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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

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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

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October 7, 2020

40% of local businesses face skill shortages

In our latest Executive Outlook business survey, 65 local business leaders shared their experiences and insights on skill shortages (viewed across different sectors).  Given the state of our economy right now, you might be a little surprised by these results (hiring intentions are encouraging, too). Skill Shortages 40% of business leaders are challenged by skill… View Article

October 6, 2020

Local businesses reflect on remote work (the jury’s out)

In our latest Executive Outlook business survey, 65 local business leaders shared their reflections and views on remote work (suffice to say, the jury’s still out). Here’s what we’ve found. 58% of business leaders have embraced remote work.  It started out as a conversation about leveraging technology to work from home. This allowed us to… View Article

October 6, 2020

Local businesses reshape to 2020

Executive Outlook is presented exclusively by Top Office Group, and is known as the “most comprehensive and insightful study of our region” (for our 12th year running). We’ve interviewed 65 business leaders so far – thank you for your ideas on reshaping our businesses, in response to these unusual trading conditions. Reshaping local businesses 40%… View Article

October 6, 2020

Confidence bounces back for local businesses (revenue’s still sporadic)

Executive Outlook is known as the “most comprehensive and insightful study of the region” (for our 12th year running). We’ve interviewed 65 business leaders so far.  Here’s what we’ve found. Confidence Confidence is bouncing back (revenue’s sporadic, margins are tight and we’re adapting as we go, but the heartbeat’s back). 45% of business leaders are… View Article