Posts Tagged ‘AHRI’

Upcoming HR/Recruitment Events Worth Attending

imageIt’s raining conferences! A year ago, I argued that in spite of the many available alternatives, conferences are worth the trouble. In a world of tweetups and webinars, I still think there’s immense value in physically attending a conference. Besides, committing oneself to a whole day of networking, listening and learning can never be a bad thing (if the price is right, of course). Do you think conferences add value? Have your say here (only 3 questions).

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The Future of HR in Australia

AHRI’s latest white paper takes a comprehensive look at how the HR profession might look a decade from now.  The paper predicts that the role of HR professionals will change significantly by 2020 (when Gen X and Y will take over the board rooms of Australian organisations). The paper highlighted nine new likely roles for HR practitioners:

      • Workplace transformers: transformers of the structure and conduct of work within a widely distributed set of locations
      • Work-life integrators: role models for integration and work-life balance

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    Navigating the Australian Job Board Landscape (Job Board Report 2010 Released)

    JobBoardReportblog The 2010 Job Board Report is ready for download here. Here are four observations from the report:

    The Competitive Landscape
    The wrath of the downturn spared no one; industry revenue dipped by 21%.  However, the industry grew in numbers even in the midst of falling revenue. We recorded 270 jobs boards, an increase of 14% from last year, and many more are still in the woodwork (we counted around 50). Convinced that the print industry has no long-term future, job boards are buoyed by the fact that spending on print media still amounts to an estimated $400-600 million every year.

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    Best of the Best 2009


    We salute all the winners and achievers in our industry this year. Congratulations.

    SARA Awards (SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards)

    • Large Generalist RecruiterIPA Personnel (Runner up: Adecco Australia, Finalist: Drake International)
    • Generalist Recruiter (Medium)Westaff (Runner up: Sinclair Consulting Group, Finalist: Mosaic recruitment)
    • Generalist Recruiter (Small) : métier (Runner up: Launch Recruitment Pty Ltd , Finalists: Staff it Pty Limited, Zelda Recruitment)

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    Talent Tidbits – Indigenous job board, Web 2.0 usage & Fair Work Act

    Thought for this week: “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” – John Cage

    Web 2.0 at work
    McKinsey second annual look at how companies are using web 2.0 technologies (e.g. blogs, RSS etc).  Firms who embraced web.20 applications are “enjoying benefits such as increased knowledge sharing and more effective marketing”.

    First indigenous job board
    Why it took this long is a mystery. That it took a private sector player to launch the first job board for indigenous Australians is another mystery. Regardless, it’s a welcome arrival. Kudos to everyone involved.

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    Global financial crisis and talent management in Australia

    Compared to other developed economies, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has been kinder to Australia.

    Nevertheless, it seems the GFC has profoundly affected HR practices and talent management in organisations across Australia. A new study by AHRI sheds new light on how companies are coping. Downsizing is popular, even though it’s a difficult decision for most companies. Not surprisingly maximising value from the current workforce is top priority with 69.67% of respondents using performance review and providing extra support to top performers. 45% are still hiring top talent.

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    AHRI National Convention 2009


    Notes from the AHRI national convention (15-16 June).

    Colourful industry: Our industry is much larger, varied and colourful than I imagined. Every conceivable workforce issue or process is addressed by one or more solution providers. Have you heard of Wise? Staffed mostly by ex-federal police members, they investigate and eliminate workplace bullying. NIDA, employing famous actors, brings a performance art approach to corporate training. ECE International provide remuneration solutions exclusively for Australian expats. Autopia will plant 17 trees for every new vehicle bought in a salary packaging deal. GraduateOpportunites offer all you can eat statistics on graduates. Loyalty programmes, reward management, training houses, recruitment firms, job boards, talent management software, payroll solutions, the list goes on and on. The ingenuity on show was impressive.

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    AHRI National Convention (Opening night)

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    The AHRI national convention officially opened last night.  If Sunday night’s turnout was any indicator, the event promises to be popular. Close to 100 vendors signed up to display their wares. I plan on meeting everyone, over the course of the next two days. I’ve already had good conversations with a couple of technology players, education providers and HR professionals. Lots to report. The main event starts today. Follow my tweets here (dependent on Wifi access).  A few pictures from last night.

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