wattsnext Blogs

Author: Sue-Ellen Watts   Date Posted: 20 February 2017  

Part of the watts next vision has always been to change the way small to medium businesses (SMB’s) utilise Human Resources (HR). This was written nearly 10 years ago and still stands strong today. What this means is that we want to influence businesses to see their HR as not a resource but a critical commercial function of their business. We also want to make sure we are delivering forward thinking ahead of the game solutions to our clients....

Author: Bianca Monahan   Date Posted: 1 February 2017  

Health to me is something that is invaluable. If you have your health, so much of everything else sort of falls into place (even business success). I don’t necessarily mean just physical fitness, but overall mind and body wellness as a whole. As the resident office PT and “health nut”, I have always tried to bring health and wellness back to its roots. To re-teach the team old simple habits that used to be, and to try and repair people’s relationship with food and healthy ex...

Author: Kate Fynes-Clinton   Date Posted: 30 January 2017  

At our most recent watts next team day, we discussed and dissected our company values, one by one. “No ego”, perhaps my favourite of these, sparked a conversation around vulnerability and its place in relationships of all kinds, including our line of work as service providers and in the management teams of our clients’ businesses. As a heart-on-her-sleeve kind of girl, vulnerability has never been a difficult concept to welcom...

Author: Matthew Stent   Date Posted: 10 January 2017  

So, to continue on the current topical point of millennials and their effect on the work place, I would like to propose that we were all millennials once. Retrospective evaluation would identify that each new generation has always been looked a suspiciously by the previous occupiers of the glass towers. The invention of rock and roll sent the world crazy in the 50’s with all believing this would be the death of morals. The 60’s saw a...

Author: Kate Fynes-Clinton   Date Posted: 5 January 2017  

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since launching my human resources career, it’s that no two paths are the same. Yet irrespective of field, experience or expertise, we do all share the capacity to make healthy choices and decisions towards a fulfilling life. Most of what we read about a great career touches only on the outer tactics of success and ignores the inner-compass. I’ve found my ultimate “wow” moments (in work and life) owe little to long, stressful hours. They’re more a conseq...

Author: Gemma Jamieson   Date Posted: 9 December 2016  

Anyone who has worked in a corporate or office setting has likely heard something along these lines at one point or another. So, why does there seem to be such an overwhelmingly negative perception of HR and everything it does? Since HR is often so involved in disciplinary actions and terminations, there is a common misconception that HR departments exist solely to enforce rules and ruin employees’ fun. I recently read an article that described HR as “management’s pawn...

Author: Kateena Mills   Date Posted: 6 December 2016  

Would you expect an acquaintance, or even friend, to respond with complete honesty if you asked them whether your beloved child was smart/attractive/well-behaved? I can’t imagine I would be that confident. At the very least it could be an awkward interaction for all involved. Why would it be any different to assume your employees are going to give you an honest answer about how they feel about, and experience your other baby – your business? That’s why it is so important t...

Author: Katie Hamilton   Date Posted: 23 November 2016  

If your read my blogs, you might notice that there’s a bit of a theme happening here of me going on a bit of a rampage against managers not stepping up (yes, this is an extension to my last blog about being “too nice” as a leader ). I have had a few experiences of late, working with clients who have taken too long to exit an employee from their business and it’s now reached a critical point. Too often I see business...

Author: Tamara Bloyce   Date Posted: 21 November 2016  

Workplace stress can be severe due to workplace changes, mergers and acquisitions, organizational changes, a missed promotion, an unforeseen demotion, bullying, conflicts with colleagues or broken employee-employer relationships. At one point in our working lives or career we all experience this, but it is our response to these situations and having a positive healthy mindset and attitude that can change the tide, combined with a willingness to seek help if things ge...

Author: Gemma Jamieson   Date Posted: 21 November 2016  

Five minutes ago, I was in high school and I was worrying about whether or not I will be accepted into my university degree. Now, I have almost graduated university and my journey in the workforce has begun. As I think back on all of my time that has past, I wonder if there is anything that I would change? There is nothing significant that I need to change, but perhaps the changes that I would make could have a significant effect on my journey? I have collated my most v...

Author: Michelle Henry   Date Posted: 14 November 2016  

This blog may not be well received. Many people may disagree, some may think I’m entirely missing the point, but I’m sick of hearing about millennials, baby boomers and any other generational label people are sticking on me, my colleagues and my friends. ​If I was the sort of person who loved wearing labels you would classify me as Generation X. According to the research I am the “overlooked generation”, the “middle-child” some may...

Author: Anita Caulley   Date Posted: 14 November 2016  

When a team member comes to you with an issue with another team member, what to do next can sometimes be a daunting task! It can seem the best option is to put it on the “to do” list and deal with it once all the “important” issues are finished. DON’T DO THAT! Aside from the fact that it’s against the law, it is better for you and your business to make dealing with this issue top priority. Issues with team members can cause friction between all staff, limit productivit...