In case you didn't see it, Envato was the winner of our search to find Australia's Coolest Tech Companies. We thought we'd have a chat to Elizabeth Enders, Talent Acquisition Manager at Envato, to find out a little more about the business and how they're using JobAdvisor.
This is the second post in a three-part series taking a look at the world of office politics, together with some key tips on how to navigate them. Last week we looked at the guiding principles you can use to better understand the people you work with. Using those guiding principles, it’s important to be able to recognise some of the more, shall we say "interesting" individuals you might run into along the way. Below I’ve listed a few of the key archetypes that you might find in the office, and how to handle them!
In 2006, Google became one of the first companies to actively increase its focus on workplace culture, adding the title “Chief Culture Officer” to its (then) head of HR’s job title. Following Google’s lead, other companies have appointed their own chief culture officers or added culture management responsibilities to existing roles. But what exactly does "culture" mean?
This is the first of a three-part series where I am taking a look at the world of office politics, together with some key tips on how to navigate them. You’ve just spent the entire week and part of your weekend working on a presentation that your boss wanted ready for your 10.00am on Monday with senior management. You’ve poured a lot into it and as the presentation ends there is applause, the audience is excited and impressed. The praise starts to pour but it’s not on you. Instead, your manager happily stands there and laps it up, without even a side glance in your direction. And as you sit there, at the back of the room, you start to wonder why you bothered.
I can't count the number of times I've been asked by headhunters if I "know anyone" for a job they're recruiting, but I can count the number of times I got more than a thank you when that referral earned them a nice big fee... zero. That's why I'm pretty excited to let you know about our partnership with a cool new start-up called PeerBrief. In simple terms, PeerBrief connects employers, who are happy to pay money for good referrals, with people who know people. In other words, PeerBrief enables anyone to act like a headhunter and get paid for it, so if you're someone with a decent network, then this is for you.
You've taken the time to craft a thoughtful, persuasive cover letter and polish your CV. When a hiring manager is presented with several qualified candidates, the testimonial of someone who is familiar with the applicant's work could be the deciding factor on who gets the job. It's essential to choose references that will be able to give the most useful information to your potential employer.
Last week I wrote about how to stop email running your life, and I mentioned I use a simple A4 notebook to manage my day/week – I call it the Quadrant. I got a few questions about the Quadrant so I thought I’d give you a proper breakdown on how I use it. I’ve shown this to pretty much everyone I’ve ever worked with and I honestly get emails years later saying they still use it so it must be worth a try!
I have a confession to make – I used to be addicted to my inbox. I mean literally, mentally dependent on checking email all day long, including weekends. It was the first thing I did when I sat down at my computer then I’d check it incessantly all day, interrupting important tasks to see if any good new distractions had popped in. I checked it in bed when I woke up and before I went to sleep. It was driving me insane, until I found some easy ways to break the addiction…
When going to conferences, seminars and other kinds of similar events, I like to want to walk away saying "I learned something new". If I learn something new I feel like it was worthwhile. And maybe that's fair enough, we need to continually learn new things - it makes us feel enriched, current or ahead of the pack. From changes in technology to industry advancements, leadership techniques and ways of engaging staff, there's always something new to learn.
As you look up from your little screen you study the people around you. One or two have a laptop open. Others are taking notes. Then you make eye contact with the person that's speaking and they give you a look of disappointment. You put your phone away, feeling sheepish.