Leadership lessons

3 lessons from the most inspiring leader I’ve worked with

One of the most inspiring leaders I have worked with in my career didn’t have a “polished” approach. They didn’t have a university degree, a particularly extensive vocabulary, or an expensive suit.  Their resume was not full of high-profile international experience.    Regardless, I learned many, many things about great leadership from this person – probably too many for a single blog. But, …

Employees playing table tennis, symbolising a way of minimising employee stress

Redesigning work: 4 simple ways to minimise employee stress

(That aren’t yoga, mindfulness or table tennis tables)   Monday 24 July was Lifeline’s annual Stress Down Day, when employees are encouraged to engage in various fundraising activities that focus on reducing stress at work. Some of Lifeline’s suggestions include a worst dad joke competition, a paper plane throwing contest, lunchtime yoga, and wearing slippers and PJs or a zany …

Independent studies bust myths about game-based assessments

Revelian CEO Cherie Curtis and Head of Psychology Jason Blaik are the kinds of people who like structure and regularity in their lives. While they don’t dislike change per se, they do like to have plenty of notice and time to prepare for changes in advance.   Because of this, they were somewhat stunned to find themselves on a plane traveling from …

Uber Toxic Culture

Avoid a toxic culture like Uber, create a corporate culture like Netflix

Just recently, Uber’s Chief Executive Officer, Travis Kalanick, announced that he was resigning from the troubled company, due to pressure from investors. While he had been taking an indefinite leave of absence to improve his leadership skills, a “series of costly missteps” lead the Uber board to demand that he step down to give the company “room to fully embrace …

Dog in an office with a group of employees

Does taking your dog to work really improve engagement?

In 1999, a company called Pet Sitters International held the inaugural Take Your Dog to Work Day, to celebrate dogs as wonderful companions and encourage adoptions. After a slightly chequered past, the event is now held on Friday June 23rd in numerous countries around the world, including Canada, NZ, the UK, and Australia. And while the concept of having our …

Candidate in front of a screen that has a speech bubble saying 'Superb'! indicating a positive candidate experience

Connect with candidates to offer a better experience

I’ve noticed a lot of noise lately from numerous different sources about the candidate experience. Overall, it seems that people are increasingly recognising that certain aspects of traditional recruitment processes can be both onerous and demanding, and cold and impersonal. And that’s not good for the organisation and its bottom line.   Of course, the idea that offering a great …

Social media profiles

What can social media profiles tell us about cultural fit?

My Verification Service (MVS) has partnered with Revelian to offer psychometric assessments as part of their suite of verification and background checking tools.   In this guest blog, Daniel Sheahan, CEO of MVS, talks about how social media profiles can help employers identify whether candidates are likely to be a good cultural fit for the role and the organisation.     As a …

woman working on computer with cute cat on her lap, illustrating flexible work conditions

The billion dollar benefit of flexible work

For those of you who haven’t already marked it in your calendar, get out the highlighter! This Friday 2nd June 2017 is Leave the Office Early Day.  The day, originally created in the US by Employee Productivity Specialist, Laura Stack, is designed as an incentive for overworked employees to get a little bit of ‘me’ time back.   As many …