The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-24T07:59:11Z LeadershipHQ announces new program to become a leader for the future of work with Veriskills 2020-10-24T07:59:11Z leadershiphq-announces-new-program-to-become-a-leader-for-the-future-of-work-with-veriskills-1 At this point in time, we are facing huge issues globally - a fragile economy, pandemic and business recovery and the need to reinvent work, to name a few. Brilliant, courageous leadership is required now to reimagine the nature of our work, understand the way we engage with people and to build exciting new companies. You have the opportunity now to become a leader for the future of work by putting development ahead of any other priority through the LeadershipHQ Leadership Essentials Program. Take Your Leadership to the Next Level Imagine taking your leadership to the next level, going for promotions or new opportunities and applying for tertiary education as a Leader! LeadershipHQ are the leaders in leadership development and we now working with VeriSkills™ to train and coach leaders through our in-house or public One on One or Group Leadership Essentials Program and give them the leadership and human capabilities and skills for the future. Human capabilities are soft skills that are not tied to technical competence and are what sets humans apart in this growing world of automation. VeriSkills™ verifies courses against the framework to determine the human capability outcomes and their corresponding level of achievement attained on completion of various courses. Our Leadership Essentials course is now verified by Veriskills™ backed by QTAC’s 40 years of experience in the assessment of formal and experiential learning. The Leadership Essentials Program The Leadership Essentials Program is either a self-paced (not VeriSkills™) or a group and one on one leadership program which is delivered in-house and or via our online public program and it takes 6-9 months. It gives participants the human capabilities, tools, skills and resources to be the best person and leader they can be. Human Capability outcomes you will be awarded on completion of our Leadership Essentials program are as follows: ·      Initiative and Drive ·      Communication ·      Collaboration ·      Empathy   Click here to learn more about VeriSkills™ and the Human Capability Framework. This program and coaching will take your leadership skills to the next level! 2021 Enrolment options Leadership Coaching, Programs and Certification are all a unique and premium development for you and your leaders. Designed for emerging leaders, team leaders, SME’s and self-aware professionals with ambition to take their seat at the leadership table, be a courageous leader and take charge of their business. Leadership isn’t easy and sometimes we need help. Get in touch today to learn more about how to build leadership skills through the Leadership Essentials Program and set yourself up for success! View the Leadership HQ website for more information on LeadershipHQ and our programs: www.leadershiphq.com.au.   For more information or to interview Sonia McDonald contact: Sonia McDonald or Katie Watts  0424 447 616 | 1300 719 665 sonia@leadershiphq.com.au hello@leadershiphq.com.au New webinar from Digivizer: How to drive more sales online 2020-10-21T21:49:07Z new-webinar-from-digivizer-how-to-drive-more-sales-online Sydney, 22 October, 2020: As part of the NSW Government’s Small Business Month, Digivizer is running a free webinar for businesses that will explain how to grow sales and lower costs using digital channels - including social, search and web.   The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened the interest of many SMBs in digital marketing and online sales. According to Australia Post, August 2020 was the biggest month in Australian online shopping history. In the same month, online shopping grew over 85% year-on-year and between March and August 2020, over 8 million Australian households shopped online. "We work with a number of businesses, and some have seen their online sales grow by as much as 250% over the past six months," says Emma Lo Russo, CEO and co-founder of Digivizer. "What has changed are customer habits. It is critical for every business to have a strong online presence, and a better understanding about how to drive cost-effective digital sales.  "This webinar will help any online business become better at driving their digital marketing by taking a data-driven approach to increasing sales, and lowering the cost to do this.  We have designed an event that will take owners and marketers through the steps they can take to drive better cost-per-outcome and ultimately greater ROI for their digital marketing spend." The webinar will feature Mike Barnett, Head of Sales for Shopify Plus in APAC, Digivizer Head of Digital Performance, Jordan Schofield and Digivizer Head of Digital Strategy, Brian Gibson.  They will share strategies for businesses to follow, using case studies backed by real-time data. The webinar will equip businesses with the skills and insights they need to grow online. Topics covered will include using social media and search campaigns to drive customer acquisition and sales, and how to build better online sales platforms and customer lifetime value.   Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/do-you-want-to-drive-more-sales-online-tickets-125567274097. ENDS About Digivizer Digivizer, founded in 2010, is Australia’s leading digital marketing analytics technology company. Digivizer helps businesses get better results from their digital marketing, across owned, earned and paid media, in search and social, and in web performance, by giving them the information they need to make better decisions and improve their marketing ROI.  Digivizer’s digital insights are available through a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform affordable to any business, and if required, digital marketing services.  Digivizer is an ad., development and technology partner of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google, and is a marketing and agency partner of Google and Facebook. It is also a partner of start-up venture capital investors Investible and Remarkable, and of global online retail outlet platforms Shopify and BigCommerce. Contacts Digivizer is at: Web: www.digivizer.com LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/company/digivizer Twitter: https://twitter.com/Digivizer Facebook: https://facebook.com/Digivizer Instagram: https://instagram.com/Digivizer/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/digivizer For more information:  Alan Smith, Head of Strategic Business Communications, Digivizer.  Phone: +61 404 432 700. Email: alan.smith@digivizer.com. Twitter: @alansmithoz    ACMO take the win for the 2020 Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Local Business Awards for Outstanding Professional Service 2020-10-21T01:24:15Z acmo-take-the-win-for-the-2020-hornsby-ku-ring-gai-local-business-awards-for-outstanding-professional-service 2020 being an exceptional year with many businesses facing a myriad of un-expected challenges, our Sydney based business ACMO has managed to help others achieve more this year by streamlining difficult and labour-intensive business processes for our customers. ACMO is an IT service company specialising in business process automation using Kofax Cognitive Capture and Robotic Process Automation. We are proud to announce our win last night at the 2020 Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Local Business Awards for Outstanding Professional Service. Our director Joseph Joy was also humbled to be a finalist himself for Outstanding Business Person of the Year. Joseph has a passion for delivering digital transformations to companies, using our intelligent automation software. Our team look forward to making 2021 another successful year and helping even more business with their digital transformation though automated artificial intelligence. Neto Launches Kogan.com Marketplace Channel 2020-10-20T23:32:21Z neto-launches-kogan-com-marketplace-channel Brisbane, 21 October, 2020 - Neto, a leading Australian-owned unified ecommerce platform that empowers retailers and B2B sellers to grow sales and increase efficiencies, today announced its integration with premier shopping destination Kogan.com Marketplace, making it easier for Australian businesses to reach millions of potential customers during these difficult and uncertain times.  Neto's powerful all-in-one platform helps retailers and wholesalers sell in more channels with a comprehensive suite of tools that centralise product data, inventory and sales orders, whilst streamlining the fulfilment of orders at scale, reducing the complexity of running a multi-channel ecommerce business. The platform's unified approach means that through the integration with Kogan.com, businesses on Neto with a Kogan.com seller account will be able to list hundreds of products in minutes[i], expanding their reach to millions of purchase-ready Australian shoppers.  "This year we've been focussed on helping our merchants overcome the challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis. We're excited to continue these efforts by joining forces with Kogan.com, and making it easier for businesses to expand onto the Kogan.com Marketplace," said Ryan Murtagh, CEO of Neto. "Partnering with Kogan offers our Australian merchants a massive opportunity to rapidly reach millions of new customers with zero marketing outlay. We know that our most successful merchants are those that sell across multiple channels, that’s why we created a curated solution that helps SMEs rapidly scale through channels like Kogan.com, while equipping them with back-office automations that allow them to streamline their operations.” he said.  Synchronising data between Neto and Kogan.com, the Kogan-certified solution enables sellers to automatically create and maintain listings on the Kogan.com marketplace using existing product data including images, descriptions and pricing, slashing what would normally be hours of set-up time. As products sell on Kogan.com, the integration updates stock levels in Neto, downloads orders, and helps the merchant get orders out the door faster.  "At Kogan, we're obsessed with helping our partner sellers provide a superior customer experience and want to equip our sellers with the tools they need to deliver exceptional service from sale to delivery," said Lazar Monin, Director of Marketplace at Kogan.com. "Our strategic partnership with Neto does this by removing the complexity that can create errors or delays and impact customer experience. We value partners such as Neto because it’s a win-win-win. It’s a win for our customers, sellers, and our business.” Mr Monin added. Learn more about Neto's integration with Kogan.com at www.netohq.com/kogan.  # ENDS # About Neto: Neto is a leading Australian own and grown ecommerce platform. Since 2009, Neto has helped Australian B2B and multi-channel businesses scale fast through their all-in-one solution for ecommerce, POS, inventory management, order management, and shipping labelling. [i] Internal testing by Neto across multiple stores resulted in an average of 10-15 minutes to map a category and set-up field mapping. Canopy Tools and Jabra Launches Advanced Headset Management For Remote Workspaces 2020-10-20T02:12:26Z canopy-tools-and-jabra-launches-advanced-headset-management-for-remote-workforces 19 SEPTEMBER, 2020 – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA. Canopy Tools and Jabra have partnered to address a growing global challenge to track, manage, maintain and service multiple audio-visual devices, deployed into people’s homes or workspaces. The demand for management of these devices has soared due to a large percentage of the global workforce being plunged into remote working arrangements since the Covid-19 Pandemic began in early 2020. The large volume of deployed devices means that manual management of the headsets are no longer reasonable or viable.  According to a recent report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) in their Worldwide Wearable Study the market for wearable devices grew by 14.1% in the second quarter of 2020. The total market ballooned to 86.2 million units during the quarter with headphones and earbuds grown to 32.6%, accounting for 60% of all wearables.  There is a significant cost to supply employees with quality audio-visual equipment and it’s challenging to manage the assignment, location and condition of these assets, especially for the remote workforce. Additionally, a lack of visibility and control over the end-point security, firmware and configuration changes can put organisations at risk of being compromised.  Canopy Tools worked with Jabra to identify consumer needs and technology gaps to provide an integration which can utilise the existing data being produced from those devices then use Canopy Manage to analyse and display the data to make it more useful, relevant and actionable.  Jon Singleton, Strategic Business Development, Canopy Toolssaid that Jabra customers have been asking for the capability to track the location, status of headsets and other devices deployed to contact centre agents and remote workforce for some time now.  Singleton said, “The risk of not properly managing the lifecycle and health of these assets puts organisations in a position where they may need to outlay unnecessary capital expenditure for replacement and repair. Canopy Manage can keep information about this asset including current condition, firmware, configuration and warranty status for ease of management.”  Additional product features provide for the visibility of other useful data produced by the devices such as call quality, device status and device errors. A deeper understanding of the quality of call allows organisations more control over the end-user experience.  Canopy Tools Customer Success Manager, Tegan DeClark says that companies which lean on fragmented or incomplete asset management strategies risk the employee's ability to perform their duty and unreasonably require them to work with devices which might not be in 100% working condition. “This weak link in the chain allows for a slip in customer experience, employee welfare and a financial impact on the company. Canopy Manage gives companies a new level of control over the data which is being produced by their assets and devices in order to ensure a better experience by all.”  David Piggott, Managing Director, Jabra ANZ said the partnership will deliver greater value to companies.  Piggott said, “Advancements are being made across all sectors, but productivity isn’t improving at the necessary pace. Instead, distractions are growing in the workplace. Collaboration is on the up, but so is remote working.” “People need flexibility to work from anywhere in today’s environment. The question becomes how to enable a team’s productively in the virtual setting? This means, as an organisation, how do we help them concentrate better with the noise they are exposed to, for example, kids around the house, neighbours, pets and so on, and how to support them in collaborating more effectively with their colleagues in conversation.”  “For remote working to be successful, employees need access to the latest and highest quality technology, and employers need peace of mind that these assets can be managed securely and maintained seamlessly. Our partnership achieves exactly that combining the flexibility to work from anywhere with the highest quality audio-visual equipment and the latest in asset management,” he added.  More information about Canopy Manage and the Jabra integration can be found at https://www.canopytools.com/Jabra Relationships are the most important business asset – more so now & post covid19 2020-10-20T00:28:54Z relationships-are-the-most-important-business-asset-more-so-now-amp-post-covid19 As businesses emerge from covid19 shut downs and seek to reenergize their ventures, one asset above all others stands out as the most valuable resource that doesn’t appear on the balance sheet – quality long standing relationships!   For many businesses, it has been their established relationships that have been the source of sales and life blood that has kept them afloat during the worst days of the pandemic.    It’s relationships that will provide the much-needed momentum to propel these operations forward when restrictions are lifted and normality returns.   It’s in tough times such as those being experienced at present or in past economic downturns that the real value of relationships becomes understood and appreciated.   In fact, I would go so far as to say that the value of a business should not be measured by a numeric figure in the books of account but instead by the strength of the relationships.    These include everyone the owner or enterprise engages with i.e. staff, clients, alliance partners, suppliers, competitors, community groups, industry associations …and the list goes on and on.   Unlike many of a company’s assets, strong relationships are not a diminishing resource that depreciate over time.  When carefully nurtured and maintained they grow and the commercial benefit they provide the business multiplies.    The benefit for those businesses with strong relationships is that they are perceived positively.  A benefit of this is loyalty and is reflected in clients being the firm’s number one brand ambassador readily referring the organisation to friends, family and business associates.   There’s no argument that advances in technology and communication mediums assist and reinforce relationships.    Unfortunately, over time, and for a multitude of reasons, personal connectivity activities begin to wane.  Impersonal email broadcasts, video teleconferences, tweets and non-descript newsletters become the ‘go to’ communication mediums and those once valuable connections evaporate.   As humans we are hard-wired to build trust and loyalty to other people, not to objects, processes or gimmicky advertising or technological mediums.   Loyalty and trust come from experiences that are communicated in person with warmth and competence.   Unfortunately, when it comes to relationships – every business is unique and different, so there is no ‘secret sauce’ or off the shelf solution that a business owner can buy and then apply.      For relationships to be effective, it is important to see the world from the client’s perspective.    So, the business owner needs to step outside themselves and see things through the eyes of the client and build the relationship accordingly.   There are however, three essential components that underpin strong relationships – 1) genuineness 2) the personal touch and 3) the need to get out of your comfort zone.   This requires getting out of the office and connecting in person.  It is the ultimate MBA i.e. Managing By getting Around.    It’s for this reason that I view relationships as being no different to the foundations of a skyscraper.    They are not seen – are incredibly important – and the deeper / stronger they are – the higher and more structurally sound will be the building constructed on top.   In closing, those businesses that have nurtured those all-important connections and relationships are invariably rewarded with heightened business reputations and brands.  They are elevated by word of mouth and endorsed and promoted by appreciative and passionate clients.   Issued by Joe Perri & Associates             www.joeperri.com.au   Media enquiries:     Mr Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates                                     Mobile: +61 412 112 545      Email:   jperri@joeperri.com.au            Managing Director Mr. Joe Perri founded the company in 1995 after working for more than 22 years in the corporate sector.  Since then, Joe Perri & Associates has grown to provide PR and marketing focussed communication strategies / solutions for clients in the corporate, SME and non-profit sectors that help them achieve their strategic business aspirations.    Joe Perri’s goal is to help clients more clearly define their overall communication objectives and then implement the most appropriate strategy to reach their target audience more effectively. Every day, Joe Perri draws on his experience to enable clients to improve their business relationship, communication and brand / profile with customers, shareholders, distributors, the media and staff. JIM ROGERS “THE INDIANA JONES OF FINANCE” COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR www.wealth2021.com 2020-10-19T23:04:32Z jim-rogers-the-indiana-jones-of-finance-complimentary-seminar-www-wealth2021-com LEGENDARY INVESTOR JIM ROGERS TELLS AUSTRALIA TO MAKE FRIENDS IN ASIA & STOP RUNNING UP DEBTS! # JIM ROGERS “THE INDIANA JONES OF FINANCE” # STOP RUNNING UP DEBTS, MAKING ENEMIES & INCREASE IMMIGRATION # INVEST IN COMMODITIES & AGRICULTURE # 3 TIPS FOR KIDS  - SPEAK A 2NDLANGUAGE, SAVE & WORK Legendary investor and author Jim Rogers rode around the world on his motorbike twice and a convertible Mercedes once, to write Investment Biker and Adventure Capitalist, believes Australia needs to stop running up debts and make friends in Asia, advises people to invest in commodities and agriculture and will be speaking at the free WEALTH TRANSFER 2021 livestream seminar across Australia on Wednesday 28th October 2020. Free registration at www.wealth2021.com  At the Wealth Transfer 2021 livestream seminar Jim will speak about how to get ready for the imminent global collapse of the economy as well as reveal where the real money is hiding in the market right now. In 1973  Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund and during that decade the portfolio gained 4200 % while the S&P advanced 47%. Rogers then decided to “retire” and spent some time travelling on a motorcycle around the world.  Rogers was named the Indiana Jones of Finance by Time magazine following his 3 Guinness World Record achievements in riding around the world on his motor bike to write Investment Biker and driving in his sunburst-yellow custom-built convertible Mercedes to write Adventure Capitalist. His 3rd record was the car trip over 3 years for the longest continuous car journey.  “While I have never patronized a prostitute," Jim writes, "I know that one can learn more about a country from speaking to the madam of a brothel or a black marketeer than from meeting a foreign minister." Commodities and Agriculture. Jim Rogers says “ Wherever there is a crisis there is an opportunity. They go together. Transportation, shipping, tourism are a disaster. However people will fly again, London, Paris..they will stay in hotels, drink wine , there’s lots of opportunity too. US stock market is at near all time highs. China is down 40%.  NO to bonds, they are in a bubble. Sugar is down 80%  and Silver is down 60% from their world time highs.  Invest in commodities and agriculture.” Trump or Biden? “ I’m not a betting man but if I was I’d bet on Trump to win the US election. It’s very hard to dislodge a sitting President. Whether Trump or Biden wins it’ll be more spending and more money printing, but with Biden, he says he will raise taxes too.” Australia’s future Jim says “Your politicians are worse than ours. Running up debts and making enemies. The Australian dollar is down a lot for political reasons but you’re building staggering debt. I see problems ahead. My advice is to stop running up debt because you can’t afford it. Stop making enemies in Asia. Get out and start making friends with them. If the idea is that the US will defend Australia then you’ll be surprised. It won’t happen. Also open the borders to get more immigrants. Australia is the same size as the US but with 10% of the population.” Children. Rogers authored a book for his children, “A Gift to my Children: A Father’s Lessons for Life and Investing.” He says his three tips for parents in the 21st Century for their kids are firstly make sure your children can speak a second language. My two daughters were taught Mandarin. Secondly teach them to save and then invest. I gave mine piggy banks, actually 6 piggy banks so that they got in the habit when getting money to save and put their money in piggy banks. Thirdly to learn the value of work. I thought just getting a job at McDonalds for $8 an hour was a start. My 14 year old taught Mandarin and earnt $30 an hour. She complained when she found out adults were getting paid $70 an hour for the same job. Success. Jim Rogers says that “ successful people concentrate, work hard, are diligent, never give up, keep trying but most important it’s all about perseverance. Perseverance.” TO INTERVIEW JIM ROGERS email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601       Max Markson 0412501601 SETH GODIN VIRTUAL MARKETING SUMMIT Wednesday 21st October 2020 Free registration marketinglive.com.au/max     JIM ROGERS Legendary investor & author INVESTMENT BIKER & ADVENTURE CAPITALIST WEALTH TRANSFER 2021 LIVESTREAM Wednesday 29th October 2020 Free registration www.wealthlivestream.com   ROBERT G. ALLEN ZERO TO CA$H LIVESTREAM Thursday 29th October 2020 Free registration www.mesiti.com/robert     ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now from www.booktopia.com.au   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: max@marksonsparks.com M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900 www.marksonsparks.com     Robo-advisor Clover.com.au acquired by digital advice provider SuperEd Pty Ltd to create the pre-eminent retirement focused financial advice FinTech with in-house asset management capabilities. 2020-10-19T22:53:15Z robo-advisor-clover-com-au-acquired-by-digital-advice-provider-supered-pty-ltd-to-create-the-pre-eminent-retirement-focused-financial-advice-fintech-with-in-house-asset-management-capabilities SuperEd Pty Ltd (“SuperEd”) has acquired the business of automated investment advice and management ‘robo-adviser’ Clover.com.au (“Clover”).  SuperEd was founded in 2012 by former Vanguard Australia head Jeremy Duffield and senior banking and technology executive Hugh Morrow, with the vision to deliver affordable pre-retirement advice to more Australians through the use of innovative digital technology. The range of retirement related services provided by SuperEd has expanded over time, to now incorporate Retirement Essentials, a service for Australians seeking guidance in determining qualification for the Age Pension, and assistance with the complex application process through its Centrelink Entitlements Service. Retirement Essentials has helped over 40,000 Australians estimate or access their Age Pension and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card entitlements. Clover was founded in 2015 by former Mercer colleagues Harry Chemay, Sahil Kaura and Darcy Naunton together with Warren Burns, founder of digital agency BurnsRED.  Clover was created to allow a low-cost entry for the many Australians with insufficient wealth or financial resources to seek financial and investment advice. Clover’s offering was developed to cater to the needs of Australians in the 25 – 45 age bracket, a cohort traditionally not well served by the financial planning industry.  Clover’s user-friendly engagement technology, use of low-cost Exchange-Traded Funds and segregated investment ownership model allowed for savings and investment plans at a cost unattainable in Australian wealth management prior to the arrival of robo-advice technology. SuperEd has acquired Clover’s business, including its technology and staff. Clover’s Co-founder & CEO, Sahil Kaura said: “the transaction is a big win for our customers, partners, and the team. Over time, Clover’s customers will be able to take advantage of SuperEd’s range of proprietary retirement planning and digital advice tools.” Speaking about the successful outcome of the merger discussions, SuperEd CEO, Hugh Morrow said: “Clover’s capabilities are an important step forward for us to implement our retirement advice. It fits really well with our existing capabilities and moves us forward in terms of our strategic plans to deliver better retirement outcomes.” Clover’s Co-founder Harry Chemay will not be transitioning as part of the acquisition, electing  to focus his energies on his recent appointment as an Australian Ambassador to the UK-led Transparency Task Force (TTF).  Chemay noted: “Our drive, from Clover’s conception onwards, was always to reduce complexity and opacity in wealth management.  Technology has taken us part of the way there, but there remains much work to be done in the policy and regulatory spheres.  That’s where I’ll be directing my focus as a TTF Ambassador”. Much has occurred since both Clover and SuperEd were established.  The dynamics of the financial advice landscape has shifted significantly in the wake of the Hayne Royal Commission, to the detriment of both the industry and to Australians in need of quality yet affordable financial advice. Given the prevailing regulatory and structural headwinds facing the financial advice industry, it is now more important than ever that innovative methods of providing quality financial advice be available to service the circa nine million Australians who say they have unmet advice needs. Risking kids' health to prop up a dying industry 2020-10-18T06:59:55Z risking-kids-health-to-prop-up-a-dying-industry Dear Editor, When I was at school, back in the sixties, we were given little bottles of cows’ milk every day. By the time recess came around, they were warm and probably swarming with bacterial infections, but we were told they were good for us. Good for the dairy industry, more likely. The program was ended in 1973, after the Coombs report stated that it could not be justified on nutritional grounds. Now Dairy Australia and their lobby group Dairy Connect want to bring the program back into schools. Studies have shown that the industry believes they can hook children on their product and make them lifelong consumers, despite being aware that large sections of the population are lactose intolerant, which may involve symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. This proposition is the act of a desperate business. Sales of milk are plummeting and dairy farms closing down; of the 22,000 dairy farms in Australia in the 1980s, there are now fewer than 6,000 remaining. People are realising the cruelty involved in repeatedly forcibly impregnating cows, only to rip the calves away from their distraught mother within hours of birth, the boys slaughtered for veal and the girls conscripted to replace their mothers, who are ‘spent’ and butchered for hamburgers, while still barely grown. Do we want to risk our children’s health to prop up a dying industry? What’s next – free cigarettes to support the tobacco industry? Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Government Blamed for ‘Inaction’ as Fatality Toll Rises 2020-10-16T02:03:31Z government-blamed-for-inaction-as-fatality-toll-rises The Federal Government has been accused of ‘dragging its feet’ on work health and safety reform, as new Safe Work Australia statistics reveal the national work-related fatality has increased for the first time in more than a decade. SWA’s Key WHS statistics Australia report shows that while the fatality rate has decreased by 53 per cent since a 2007 peak, 183 workers died during 2019, 38 more than in 2018, with the biggest increases coming in transport (58 compared to 38) and across NSW (61 compared to 47). The data also shows the rate of claims through workers’ compensation for serious injuries increasing in agriculture, manufacturing, transport and logistics as well as health, community, and personal services. The ACTU has since accused the Federal Government of failing to act on the recommendations of a 2018 review of national WHS legislation which recommended industrial manslaughter provisions. Recommendations from the national review of the model WHS laws also included regulations governing psychological injury and ill health which would mean factors contributing to mental illness in the workplace would be treated like physical hazards. ACTU assistant secretary Liam O’Brien said the Government had caused the increased fatality toll through this inaction. “Every worker has the right to go to work and come home safe. Sadly, this data shows the appalling toll of Government inaction on workplace health and safety.” “The Morrison Government has been sitting on recommendations from the national WHS Review for 2 years. That inaction has made Australian workplaces less safe, and it has caused the first increase in workplace deaths in more than 10 years.” The ACTU noted that the increase in transport fatalities likely downplays the “horrific rates” of injury and death for delivery workers in the gig economy as many work-related deaths which occur on our roads are counted as traffic accidents, rather than workplace fatalities. “The rates of injury and death in the transport sector, in no small part due to the appalling conditions faced by delivery workers in the gig economy, is a national disaster. More than one worker a week died in transport alone in 2019,” O’Brien said. Key findings from SWA’s report include: 183 people were fatally injured at work in 2019 machinery operators and drivers had the highest number of fatalities by occupation (72 fatalities) in 2019 there were a total of 114,435 serious workers’ compensation claims in Australia in 2018-19 the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry had the highest worker fatality rate in 2019 body stressing was the leading cause of serious workers’ compensation claims in 2018-19, accounting for 36% of all serious claims vehicle collisions accounted for 43% of worker fatalities in 2019. Original Article https://myosh.com/blog/2020/10/16/government-blamed-for-inaction-as-fatality-toll-rises/ ZERO TO CA$H LIVESTREAM WITH ROBERT G. ALLEN free registration at robertlivestream.com 2020-10-15T21:36:06Z zero-to-ca-h-livestream-with-robert-g-allen-free-registration-at-robertlivestream-com ZERO TO CA$H With 5 New York Times bestselling books including #1 twice, the One Minute Millionaire co-author Robert G. Allen knows how to generate instant cash, so with the current pandemic he will be teaching those who have lost a job or are on reduced income how to make serious money in a short amount of time at his free ZERO TO CASH seminar live across Australia on Thursday 29th October 2020. Free registration at www.robertlivestream.com Robert teaches active investing that generates income in a short amount of time. He will focus on the internet in his seminar and show people what to do and how to do it.  “Now is the time to bring your own money in the door ASAP and I’ll be showing people the way they may not have thought of before. You’re sitting on your own gold mine and don’t know how valuable you are. There’s businesses and people within 20km of where you are right now that will pay you money” says Allen. “ I spoke with a painter who said her paintings weren’t selling during Covid. I told her to offer painting lessons online. I spoke to a girl in Italy who was desperate for money. I asked her “What do you know that others don’t know near you?” She said I speak English. I said great. Write to everyone you know and offer a 10 week “Learn to speak English” course for $1,000 and tell them there’s only one place left in the course. She sold 10 places!” “ I believe that if you’ve lost your job or on reduced income and your back is up against the wall then you have to dig into your own expertise and market yourself on your social media, to your database, take facebook ads and unleash the gold mine inside you. Everyone has something that someone else will pay for.” TO INTERVIEW ROBERT G. ALLEN email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT ROBERT G. ALLEN. Author of best sellers Nothing Down, Multiple Steams of Income, Creating Wealth. Carried out famous challenge  : “Sit me at the keyboard of any computer in the world with access to the internet, and in just 24 hours I’ll earn at least $24,000”     Max Markson 0412501601 HARRY DENT DENT SECTOR FUND LAUNCH Friday 16th October 2020 Free registration www.harrydentfund.com SETH GODIN VIRTUAL MARKETING SUMMIT Wednesday 21st October 2020 Free registration marketinglive.com.au/max   Legendary investor & author INVESTMENT BIKER & ADVENTURE CAPITALIST JIM ROGERS MONEYBALL 2021 Wednesday 29th October 2020 Free registration www.moneyballstream.com   ROBERT G. ALLEN ZERO TO CA$H Thursday 29th October 2020 Free registration www.mesiti.com/robert         ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now from www.booktopia.com.au   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: max@marksonsparks.com M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900 www.marksonsparks.com   Hospitality Pest Control 2020-10-15T06:48:40Z hospitality-pest-control Effective and timely pest prevention and control is crucial in pest management and eradication. Few issues and problems pose greater threats to a successful restaurant or hospitality outlet, then unwanted pests. Whether it is smaller pests or bigger rodent problems, pests in hospitality settings can be detrimental and could possibly result in heavy fines or foreclosure of the business. For example, one negative review or encounter with a pest on your premises could result in serious financial consequences and losses for everyone involved in the business, including employees and business owners.  Therefore, having an integrated and comprehensive pest management plan and strategy in your workplace can go a long way for the business. So how does one attain a pest free outlet or environment? Ali Ghafoor, A.M.G Pest Management CEO shares four top tips to help any business, have a pest free environment and avoid nasty pests, as well as food safety breaches. 1. Regular and comprehensive pest management: This means rather than ‘spot treating’ pest problems, having an integrated pest management approach and strategy. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an individually tailored and monitored approach for your business, aimed at identifying, preventing, managing, and controlling pest infestation all year round. This means regular inspections, monitoring and treatment. IPM can also help your business save money by reducing unnecessary demand of pesticides, callouts and aims to address pest problems before they start.  2. Housekepping and safe practices: Investing in extra cleaning hours and housekeeping is highly effective in ensuring a pest-free environment that addressing pest is everyone’s role and responsibility. One helpful step in introducing a cleaner environment is by rostering and dedicating cleaning functions and schedules. For example, hiring a junior staff member to carry out additional cleaning, such as under appliances, walls and general tidy up in addition to regular cleaning activities. This extra set of eyes can pick up things possibly missed by others.   3. Responding to pest problems promptly and effectively: At the very first sign of pest problems, address it. Invest in regular pest management and call in the experts. Sometimes simply avoiding the problem will not make it better and you could have much bigger problems at the end. Upscale pest management plans if required and until the infestation is under control. 4. Staff training and mentoring: Pest management is more than chemical treatments or pesticides. Sometimes training the workforce in key areas, such as: i) effects of pest problems on the business (financially and operationally), ii) individual roles and responsibilities around pest detection, reporting and control and iii) knowing the signs of pest infestation and control, can significantly help in addressing your pest problems. Pest management should be everyone’s responsibility and not just a pest control technicians’ when called to address active problems. In summary, ineffective pest management could be costly and detrimental for a business, its staff and business owner. Effective pest management should be imbedded into the business strategic plan and forecast. More importantly pest prevention, control and management requires a holistic and integrated team and organizational approach. For more information about effective and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy for your business visit our website: www.amgpest.com.au  A NEW STRONG VOICE FOR FUNERAL DIRECTORS 2020-10-15T04:25:22Z a-new-strong-voice-for-funeral-directors eziFunerals is calling on independent funeral directors to join their collaboration platform and form a co-operative alliance that will challenge the funeral industry. Founder and Owner of eziFunerals, Peter Erceg, said the funeral industry is too fragmented with more than eight different national and state associations in competition with each other. ‘Most of the independents are not members of any association’, he said. With a strong industry background, eziFunerals pitch to independent funeral directors is that we need to join together to form a strong alliance. Since launching in 2017, eziFunerals continues to grow from strength to strength with more independent funeral directors signing up with Australia’s #1 funeral planning platform. 'eziFunerals has been developed by independent funeral directors for independent funeral directors’. Unlike other funeral comparison sites, we don’t charge commissions and funeral brands owned by the ASX listed companies, are not permitted to use our platform', he says. 'We believe that independent funeral directors need a strong and independent voice to represent the interests of both our member funeral directors and Australian families. ‘Our member funeral directors have made it very clear to us that they require a platform that provides a level playing field in order to compete with the big funeral chains, said Erceg. In addition to lead generation and growth in market share, we are negotiating deals with some of the best providers Australia-wide to enable our members to: get a better deal. benefit from economies of scale. provide competitive pricing. and lower operational costs. Peter Erceg said ‘unless independent funeral directors can operate as a co-operative funeral alliance, they will continue to lose market share to the big funeral chains and new direct cremation players in the marketplace. This is not in the interests of family owned funeral homes or consumers.’   About eziFunerals eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au.     DISCONNECT BETWEEN MANAGERS AND EMPLOYEES COULD HINDER GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY 2020-10-15T03:54:50Z disconnect-between-managers-and-employees-could-hinder-global-economic-recovery Business leaders and employees are aligned when it comes to rating the importance of skills development within an organisation, but poles apart when it comes to the confidence they will achieve it, according to worldwide research commissioned by Cornerstone OnDemand, a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software.   While 90 per cent of business leaders are confident of their ability to develop the skills of their employees, only 60 per cent of employees felt assured of their employer's ability to deliver the right resources to be able to develop those skills.    Similarly, while 87 per cent of senior leaders felt equipped with their company's resources to develop employee skills, only 62 per cent of employees believed the same, with an alarming 26 per cent strongly disagreeing their company had the resources to build employee skills.   The global research "Making Skills of the Future a Reality for all" was undertaken in March and April 2020, just as the effects and reverberations of COVID on the economy were being understood. The research was conducted in two tranches and measured the views of 500 Global business leaders of companies with more than 500 employees, including 145 from the APAC region. It also measured the views of 1,000 employees across the world, including 299 from APAC.   "As the global economy grapples with the fall-out from COVID, the future of businesses, and employees' careers, will be contingent on developing skills of the future," Cornerstone OnDemand's Australian Managing Director Sue Turk.   "Alarmingly, our research found a wide gap between the perceptions of employees and business leaders when it came to a roadmap of priorities to develop the teams of the future. And it comes at a time when we need to work together more than ever towards economic recovery," she continues. The results found that as COVID took hold, almost half of all employees surveyed (47%) were concerned their role will change significantly over the next few years, and nearly a third of respondents (30%) held concern their position would not be required at all in the next few years.    The majority of employers and employees accurately predicted their daily work experience would be altered because of COVID, with 76% of employees ranging from slightly agreeing to strongly agreeing with that statement. Almost all non-HR execs (91%) agreed with the statement, with a similar number of HR execs (88%) concurring.   While COVID itself was not an attributable answer, 21 per cent of employee respondents were concerned their role would become too technical for them to continue, and 20 per cent worried more qualified candidates would fill their role.   The disconnect between employees and employers is even more apparent when it comes to employee fears, that they will be replaced by someone more qualified.    In contrast, 86 per cent of employers believed that assessing the skills of their current workforce was more important to them than confirming their credentials. And 81 per cent of employers felt that skills assessment was more critical than proving work experience.   "It is more important than ever that employers and employees are aligned, especially as working from home could lead to social isolation and further exacerbate feelings of insecurity among employees," says Sue Turk.    "It is imperative that organisations are agile and able to adapt and pivot to develop a skills framework that will carry them through current events and meet their needs for the future. They need to identify the people and skills to carry their business forward and be able to measure success according to their industry priorities."   She continues: "For companies to adapt and survive, they must have the right skills as quickly as the workforce needs to adapt to change or technology accelerates. If not, this skills gap will cause further talent shortages and global uncertainty," she continued.   The survey found the biggest impediments to success for employees in terms of training included time, money, direction and availability of content, with the majority of employees (61%) citing a lack of time to complete training as the most significant barrier to success. That was followed by lack of money to invest in their own skills training (42%), not understanding what they should be learning or how to learn (39%), a lack of available content (38%) and a more than a quarter of employee respondents (26%) not having the confidence their leadership team supports their learning.    All of these issues are further compounded with face-to-face training no longer a viable or economical option for employers.    "While it may seem like an expense to invest in online training solutions, we know it is worth the investment. Gartner research found that on average, larger organisations spend $49m replacing employees who quit due to lack of career development opportunities[1]. In other words, it is more cost-effective to train existing employees where there are skills gaps than to lose them and their valuable company knowledge and experience, to then undertake recruitment and induction training to replace them.    "We know that employees feel valued when employers invest in training, and that satisfied employees are loyal and committed. At a time where we will need to work doubly hard to salvage the economy, training really is a worthwhile investment."   Online or cloud-based training platforms and solutions address the issues of delivering face to face learning remotely, personally and whilst observing social distancing protocols. Online training should deliver ubiquity and hyper-personalisation. In other words, it needs to be all things to all people while providing personal and bespoke skills training.    Sue Turk concluded: "Our research is showing us that it is critical to have teams and aligned and connected if we are to recover.  Investment in up-skilling or re-skilling employees will bring about a faster return on investment and create stronger teams to deliver on business recovery strategies.”   -ends-         About Cornerstone OnDemand: Cornerstone is a premier people development company. We believe people can achieve anything when they have the right development and growth opportunities. We offer organisations the technology, content, expertise and specialised focus to help them realise the potential of their people.    Featuring comprehensive recruiting, personalised learning, modern training content, development-driven performance management and holistic employee data management and insights, Cornerstone’s people development solutions are used by approximately 6,300 clients of all sizes, spanning more than 75 million users across over 180 countries and nearly 50 languages. Learn more at www.cornerstoneondemand.com.     For further information, a photograph of Sue Turk or to arrange an interview, contact Fiona Hamann on 0415 9191659 or fiona_hamann@hamanncommunication.com [1] https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/build-a-vibrant-internal-labor-market-and-increase-your-talent-pool/ ETHAN DONATI- FROM SHY GEEK TO HOSTING SETH GODIN & SHARK TANK’S NAOMI SIMSON! 2020-10-14T22:54:52Z ethan-donati-from-shy-geek-to-hosting-seth-godin-amp-shark-tank-s-naomi-simson ETHAN DONATI- FROM SHY GEEK TO HOSTING SETH GODIN & SHARK TANK’S NAOMI SIMSON! Move over Promoters Michael Gudinski, Michael Chugg and Paul Dainty and meet Ethan Donati , the 26 year old shy geek from Melbourne who has thousands coming to his online seminars from countries all over the world starring Purple Cow bestselling author of 19 books, Seth Godin, The #1 Viewed Motivational Speaker in the world Eric Thomas and Shark Tank’s Red Shark & RedBalloon owner Naomi Simson. Ethan Donati is Australia’s biggest VP ..that’s Virtual Promoter. He was the shy kid, suffered crippling social anxiety, didn't fit in at school who became a tech geek hiding behind his computer …then forced himself to learn how to speak in public and has now got thousands of people coming to his free online events including marketing pioneer Purple Cow author Seth Godin on Wednesday 21st October and Shark Tank’s “red shark” Naomi Simson on Tuesday 10th November.  Free registration to Seth Godin is at www.marketinglive.com.au/vms  Free registration to Naomi Simson is at www.soartosuccess.com.au TO INTERVIEW ETHAN DONATI email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT ETHAN DONATI. After feeling excluded for being too shy and being told he would never succeed, Ethan found his passion in public speaking and is now CEO Of Sold Out Seminars and has graced the TEDx stage. Ethan helps other entrepreneurs, speakers and coaches use marketing and speaking to grow their business. He has also taught at The University Of Melbourne since he was 22 years old, a university that he actually failed at in his first year when he was a student there.