Variety Bash | Durka Merca (Car323) Diary WrapUp

Wow what an awesome trip the crew and I had, no more problems after Yeoval and we made it all the way home to Newcastle. The fuel tank patch held and the last day was a leisurely drive back to where it all started, on Newcastle foreshore. While I had […]

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Are your managers skilled at accountability?

Both for themselves and the team they lead? A study cited in the Harvard Business Review found that from a survey of over 5,400 managers around the world, 46 per cent rated ‘too little’ in terms of “Holds people accountable — firm when they don’t deliver”. Whilst the study is […]

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Variety Bash | Durka Merca (Car323) Diary 21 May 2015

Well we started the day with the changing of my rear passenger side tyre and then after a hearty breakfast at the Condobolin Public School we were off, with Captain A at the helm to steer us through . We set off like a thousand startle Gazelles with Captain A finally get […]

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Variety Bash | Durka Merca (Car323) Diary 20 May 2015

Yesterday was not a good day for me. Unfortunately I am very unwell and require an urgent transplant. After much searching by my team yesterday, a part was located in Brisbane airfreighted overnight. The part arrived this morning and I am about to undergo surgery, with everyone nervously awaiting the […]

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Variety Bash | Durka Merca (Car323) Diary 18 May 2015

2015 Variety NSW AHA Bash

After a wonderful restful evening at the Hilltop Retreat Young I was off to Young North Public School for Breakfast. Variety Bash Donated $4500 to the school along with a whole range of other goods for the kids at Young North to enjoy. We set off with Ants behind the […]

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Variety Bash | Durka Merca (Car323) Diary 17 May 2015

2015 Variety NSW AHA Bash

The Durka Merca and her heroic team, Adam (Captain A), John, Baz and Ants set forth on the epic Variety Bash Adventure. I departed the beautiful Newcastle Foreshore this morning at 9am in company of 78 other Variety Bashers. My crew (ALL Bash Virgins) easily got into the groove on […]

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Outsource your HR for your sake – and your employees!

human resources

Managing the Human Resources (HR) functions of business can often be a difficult prospect for SMEs. Due to the smaller nature of the organisation, owners and senior managers often have heavy and diverse workloads, but are also more closely intertwined with their employees. Another perspective to remember is that as […]

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Have you sent an email to the wrong person?

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We don’t know about you, but all of us in the BusinessBasics team have at one time or another sent an email to the wrong person. Generally this hasn’t been a problem as the content of the email isn’t confidential or negative, but there are cases when you’re not that […]

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South Australia amends their transporting dangerous goods laws

dangerous goods

South Australia recently amended the Dangerous Substances (Dangerous Goods Transport) Regulations 2008 regulations. Some elements to note to ensure your compliance is that a prime contractor must retain all the transport documents for at least three months after the transportation of the dangerous goods is completed. In addition, the regulations […]

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Why you need to upskill and proactively provide training for your staff

workplace training

Managing a diverse workplace is not always easy; there are always conflicting priorities and requirements to meet. One of the ongoing issues for many workplaces is the ability to keep their staff happy and satisfied in their roles. One thing we have found to be particularly effective in this area […]

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Smoke and mirrors – what does and doesn’t save your business money

HBC Presentation

BusinessBasics Managing Director Adam McDean recently had the opportunity to speak to a room full of business owners, manager and entrepreneurs at the Hunter Business Chamber about the reality of what does and doesn’t save a business money. “We often are called into a business to help them with their processes after […]

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ACCI survey says external consultants are a useful source

Featured on Hunter Headline

  Each year the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) runs their National Red Tape Survey. As with other years the results show that business owners and managers are overwhelmed by legislations, regulations and compliance. We had a quick chat to Hunter Headline about the survey, you can read […]

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Does your workplace embrace WHS?

WHS management

Despite a rocky start in 2012, now almost all states and territories in Australia have harmonised and embraced the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation. For national businesses this has made it an easier process to stay on the right side of the legal requirements, but in reality it is […]

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Easy Ways to Simplify Your Business

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Business

As soon as you open the office door on Monday morning, the phone starts to ring. You answer it while you open the emails that are already flooding your inbox. Your desk is covered in paperwork that you need to start immediately, and urgent memos are already coming through from other […]

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Are your business and management objectives attainable?

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The start of a new year is full of great opportunities to take stock of where your business is and then to measure how closely aligned your actions are to your business and management objectives. One method to gauge this is to use the McKinsey 7S Framework, a lean program […]

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Top Business Leadership Trends in 2015

Alan Mulally Business Leadership

When Alan Mulally took over as Ford’s CEO in 2006, the company was in tough shape. It had lost a large piece of its market share, and none of its brands were performing well. Development lagged behind other automakers, and labour union costs limited competition at home and overseas. Now, […]

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How to Keep Your Quality Manual Relevant after ISO 9001-2015

Quality Management Manual

By the end of 2015, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will release the newest version of ISO 9001. Although bureaucracy tends to get more complicated over time, ISO 9001-2015 reduces the documentation your company needs to meet quality standards. You don’t need a quality manual anymore to be ISO […]

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Safety Sense: Managing Workplace Risk

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Employees are the greatest asset to any business. You’ve likely taken steps to keep your workers performing well and feeling satisfied with their jobs. But what are you doing to protect your employees from physical harm by minimising workplace risk? The Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation requires employers to […]

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Quality Management ISO9001:2015 – New version out soon

Quality Management

The formal release of ISO 9001:2015 is expected soon. In general, ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management) provides for increased flexibility of documentation usage and greater relevance to service organisations. Most of the changes in the new version are aimed at improving understanding and limiting misinterpretation. Some of the changes from ISO […]

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Changes to Workers Compensation

workers compensation

The Australian States and Territories have been busy reviewing their workers compensation schemes in the last two years, culminating in some significant changes this year. The focus has been on reducing premiums for employers, with an emphasis on returning to work. Below we will outline the changes in each jurisdiction […]

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