5 Ways for Employers to Put Diversity and Inclusion into Action

Posted by: The ADP Team on 17 May 2017 in Human Capital Management

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At ADP, we are committed to diversity and inclusion, because it’s good for our associates, our clients, and the communities we serve. I’m proud that our efforts has seen ADP rank #17 on the just-announced, 2017 DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for diversity list.Finding and keeping good employees has never been easy and people can now switch jobs more easily than ever, placing added pressure on employers to tune into workforce demands beyond salary and benefits. Current trends indicate that job searchers are choosing employers based on who they are as an organisation and what they stand for, including diversity and inclusion efforts, corporate social responsibility, career mentorship and other dimensions that weren’t always considered fundamental to doing business. In other words, people want to work for organisations that do more than just grow profits.Over the past few years, businesses have placed a particular…

Australia's gig economy – are you & your business ready for it?

Posted by: The ADP Team on 11 May 2017 in Human Capital Management, Innovation & Technology

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4.1 million Australians or almost one-third of our workforce is engaged in freelance work according to an Upwork survey. On-demand or contingent workers, independent contractors, self-employed  or freelancers – there are many names for this growing pool of talent who form what is being called the gig economy. With significant advances in technology and more flexible working practices across all industries, people now have the option to adjust the way they work to better suit their life.In fact the majority of Australians in the gig economy say they originally started freelancing by choice, rather than necessity.  According to Upwork’s research, more than 60% agree that freelancing provides them with the opportunity to work from anywhere – and more than a third (43%) said they’ve been able to move to a different location because of the freedom freelancing gave them. ADP…

Can’t jump over it, can’t crawl under it but you can conquer it

Posted by: The ADP Team on 1 May 2017 in Human Capital Management

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Change can be an odd concept for many of us – perhaps because it requires us to ignore the ‘stranger danger’ warning that’s an ingrained part of our psyche. Yet, with many organisations across Australia and New Zealand operating in a more Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world, change has become essential to business survival. Leaders across every line of business need to manage constant change and in a rapid manner – or they significantly reduce the competitiveness of their organisation. Recent research from the Economist Intelligence Unit and ADP revealed that change management even impacts finance leaders and their counterparts in management. It appears that no area of business is immune to change.Managing change can be challenging and to date there’s no confirmed path to success. A quick search of the internet reveals 402,000,000 articles, journals and books…

Hiring Locally vs. Transferring Expats

Posted by: The ADP Team on 24 April 2017 in Multinational & Globalization

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When your business expands into a new location or international market, creating the right team is a critical ingredient for success. There's on-going debate amongst business and HR leaders about whether you gain more know-how by transferring expatriates from your existing operations into the new market, or if you're better served hiring local employees. The truth is much depends upon your organisation's goals and needs when it comes to expanding into the new market.An expat employee on secondment typically carries a deep understanding of your organisation’s products, policies, systems, workplace culture and strategy. This could help him or her get the required support from colleagues at headquarters to navigate any challenges more confidently and rapidly.The main advantage local hires provide is a deep knowledge of the target market including the culture, government regulations and prevailing work styles. "The most important…

Workplace culture now a strategic opportunity for Australian businesses

Posted by: The ADP Team on 20 April 2017 in Human Capital Management

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The Australian economy could grow by an estimated $70 billion a year if we halved the gap in management effectiveness between Australia and the world’s best, according to the Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow report released by Deloitte. That’s more significant than the estimated productivity benefit of the internet. So how do we achieve this? Most successful business leaders know that a big part of managing teams is creating a positive workplace culture. According to Deloitte University Press research, "organisations that create a culture defined by meaningful work, deep employee engagement, job and organisational fit, and strong leadership are outperforming their peers and will likely beat their competition in attracting top talent."Workplace culture drives cohesion and collaborationJosh Bersin, founder and principal of Bersin by Deloitte, in a Forbes article titled Culture: Why It's the Hottest Topic in Business Today, said that "culture, engagement,…