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3 ways for business support staff to remain in-demand now, and tomorrow

3 ways for business support staff to remain in-demand now, and tomorrow
In my role, one of the questions I get asked often from business support professionals is, “What do I need to upskill in to remain competitive?” There is no right answer, just as there is no universal skill that remains in demand forever and no organisation that shares the same values and goals as the next one.
 
 
 

Cultural fit and diversity: can they go hand in hand?

Cultural fit and diversity: can they go hand in hand?
Diversity is a hot topic and no longer just a compliance measure but a key in fuelling innovation in organisations. Organisations agree that you need diversity of thought to solve problems in an effective way.

At the same time, hiring for cultural fit is increasingly becoming important as employers see the benefits of a cohesive work culture. Research suggests that when employees fit the work culture they are more engaged, which leads to better performance, retention, customer service and happier employees.

 
 
 

How Queensland Health is becoming a more agile organisation – one leader at a time

How Queensland Health is becoming a more agile organisation – one leader at a time
How Hudson played a part in Queensland Department of Health’s Leadership Development program.

Leadership development is a challenge for any organisation, let alone a government department fraught with changes in governments and priorities. . Yet Queensland Department of Health recognised that a cultural transformation in selecting and developing their leaders was in order to stay competitive.

The solution? A bespoke leadership program tailored to the needs of emerging leaders. Here’s how the department went about implementing the initiative.
 
 
 

The best questions to ask in a job interview to assess the workplace culture

The best questions to ask in a job interview to assess the workplace culture
What questions can you ask in a job interview to help you decide if the organisation is right for you?

 
 
 

How to speed up innovation: collaborate and separate

How to speed up innovation: collaborate and separate

Organisations need more than great ideas to drive innovation: they need collaboration with experts and separation from day-to-day operations. Here’s what Hudson APAC’s CEO, Mark Steyn, has learned from accelerating Hudson’s innovation agenda in 2017.

 
 
 

Three tips for leading a multinational team to success

Three tips for leading a multinational team to success
The way we work together is changing. Globalisation, expansion into new markets and flexible workplaces require diverse teams of people working together: virtual teams, cross-border teams, matrixed organisations.

Working with people you do not see – or who live in a different time zone, or think, talk, feel or act differently from you – can make even simple tasks difficult.

 
 
 

How to become a people manager: the two leadership traits you need to demonstrate

How to become a people manager: the two leadership traits you need to demonstrate
If you haven’t managed before, it can be difficult to apply for a manager role. When you don’t have the experience, here are the two leadership traits you need to prove that you have.
 
 
 

How looking at data helped strengthen our leadership pipeline

How looking at data helped strengthen our leadership pipeline
Case study: John Holland uses data for succession planning

How do you decide who to promote into senior leadership roles? Here’s how property and construction group John Holland uses data from Hudson Talent Management leadership assessments for succession planning.

 
 
 

Six unusual, real-life questions asked by hiring managers in job interviews

Six unusual, real-life questions asked by hiring managers in job interviews
Even if you’re well-prepared for a job interview and have rehearsed your answers to common questions, sometimes a hiring manager will ask an unusual question to see how you can think and respond on your feet, as well as find out more about your soft skills and cultural fit.

Here are six real-life examples from Glassdoor of unusual questions people have been asked in job interviews and how to answer them if they come up for you:

 
 
 

Alternatives to redundancy: the four Rs of managing workforce change

Alternatives to redundancy: the four Rs of managing workforce change
In Japan there is a term called mottainai, which expresses regret when something good is wasted. For environmentalists, avoiding mottainai involves the four Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair.

In my outplacement work with organisations, I deal with another form of mottainai: is the waste of talent that can occur when companies don’t proactively manage their workforce. When time is tight and with the imperative to cut costs or patch crucial talent gaps, companies often feel they have no choice but to do it reactively – wasting resources, in-house talent and hard-won morale.

Hudson avoids mottainai in the context of managing workforce change by using another principle of four Rs:

 
 
 

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