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Grow your own talent – Outstanding incentives

ABS unemployment has dropped to 5.5%. It’s a great story, but underemployment has a huge foothold, with a shift towards part-time work.

We decided to explore this through the eyes of 200 employees and job-seekers in our region. We found that 33% of the employees we surveyed are not working enough hours to support their […]

June 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Grow your own talent – Outstanding incentives

Executive Outlook explores AI (and where people fit in)

In our latest survey of 200 job seekers, we were surprised to learn that 90% of our respondents are not concerned about the impact of technology on their career prospects.
Perhaps they don’t see the big picture.  Either way, we need to wise up to the dramatic transformation taking place. How do we have this […]

June 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Executive Outlook explores AI (and where people fit in)

Endangered (and hot) jobs in 2017

Despite signs of a buoyant economy, studies show over 40% of our workforce face being replaced by computers in the next 5 years.  Companies are pushed on margins and lean on technology ahead of people to stay profitable. We’re all vulnerable, but none more so than young people.

The silver lining is that technology will […]

March 31st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Endangered (and hot) jobs in 2017

Hiring Hot-spots in 2017

Our latest Executive Outlook survey found that skill shortages have crept back, for 40% of companies in our group. Based on our interviews with over 100 business leaders, we identified pockets of demand for:

Qualified, experienced accountants, credit controllers and auditors.
Experienced doctors, nurses and aged care professionals.
Social workers with NDIS knowledge.
Confident […]

March 31st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Hiring Hot-spots in 2017

Rule the roost in 2017

For many of us, our alarm went off on Monday, for the first time this year. I heard it called “back to work 3rd week blues syndrome”.  So if you weren’t jumping out of your skin, take heart in knowing you’re not alone. Just over half of us were dreading the prospect, according to […]

January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rule the roost in 2017

Why people are still more important than technology

Our latest Executive Outlook survey uncovered an emerging point of view that people are more important than technology, when it comes to operating a successful business.
We conducted in-depth interviews with over 100 business leaders, to explore their issues and challenges (specific to local industry).  Top Office then presented these highlights to a large gathering […]

December 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why people are still more important than technology

Executive Outlook 2016 (a must read)

It was exciting to present our 2016 Executive Outlook findings to a packed audience of business leaders at the Ipswich Club, with such a great vibe. We are delighted to share a few of the key highlights with you.

Technology used to be the playground for rich and powerful companies. Now, anyone who is serious […]

November 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Executive Outlook 2016 (a must read)

People Without Jobs – Jobs Without People

Last week, I escaped from the rat-race, into a magical mountain retreat. Trading corporate jungles for rainforest and simplicity reminded me that life doesn’t need to be so complex.
Nothing comes close to the trajectory of change taking place right now. You see it everywhere. It’s what you do with change that counts, and our […]

July 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on People Without Jobs – Jobs Without People

The No. 1 thing people want in life is.. Recognition

It’s that special time of year when I get the chance to wear my Projects Hat for Ipswich City Rotary’s Pride of Work Awards. We felt it was timely to showcase the (often forgotten) contributions of small to medium enterprises. This is the theme for our gala awards evening in May, where we celebrate […]

March 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The No. 1 thing people want in life is.. Recognition

Executive Outlook 2015

Presented exclusively by the Top Office Group, Executive Outlook is our annual study, based on in-depth interviews with over 60 local businesses. We presented these highlights to a large gathering of leaders last week. Executive Outlook is an authentic study that explores prevailing confidence, challenges, skill shortages and reinvention trends across our region. We can […]

October 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Executive Outlook 2015