wattsnext Blogs

Author: Michelle Henry   Date Posted: 20 March 2017  

What do you do when a friend suggests that women that get stuck in domestic violence situations should know better? That the issue was theirs because the warning signs were there, yet they chose to stay? This happened to me a couple of months back and as someone who has continually witnessed and has been a victim of domestic violence myself, I did not know whether to be angry, sad or simply ashamed . I argued that do...

Author: Kateena Mills   Date Posted: 14 March 2017  

With the announcement by UK company BrewDog that they are introducing Pawternity Leave, which allows their employees to take a paid week of leave to lo...

Author: Matthew Stent   Date Posted: 1 March 2017  

While it is important for employees to receive feedback from their boss, it is also important for the boss to subject themselves to some critical assessment. Given that the buck stops with the boss, you need to ensure you are doing things right and these measurements must come from all angles to ensure you are performing at your best as a leader. At the end of each quarter it is a great idea to pause and take stock of your own progress in both your business a...

Author: Emma Koehn and Dominic Powell   Date Posted: 28 February 2017  

We are honored to have made SmartCompany's Best Business Blogs in Australia for the second year in a row! A truly amazing job by every member of the watts next team, all of who contribute...

Author: Kateena Mills   Date Posted: 28 February 2017  

Firstly, I have an admission – I am a very late adopter to the whole podcast/audiobook bandwagon. However, recently (like 3 days ago) I finally got with the program and am now loving having access to so much amazing content straight from my phone to my brain! So tonight, while I was clocking up my 10,000 steps as part of our # watts nextwellness focus, I listened to a great podcast. It was a conversation with Jonathan Fields and Simon Sinek in which they di...

Author: Gemma Jamieson   Date Posted: 22 February 2017  

In all aspects of life, it is important to always have a plan. To set a goal and work out how you are going to reach it. But all too often, people seem to prioritise planning and strategizing over actually acting. They sit around and discuss and calculate and compare, to the point where they never give themselves the opportunity to implement their plan. The timing ends up no longer being right or a newer and even greater idea to plan for presents itself. But the matter of the fac...

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...