Latest News

February 9, 2022

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

November 5, 2021

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

November 2, 2021

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

October 26, 2021

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

July 20, 2021

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

July 20, 2021

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

Ready for work

July 20, 2021

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

July 8, 2021

Executive Outlook reflections

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. Actually, the hiring snapback from COVID has caught us all off guard.  The boot is now… View Article

January 25, 2021

Signing on with the Ox

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2021 is lucky for those born in this Year of the Ox, as well as Snakes, Roosters and Rats. Let’s hope their luck rubs off on the rest of us. Rumour has it the Ox will bring stability and order next month, along with favourable conditions for economic recovery. After… View Article