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// R E V I E W S
REMOTE WORKING SERIES
MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICE
Hays Specialist Recruitment has consolidated
a series of articles and resources dealing with
managing employees and teams working
remotely. The collection covers how to set
priorities and timeframes for remote employees,
how to maintain the corporate culture, recruit
and onboard new employees, and ensure the
mental and physical wellbeing of remote
employees. A particularly interesting article
deals with making a team adaptable to change
by encouraging innovation and experimentation
within a framework of strategic objectives.
The keys to successful management of remote
staff are constant communication, clear rules,
robust technology tools and willingness
of executives to trust their people.
Search: Hays + manage from home
REVIEWS DEREK PARKER
GOOD
READS
THE REALITIES
AND FUTURES
OF WORK
DON’T BE EVIL
By Rana Foroohar
By David Peetz
Penguin, A$35
BEAT GENDER
BIAS
By Karen Morley
Major Street
Publishing, A$30
Karen Morley has worked with a wide range
of companies to help them improve gender
diversity at senior management levels, so
she speaks with great personal authority.
There might be more women in corporate
life than ever before, but the overall numbers
remain distressingly low, even in companies
that actively pursure gender equality. The
essential problem, Morley says, is unconscious
bias on the part of leaders, even those
with good intentions. She offers advice on
how to identify and address unconscious
bias by reframing issues and asking the
right questions. At the same time, leaders
must ensure that women have networking
opportunities and suitable mentorship.
Too often, the number of women in senior
positions stops at one or two, and even
they usually fail to reach the highest
management levels.
Morley emphasises that if providing
opportunities for women and working
towards gender balance are perceived as
a zero-sum game, where women are seen
as having been given special advantages
to take them past men, the program is
likely to fail. Instead, gender equality has
to be shown to be a win-win situation. She
readily acknowledges that beating gender
bias is difficult, but that the issue has to be
confronted if leaders want to effect change.
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ANU Press, A$55
Once upon a time, when they were still novelties,
the appeal of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and
Google lay in their sense of fun. As they have
grown from strength to strength over the years,
the perception has shifted. Each a force to be
reckoned with, these companies, while being
held up as examples of growth and success, are
also often condemned for seemingly flouting the
principles on which they were founded.
How, asks financial journalist Rana Foroohar,
did this happen? How did Google, whose original
motto provides the book’s title, and Apple, whose
founder Steve Jobs once described personal
computers as “bicycles for the mind”, become
big tech behemoths?
The key, Foroohar says, is that each company
was able to develop systems to collect, refine
and manipulate customer data, feeding it back
to generate further revenue. Assured cash
flow and massive reserves enabled them to
invest in research and development, corner
the talent market, dominate competitors and
ensure political protection. Foroohar focuses
on Google, but the method was similar for all
the companies. It was not pretty, but it was
ruthlessly effective.
Foroohar does a good job of keeping this
sprawling canvas organised, often injecting
a dry sense of humour. She suggests that it
might not be too late to control the giants, by
reinvigorating anti-monopoly laws and imposing
a data-based tax. Whether one agrees with her
or not, she tells a fascinating story.
CPA
LIBRARY
It is universally acknowledged that life can
feel like it’s just one thing after another.
This is especially true in relation to work
and workplaces, which have seen waves
of change over the past few decades.
David Peetz, an academic who
specialises in this area, brings together
a huge amount of research, aiming to
get past the emphasis on technology
that is the focus of many analysts. He
accepts the importance of technological
change, but sees other “mega-drivers”,
such as demographics, globalisation and
regulation, as equally important.
He argues that casualisation and
freelancing constitute only a small part
of the total economy, and that a fairly
traditional employment relationship is
likely to remain the mainstay. He detects
broad push-back against technologyrelated downsizing and globalised
outsourcing, and believes that unions are
due for a resurgence. At the same time,
many companies have realised that they
need to provide a sense of satisfaction
to their employees if they are to survive.
The future of work, says Peetz, will not
be a single model, but a mix of layers,
relationships and systems.
This book covers a great deal of ground.
It does not provide definitive answers, but
it offers useful food for thought on where
the road is leading.
Ebook titles are available to members for loan from the CPA library.
To access these resources, visit: cpaaustralia.com.au/library
GUIDE
BUILDING RESILIENCE
Beyond Blue is an organisation dedicated to improving Australia’s mental health. It has put together guidance on how
to recognise and reduce the amount of stress and anxiety we feel in our daily lives. According to Beyond Blue,
everyone experiences anxiety occasionally; it becomes problematic when it persists once its causes are removed.
Beyond Blue provides a number of anecdotal cases to show how anxiety can become embedded in thinking and have
major impacts on physical health. There is also an “anxiety checklist”, information on finding professional help, and a
link to Beyond Blue’s e-publication, A Guide to What Works for Anxiety.
Search: Beyond Blue + guide + what works for anxiety
REPORT
MARKET INSIGHTS
T E D TA L K
THRIVING ON CHANGE
S A L A RY T R E N D S
T E A M P L AY E R S
A report from consultancy firm McKinsey, From
Surviving to Thriving: Reimagining the PostCOVID-19 Return, examines how companies can
take advantage of the post-pandemic recovery.
Many companies will have to rethink their
business model, and those that do will be
well-placed for long-term success. Areas of
focus are rebuilding revenue, reconstructing
operations, rethinking the organisation and
accelerating the adoption of digital solutions.
The report unpacks these, while underlining
the importance of recognising how much has
changed. Until now, companies that have done
the best in navigating the crisis are those that
consciously developed a shared purpose and a
common performance culture, and this is likely
to continue as we move forward.
Search: McKinsey + From surviving to thriving
Data from recruitment firm SEEK shows
that the finance sector is one of the areas
continuing to show solid rates of year-onyear salary growth. Compliance-related roles
were especially strong due to a heightened
regulatory environment. Within finance, risk
consulting in insurance and superannuation
showed strong demand, and company
secretary roles also attracted high salaries.
Starting salaries continue to be strong, but
there is some evidence that growth is slowing
(a trend evident even before the COVID-19
crisis). On the other end of the spectrum,
the real estate and property sector recorded
a year-on-year decline, with valuers’ salaries
falling most sharply.
Search: SEEK market insights + fastest
growing salaries
Patrick Lencioni is the author of a series of
books imparting valuable business lessons
through fables.
In this TED talk, he uses stories and
anecdotes to define the qualities of an ideal
team player. The essential attributes, he says,
are humility, which means focusing on the
greater good; being hungry for learning,
entailing self-motivation and a willingness to
take the initiative; and being people-smart,
which requires being perceptive about others,
asking good questions, listening carefully and
knowing how to respond effectively. Lencioni
emphasises that it is up to the leader to nurture
and develop these qualities through example,
mentoring and good recruitment choices.
Search: Patrick Lencioni + TED talk + team
players
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