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Think you’re average? No, you’re not

Posted on February 29th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

When Todd Rose was 21 years old, he was a high-school dropout struggling to support his wife and two small children on state benefits. He had done 10 minimum-wage jobs in two years.

“My favourite job was administering enemas to elderly people, because this meant I was allowed to drive around, rather than being stuck behind a desk or stamping aluminium on the factory floor,” he says. “My father-in-law told me I was lazy, and I can’t blame him. If this was my daughter, I’d be the same.”

Today, aged 41, he’s a Harvard professor with a string of accolades to his name, still happily married, with both kids at college. “So I didn’t mess them up,” he says with a smile – and one hopes his relationship with his in-laws is less fraught these days.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.executivestyle.com.au

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Tomorrow’s digital workforce: traditional office to become thing of the past

Posted on February 29th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Shared office spaces will double in number and the traditional office will become a thing of the past as workers become more mobile and independent, a report predicts.

The report, Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce, to be launched by Employment Minister Michaelia Cash on Friday, says the number of independent contractors in Australia will continue rising above 1 million people. This is despite challenges including a lack of stable income and difficulties finding work.

While freelancing has not yet taken hold in Australia, it is a large (and growing) employment model in other countries,” the report says.

“Companies may opt for staffing models which include a smaller number of core staff, with many other roles provided by the freelancer.

“Jobs of the future are likely to be more flexible, agile, networked and connected.”

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Shared office spaces will double in number and the traditional office will become a thing of the past as workers become more mobile and independent.

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A New Tool Helps Tackle Tricky Salary Negotiations

Posted on February 29th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Employees are usually in the dark about salaries other than their own. Even discussions with close friends and family members can get a little squirrely when paychecks are brought up. But it’s tough to effectively negotiate either a raise or a new compensation package without really knowing what other people are earning. So it’s no surprise that Chris Bolte, cofounder/CEO of Paysa, says that the spark for the new platform that provides market salary data was literally to shed light on a shadowy aspect of the workplace.

“I’ve worked in small companies and big companies, interviewed thousands and hired hundreds of people,” Bolte tells Fast Company. “It’s been fascinating [to see] how all over the map people are in terms of their compensation.” The goal for Paysa was simple, he says. “We wanted to figure out how to help people better understand what their value is in the market, at least to enable them to have a more balanced, data-driven conversation with either a current or future employer.”

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Big-data platform Paysa provides market insight to ease the often awkward, sometimes emotional, conversations about compensation.

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