July 10 Newsletter
WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER!
It Seems You Love Them!
It has been great to see our Complimentary Showcase Breakfast and our Recruitment & Selection workshops have been, once again, a huge success. At Beaumont we are diligent in obtaining feedback and not one – yes that’s right – not one attendee saw the events as anything other than extremely beneficial. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our speakers at the Showcase Breakfast in particular. We all found their presentations to be thought provoking, inspirational and very relevant.
June has been a month full of activity for the Beaumont teams.
Welcome to our Newbies!
We have recently appointed several new staff members who will be commencing over the next couple of months. A big welcome goes to:
Joe Hendry – Property & Construction – CBD Branch
Karen Thorley – Temporary Services - CBD Branch
Julie Cowap – Accounting – North Shore Branch
We are also delighted to announce that Georgia Browning has returned to her position as Temporary Services Consultant in our North Shore Branch following the birth of her first child. Georgia can be reached on 9413 1311 or email her at Georgia.email@example.com.
With the increase in our candidate and client base, and to ensure we meet their needs, employing new staff for us is both positive and exciting. The future is looking very bright so we welcome the new financial year with open arms.
Something we need to alert our Clients to is the on-going issue of candidate shortages. Although we have seen some fluctuations in the share market, it was great to see employment has now increased to more than 11 million and the unemployment rate has reduced to 5.2%. With generally a more positive attitude towards the future, good candidates are going to be in even shorter supply than they are now. If you are looking to expand your business, we suggest you don’t leave it too long to find the right people.
At Beaumont we cannot emphasise enough the importance of making quick decisions on your hires. On several occasions Clients have been disappointed to find their offers of employment have been made too late. As we recruit all day, every day, your Consultant is fully qualified to guide Candidates and Clients in setting realistic expectations.
Vinnies CEO Sleepout!
Something we are all very proud of is our CEO’s participation in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. This is the second year Nikki has found her cardboard carton and slipped into her sleeping bag to try and experience the plight many of our homeless people have to cope with every day. Nikki is so committed to this cause, this year she was on the organizing committee where they took the “Sleepout” national. Well done Nikki! Together the CEO’s generated a huge $2 Million that will go towards providing some relief for those men, women and children who don’t have a home. We would also like to say a very big THANK YOU, to those Candidates and Clients who gave a donation. We couldn’t have done it without your help.
Have a great month everyone!
The Beaumont Team
MORE OPENNESS NEEDED IN OUR UNCONSCIOUS BIAS
Unconscious bias is holding back organisations from achieving ultimate workforce diversity and inclusive cultures despite having implemented arrays of diversity-promoting initiatives.
According to business psychologist Binna Kandola OBE: “There is a problem, and the problem is us. We are all biased, and we’re not prepared to talk about it.”
“We’re hearing from organisations that they’re making progress [towards workforce diversity] but they would like to be further along than they are,” Kandola said.
Skin colour is the first thing people tend to notice, Kandola said, and gender is the second. However, people often try - unsuccessfully - to pretend they don’t notice skin colour in an effort to appear unbiased. “Colour is the first thing we notice,” he said. “It’s become the last thing we want to talk about.”
Experiments have been conducted that involve pairing up people of different ethnic and racial groups who are then asked to describe people depicted in a selection of photographs. Typically, a white person paired with a person of another colour is least likely to mention skin colour as a descriptor while other participants, such as white with white and non-white with non-white, tend to mention it. Then when an video footage is shown of the exercise, audiences usually vote for the person who avoids mention of skin colour as the least likeable participant.
“To try and pretend we don’t notice something takes effort. Suppressing knowledge is difficult,” Kandola said.
Bias comes from the need to establish one’s own identity, a process that involves categorising ourselves and others, as well as comparing our group with others.
Removing inherent bias requires, among other steps, setting fairness as a goal, seeing things from others’ point of view and leaders’ behaviour, Kandola said.
It also requires taking a solution-focused approach as opposed to a problem-focused one. He gave the example of exploring how to help a person with a disability to succeed in a role instead of concentrating on the disability would prevent someone from succeeding.
Extracts from an article in Recruiter Magazine.
OUR FIRST BOARD MEMBER!
Congratulations also needs to go to our relief North Shore Branch Manager Rhonda Dunn who has been appointed to the St John Ambulance (NSW) Board. St John as you may know, is a charitable organisation dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. They are Australia’s largest first aid training provider to business, industry and the community.
One of St John’s goals is to have one person in every household trained in First Aid. After attending the St John Bravery Awards recently, Rhonda was overwhelmed with those individuals who stood up to explain how their lives were saved directly as a result of a person on the street who had completed First Aid Training.
Are you trained in First Aid? If not, maybe you and your friends/colleagues would like to be? For more information, go to www.stjohnnsw.com.aucancer
Race across Asia for a Cure for cancer!
Janine Runaghan our ‘Not For Profit’ Consultant has started her training with Can Too for the Half Marathon on September 19th raising money for Cure Cancer Australia. Part of her training also includes the Sutherland to Surf and City to Surf. We take our hats off to her. If you want to sponsor her follow this link .
For those of you looking to take part in something similar, Can Too are offering you the opportunity to combine your love of travel with fundraising!!
With the help of Inspired Adventures, Cure Cancer Australia is organising a life-changing trip to Asia, including 14 amazing days racing in teams of 2 across Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Saturday, 6th November – Friday, 19th November 2010
Join them on an incredible adventure of a lifetime and experience:
- 4 days cycling & 6 days trekking - find a mate, or we'll find you one!
- Trekking to the highest mountain in Vietnam
- Sunrise at the sacred world heritage temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Jungle Expediton & survival course in Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Luang Prapang, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its mix of gleaming temple roofs, decaying French colonial architecture and beautiful scenery
- Magnificent trekking in the beautiful landscapes of the Sapa valley where many hill tribes still live their traditional lives
If you are relatively fit & willing to seriously train & fundraise this adventure is for YOU!
TEMP OF THE MONTH
This month our $100 Temp of the Month prize goes to ….. Michelle Carey!
Michelle is currently working for Maha Trajkovski at Open Text. This is what Maha said:
“Michelle is a valued member of our team and is a pleasure to work with.
She always produces work in a timely manner and takes on every task with great enthusiasm and willingness. Her friendly approach makes our office bright and even more inviting!
Congratulations Michelle on being awarded Temp of the Month!”
Well done Michelle from everyone at Beaumont Consulting!