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Christmas - a time to be jolly?

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Company Christmas Party - just deciding whether to have one can be a minefield for businesses! read more

People Smartz wins Business Excellence Award

Tony Perkins - Friday, April 12, 2013

Business Excellence AwardIn an outstanding performance this quarter, People Smartz has won the Client Heartbeat "Business Excellence Award - Partnership Category" for the Professional Services & Consulting Industry in Australia.

Through an independent evaluation process the leading consulting firm scored a weighted "Partnership" score of 8.9/10 as determined through an independent survey conducted across People Smartz's entire customer base. Scores were calculated based upon the question asked to clients "How collaborative and proactive do you find us in supporting you?". read more

Lets Make People Management "Simple"

Tony Perkins - Thursday, April 11, 2013

I often visit small and growing businesses to discuss with them their people management needs. Their need is a very simple one - "I just want to treat my people right and make sure I am compliant". Unfortunately,until recently, that need could not be addressed in a simple manner and many employers would place the need in the "too hard" basket.   read more

Working from Home - Not as simple as it sounds!

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Occasionally at People Smartz we see trends beginning to develop in regards to the areas we are asked to assist businesses. At the moment, we seem to have a "run" on businesses approaching us to assist with issues that have arisen as a result of working from home arrangements. Over the last three months, we have assisted a number of businesses and organisations to "sort out" these arrangements.  The majority of these businesses were not for profit and run by a "volunteer" executive or elected officials.  Over time, the nature of these businesses had resulted in there being a lack of awareness in regards to the activities of employee/s of the business - in one case, the Executive did not even really know the physical address of their "office"! read more

Developing a Plan for your business

Tony Perkins - Friday, August 17, 2012

Last week I met with a small business owner who was having trouble "executing" her business plan. It turned out that her "plan" had been developed for her by a trusted advisor and was largely devised from a template which looked predominantly at financial indicators. The "plan" told her that she needed to achieve a certain gross profit, achieve certain ratios and keep costs to a certain level. read more

Simple Time Management for Small Business People

Tony Perkins - Sunday, November 06, 2011

During a presentation to a group of business people last month I was asked a question about the importance of long term planning in a business. The person asking the question phrased the question to reflect his own situation where his time on a day to day basis was totally involved in the here and now - “How can I find time to think long term?” This is a great question! And the simple answer is... read more

What Successful Businesses Do Differently

Tony Perkins - Friday, September 30, 2011

Ever wondered what successful businesses do differently?  We may have some answers for you in a new white paper! read more

Small Business Needs An Industrial Relations System that Works For It!

Tony Perkins - Monday, September 05, 2011

Did you know that 89% of employees in Australian Businesses were employed by companies employing 20 employees or less? (Australian Bureau of Statistics 8165.0 2010) read more

Loyalty - is it right to expect it from employees?

Tony Perkins - Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A couple of days ago, I had a long conversation with one of my clients. His lament was one I have heard before from business owners - that staff these days are no longer "loyal" to their employer. There is an endless amount of research regarding the difference between generations, and the changing face of our workforce and really I don't intend to go into those in this blog - what I would like to talk about is an often missed part of "loyalty" - that of individual identity and identification. read more

Christmas - A Time to Party or A Time to Beware?

Tony Perkins - Monday, November 30, 2009

End of year/Christmas Office parties - a great time to unwind, rub shoulders with workmates and other great antics.  They can be a fun time! But end of year parties have a very serious side as many of these antics lead to "regrets" after. Recent research in Australia found that 70% of people believed that hitting the booze led to a more "personal" feeling amongst staff.  Nearly a quarter of females interviewed admitted that their boss had made a pass at them at an office party. read more



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