The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-06-26T00:21:13Z Helping Qantas and ABC Staff Impacted by Job Losses 2020-06-26T00:21:13Z helping-qantas-and-abc-staff-impacted-by-job-losses Sydney, 26 June 2020: As thousands of Qantas and ABC employees learned they would soon lose their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, one resourceful former Qantas employee has taken direct action by offering all of these workers free access to Project Displaced, a volunteer run online community offering confidential job seeker support and mental health first aid, 7 days a week. Sydney-based Anthony Cohen worked for Qantas for more than 16 years, his partner is an orchestral musician, and both have had their work contracts put on hold or cancelled. The COVID-19 crisis hit them and their extended network very personally, and this inspired Anthony to take direct action. “We set up Project Displaced in March to help our community through this terrible and very sudden crisis,” explains Anthony. “After both my partner and I lost our jobs, I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing, so I came up with the idea of Project Displaced.” Since March, Project Displaced has helped hundreds of job seekers from all across Australia and from every industry.  “Although we started this to specifically help employees in the airline, arts, tourism and hospitality industries we were flooded with requests from people who’ve lost their jobs in all sorts of industries. We don’t say no – we want to help as many people as we can”. Project Displaced is run entirely by volunteers and is not connected to any Government support program. There are now more than twenty qualified Career Coaches, Recruiters, HR Managers, Mindset Coaches and qualified Mental Health specialists who all volunteer their time for free to help job seekers in need. All consultations are private and conducted virtually via Zoom, Skype or phone call. Job seekers can choose from a confidential discussion about their current situation, goals, challenges, and skills. There are specialist services to help them write a resume and cover letter, or how to navigate leveraging their networks. And importantly there is also qualified mindset and mental health first aid. “This week’s news about my former colleagues from Qantas brings back all of the emotion I felt when I started this initiative. The heartbreak in the Qantas staff community right now is palpable. But they are an amazing and resilient group of people and I know that those who are impacted by this devastating news offer an amazing set of skills, training and dedication that any new employer will reap rewards from”. Project Displaced’ services are available 7 days a week. They’re open from 7:30am to 10pm every week day, and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday”  The team of volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to helping job seekers in need are incredible. They give of themselves for no other benefit than seeing the renewed sense of self-confidence and optimism that job seekers walk away feeling after the session. All volunteers are qualified and leaders in their professions, and come from all over Australia. Project Displaced continually receives 5 star reviews from the job seekers that use their services and Anthony is determined to keep the free service going as long as he can. “Right now what we need are good news stories. These are incredibly uncertain times and people are facing unprecedented challenges. Although this costs me money personally to run, it’s absolutely the right thing to do! I’ve been through redundancy twice in my career so far so I know what everyone is feeling - and I wish I had access to the services we’re offering at Project Displaced” said Anthony. Job seekers who have been stood down or are facing losing their jobs can book a free support session instantly. Support via GoFundMe:   ENDS – For further information or to arrange an interview please contact: C Smart People and Australian FinTech Jobs partner to combine their experience and resources 2020-06-25T03:39:42Z c-smart-people-and-australian-fintech-jobs-partner-to-combine-their-experience-and-resources SYDNEY – 25 June 2020 - C Smart International, a Sydney based business and technology consulting firm, and Australian FinTech, a business dedicated to promoting the development of the fintech industry in Australia, are pleased to announce a new partnership of their recruitment arms, C Smart People and Australian FinTech Jobs.   Founded in 1997, C Smart International – which is headquartered in the Sydney, with offices in Melbourne and Manila, provides its base of financial industry clients with a range of traditional and niche services and products. C Smart’s client base across all the regions it operates in includes: ·         Consumer and commercial banks; ·         Private equity and venture capital firms; ·         Fintech vendors within both wholesale and retail markets; ·         Transport & Government; and ·         Specialist payments companies.   For those clients, C Smart’s specific remit is the provision of traditional consultancy and bespoke strategic advisory services within the realms of fintech, e-commerce, payments, cards, and core banking. With an intimate connection to this industry the C Smart People division provides specialist recruitment services enabling its clients to leverage their experience and network of industry specialists.   Australian FinTech was launched 5 years ago as the first platform dedicated to promoting Australian fintech companies to the world.   Since then, the website has had over 2 million views, published over 4,600 articles on Aussie fintechs, showcases 650+ companies and has gathered more than 17,000 global social media followers.   To complement the site, and to further assist with the growth of the Australian fintech industry, the team in 2017 launched - Australia’s first and only dedicated fintech jobs platform. The initiative was desperately needed by the flourishing Australian fintech industry.   And now, with C Smart People’s partnership with Australian FinTech Jobs, it will allow participants to the online space’s ecosystem to interface directly with consultants working within C Smart’s Consultancy, FinTech Advisory Practice and recruitment services which, is focused on the hundreds of emerging fintech players and financial institutions that have a need to access new technology offerings and identify industry specialists in an effort to become more efficient.   Matt Holani, Managing Director of C Smart International and C Smart People said: “We at C Smart are incredibly excited to partner with a progressive and future smart organisation such as Australian FinTech. Both organisations have synergies that are not only alike in values and company culture, but complement the other through our industry insights, knowledge and unparalleled industry expertise. Making the most of our combined breadth of contacts and industry know-how our initial foray together will bring true value to the FinTech recruitment space. We look forward to a rewarding and fruitful partnership with Australian FinTech.”   Cameron Dart, CEO & Co-Founder of Australian FinTech and Australian FinTech Jobs, added: “The partnership of C Smart People and Australian FinTech Jobs just makes sense – the synergies between the two organisations run deep, accompanied with the driven people on both sides, it will make for a win/win situation for Australian fintech companies, big and small. Individuals will also benefit by using as Australia’s only dedicated and easy-to-use jobs platform for the fintech industry. We are looking forward to growing these businesses together.”   - - Ends - -     Notes to Editors   Press Contacts:   Matthew Holani, Managing Director C Smart International & C Smart People Phone: 02 8244 0004  Email:   Cameron Dart, CEO Australian FinTech & Australian FinTech Jobs Phone: 0410 500 615 Email:     About C Smart People Successful businesses are built on great people. C Smart People, pride themselves on connecting awesome people with great employers to help businesses grow, perform and succeed. Whether it be for the Finance or Commerce industries, C Smart People can personalise the right solution for you. Website: Email:     About Australian Fintech Jobs Australian FinTech Jobs is Australia’s first and only dedicated job platform website specifically for the Australian FinTech industry. is a more focused, less expensive platform for FinTech companies to promote new employment opportunities directly to the Australian FinTech community and those on peripheral like lawyers, accountants, bankers, IT experts and sales & marketing professionals. Website: Email: Five Bees Media launch Student Job Board 2020-06-15T02:23:52Z five-bees-media-launch-student-job-board Five Bees Media have announced the launch of a new platform aimed exclusively at job-hunting students in Australia. The team behind Backpacker Job Board, Australia’s number one backpacker employment marketplace, have launched Student Job Board. Student Job Board is an Australian-based employment site for students in secondary and tertiary education. Specialising in casual and holiday work options, Student Job Board grants students the ability to search for curated, relevant and exclusive employment opportunities.  Australia is home to some of the world’s finest universities, and has one of the highest rates of tertiary education attainment in the world. With 1.5 million secondary students and 1.5 million tertiary students, approximately one in eight Australians is a student of employment age. Internationals alone numbered no less than 430,000 in 2017, making the education of international students Australia’s 3rd largest export, behind only iron ore and coal. Such a large slice of the population forms an understandably vital cog in the Australian economy. Balancing their studies with temporary, casual or part time employment, students are the lifeblood of a number of industries. Restaurants, cafes, accommodation providers, tour operators, primary producers and charities are just a handful of businesses who are ultimately reliant on the student workforce. International students in particular support a large number of Australian businesses across a wealth of sectors. With the ability to work 20 hours a week in-term and an unlimited amount when school is not in session, this employment resource benefits seasonal industries in particular. Australian universities understand this value and play their part, working hard to make it possible for students to study part-time around work and family responsibilities. Like Backpacker Job Board before it, Student Job Board looks set to become a comprehensive portal for students looking to fit employment around their studies.  “Backpacker Job Board demonstrated that the Australian market had a real appetite for a worker-specific job board,” says Student Job Board Founder Matthew Heyes. “The success of Backpacker Job Board encouraged us to create a portal for the thousands of businesses that depend on student workers, and the millions of students looking to fit casual and part time employment around their education. “The aim is to make it as simple as possible for employers to connect with the right type of student worker, and vice versa. As we’ve seen with Backpacker Job Board, when it’s done right, it’s a win-win-win - for the employer, the student, and the Australian economy.” Leading with compassion: how employers can support working parents during the COVID-19 outbreak 2020-06-10T04:41:15Z leading-with-compassion-how-employers-can-support-working-parents-during-the-covid-19-outbreak The world is experiencing a global crisis never before seen. With many countries around the globe in lockdown, and domestic and international travel all but come to a complete stop, all of a sudden the traditional workplace is a thing of the past. Excluding our hero frontline workers, the majority are now a remote, or somewhat remote workforce. However, as working from home becomes the new normal, it’s imperative we consider how this arrangement affects the ‘person behind the employee’. Canva’s Head of People, Crystal Boysen, shares how Canva is looking after working parents and those who are caring for others. The world is in the midst of a global crisis, a pandemic no less, where everyone in one way or another has been affected by the new coronavirus. Since COVID-19’s global emergence five months ago, it has been an incredible challenge for businesses of all sizes and governments across every nation to #stopthespread. The workplace of pre-2020 is no longer, as organizations around the globe try to function either in a fully or partially remote working environment, trying to navigate this new normal. This is uncharted territory, and whilst scientists and epidemiologists around the world are scrambling to learn more about the disease in the hope of finding a vaccine, the rest of us are trying to put ‘best practice’ in place to assist in flattening the curve and keep our communities as safe as possible. There are many countries around the world gradually easing isolation restrictions, however some have experienced a second wave of infection, and it constantly remains top of mind for my colleagues and I - what role do we play in ensuring the same doesn’t happen within our places of work and our broader communities? Either way, one thing is certain, the impact of COVID-19 will be felt for months, perhaps years, and as a business, we need to be prepared for the long term. Depending on where you live, schools and daycares may still be closed. Others may be making a judgement call and keeping their children at home to prevent exposure or transmission of the virus to others. What this means is a work/life balance, in the traditional sense, is going to be even harder to attain for many working parents. Looking at the figures closer to our Sydney office, there are currently 7.2 million families in the Australian workforce, and with schools only just now re-opening its doors for students full time, and daycares still functioning at less capacity due to funding restrictions, parents have been required to be full-time parents during the day, but also maintain their full time jobs.  The reality is, parents around the globe have been forced to juggle two very important priorities and undoubtedly feel stretched thin, under tension and burned out. I’ve read of parents who have said the enforced WFH policy and being a parent broke them professionally and personally. I can understand why. I’ve also heard from parents who are struggling with a work-home life-distinction; with no physical disconnect between work and home, and the multiple hats parents wear every day - mum/dad, partner, chef, chauffeur, teacher, cleaner, ‘organizer of the household’ - working longer hours and still managing to do absolutely everything; there are only so many hours in a day - something has to give. So how do we alleviate some of the pressure? Leading with compassion We certainly don’t have all the answers, but, as a starting point, we’re firm believers in leading with compassion.  Every single person we come across could be fighting a battle we know nothing about and sometimes as leaders we become so focused on deadlines, numbers, quotas, goals and a never-ending to-do list, that we can lose sight of the fact our team members are human beings, just like us. We cannot forget compassion is an instinct we’re all born with, it’s ingrained in us at our very core, and for us here at Canva, we make sure we’re cognizant of that, and really try to ensure it’s at the forefront of all we do. We’re not leading with compassion solely for parents who are being full time carers and professionals simultaneously, or those family units who have had people laid off from their jobs. We strive to lead with compassion for all, in any circumstance - however it’s now more important than ever, during this unprecedented time, to rally together to support those that need extra support and little more empathy and understanding. But what does that actually mean - to lead with compassion?    “While empathy is the tendency to feel others’ emotions and take them on as if you were feeling them, compassion is the intent to contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of others.” — Harvard Business Review At Canva it’s not about being in charge, but rather taking care of those in our charge. To us, leading with compassion means through every thought, word and deed, we empathize with our employees' needs while focusing on the actions we can take to contribute to their overall happiness and wellbeing. At Canva, we believe compassion is foundational to a healthy working environment. We are committed to doing our best to always put our people first, provide them the flexibility they need to not only meet all their professional goals, but also the day-to-day needs of their personal lives, support their growth and, in this instance, foster an environment that helps them do their best work during this challenging time. How we’re supporting working parents at Canva During this global crisis, Canva’s people-first response means we are providing ongoing, day-to-day flexibility for working parents, so they can strike a balance between both work and family commitments without it impacting their salary. We completely trust our people to put in their best effort. Family first, with a “whatever works for you, works for us” mentality. How? What are the initiatives? Supportive teams and flexibility We firmly believe in empowering not only our working parents, but all of our employees, to find a daily schedule that works for them and simply ask them to communicate their availability to their respective teams. We also encourage them to lean on their coach to assist in prioritizing workloads, clarify expectations and regularly check in on progress. At the end of the day, our main priority is to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing. A parent myself, I know how easily things come up at home that draw me away from my workday, that’s why it's so important in this current situation to be fluid – with kids at home it’ll be a rare event if you can lock yourself away for a 9-5 routine.  Truthfully working from home has been a tough adjustment. I have two little ones who have been home full time since mid-March. Luckily my husband has been willing and able to be the primary carer while I work, but I still struggle with finding the right balance and managing the associated guilt that comes along with trying to do it all.  [Caption] Crystal, her husband and 2 children - Emery, 3, and Bennett, 1. My kids don't fully understand the concept of mommy working from home yet so I get plenty of ‘visitors’ throughout the day and it’s hard not to be distracted, or want to join them when you hear them playing outside your door all day long.  [Caption] Crystal’s son, Bennett, ‘zoombombing’ work calls has become a welcomed addition to those also on the call, so much so Crystal’s colleagues have come to expect his appearance during meetings. During this time, I’ve learnt that I need to let go of the guilt and figure out what works best for me and my family. I’ve realized I have to balance my workday with my family time in a new way and am looking for the positives. For example, without a commute to the office, I’m now able to spend more time with the kids in the morning and afternoon. I block my calendar from 7-9am so we can have quality time as a family and we’ve tried to repurpose ‘commute’ time into family walks. I also try to always log off my computer by 5pm and am fiercely protective of a no meeting rule in the evenings when bath and bedtime routines reign supreme. I often check emails or jump back online after the kids have gone to bed, but that flexibility is important for me to feel like I’m able to fit ‘work’ with ‘life’.  Supporting the right state of mind There’s a lot of commentary out in the public domain about managing the ‘mental load’. We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries under control – both your children’s and your own. You don’t have to do it alone. This is why the provision of support is so important to Canva. To support our team members, we’ve created a dedicated internal website that provides guidance on how to seek support - including mental health support for those who feel anxious, confused, scared or stressed during this outbreak, as well imparting coping mechanisms for working in physical isolation from others.  Canva is also fully covering the cost of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sessions, delivered online, to further ensure the team’s well being in the workplace and also in their personal lives. We also fully subsidize Mindfulness/Meditation app subscriptions such as Headspace, Calm or Smiling Mind, as meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better.  We’ve also hosted a number of webinars, from ‘Managing stress and building resilience in times of uncertainty’ to ensure our teams have the tools required to help cope during these challenging times, to most recently hosting a virtual Q&A session with Audrey McGibbon from Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey and Martine Beaumont from Select Wellness, to lead a discussion about the importance of balance and boundaries in managing the challenges of working from home.  The longer our environment is compromised or limited by the impact of COVID-19 the more we’ll continue to add to this space; I have no doubt circumstances will continue to change. Allowing unlimited sick and carer’s leave To provide greater flexibility to take care of ourselves and our loved ones during the COVID-19 global crisis, Canva is not requiring employees to log sick or carer’s leave. All that is asked is that those employees provide transparency on time away to coaches, group leads and other members of the team so that business as usual can continue, and where necessary a team approach needed to chip in and get things done. At the end of the day, for those with extra obligations at home, we’re not asking them to work harder or to make up for the time others within your team are more likely to have. It’s time for all of us to take a moment and try to understand the person behind the ‘employee’, the commitments, the responsibilities, the mental load. So on a final note: be patient with your kids; they’re still adjusting to their new unqualified teacher, missing their friends and extended family members, mostly confined to the realms of home and unable to participate in their extra-curricular activities. The younger children could be especially frustrated with no direct understanding of why outside ‘there is a virus causing everyone to remain apart’; communicate openly with your team, they’re working on company-wide goals with you, and may be in the same boat - and together we’re all trying to achieve the same thing; and most importantly, be kind to yourself. Whether it's within your workplace, or personal life, it’s times like these that call for all of us to lead with compassion - our greatest strength stems from rallying together. There are enough stressors in the world without the COVID-19 pandemic thrown into the mix. Take solace in that it won’t always be this way. Hang in there, be kind yourselves, your families and your employees in this difficult time. Remember, help is always available to you if you need it. Check out to find local websites and emergency contact numbers wherever you are, for whatever you need. How recruitment will change post COVID-19 2020-06-10T02:45:45Z how-recruitment-will-change-post-covid-19 During 2019 many businesses were trying to work out how to improve their recruitment processes to attract the best candidates.  The marketplace was becoming increasingly competitive as unemployment in many countries was relatively low. There was a focus on improving the information provided to candidates, broadening the advertising through more job sites, as well as shortening the recruitment process to capture those potential candidates quickly. Post COVID-19 has seen the severest and quickest change to the job market for decades.  Many businesses have been directly and indirectly affected by massive losses in customers and the resulting flow-on effects.  Businesses have closed, laid off staff and sent many employees on leave.  Slowly we are seeing companies coming back to life.  But not all will survive.  Many new businesses will come alive, and many companies have or will pivot to adapt to the new world post-COVID-19. The way businesses seek, find, court and interact with potential new employees must also change.   For now, the days of lining up multiple face-to-face meetings with different interest groups, or catching up for coffees to assess cultural fit are in the past.  We won't have the luxury of personal interactions, group interviews, or recruitment processes that may require many stages.  Now more than ever, we have to find innovative and creative ways of capturing more information without the opportunity to meet in person. The more information and the better 'feel' we can get for our potential successful recruit before we narrow down the field, the better.  So right now, post COVID-19, and with the need to be transparent and inclusive coming to the fore around the globe there are new and innovative ways that candidates can provide employers with a clear insight into who they are.  Images, videos and elevator pitches can do this.  Resupix has created an app that helps provide a professional and innovative way to communicate this information in a non-threatening way for both the candidate and the employer.    Using images and captions to create a profile to present skills, interests, goals, and achievements is a powerful way to separate candidates.  It can work in conjunction with a resume for those who still require the traditional modes of information transfer.  But let's face it, resumes can be impersonal, robotic, manufactured and exaggerated.  Images and videos are authentic.   The new world of sharing who you are to snare the new job in the post-COVID-19 world is here in RESUPIX.  Try it out free. Download app from Apple IOS - Android - Rapid Teams Delivers Innovative Team-Building Experiences Online 2020-06-10T01:48:38Z rapid-teams-delivers-innovative-team-building-experiences-online Long before companies began saving money by moving their team activities online or a pandemic came along, Angus Firth, owner of Rapid Teams, was offering online team-building experiences. The company has adapted team-building exercises for the modern world with an app that’s just as effective as in-person programs. Rapid Teams delivers exciting two-hour digital team-building events or uses the app to create a 5 day experience with around 20 minutes per day for the week. The program offers bite-size challenges that combine communication, collaboration, complex problem solving, and fun for a highly effective exercise designed to obtain superior results. The online program significantly increases participant engagement, while providing a more formal type of team-building event. People learn and retain the most beneficial lessons through experiences that involve fun. The corporate team building Perth WA builds on that concept while providing companies with up to 21 percent greater profitability. Companies that provide team-building activities also demonstrate a 41 percent reduction in absenteeism and 59 percent less turnover. Highly adaptable to meet multiple needs within a myriad of industries, it’s an ideal solution for teams that are collaborating from different or distant locations worldwide. The sessions can accommodate groups of four or up to 200. Team building Perth competitors can monitor their opponent’s progress in real time through the app’s activity feed and leaderboard that’s automatically updated. The Rapid Teams app has the ability to instantly provide photos and videos of all the fun challenges and how teams are solving them. The functionality provides insight into how individuals approach problems, how they’re feeling, and the effects of working from home. It can be extremely difficult to keep teams engaged and focused while working from home. The team building activities Perth delivered through the innovative Rapid Teams app can provide custom designed options to meet clients’ desired outcomes while providing teams with some much needed fun for continued engagement. Companies can receive instant, detailed quotes in 30 seconds delivered via email – it’s time to let the games begin. Media Contact Angus Firth Phone: 0426 847 699 Email: Level 1/191 St. George’s Terrace Perth, WA 6000 Website: Job Cuts Will Happen – Job Sharing Might Be the Answer 2020-05-28T13:36:50Z job-cuts-will-happen-job-sharing-might-be-the-answer Brisbane, 28 May 2020. In an era where government is desperately trying to keep workers in jobs, it’s not politically correct to talk about job cuts. But the brutal truth is, they’re going to happen. And the only way at-risk workers are going to survive the post-COVID-19 economy is by making some early, innovative and flexible changes… and employers must be willing to do the same. Job sharing is one of these. Since COVID-19, almost one million Australians are out of work. This is not set to change any time soon with the Federal Treasury forecasting unemployment will rise to 10% in the June quarter. PM Scott Morrison has confirmed that more than five million employees are benefitting from JobKeeper payments, while another one million are benefitting from JobSeeker relief. More than one million people are also accessing their own super, and 384,000 businesses are accessing around $7 billion in cash flow assistance. These subsidies are helping keep workers in work and employers’ doors open. But it won’t last forever. Statista estimates that in 2021, unemployment will remain incredibly high at almost 9%. But that doesn’t take into account job cuts from organisations who are looking to undo the economic damage brought on by the current situation. David Moloney, of consulting platform Internal Consulting Group, said to the Australian Financial Review, ‘All firms talk about cost reduction but they don’t say how or why. The number one option is to reduce labour…. At the moment it is still too early to talk about staff reduction, but of course the virus has exposed pockets of unproductive labour and accelerated digitisation so it’s created an opportunity to right size’. What can you do to keep your job? Employers and employees need to start thinking about how they can keep their job not about whether they will. This means innovative thinking and flexibility will be key. Elite strategy consulting house McKinsey say, ‘[T]hose who step up their game will be better off and far more ready to confront the challenges – and opportunities – of the next normal than those who do not’. Job Sharing Might Be the Answer Australia was already experiencing a rising share of part time workers (31% in 2018, up from 25% in 1998) and now Catherine Goos and Kristy Wong, job sharing experts and founders of Biz Design Queens, believe that job sharing might just be the answer to how to step up. ‘Job sharing is the flexible approach that many organisations will need to embrace our new future. It allows companies to build a stronger and more efficient workforce while saving on labour costs. And it will save many, many jobs, at least partly’, says Catherine. ‘Rather than cutting back staff, combining two roles into one job share role keeps staff at least partially employed. It keeps workers in the workforce, and keeps more families with income.’ Kristy says, ‘It also adds efficiencies into the organisation. The organisation keeps the expertise of both staff members and there is always someone to cover the role in the situation of sick leave or holidays. That means less downtime and more resources saved.’ Employers and employees who embrace job sharing roles as they reimagine their business model in the post-COVID-19 world may find themselves with stronger companies and a happier workforce. It could eliminate the need for a swathe of job cuts and would keep expertise within the walls of the organisation. Catherine says, ‘Job sharing isn’t the answer to every problem, but it certainly provides a new approach for organisations as they navigate the challenges and opportunities that the next few years will bring’. About Biz Design Queens: Biz Design Queens was founded by Kristy Wong and Catherine Goos after an incredibly successful job-sharing roles in the mining sector at BHP and in their own business, Homely Creatures. With their combined experiences as business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate flexible working arrangement experts, they founded Biz Design Queens. Kristy and Catherine are taking their many years of successfully job sharing and educating employees that want to start working flexibly and working while also helping businesses to implement successful job-share positions into their organisational structure. *Catherine and Kristy are available for interviews.* Media enquiriesKristen LowreyM 04 1286 4088E Other enquiriesBiz Design QueensM 0417 892 283 (Kristy)M 0418 735 550 (Catherine)E visit the website, Melbourne-based HR professional recognised as Rising Star 2020-05-27T02:11:40Z melbourne-based-hr-professional-recognised-as-rising-star St Leonards, NSW (27 May 2020) – A Melbourne-based HR professional has been recognised in a prestigious list showcasing the future leaders in the HR field. Asurion’s Ashley Ferris has been included in Human Resources Director’s annual Rising Stars report. Now in its fifth year, the 2020 report highlights emerging talents with fewer than 10 years of HR experience, who are able to demonstrate success in executing progressive HR initiatives. Ferris commenced as Head of HR for ANZ in 2019 and took on the massive task of assisting Asurion with its full-scale transformation that year. The revamp saw Asurion consolidating three sites to one, restructuring all functional business areas, retrenching 55% of staff, and re-hiring 50% into its new HQ. Ferris played a crucial role in making the transformation a success, capably managing the changes and helping people through it, both exiting and entering. Through careful communication, engagement, and a robust outplacement program, the departing staff were quickly rehired. Ferris also successfully faced up to the unique challenges of revitalising morale within the existing staff and providing stability to the new talent by focusing on the areas of community and leadership. He implemented several initiatives such as a new corporate volunteerism strategy, team-building programs, and a regular cadence of events to enable staff to have fun at work. He also helped build a new leadership team and set up a new people leadership program. Ferris gives back to the HR community by mentoring other HR professionals.      “HRD has once again showcased the HR industry’s most promising talent, with 33 emerging leaders making the grade this year,” says the editorial team at Human Resources Director. “This year’s winners came from a variety of industries, including hospitality, healthcare, ICT, technology, financial services, beauty, education, public services, transport and logistics, and retail.” To view the full online report and to find out more about Ferris, click HERE. -ENDS- HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. Resupix launches to redefine how jobseekers create and manage their resumes. 2020-05-26T03:54:17Z resupix-launches-to-redefine-how-jobseekers-create-and-manage-their-resumes #Nailedit with ResupixTM the visual resume creator and manager utilising pictures and videos to tell your story.  #authentic Sydney, Australia. In the current environment of COVID-19 there is no greater pressure and stress for anyone who finds themselves having to search and secure work in a competitive time as now. Then there is that huge hurdle of having to create or update the resume. It has to be done but no one likes doing it. But with ResupixTM. It’s easy. It’s Intuitive. And it works.   “Your mobile phone has a huge library of pictures and videos, and you can take more. So the content for your ResupixTMis already there, all we do is allow you to put them in the right place and present them as your Resume to represent yourself. It says a lot more about you and more authentic” says Patrick Chye, Chief Information Officer, Resupix Pty Ltd.    Developed in consultation with employers, recruiters and job seekers, ResupixTM is a powerful tool that will make creating your resume easier so that you the applicant can put the best foot forward. It means also more time to focus on continually building their repertoire of skills and experience.   “One of the key challenges facing HR professional is hiring the right person for the job.  Having worked in HR for many years in various countries, it is difficult to identify suitable candidates based upon the commonly used resume.  I wish the ResupixTM  application was available in my time as it would have made identifying suitable candidates for the short list easier and faster. The use of pictures and videos with ResupixTM helps the applicant to highlight themselves as a person as well profiling their skills and experiences.   With Resupix you can see their whole story.” says Frank McManus, retired SVP Human Resources, McDonald’s Australia, New Zealand, Pacific and Africa.   If you would like a free trial, please enquire for a code. The ResupixTM app is otherwise $1.49 to download.   Virtual Success Summit Hosted by Tony Robbins 2020-05-17T02:37:49Z virtual-success-summit-hosted-by-tony-robbins SUCCESS RESOURCES PRESENTS  VIRTUAL SUCCESS SUMMIT  HOSTED BY TONY ROBBINS 15 May 2020 – Success Resources the world’s leader in the self-education industry, will premiere the Virtual Success Summit hosted by Tony Robbins starting on May 20, 2020 at 9 am PDT.   The objective is simple: to provide positive, insightful, inspirational presentations from the world’s most successful business leaders, who have been on our stages, to our audiences across the globe.  Over 3 weeks, audiences will get free access to 13 hours of footage from the world’s best speakers such as Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson, Sara Blakely,, Tom Brady, Jay Shetty and more, through an on-demand streaming platform. Uniquely, the content will also be translated into multiple languages simultaneously.  Areas of influence include Personal Growth, Wealth, Entrepreneurship, Business, Careers, Life Purpose, Passion, Mindset and Meaning. Watch video trailer here “We feel it is important to give back to business owners, operators, employees and entrepreneurs who are struggling in this time.”  “We have selected speakers and content that we know will resonate with our audience and achieve our goal of providing educational and motivational content for the business and entrepreneurial market...our audience.” - Michael Burnett – CEO, Success Resources  The presentations will be offered as a series of virtual events to our audience for free by registering on About Success Resources: Success Resources is the world’s largest provider of educational events featuring world-class speakers such as Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Robert Kiyosaki, to name only a few.  About Tony Robbins: Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, #1 NY Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and the world’s #1 life and business strategist. Author of six internationally bestselling books, including the recent New York Times #1 best–sellers MONEY; Master the Game and UNSHAKEABLE, Robbins has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries through his audio, video and life training programs. He created the #1 personal and professional development program of all time (Ultimate Edge) and more than 4 million people have attended his live seminars. Free Video Platform You Need To Create A Great Life 2020-05-14T09:31:41Z free-video-platform-you-need-to-create-a-great-life As lockdowns continue to keep event venues and  convention centres dark, Success Resources, the world’s #1 Seminar Promoter will be streaming content to reach audiences at home.  Over 3 weeks, audiences will get free access to 13 hours of footage from the world’s best speakers such as Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson, Sara Blakely,, Jay Shetty and more, through an on-demand streaming platform.  Watch video trailer here This content is curated from Success Resources’ best speeches from the last 25 years. The topics range from personal growth, business, leadership -- designed to help people hustle and self-improve at home.  Get free access to the content through for a limited time. First week of content launches on 9am PDT on 20 May 2020. Are Virtual Internships here to stay? 2020-05-11T04:53:30Z are-virtual-internships-here-to-stay Remote work is not something new. It actually started before the internet was born but it only became popular as we know it today at the beginning of the 21st century. Technology, internet speed, social media, software, and other platforms have allowed remote work to evolve. Similarly, the concept of virtual internships is not new. Companies and interns have been testing and engaging in virtual internship options for a while but always on a small scale.   The current COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the spread of remote work and internships. Many businesses are encouraging their employees to stay home and are transitioning their internships into virtual programs. A recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) showed that only 30% of businesses are proceeding with on-site internships and that there is a steady trend toward virtual internships with 36% of businesses transferring to virtual internships in 2020.   In response to the COVID – 19 global pandemic Australian Internships, a leading global internship program provider, launched their Virtual Internship Program in early 2020. While this is new for many, there are reasons to believe virtual internships are here to stay: “Virtual Internships provide connection regardless of location. They reduce the resource requirement for companies and extend the workspace beyond the borders of the city and country where traditionally employers would recruit from. This opportunity has demonstrated that without a doubt people have the ability to work remotely, and in many cases be more productive and effective remotely. With a tendency for remote work to increase in the future, a critical step moving forward is for young professionals to learn how to work and succeed in a virtual environment. Virtual Internships provide them with this opportunity!” says Diana van Woerkom, Managing Director at Australian Internships.   Gaining international work experience, while valuable, can be expensive and not an option for everyone. From a student or recent graduate’s perspective, going virtual will make internships abroad more accessible as visas, accommodation, flights and international living expenses are no longer necessary. Candidates will be able to more easily handle personal and study commitments combined with a virtual internship. Internships going virtual also means that businesses will be able to access a much bigger pool of candidates as physical limitations will no longer be a barrier. According to a recent study conducted by Airtasker, remote workers are more productive than their office-based counterparts. Meaning a double win for businesses - intern recruitment becomes easier and productivity greater.   But we can’t ignore there are lessons to be learned. As with any major change, companies and interns will need to quickly adapt, be open and resilient. So how can businesses ensure that they are able to keep up with the ever-growing trend? Australian Internships says “Virtual Internships need to be closely monitored and fully structured to benefit both intern and host organisation. We allocate all interns a dedicated Internship Program Supervisor from our team, a host organisation supervisor and run weekly career-related webinars to ensure that the interns gain the greatest benefit possible”.   In these extraordinary times, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we work and communicate and has forced us to think outside the box and adapt the way we work. Innovative approaches, such as virtual internships, are becoming increasingly popular methods for interns and companies to reap the many rewards of internships, while working around physical constraints.   The virtual work phenomenon is here to stay, and it's only going to involve more people over time. To be successful, companies and interns need to adapt and jump onboard with virtual internships to have a competitive advantage in a post pandemic world.   Australian Catholic Superannuation named Employer of Choice 2020-05-11T04:33:36Z australian-catholic-superannuation-named-employer-of-choice Australian Catholic Superannuation has just been recognised in Human Resources Director’s annual Employer of Choice report. This prestigious list spotlights the organisations that demonstrate outstanding contributions of best practice and leadership. “In the unprecedented conditions of 2020, it’s never been more important for HR professionals to remain on their toes when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. This means they must be an employer that provides outstanding initiatives such as career paths, suitable learning and development opportunities, and appropriately acknowledging a job well done,” says the Human Resources Director team. “This year, HRD received a huge number of nominations for the organisations that demonstrate excellent contributions of best practice and leadership. HRD is pleased to present those 23 organisations that made the shortlist and would like to thank all those who submitted nominations this year.” Australian Catholic Superannuation hold staff morning teas once a month where the CEO disseminates information to all staff. These “campfire sessions” provide all staff insights into what is happening at an executive and level, and also enable them to ask questions. This simple, open communication method is a great example of the strong and effective communication methodologies at Australian Catholic Superannuation. Moreover, their Mindfulness Program focuses on decluttering the mind and maximising employee innovation and creativity. It also creates much-needed white space to support employee wellbeing. This program was launched in 2016 as an eight-week initiative and was so well received by staff that they now run a mindfulness session monthly at no cost to the employee. Australian Catholic Superannuation also has an Employee Wellbeing Framework to ensure their work environment is conducive to the wellbeing, motivation and satisfaction of their employees. Monthly Wellbeing focus provides monthly wellbeing themes, resources and information to staff. Topics include, but not limited to, mental health, good food mood, R U OK, men’s health and women’s health. They also centre staff events such as monthly morning teas around these wellbeing themes. To view the full online report and to find out more about Australian Catholic Superannuation, click HERE.   -ENDS-   HRD is Australia’s leading source of news, opinion and analysis for today’s HR professional. HRD concentrates on the real issues and challenges facing the HR professional and the Industry, with in-depth features and analysis of what really matters with content featuring high level case studies, international and local profiles, interviews with HRDs and industry leaders from around the globe as-well-as leading news makers in the field. Rapid Teams Provides Enhanced Productivity with Team Building Exercises 2020-05-07T02:44:11Z rapid-teams-provides-enhanced-productivity-with-team-building-exercises Employers can learn much about their employees during team building exercises. Angus Firth, owner of Rapid Teams, offers one of the largest selections of team training and team building exercises that combine fun elements and the sense of a social event for professional development. Of special interest is the Virtual Reality corporate team building Perth WA exercise with multi-player VR technology. Designed for 3-5 people, teams attempt to diffuse bombs of increasing complexity within specific time frames. Teams will need to exercise their problem solving abilities, communication skills, and utilize creative thinking under pressure. The Perth City Challenge is ideal for groups of 20-200 people. Individuals utilize a smartphone app to participate in more than 50 challenges. The session emphasizes strategy, creativity, and time management in friendly competition. It offers all the excitement of a scavenger hunt with scores posted live as individuals progress. Equally engaging is the Fremantle Challenge in which participants visit monuments, find clues, and solve riddles as they employ strategic skills and utilize effective time management techniques. Scores are posted in real-time and 20-200 people can participate.  The corporate team building Perth exercises in the consultancy’s Rapid Teaming sessions accommodate 5-50 people. The experiential learning exercise focuses on communication, collaboration, innovation, lateral thinking, and can be combined with drinks or a meal afterward. Adaptability and flexibility are the key concepts of the Agile Simulator experience that helps staff respond quickly to challenges and changing conditions. A highly-competitive activity, it’s ideal for 5-30 participants for reinforcing complex problem solving in companies that are already implementing an agile business model. Companies that want to build teamwork concepts at all levels can avail themselves of the Championship Teams option that highlights the roles in teams, encourages innovation, and teaches the values, purpose, and priorities of a team. Structured problem solving and theory are concepts that participants can take back to the workplace. The team building workshops and activities provided by Rapid Teams are eligible as continuous professional development hours. Team building activities Perth can be held inside or outdoors throughout Western Australia. It’s been proven that individuals are more receptive to learning experiences that are fun and the services offered at Rapid Teams facilitates greater productivity and profitability. NSW Hunter region to pilot new virtual work experience program for high school students 2020-05-06T08:28:20Z nsw-hunter-region-to-pilot-new-virtual-work-experience-program-for-high-school-students Hunter high school students will soon be able to take part in the pilot of a, locally developed, virtual work experience program – a first for the region. The Virtual Intern program has been developed by Hunter-based social enterprise, She Can, to connect students with employers and work experience in a relatable, interactive and immersive format for young people. Founder and director, Tricia Martin, is calling on local businesses and organisations to join the program and for interested students and schools to register their interest. Ms Martin is initially targeting the hospitality, business services and retail industries. She said The Virtual Intern Platform has modules for different industries that contain real world tasks for students to complete as well as mentor videos, CV builders, career maps and other soft skills resources to give them a practical understanding and experience of that industry. Prior to starting the program, students match their interests with specific career clusters and businesses. “Virtual Intern tackles the misalignment between young people’s work expectations and the assumed knowledge and capability expectations of local businesses,” Ms Martin said. “Young people commonly enter work experience programs lacking basic skills such as problem solving, financial literacy or basic communication,” she said. The Foundation of Youth Australia’s The New Work Reality report says the two main barriers for young people transitioning to full time careers are lack of career management skills and not enough work experience. The report says 75 per cent believe they do not possess the relevant vocational and practical work experience to gain the work they desire. “We are creating a capacity building program where students are engaged, rather than being passive, and are building their self-efficacy, not just their knowledge.” “Students gain tangible, company accredited, skills that employers are looking for, to help them enter the world of work. They get to build relevant networks before they enter the workforce. We work with employers to capture and transform their expertise into virtual internships that mirror real-world tasks.  “Employers get to identify future employees, understand the needs of a future workforce, and play their part in ensuring their business workforce is future-proofed.” “Importantly, the platform helps to even the playing field, allowing students, regardless of socio-economic background, location or demographic, to access 21st century workplaces and mentors.” The program has been built by working with more than 200 Hunter students in career-readiness workshops and consultation with local business leaders and teachers. It has received funding and support from Charter Hall, Edified and the Layne Beachley Foundation. Virtual Intern is also benefitting from being accepted into the Foundation of Youth Australia’s Social Pioneer Accelerator incubator program.  She Can is a Hunter-based organisation that equips secondary students with career-readiness skills that can be transported into post school life. Ms Martin, who is 25 years of age, has worked with almost 35,000 students throughout Australia as a behaviour change facilitator for in-school career readiness workshops. The program’s aim is to offer work experience to 500 Year 9 and Year 10 students across three industries in the second half of 2020 pilot, expanding to 2,500 students across 15 industries in 2021. The program expansion will specifically target students from low socio-economic and high unemployment areas. To register or find out more visit