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How to unwind and reset for the new year during the holidays

- December 21, 2023 2 MIN READ

  December is finally here. For many, it’s long been anticipated, with travel plans, food adventures and long overdue catchups already planned, especially after a year laden with many socio-political challenges, writes Thomas Amos, CEO & Co-Founder, of Sidekicker Recent research by off-grid cabin startup Unyoked and LinkedIn on The Nature of Work found that 96 per cent… Read more »

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Top five HR trends: From hiring to retention, how businesses can prepare for 2024

- November 24, 2023 3 MIN READ

After a year of difficult hiring conditions and ongoing skills shortages, Australian businesses were hoping for a break in the new year, writes Thomas Amos, CEO & Co-Founder, Sidekicker. Unfortunately, the outlook remains challenging for 2024. The International Monetary Fund predicts growth will slow while unemployment will increase, with inflation, global uncertainty and climate-related shocks… Read more »

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Why you need temporary staff this Black Friday and Christmas season 

- October 26, 2023 2 MIN READ

  Black Friday sales next month in November and the festive rush are fast approaching. For retail and hospitality, these seasonal events are a lucrative but challenging time. Combined with Australia’s summer holiday period, when many regular workers take leave just as customers increase, businesses struggle to fill shifts. Thomas Amos, CEO and co-founder, Sidekicker… Read more »

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Why workplace training should never be skipped

- September 28, 2023 3 MIN READ

Employee training should be a top priority for all businesses looking to hire new staff, yet the percentage of people participating in work-related training is considerably low with only 23 per cent of workers aged 15-74 undergoing such training, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics explains Thomas Amos, CEO & Co-Founder, Sidekicker. Many business owners… Read more »

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How to get your holiday staffing issues sorted

- August 24, 2023 3 MIN READ

With Australia’s recession risk easing but continued economic uncertainty ahead, businesses are looking for ways to remain as agile as possible. While many are back in growth mode, taking on a large, permanent headcount may be too much risk, writes Thomas Amos, CEO and co-founder, Sidekicker. At the same time, skilled, workplace-ready people are required… Read more »

Finding the right staff for your hospitality business leads to success

How to find the best talent for your hospitality business

- July 27, 2023 3 MIN READ

Talent shortages were most acute in the hospitality industry throughout the pandemic, with former staff pivoting to other careers and international worker numbers dropping. But with borders opening, a new jobs index indicates that the casual labour crunch crippling Australian businesses is largely over, writes Thomas Amos, CEO and co-founder, of Sidekicker. For businesses, this means it’s time… Read more »

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How to cope with the dreaded flu season

- June 29, 2023 2 MIN READ

  Winter has landed. And with it comes cold and flu season, increasing employee absences and adding pressure to already struggling businesses, writes Thomas Amos, CEO and co-founder of Sidekicker. And as most industries are still reeling from talent shortages, the demand for temporary workers continues to grow. With this in mind, it’s vital for… Read more »

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How to make shift workers part of the team

- May 25, 2023 3 MIN READ

  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the skills shortage shows no signs of easing, with almost one in three Australian businesses having to find alternate ways to fill staffing gaps. One solution is contingent workers such as temps, casuals and shift workers. Part-time shift workers are increasingly filling positions once held by permanent, full-time… Read more »