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Shining the Spotlight – launching BEA 2022

Shining the Spotlight – launching BEA 2022

Thanks to the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce team for gearing up for another great year of Business Excellence Awards in 2022. We love the theme of 'shining the spotlight' that the Chamber has adopted this year. We don't do that often enough do we …...

Minimum Wage Review Released – 15 June 2022

Minimum Wage Review Released – 15 June 2022

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced the 2022 minimum wage review outcome.   The key points are as follows: 5.2% increase to the national minimum wage National Minimum Wage will be $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour This amounts to an...

Feedback: The Ultimate Respect

Feedback: The Ultimate Respect

Feedback. Challenging to give; difficult to receive – even when it is positive we Australians still seem to struggle with giving and receiving feedback! I think a lot of people feel awkward giving positive feedback – maybe because they didn’t get...

Culture – the ultimate competitive advantage

Culture – the ultimate competitive advantage

Put simply, the culture of a company is the sum of the behaviours of all its people (Michael Kouly). Our workplace culture gives us a sense of identity, ensures we attract and retain the right people, and gives us a deeper sense of connection.  ...

Follow our 4 Day Week Journey

Follow our 4 Day Week Journey

Focus HR has been on a journey to implement the 4 Day Week, achieving 100% productivity, in 80% of the time, with 100% pay. It's not about compacting 38 hours into four days.  It is about being truly efficient at what the business does so that...

All I want for Christmas … Naomi

All I want for Christmas … Naomi

So I've had a hiatus from blogging about our 4 day week journey for a couple of months. Why? Well I would have a say a combination of being busy (aren't we all!); and some disappointment (and maybe a touch of embarrassment if I am totally honest)...

And so it begins … February 2022 – Naomi

And so it begins … February 2022 – Naomi

Well people … we've done it. Over the past five months, we've built or improved on something like 457 new assets (think templates, precedents, brochures, information sheets etc).  Why? Two big reasons: Firstly (and most importantly in my eyes), so...

Are Business Owner Years like Dog Years?

Are Business Owner Years like Dog Years?

Did you know that the first year of a dog's life is equal to approximately 15 years of a human's life? The second year of a dog's life equals about nine years for a human. And after that, every human year equals approximately four or five years for...

COVID-19 Vaccinations – to mandate or not to mandate

COVID-19 Vaccinations – to mandate or not to mandate

Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has told Australia that the vaccine roll out could occur as early as next month, and savvy employers are asking the question of whether they can make vaccinations mandatory in the workplace context.  Up to...

Post JobKeeper – do you have a plan?

Post JobKeeper – do you have a plan?

JobKeeper 2.0 will come to a finish at the end of March 2021.  And with it, the Job Keeper Enabling Directions that eligible employees could make under the legislative changes that Fair Work released during Covid-19 will also cease. Business who...

Toowoomba celebrates its businesses in style

Toowoomba celebrates its businesses in style

The decision to go ahead with the Business Excellence Awards this year was a leap of faith, believing that the Toowoomba business community would endure and that we would want an opportunity to celebrate together.  2020 has been a year where we...

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