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Five Reasons Many Workforce Planning Efforts Fail

Five Reasons Many Workforce Planning Efforts Fail

In our consulting activities we are noticing a significant upturn in enquiries for workforce planning related projects. The world is being disrupted and people are responding by deciding to take the future of their workforces into their own hands. Most organisations...

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Four key reasons people are prejudiced

Four key reasons people are prejudiced

Why are people prejudiced against other people? Why do racism and sexism occur? Why are some people lacking in acceptance of people with disability or the elderly? SACS and Deakin University partnered in a study late last year on why people are intolerant. The results...

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Want an engaged workforce? Hire cheerful people!

Want an engaged workforce? Hire cheerful people!

Last year Simon Albrecht from Deakin University and myself had an article published in the International Journal of Human Resources (Albrecht and Marty, 2017) on characteristics which drive employee engagement. We discovered a range of very valuable findings, some of...

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Testing for toxic masculinity

Testing for toxic masculinity

Toxic masculinity is typically meant to refer to men living out stereotypical characteristics such as a commitment to dominance, which can lead to aggression, including sexual aggression. It can also relate to misogyny and homophobia due to a stereotypical view of...

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Workplace Whingeing.  Good or bad?

Workplace Whingeing. Good or bad?

I was fascinated to see an article on the ABC website recently citing the work of Dr Vanessa Pouthier. The article stated that Dr Pouthier had observed a group of employees in a health services environment and had concluded that the whingeing that she observed there...

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Why do employees act badly?

Why do employees act badly?

There has been much press in recent times about employees acting badly. From the Royal Commission into banking, where people have been shown to prioritise commercial results over the welfare of their clients to a range of bullying and harassment behaviours, this has...

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Why we need “positive deviants” at work

Why we need “positive deviants” at work

Whenever we hear the term “deviance” we immediately think of people doing the wrong thing – counterproductive work behaviours, as they are known in psychology research. This is understandable, because bad behaviours have a massive effect on...

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