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Small businesses can achieve workplace flexibility too!

workplace flexibility

You don’t need to look hard to find another news story about big business offering great flexible work perks to their employees. Large organisations like PWC, Commonwealth Bank and Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are attracting talent to their organisations by promoting access to flexible work arrangements amongst their other quirky workplace…

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How to convince your General Manager to introduce the Capability Framework

convince your gm to introduce the capability framework

Working in HR, you are typically the first to recognise the tangible benefits of implementing the Local Government Capability Framework. With that realisation can often come the task of convincing your General Manager (GM) and Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to allocate the necessary time and resources to put the framework in place. With a myriad…

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INS and LGNSW partner on the Local Government Capability Framework

LGNSW Partnership Capability Framework

Local Government NSW has engaged INS in a partnership to support councils to implement the Local Government Capability Framework. The Framework has been designed specifically for the Local Government sector and based on extensive consultation with councils across the state. It is a sophisticated framework that sets out the essential knowledge, skills and other attributes…

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Does the Local Government Capability Framework affect the NSW LG Award 2017?

Capability Framework and the LG Award

Change in the workplace can often create confusion. New approaches in workforce management and the implementation of new systems can translate to big changes for HR personnel and the organisation as a whole. The introduction of the Local Government Capability Framework is no exception and accordingly, councils must understand that change takes time and effort.…

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Have you worked out Millennials yet? What you need to know [e-book]

The Millennial Myth

All too often ‘Millennial’ is perceived as a dirty word with a myriad of negative connotations. Is this justified or merely misguided? Millennials are the generation born from the 1980s to mid-1990s. They are more likely to hold liberal political ideologies, less likely to practice religion than previous generations, and grew up in the age…

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3 ways Capability Frameworks can overcome performance management challenges

using capability frameworks for performance management and performance development

Public sector organisations are subject to exceptionally high rates of change in response to the ever-shifting sands of the political environment. Given the level of resilience and adaptability this requires from their workforce, public sector HR Directors and Managers have their work cut out for them when it comes to meeting the challenges of performance…

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Using work-based assessments to assess employee capabilities

work-based capability assessments in talent mobility programs

How the INS talent mobility program and work-based assessments matched staff into new roles across the NSW public sector. The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) heralded an exciting period of change across the disability landscape. However, for all its benefits, it also meant almost one-thousand employees of the NSW Department of Family…

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Transport for NSW: Managing staff in a major restructure across multiple public sector agencies

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Managing staff in a major restructure across multiple Government agencies. The CEO of NSW based people management and career transition firm, INS, says it is possible to cost effectively manage many staff during a major, simultaneous restructure of several departments or subsidiaries of private firms or of multiple Government agencies. Sophia Symeou says INS helped…

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Proven ways to keep unions onside during reform

unions reform

One of the most challenging roles an HR professional can undertake is dealing with unions. Without the right approach, the process can quickly break down or become combative, leaving you and your team feeling frustrated and ineffective. Sophia Symeou, CEO of INS, shares her proven strategies for keeping unions onside during reform – and giving…

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8 attributes needed to create Workforces for the Future

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At INS, we talk a lot about Workforces for the Future and the attributes individuals need to develop to keep up with future job trends. I recently read an article from Apolitical which looked at the views of public servants worldwide on the top qualities needed to work in the public sector. Some industries have…

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