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Executive Outlook 2023 (Presentation highlights)

We were delighted to welcome close to 100 guests to our presentation of Executive Outlook 2023, held at the Ipswich Turf Club.  We extend a huge shout out to all the business leaders who shared their valuable insights. Our survey reflects the views of businesses right across the greater Ipswich region, matched against broader trends… View Article

Executive Outlook 2023, Benchmark your business

We’re excited to announce the launch of our annual survey, Executive Outlook 2023. No other survey gives such a detailed analysis of business sentiment in our region, matched against broader trends (this is our 15th year running).  Business leaders share insights into the challenges they face, confidence levels, hiring trends and market conditions. Executive Outlook… View Article

Retention ideas

A recent SEEK survey found 23% of workers are looking to move jobs in the next 6 months – here’s why. More money Career progression Burnout or lack of work-life balance Poor leadership or culture That said, it’s much cheaper and saves time to retain the talent we’ve got and give them tools to thrive…. View Article

Executive Outlook presentation – the highlights

We would like to give a big shout out to all the business leaders who shared their insights into Executive Outlook’s latest survey. It was wonderful to see so many new (and familiar) faces at our presentation, held at the Ipswich Civic Centre last week. We love your feedback – thank you. “Excellent presentation, well… View Article

The Talent Crunch (and what comes next)

It’s a great time to be a jobseeker right now. Who could dream unemployment would fall to 3.5% (the lowest level in 48 years)?  New figures from the ABS show job mobility is at a 10-year high.  Job switching, counter offers and wages are all on the rise. We hear about top performers being poached… View Article

Presentation highlights from Executive Outlook

We would like to give a big shout out to all the business leaders who shared their insights into Executive Outlook’s latest survey, following our presentation last week. Our survey explores business sentiment and take the pulse of leaders across the region (for our 13th year running). Multi-Tier Economy 68% of local businesses in our… View Article

Benchmark your business

Executive Outlook’s survey takes the pulse of business leaders across the region. This week, we explore the popularity and pitfalls of remote work (followed by skill shortages, next week). Pandemics come and go, but this one taught us how to lean on technology, stay productive and work from home.  This presented opportunities for businesses to… View Article

Executive Outlook, new insights

This week, Executive Outlook explores what’s keeping local business leaders awake at night and how we’ve pivoted into these unusual times, matched against broader data.  We hope these highlights are helpful, and would love to hear your views. One of the most striking trends from our research is the nature of challenges across different sectors…. View Article

Executive Outlook 2021 (results are in)

Executive Outlook is an exclusive brand of Top Office Group, and a passion of mine for 13 years. We talk with real people asking real questions, and take the pulse of business leaders across our region.  No other survey gives such a detailed analysis of business sentiment, matched against broader trends. Each week, I will… View Article

Candidates in the box seat

When I look back with hindsight of 34 years’ sourcing and training talent, the changes are profound.  No more so than the acceleration of technology, as a buffer for businesses to stay productive and keep workers happy in COVID. It is heartbreaking to watch the economic fall-outs of COVID lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne. We… View Article

100% of leaders in Executive Outlook report skill shortages

Our study indicates we’re heading a perfect storm – businesses have the work coming in but not enough staff. Demand for labour has gone through the roof.  Some let people go in the midst of COVID, and are now struggling to hire.  Workers are more cautious about changing careers.  Companies are responding with higher wages… View Article

Flexible work is here to stay

The acceleration of technology has created a buffer for businesses to stay productive and keep workers happy in COVID. Social networks, collaborative software and Zoom have been a godsend (never could have predicted that, three decades ago). Employees like the freedom and independence of this lifestyle, with push-back on returning to workplaces. They get to… View Article