How Sport Smartens your Staff Morale

How Sport Smartens your Staff Morale

It’s no secret that Aussies love their sport…. in fact many would say it as big a time waster in the workplace as the water cooler!  With the winter olympics in full swing, we have noticed it’s the talk of the office at the moment, helping to improve communication in a team environment when so often offices today are like libraries, with everyone on sms and email

Sport talk in the workplace can help build team. It is something that people actually have in common to talk about , no matter what walk of life, age or stage. 

Office Winter Olympic company themed team sweeps and footy tipping competitions are just two of many sporting team building concepts. At Mondo we are an Aussie Executive Search company that connects calibre. Placed 2700 business leaders in 20 years across Australasia- we know why people stay or leave an organisation.

One of the most imperative reasons people stay with their employer is the importance of having a good workplace environment. As a business leader, you need to make sure you check in regularly with the type of environment. Retaining good staff is invaluable for the success of an organisation. Always think of sport to cross all barriers with your people.


Office Romance 101’s

It seems the world is becoming more casual about relationships in the workforce.

However, there are a few 101’s that remain and need to be maintained within our workplaces despite society and it’s changes towards social behaviour and custom.

  1. Employees must be held with respect. Leaders cannot think humour around any discrimination is acceptable. Nor is axe or words around breaking physical or emotional boundaries.
  2. Believe it or not, the old saying still stands “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” (This includes office gossip.)
  3. Any professional negative feedback must be given in a private and quiet environment.
  4. Love can hurt in more ways than one. Be wary of this when starting any sort of relationship with someone you work with.

Our Director Simone Allan was interviewed by Noosa FM on this matter.

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The Four elements to a Great Leader – the 4 L’s

The hiring process is a good opportunity to reflect and plan – not just for the role that you are trying to fill, but for how you lead & manage people; and how you build a robust team, ultimately delivering your business goals over the short and long term.
Staffing can represent a significant investment in financial resources and time. Mondo have developed the following Leadership Tips that we hope you may find valuable.
We hope these tips will be useful to you and invite you to share it.
A good approach to Talent Management is to think in four stages:

Stage 1: Looking for Talent

– Develop a written recruitment strategy – it will help ensure your interviewing and assessment delivers the candidate you are after.
– Benchmark all candidates – internal and external.
– Prepare well for interviews.
– Always complete reference checks – be forensic. Ask only for previous managers.
– Have a well structured induction program for new hires.

Stage 2: Leading Talent
– Ensure everyone knows your purpose and strategy
– Agree with each of your employees on a job description and KPIs from the very start
– Have regular reviews around the job description and KPIs
– Identify Mentors who excel at Leadership for your key people
– Make hard decisions. Hire slow and fire fast – set them free.
– Frequently and consistently recognise achievement.
– Empower Others – give them the autonomy and authority to decide how the work gets done.
– Provide regular meaningful learning & training opportunities

Stage 3: Locking in Talent
– Ensure everyone knows your purpose, values, vision and strategy
– Recruit well in the first place
– Listen to your people. Walk next to them and push them harder than they think they can go.
– Have regular reviews around the job description and KPIs
– Establish trust – demonstrate you care, communicating regularly and openly and provide forums for feedback. Look at the best way to share both positive and negative feedback. Never use email for negative feedback! Some people prefer public praise, others prefer one on one time with you as the leader.
– Provide social opportunities to encourage top performance often

Stage 4: Long Term Planning
– Develop a long term talent strategy – review it every year.
– Build a talent pipeline of good people you want to attract to your business
– Identify coaches and mentors to align with your people
– Aim to be an employer of choice. Develop an EVP ( Employee Value Proposition – why is it good to work in your workplace?)
– Foster the law of reciprocity in the workplace – helping others releases positive hormones.
– Provide meaningful stretch training opportunities – help staff future proof their career
– Look at long term remuneration incentives and “ hand cuffs”. Examine the motivators for your team in the workplace – workplace offerings, promotions and job challenge; Incentives ( cash and non cash), workplace learnings and Wow leadership.

Future of Work

“Technological progress might allow a 15-hour work week and abundant leisure by 2030”

A famous and insightful vision by US Economist John Maynard Keynes 1930’s

What does this current age of influence mean for the future of work? From internships, all the way up to senior executives, it is a revolution that is promising to alter the business world, as we know it.

Demographics are reshaping. There are now 77 Million Millennials hitting the workforce, making up more than half the workforce. The work environment is becoming more mobile and a freelance or “gig” economy is growing. In the US 1 in 3 workers today are freelancers, a figure expected to grow by 40% by 2020. People are gravitating to a “slashie career” – a few roles in a working week. Not just one job or career for life now. To top it off the older generations are showing signs of working longer, well into their 70’s and even 80’s, as they are healthier and are also seeking portfolio careers. The concept of a universal basic wage has actually commenced in Hawaii where peoples basic living standards are met.

Many roles are being replaced by technology with robotics and AI, and AQ is the new IQ. Employers now seek more intelligence around ability to adapt and thrive in ambiguity. The roles available today will not be the roles of tomorrow. Drones and Technology will replace many roles. Manual labour will still be required but jobs for tomorrow are not even available today.

So, what to do?

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – think portfolio career – think how you can transfer more of your skills to new roles. For example – if you are a talented Sales leader and negotiator why not do a mediation and arbitration course, as the commercial world is screaming out for smart intermediaries to reduce dependence on the traditional legal route. If you are talented at multi-task management – why not do a project management course?

If you are smart in logistics – why not upskill with knowledge across cross teams to work alongside new decision makers and at the pointy end of negotiations? Hone your core/unique set of skills – keep agile and stay relevant.

Become tech-eloquent. Keep yourself relevant commercially – top 100 apps in technology, latest research on your fields of expertise.

Say yes to new opportunities and maximise your spare time to invest in you and your commercial knowledge.

Network with a sense of reciprocity – meet up with people to share something for them.

Build an “adaptability attitude” understand resilience and managing ambiguity.

What do you want to be remembered for? What is your personal mantra and legacy? Make sure you reflect this in your online presence – LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and generally write & post articles.

Stay Real yet strive for relevancy with gusto. 

Simone Allan Founder Mondo Search for more info:

Contractors are Contributing to Business Success

The “try before you buy” principle is strong in the field of recruitment.  More and more companies are not certain of their business forecasts and with the increased regulations around redundancy and/or terminations, many employers are choosing the option of a contractor over a permanent employee.

There are many advantages of contractors:

> Project focused – give them a job need to be done – have it met and close the employment tenure;

> Contractors can be “expensed” on the Profit & Loss, so the overhead of payroll/superannuation and workers compensation can be reduced;

> Flexibility of resourcing staff;

> If the contractor proves more than resourceful, you have the option to offer them a full-time role.

Contracting has increased in the area of IT, finance, sales, marketing and human resources.  You may have a Brand plan to be revised with a fresh set of eyes; you may have a “one-off” promotion to be launched on-premise or you may require an extra set of “sales force hands”.

You may have a budget to be reviewed, or a remuneration review to take place.  All of these kinds of projects are perfectly suited for a contractor! Like temping, more and more executives also enjoy contracting.  It allows them to be “project focused” without the need to get involved in company politics.  It allows more freedom and flexibility of hours and the opportunity to have interim breaks between projects.

Most contractors tend to be “over qualified” for the position, so that when they commence a contract, they are already up to speed.  For example, if we were asked to fill a Contract State Manager role, we would tend to place someone that had managed up to National Sales level.  This reduces the time the contractor has to “learn the job, versus doing the job”. The benefit of this is now mature executives are securing more contract projects. Their years of experience are an asset to managing a contract assignment.

So in conclusion, contracting can help your business bottom line. For any short term needs in business please call us as we have a suite of expert contractors in all disciplines on tap and ready to roll!

Performance Appraisals are like Dental Check Ups – done regularly they can prevent decay – Corporate Decay!


Going to the dentist is often the way performance appraisals are viewed. We may dread it, however once we have been there, we are appreciative of the experience – if we have kept on top of things. Performance appraisals are an effective tool for informing employees about the quality of their work and for identifying areas for improvement.

Effective performance appraisals, like a dental check up, can lead to improving good performance and allow the opportunity to build a strategy for future good performance.  A good performance appraisal can also lead to increased productivity and a settled and happy employee. At the same time a poor performance appraisal result can assist in the process to flush out bad performance and ultimately provide evidence, if required, for dismissal.

Below are some best practice strategies on how to conduct a performance appraisal:

Sandwich approach works better than a Hot Curry!

  • Rather than being hot and disappointed upfront, do not see an appraisal as a time to ambush a poor result.  Think about the good results and the not so good results– what they need to improve and where they can improve

Be Prepared!

  • Like any good manager – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So be prepared and have your employees’ information and performance data on hand.  Consider past performance appraisals and training records, sales and other objective data, including customer feedback, in the performance appraisal review.

Don’t focus on the Negatives.

  • Giving examples of great behaviours is great practice. Give objective and constructive feedback. Encourage the employee to do most of the talking, so that they take responsibility for their own performance. Set clear, simple plans with them for the next immediate quarter and the 12 months ahead. Make a plan, so that if they did not meet last years plans, they have a strategy ahead. Show them how they do contribute to your company and the long term business. Include them in the long term company plans and ask for their thoughts.

 Make it Personal

  • Make time to talk about them as a person.  What are their personal aspirations that they want to share, this will build a deeper understanding for managing and getting the best out of them. Show an interest in their whole life goals and how they can achieve them.

Focus on the Follow up!

  • Like a dental practice, have set follow up dates in place and make them happen – the more often the better!

For more information contact Simone Allan, Director at Mondo Search on 1300 737 917 or email

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