand when it comes to casual work. One in four Aussie employees is a casual worker however, there is still a range of myths and misconceptions that can confuse the process for everyone involved. Casual

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Toxic Team? 7 cool team building activities to bust bad dynamics today.

Toxic Team? 7 cool team building activities to bust bad dynamics today.

Team building exercises can often fall flat; they run the risk of being lame, employees feel uncomfortable and even some of the best team building days can be forgotten about as soon as they’re over. That’s not to say that team building isn’t worth investing it- it is an important part of any business and it can mitigate conflict, build

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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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5 Tech Tools That You Can Employ To Make Your Business Run Better Today

5 Tech Tools That You Can Employ To Make Your Business Run Better Today

We’re all looking for ways to make our businesses run that little bit smoother and, thanks to new technology emerging every day, it has never been easier to find the tools to help you out. Slack Slack aims to improve collaboration between staff members and is the perfect tool for internal communication. Classified as a messaging app, this tool allows

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Got a toxic work place? How to change culture from within.

Got a toxic work place? How to change culture from within.

Workplace culture plays a massive part in the productivity of a company. Unhappy employees have lower productivity levels, are more likely to make mistakes and to look for a new job. It also has a domino effect on co-workers and, on a larger scale, can damage the reputation of your company for future employees. For individual employees, a toxic workplace

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Are you chucking it? The top industries for sickies in Australia

Are you chucking it? The top industries for sickies in Australia

According to some experts, Australians are some of the worst in the world when it comes to chucking a sickie and data reveals only 52% of workers were genuinely sick when they took their sick leave. The average Aussie worker takes 9.7 days of sick leave per annum and absenteeism directly costs organisations approximately  $3,608 per worker per annum. It’s

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Six Indigenous Australians have been given a life changing opportunity to alter the course of generational unemployment that is so significant in their community.

Six Indigenous Australians have been given a life changing opportunity to alter the course of generational unemployment that is so significant in their community.

The six young job seekers have landed sought after traineeship and apprenticeship positions at The Mossman Gorge Centre, one of Australia’s leading eco-tourism and culture centres located in Far North Queensland. Lucille Kennedy and Deschell Hayward will commence a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with Nancy Pilot, Jonnika Braico, Fernanda Temple and Nakita Czygan set to begin their Certificate III

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What can google tell you about your potential new recruit?

What can google tell you about your potential new recruit?

Finding the right person for a job is an important part of any business. The recruitment process itself is time consuming and choosing the wrong person can lead to even more costs to the business. Choosing the wrong candidate is expensive and research suggests it can cost up to 150% of a departing employees salary to replace them. On top

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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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Top Tips To Reduce Manual Handling Injuries

Top Tips To Reduce Manual Handling Injuries

Almost every workplace involves performing some sort of manual handling task to get the job done. Moving stationary supplies in an office, stacking shelves in a supermarket or carting a wheelbarrow on a job site might not seem like a particularly dangerous task, when performed incorrectly or with poor technique, manual tasks like these can become hazardous and cost businesses

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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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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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Are Young People Too Lazy To Become Tradies?

Are Young People Too Lazy To Become Tradies?

According to the latest data from the Business Council of Australia “in June 2016 there were 282,900 apprentices and trainees in training, down 45% on the 515,000 in June 2012.” A common misconception used to explain these plummeting training rates are that young people are too lazy to undertake the physically demanding work that often comes with being a tradesperson.

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What You Need To Know If  You’re Hiring Millennials

What You Need To Know If You’re Hiring Millennials

It’s estimated that by 2025, Millennials will make up a massive 75% of the global workforce. Undoubtedly, you will already be working with, or looking to hire Millennials. Here’s what you need to know. Job hopping Young people are predicted to have 17 jobs over 5 careers and research says Millennials (when compared to Gen X and Baby Boomers) are

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5 Things That Are Costing Your Business More Than You Realise

5 Things That Are Costing Your Business More Than You Realise

Absenteeism, low retention rates and accidents can all have a massive effect on your business’s bottom line. But, what are the root causes of these issues and how can we avoid them to ensure we’re not throwing away money? Not training new staff properly It can often be difficult to allocate resources efficiently to ensure that new staff and apprentices

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When Chucking A Sickie Will Actually Help Your Business..

When Chucking A Sickie Will Actually Help Your Business..

While you might think that as long as your staff are coming into work, everything is fine, the truth is that employees who come in despite being too sick for work are costing your business more than you realise. The phenomena of ‘presenteeism’ is where an employee shows up for work but isn’t able to work at full productivity due

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How These QLD Tradies Are Raking It In

How These QLD Tradies Are Raking It In

Tradies are increasingly finding ways to rake it in compared to other industries. High rates of pay aside, tradespeople are using technology, vocational education and apprentices to set themselves apart and succeed within their industry.  With Australia in the midst of an unprecedented skills shortage there’s plenty of opportunities for individuals and businesses to capitalise on the demand for qualified

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Regan lands his first job with support from BUSY At Work

Regan lands his first job with support from BUSY At Work

Sixteen year old Regan Groszmann may be young in years but his determination to earn a living for himself has not gone unnoticed by BUSY At Work Employment Consultant Maroochydore, Felicia Daisy. After completing Year 10 at Immanuel Lutheran College last year the shy but enthusiastic teenager registered with BUSY At Work in late February not knowing what he wanted to

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Lucy finds her passion in spray painting apprenticeship

Lucy finds her passion in spray painting apprenticeship

Twenty three year old Lucy Williams firmly believes she has the right qualities to make it in the spray painting industry. Now three months into her automotive spray painting apprenticeship with Hervey Bay business David Nash Smash Repairs, Lucy is relishing her role and feeling confident that she has made the right career choice. BUSY At Work Industry Training Consultant,

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How Trade Schools Are Shaking Up Traditional Education

How Trade Schools Are Shaking Up Traditional Education

Trade schools, by design, massively benefit trade industries and employers by producing experienced, motivated and well trained apprentices and trainees. These schools are a hybrid form of education in which senior students complete their secondary education and begin school-based apprenticeships or traineeships (SATs). The final years of a student’s schooling is dedicated to developing skills they have an affinity for,

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Ryan ready to take his horticultural career to the next step

Ryan ready to take his horticultural career to the next step

Former Kepnock High (Bundaberg) student Ryan Claridge is a young man on a mission determined to make his own way in the world. The enthusiastic and energetic 18 year old has just completed his second qualification, a Certificate III in Surface Extraction which he hopes will help him gain employment in the mining industry. BUSY At Work Industry Training Consultant,

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Employing A Gen Z? 5 Steps To Keeping Them Happy (And On The Job)

Employing A Gen Z? 5 Steps To Keeping Them Happy (And On The Job)

In an age where young people are predicted to have 17 jobs over 5 careers, finding quality young employees only to lose them can be a source of frustration. While hiring a Gen Z can prove to be a valuable asset for your business, keeping them engaged, productive and on the job can be a difficult task for any employer.

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Alicia’s ready for a big future in the electrical industry

Alicia’s ready for a big future in the electrical industry

First year electrical apprentice, Alicia McCallum is a young woman on a mission with a bright future ahead of her. The former Robina State High School student is just a few weeks into her Certificate III in Electrotechnology with IDC Solutions Pty Ltd and very much enjoying her new work environment. Having previously completed a Certificate II in Electrotechnology at

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PaTH Internship brings apprenticeship success for Liam

PaTH Internship brings apprenticeship success for Liam

Twelve months ago quietly spoken Liam Scope had an uncertain future. As a registered job seeker with ETC Coomera, Liam was lacking in confidence and finding it hard to gain employment in the hospitality industry due to not having a car and licence. After gaining his license, Liam’s life took a positive turn when he was offered a PaTH Internship

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Apprentice and Trainee Trade commencements increase for September Quarter

Apprentice and Trainee Trade commencements increase for September Quarter

The latest apprentice and trainee data published for September 2017 quarter showed trade commencements were up 4.2% compared to September 2016 quarter. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report showed the biggest trade commencement increases in automotive and engineering (up 16.8%) and construction trades workers (up 5.5%). This increase comes despite a 3.2% decline in trade commencements for

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ABS – Jobs Growth and Female Participation Reaches Record High

ABS – Jobs Growth and Female Participation Reaches Record High

Managing Director, BUSY At Work Paul Miles said it was encouraging to see business confidence build but was concerned about the momentum of part time job growth. “Each month we have seen a pattern of continual growth in part time jobs rather than full time jobs. “This creates under-employment, meaning while people may be employed, they are not getting enough hours in their job to get ahead and therefore are simply living week to week and in many cases going backwards. “This is not sustainable, and I urge all Q

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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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61,600 Jobs Created in November

61,600 Jobs Created in November

Labour Force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show full-time employment increased for the 14th straight month in November 2017. Full-time employment grew by a further 41,900 jobs in November, while part-time employment increased by 19,700 jobs, underpinning a total increase in employment of 61,600 jobs.

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Get BUSY Get Fit Program Helps Lucas Achieve His Work Goals

Get BUSY Get Fit Program Helps Lucas Achieve His Work Goals

Twenty two year old Lucas Richardson knows how hard it can be to make ends meet when you are not getting enough work hours but his determination to improve his job readiness skills has not gone unnoticed by BUSY At Work Program Coordinator/Mentor, Robyn Donnelly. After completing a Bachelor of Music Technology and working part time at Woolworth's for a number of years, Lucas’s determination to succeed is finally starting to pay dividends.

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BUSY At Work’s Alan Kent is Ready to Make a Difference in Gladstone

BUSY At Work’s Alan Kent is Ready to Make a Difference in Gladstone

BUSY has been servicing Gladstone businesses and the community since 2006 and since commencing with BUSY just five weeks ago, Alan has been working hard to build a strong collaboration with the employment services sector, industry and the community. Having been based in Gladstone for the past 13 years, Alan is fully aware how Gladstone is constantly changing and evolving.

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Local knowledge helps Rachael hit the ground running

Local knowledge helps Rachael hit the ground running

While it’s been only been three months since Rachael Cafe took up her new role as BUSY At Work’s new Industry Training Consultant, it’s fair to say she already has a great understanding of the issues and challenges faced by local job seekers and employers. Since joining the Ipswich Mall office in August this year, Rachael has been kept very

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