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Watching paint dry – are your team meetings killing productivity?

Whilst team meetings are an important part of reinforcing communication and create a positive culture for sharing ideas and problem solving in the workplace…it is important to ask: Are my team meetings successful? Good meetings are collaborative, productive, with good decisions made, staff motivated, and tasks established. However, if you’re not getting them right, staff…

Cessnock LGA on the NBN roll out map

Nearly 20,000 premises across the Cessnock LGA have been added to the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out map, with fibre-to-the-node construction expected to commence in early 2017. The NBN promises to deliver internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (mbps) to 90 per cent of fixed line premises by 2020, a substantial improvement…

Check out the photos from our latest networking event

Advance Cessnock City recently hosted a networking event at the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre. Networkers from across the LGA, as well as a few welcome neighbours, had a great time making new contacts and strengthening existing ones. Local artist Saretta Fielding gave a special Welcome to Country and attendees heard updates from Council’s General Manager…

Get inside the buyer's mind

A satisfied customer will not only keep coming back, they’re more likely to recommend a service or product to friends, family and colleagues. Getting inside a buyer’s mind as they make their way through the purchase decision can improve customer service, and when coupled with effective sales and marketing strategies it can increase turnover and…

Mining sector job well runs dry

The mining sector unemployment rate is nearly three times the national average, with 16.2 per cent of Australian minerals professionals out of work as at June 2015. The high unemployment rate is just one of the findings in the 2015 Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Professional Employment survey, the results of which AusIMM…

Sick leave is contagious

Absenteeism cost the Australian economy more than $24 billion last year according to a nation-wide survey. The Ai Group’s Absenteeism & Presenteeism Report 2014 found the average Australian worker took 9.41 days of unscheduled leave, a 12 per cent decrease from 2012. To find solutions to tackle absenteeism researchers in Norway went in search of…

Australians embrace collaborative economy in search of elusive pay increases

I wonder if my Uber driver will let me take my dog to my BorrowMyPooch match on the way to the airport?  I really hope the room I found on Airbnb is nice.  Oh, and by the way, did you ever get that graphic design job you bid for on Airtasker? Yes, these are all…

Chamber membership and the importance of networks

Consumers are 63 per cent more likely to purchase goods or services from a small business that is a member of a chamber of commerce. That’s according to a 2012 US study to determine the value of chamber membership to business.  The study also found membership was viewed as an effective business strategy by 59…

Trans-Pacific Partnership to put local procude on international shelves

Lauded as one of the most significant global trade deals in recent history, the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been finalised after nearly a decade of negotiation. The TPP encapsulates 12 member nations which together account for 40 per cent of global GDP.  A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade…

It's not a coffee break, it's cognitive fatigue reduction!

The Department of Defence has confirmed what the overworked and sleep deprived have known for more than a millennium: caffeine is the sweet elixir of the fatigued. A joint study between researchers from Australia and the United States found caffeine had a positive effect on reducing cognitive fatigue – essentially, how hard the brain has…

From Facebook to Fair Work Commission: a cautionary tale

A Facebook unfriending has successfully been used as evidence in a Fair Work Commission decision about workplace bullying. The Commission handed down the decision against a Tasmanian real estate franchise after finding merit in a number of claims put forward by an aggrieved employee. An agent at the real estate franchise alleged that over the…

Putting the work into networking: top 3 tips for success

Did you know 86 per cent of all small businesses get their business through networking? Research has shown small and medium enterprises (SME) in regional Australia are “a major source of prosperity and employment” critical to the resilience of the communities they operate in.  Underpinning the sustainability and profitability of regional SMEs is innovation and…