Interchange Bench Blog

Welcome back to adult conversations

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Jennifer Schembri
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I had a fabulous conversation with a client this week, she was so encouraging, reassuringly telling me that returning to work “is like riding a bike”. To switch your brain back on in a business environment, challenge yourself and test your capabilities is such a liberating and empowering feeling.

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6 quick facts to bring you up-to-date on the Australian labour market and contract talent

Posted on February 15, 2019 by Anita Ziemer
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For your interest, we’ve collated a snapshot of current headline employment data. It may help us to all make better sense of some unusual pressures you may be seeing regarding attraction and retention of high performers and why supplementary contract specialists are the new norm.

  1. Yes, high performing talent is
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Not In My Workplace!

Posted on December 14, 2018 by Anita Ziemer
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With responsibility for three major zoos, 5000 animals, 2.5 million visitors annually and 600 permanent and casual employees, you might think that Jenny Gray, the CEO of Zoos Victoria and the current President of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums), has enough on her plate.

Instead, as a leader … Read More

It’s on our lips and close to our hearts

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Candice Lewis
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This month the Interchange Bench is getting behind Liptember – an initiative that supports and raises awareness for women’s mental health – a cause very close to our team’s heart. While we can’t always kiss away the blues, educating the community on women’s mental health whilst raising funds to support … Read More

Why you should listen to podcasts and why we’re a sponsor.

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Anita Ziemer
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What is it about podcasts that have captured our collective earbuds? Have you noticed how at some point the watercooler chat moved from TV’s Better Call Saul to the LA Times’ Dirty John podcast? Perhaps it’s because podcasts are the better versions of the internet, screen, radio and TV that … Read More

How 100 smart women discovered six unexpected benefits from an unlikely escape.

Posted on August 14, 2018 by Chris Toussaint
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Ella Stephenson grew up playing netball, but had always loved footy. So in 2016 when the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) announced they were launching a women’s competition, she was keen to get involved. “My older brothers had played footy with Monash Blues and I was studying at Monash University,” … Read More

Myriad differences, multiple benefits: Embracing multiculturalism in the workplace

Posted on July 26, 2018 by Ejona Dine
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What an eye opening experience moving from Albania – an Eastern European country where 97% of the population were native born Albanians, to Toronto – one of the most multicultural cities in the world, where over 180 languages are spoken…

It was a move that exposed me to people of … Read More

Become a Dementia Friend like us and make a positive difference

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Geoff Slade

We all want to make a positive difference at work, home and in the community.

Being part of a supportive and compassionate workplace can make a positive difference and can influence our society. One way is to increase our awareness of other people’s lives and their challenges.

An estimated 425,000 … Read More