Here's the thing

When I launched this business I went in search of like minded business people. I needed to find my support network, my bit of community over competition.

I also went in search of other businesses as clients. I tried all the regular stuff, I sent emails, I pounded the pavement, I went to networking events………..

OMG – how awkward & intimidating is networking when you know nobody in the room.

It’s also a concept that’s a bit stale, there’s nothing innovative about it, nothing about it has changed in decades and as a newcomer to the business community I’m not even sure, in fact I know, it wasn’t working for me to build my client base & business.

As someone who has based their whole business model on offering up a different experience to my competitors I was seeking an alternative.

Something a bit cool, a bit fun…….. something a bit different.

And then something amazing happened, I found my community.

A collective of business owners with similar values who were also looking for that………something

So we created it

Business speed dating is a concept that’s been around in the US for a few years but is a reletively newish concept in Australia and definately something fresh & new for Kalgoorlie.

We want to introduce ourselves & our services to Kalgoorlie based businesses, and we want to help you make those same connections in a fun, less awkward setting.

Everything you need to know is HERE, tickets are only $10 and include refresheshments

So the only other thing is….. will we see you there?

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE IS A KALGOORLIE BASED HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) CONSULTING COMPANY THAT SPECIALISES IN DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS WITH SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES. WE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH EMPLOYEE INITIATIVES. 

CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL GOALS.

AT THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE YOU ONLY PAY FOR THE WORK WE UNDERTAKE FOR YOU;  NO ANNUAL OR MONTHLY FEES; NO CONTRACTS; JUST QUALITY, LOCAL, SERVICE.

Take the leap

Guest post – Sharni Foulkes – Business Advisor KBCCI

Kalgoorlie-Boulder really is the best place to start and launch a new business and 2020 has never been a better time.

Your probably thinking to yourself, who in their right mind is this lunatic with a statement like that, and why now, in what seems to be an economic down turn.

Well, My name is Sharni Foulkes, I am the Business Advisor at the KBCCI. I work with a variety of businesses across different Industry’s on a daily basis. And let me tell you, now has never been a better time to step out of that comfort zone and give that idea you’ve been housing for some time a good old fashioned go.

Sharni, left, pictured with Tia Jefferies from the KBCCI

With the average age of 33, an average household income of $115k and an almost 50/50 ratio of males to females the times are changing. Millennials are taking over and that is okay. For the small business industry, this means the barefoot investor budgets, strong side hustles and the ambition to succeed. And hard work prevails, but the statistics and support that have come across my desk throughout 2019 have been nothing short of amazing.  

  • 514 face-to-face client meetings
  • 20 group sessions/workshops across 9 different topics
  • 21 digital meetings
  • 502 client action plans
  • 494 returning clients
  • 241 new clients

And with the appointment of a further two new business advisory contracts at the start of the financial year through (ASBAS) Australian Small Business Advisory Service for digital solutions and (NEIS) New Enterprise Incentive Scheme we have been able to expand on the services and topics that we can provide. ASBAS allows us to provide an outcome based service in the digital world, whether it be setting up a facebook/Instagram account or walking through the ATO’s reporting app, we are aiming to better connect our small business clients online and empower them with the confidence and understanding to utilise technology for better productivity. And NEIS has allowed us to work with an unemployed clientele, assisting them to achieve their certificate 3 in micro (home based) business, while still keeping their payments, and building their business over an intensive 12 months of mentorship. Not only is this a free service, I actually do care about you and want you to be sustainable and successful! 

Along with the services that we provide, we also maintain close relationships with stake holders and where possible get them out to Kalgoorlie to engage with the businesses in a face-to-face setting through either a networking events or workshop. 2019 provided the following services and achievements for our clients to better their business opportunities:

  • Small Business Showcase Event
  • State Government Procurement policy presentation for Aboriginal Business (attendee)
  • AUS Industries visit and meetings with 10+ clients (outcomes for over 80%)
  • Facebook workshops presented by Facebook
  • Small Business Development Corporation visit and meetings with stakeholders
  • Female Founders Grant consultation (Only regional consultation for WA)
  • Australian Tax Office educational workshops
  • Australian Securities and Investment Workshops
  • Cyber security workshop as a hosting partner through NAB

As well as attending many meetings, collaborations, events and information sessions to ensure we are equipped to the highest standard to assist and pass on knowledge for our clients.  

I am one person and in Kalgoorlie-Boulder there are many other support services offering business advisory. So now knowing what you now know, wouldn’t you agree – there is no better time than 2020 to start, grow, expand or launch your business. If you are intrigued, give us a call and come in to see me, we can asses where your at and work out the right direction for you. It’s free, thanks to some amazing government funding.

When Sharni isn’t supporting the start-up business community of the Goldfields region, or facilitating numerous business workshops, she is dynamic participant of the local business community through her membership with Goldfields Women Building Business, Rotary and of course her membership of W.A.C.K.E.D. (that’s all about networking right??). In her downtime she can be spotted on Fashions on the Field catwalks around the state, outfit on point.

You can find Sharni on Facebook here, or located within the KBCCI office.

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE IS A KALGOORLIE BASED HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) CONSULTING COMPANY THAT SPECIALISES IN DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS WITH SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES. WE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH EMPLOYEE INITIATIVES. 

CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL GOALS.

AT THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE YOU ONLY PAY FOR THE WORK WE UNDERTAKE FOR YOU;  NO ANNUAL OR MONTHLY FEES; NO CONTRACTS; JUST QUALITY, LOCAL, SERVICE.

It all starts here

When does a new employees’ introduction to your business begin? Day 1? Signing of the contract?

It starts when they first hear about your job and make that decision to apply. And that settling in, falling into the culture of your business process, takes about a year.

Task & skill wise it takes a new employee about 3 months to be working at capacity, but people rarely leave jobs because they can’t do the work, they leave because of poor leadership, poor communication, poor culture and poor organisation in the way the business approaches it operations.

28% of new employees will quit a job within the first 90 days, 64% within the first 12 months. In my experience you can usually tell within 6 weeks if you’ve lost a new starter or not. Sure they might still be attending work, but they aren’t “there”, they aren’t productive, a bit of a fish out of water, just not quite fitting in.

The solution?

A contemporary & structured recruitment and onboarding process (“Onboarding, also known as organisational socialisation, refers to the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organisational members and insiders.”)

Struggling to attract Kalgoorlie residential employees? I’m here to help!

One that doesn’t finish on day 1 after their induction.

According to research by Hibob, many new employees feel as though their role wasn’t accurately portrayed during the recruitment process. Whether that be tasks omitted from discussions or workplace culture being misrepresented it becomes startling evident on day 1 and the emotional disconnect commences. The process has been misleading, the excitement has soured.

More than 25% of employees say that they didn’t receive enough information about their job before accepting the offer. Only 40% of employees say that their current job completely reflects how the position was described during the interview process.

So what does this mean as an employer? It’s all about communication. Make the tasks and your expectations clear from the get go, and keep talking to your new employee about it. People thrive when they know what’s expected of them and what they are working towards.

A week— even a month — isn’t nearly enough time to grasp the complexities of a new company; understanding individual roles and how they fit into the bigger picture.

Beyond the essential information needed to do the job, onboarding is an opportunity to build connection with peers, leaders, work and the organisation. Weaving in workplace cultural elements — the vision, mission, values, norms, behaviours and rituals — in the early stages, takes onboarding beyond improving how individuals work, to strengthening the way in which people work together towards a common purpose.

As the first experience people have with the business, onboarding plays a crucial role in delivering on the promises of the employer brand, and should feel relevant with the overall employee experience.

The People & Culture Office can build your business a Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy, 100% tailored to your business, your values and your strategic goals. Contact us for an obligation free meeting to discuss how we can help you.

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

The People & Culture Office is a Kalgoorlie based human resources (HR) consulting company that specialises in developing partnerships with Small and Medium Enterprises. WE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH EMPLOYEE INITIATIVES. 

CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL GOALS.

At The People & Culture Office you only pay for the work we undertake for you;  no annual or monthly fees; no contracts; just quality, local, service.

The November Newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter. This month I’m taking it back to basics. I’m discussing the role of HR in your business, why buying a pack of generic policies probably isn’t adding much value to your business & how quality HR sits at the core of your business success.

I’m also looking at the challenges of attracting a residential workforce & how we can do a better job of selling Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Click to read.

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH PEOPLE & CULTURE INITIATIVES CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC GOALS.

Lets break it down

An employee planning their week in a diary

The People & Culture Office – A different kind of HR Consultant

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Who am I & what do I do?

I want to start with my mission statement – “To build capacity of small – medium enterprises through people & culture initiatives. We aim to be the leading provider of human resource solutions in the local Kalgoorlie-Boulder area, and the wider Australian business community, helping to create more successful, productive and high performance organisations.”

So in other words, I want to build your knowledge, and improve your tools and the resources you have at hand, to help you achieve business success through quality employees and employment practices. And I will do this by embedding HR solutions into your business framework 

Buying a set of cookie cutter policies from a HR provider that has whacked your logo on there to make it feel individualised is not a HR solution – that’s an insurance policy to lull you into a sense of security should Fair Work come knocking.

Having a set of policies in a folder means diddly if you don’t understand the content, don’t follow them or aren’t being provided the support from an experienced HR professional to use them effectively in your business – someone who’s willing to share their knowledge to help you develop your skills in managing employee relations issues.

Additionally, a solution by its very definition is a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation. Are your set of generic policies really a solution?

Having trouble attracting employees? Would having a Recruitment Policy in place solve that? No, because a policy doesn’t tell you how your going to get there, just what you’re going to do once you’ve arrived.

A recruitment strategy, on the other hand, will assist with attracting employees because it’s designed as a plan of action. A recruitment strategy can identify how & where you can source candidates and what initiatives you can put in place to build your employer profile to make you more attractive to employees.

This is a HR Solution, and this is the true value of HR in your business.

And this is why when you become my client I don’t lock you into a contract, because the value I can offer over my competitors speaks for itself, and that’s why I’m a different kind of HR Consultant 

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH PEOPLE & CULTURE INITIATIVES CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC GOALS.

Lets get back to basics

What is HR and what does it have to do with your business?

Let’s start with your strategic plan, these are the outcomes you want to achieve over the next 1 – 3 years. It’s your plan of where you want to take your business 

If you have employees then every aspect of your strategic plan involves them

One of your strategies might be to drive innovation and seek out improvements to every aspect of your business 

To do this you need skilled employees with the experience and capability to identify areas for improvement 

What skills & attributes have you identified that your employees will need for you to achieve this? How do you find them? Do you already have them? 

This is where a skilled HR professional can assist 

The strategic plan is underpinned by your core values 

Your core values are the behaviours that guide your decision making, your service, how you engage with clients and the community; they tell your stakeholders who you are and what you believe in

So it makes sense to employ people who share these values with you right?

How do you structure your interview process to ensure the answers to your questions identify the behaviours – negative or positive- as reactions to common scenarios in the workplace?

A HR professional experienced in behavioural or values based recruitment can develop processes to identify the quality employees from the, well, not so quality employees 

But what about your existing employees, how can they help you achieve your strategic goals? How do you guide their behaviours and identify development areas so that everyone is working at an ideal level?

HR can develop policies and processes such as performance management systems to ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them, what they are working towards and what their standard of work, attitude and behaviour needs to be

So this is a basic snapshot but you can see how quality HR processes are a necessity to elevate your business to where you want it to be, to achieve your goals, to have quality employees who stick around and have the buy in to want to see the business do well

HR isn’t a thing we do, it’s the thing that runs our business 

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

Simone Pickering | The People & Culture Office

 The People & Culture Office can partner with you to gain a competitive advantage through people & culture initiatives Contact Us to arrange an appointment to discuss what solutions we can put in place to drive achievement of your strategic goals.

October newsletter

It’s all about branding! And creating a compelling brand to entice employees your way.

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Simone Pickering | The People & Culture Office

IT’S TIME FOR HR TO MOVE BEYOND POLICIES, PRACTICES AND PROCESSES. THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH PEOPLE & CULTURE INITIATIVES CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC GOALS.