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Global ‘business growth’ thought leader and founder of Accuratus, Roslyn Newbound, shares her insights on how businesses can retain and acquire quality talent during the world skills shortage

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Australia’s leading business growth advisor and industry thought leader, Roslyn Newbound, believes the world’s skilled worker shortage is hitting the small business sector harder than other industries.

“With Australia’s borders closures preventing the arrival of technical and skilled workers from overseas into the country, businesses are now having to fight for available resources and things are about to get tougher for small businesses.  This is especially evident in tourism and hospitality where our clients are being hit hard by this shortage and unable to fill shifts in wineries and restaurants,” Newbound said.

“Many skilled workers are now able to name their price as the employment market heats up.   Small businesses, already impacted by lockdowns, are finding it hard to compete against larger firms with bigger budgets.

“For local employees, the flexibility of working from home since the beginning of the pandemic has created a resistance to return to pre-COVID work arrangements.  Traveling to and from work, paying exorbitant parking fees, and quite simply not being able to balance home and work to meet the growing demands of a busy life is not an attractive option when there are now alternatives available.   Businesses, irrespective of size, are losing staff and critical business knowledge at the same time.”

The local employee resistance and overseas employee shortage is forecast by Newbound to be one of the highest business risks, across all industries, in 2022.  Business owners and leaders will be keen to recoup lost revenue from 20/21. They run the risk of losing critical internal business skills and knowledge required to support achievement of goals. For too long, businesses have ignored the necessity of capturing organisational knowledge, intellectual property and learning in a structured management system.   The significant risk of losing key information to a competitor, when an employee leaves or creates their own start-up, is now very real for many businesses.  This risk will only increase until the business defines a strategy for retention of people.

According to Newbound, while there are some things businesses can do to create a team culture that supports staff retention, in the current environment where budget is an issue, businesses will need to look at other strategies and tactics to retain and attract quality staff without getting caught up in a salary bidding war.

“The average wage increase that an employee accepts when taking another job is 15 percent however while salary does play a huge role in employee retention, it’s important to understand that it is not the only factor,” Newbound added.

Newbound has outlined some of the strategies she has assisted many small businesses to implement during COVID to increase staff retention and attract new staff.

  1. Flexible work from home policies

“While COVID has changed the way we work, a lot of people wrongly believe everyone will simply return to the office environment once things have settled down,” Newbound said.

“The reality is that many people actually like working from home and they prefer this environment. If you have the capacity and capability to offer work from home arrangements for staff moving forward beyond COVID, then this is definitely something to implement on a permanent basis. 

“To set the business and employees up for success, take time to define work processes and agree KPIs with employees – with autonomy comes accountability.  By agreeing to work from home on a full-time basis or straddle a combination of working from home and the office arrangements, with the right framework, it can take your business from strength to strength.  Fulfilled employees equates to greater pride and productivity in work delivery.”

  • Consider value add options in lieu of money

“Many people are looking for different ways to grow their wealth and benefit from their long hours of hard work,” Newbound added.

“Salary sacrifice is often considered to be reserved for big businesses only.  In actual fact, any employer can offer salary sacrifice to employees.  The advantage is employee salary sacrifice offers the opportunity to increase superannuation contributions and this is an attractive option for people nearing retirement age, buying a new car, paying school fees, and paying health insurance using pre-tax dollars.

“Better still, the cost impact to the employer is mainly covering the payroll administration fees.  Speak to your accountant and test whether this option might make employment with your business more attractive.”

  • Provide mental health support

“Mental health support is a huge factor in today’s workforce,” Newbound emphasised.

“Actively support your employees.  Increase communication more than you think you need to.  Regularly check in on your team members to find out how they are going with work and life in general.  Surprise them with gifts that support their mental health, ie, flowers, books, vouchers, etc.  Praise and thank them for their work.  Do something as simple as remember birthdays.  It isn’t expensive to give an employee a call to simply say ‘happy birthday’.  A call like this sends a clear message to an employee that they are valued.

“Incorporate official mental health days into your leave structure to support them where ever possible.”

  • Offer memberships

“Reach out and connect with organisations that are able to provide your staff with member benefits at reduced rates.  You may even be able to fund these yourself and provide them to your staff as an organisational benefit,” Newbound explained.

“These may include discounted phone plans, gym memberships, weight loss meal packages, health insurance.  Organisations are always looking for ways to build their client base and will offer significant incentives to businesses for introducing their staff.

“At Accuratus we offer the Accuratus Wellness Package to employees who have completed a full financial year with us.  It includes great benefits such as paid health insurance, spa days, an extra two days annual leave per annum.  This plan was designed to complement our ‘family’ culture at Accuratus.  We invest heavily in our people and we want our employees to consider us a long-term employment option.”

  • Invest in training

“Thanks to the internet, training is actually cheaper and easier than ever,” Newbound said.

“One of the key complaints of employees is that training promised is never delivered unless the employer sees an immediate return on investment.  If there is a line item on the annual budget for training, use it.  Training is not just about courses and qualifications; an employee will place great value on being personally mentored by the CEO for one hour per month.  For small business owners who may not have a large budget available right now, dedicating some time to employee development contributes towards business succession planning, employee development and maintaining your finger on the pulse when the team are working remotely.  

“For formal training, make the effort to find out what options are available and offer them to staff.  Where possible, provide them with study time to undertake their course work.

“Each of these options can be delivered at relatively little cost for an employer.  If there is anything that COVID has done for employers which has offered a silver lining, being able to be creative in identifying solutions which employee engagement and retention is definitely it.”

Accuratus caters to all sectors, including health, aged care, pharmaceutical, construction, security, tourism and hospitality and renewable energy.

www.accuratus.com.au

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Find out here what Radmila Lolly is Up to next week

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Few are unaware of Radmila Lolly’s adept talents. She is a wonderful performer with a lovely voice, a model with unique appeal, a designer with impeccable taste, and an author with exceptional writing abilities. She has been in the music industry for a decade and has established herself as a brand.


Radmila Lolly worked hard and faced several hardships to get to where she is now. Her art has always dazzled audiences, especially during live performances. For example, during her recent birthday party, Radmila released her beautiful new song called ‘Magic’ with a string quartet and a music band. The amazing blend of 90’s electro-pop and operatic vocals, made this song a fan favorite. The holographic fashion display took place alongside the live performance, making it even more amazing for the guests.


Radmila is going to do some very unusual and enjoyable work for her audience and followers this time again. She is going to sing the National Anthem at the iconic FTX Arena in Miami on January 23, 2022, for the heavily hyped basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers.


Radmila Lolly has made a reputation for herself as a live stage performer since the outset. This time, she’ll be joined by a string octet and the First Miami Presbyterian Church Choir for a mind-blowing performance. Every day, work is being done to make it more adequate and quintessential for the event. Radmila never has limitations when it comes to work; especially when it comes to stage performance and designing clothes. Radmila Lolly is happy that she earned such a beautiful opportunity to support her home team: the Miami Heat.


Eltara Casata by Radmila Lolly will once again create all of the costumes and clothes for the stage. Radmila revealed that she is creating a unique costume for the event that would weigh about 50 pounds and showcase her fashion design abilities. We believe she will once again win hearts with her beauty, grace, and ability, as she usually does.

Final Verdict

Radmila Lolly is a multi-talented entertainment business celebrity who is gaining a global following. The lovely lady is well-known for her singing, composition, and elegant and flawless live performances. She is regarded as one of the most talented fashion designers. Many times, she has captivated the hearts of audiences with her designing skills, which she has demonstrated by both wearing and implementing.

To know more, follow her on Instagram/Radmilalolly and visit her website for exploration www.radmilalolly.com

Also Read: How Eda Lourdes Started Her Fashion Brand

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Aleksey Chertkovski: A Top DJ, Music producer and Composer

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We’ve seen a variety of music trends throughout the past few years. With a wide range of genres, DJ tracks and fast-paced melodies are taking the top spots on the charts. Aleksey Chertkovski has made a name for himself in the music industry as a top DJ and music producer. DJ Mag, NRG Radio, Europa Plus, Radio Record, DFM, Megapolis FM, and Purified Radio are only a few of the well-known radio stations that have played his tunes.

A skilled musician

The skilled musician has worked on big projects with Odyssey, Mantra Productions, and Cekta, including with Savaya, formerly known as Omnia. In response to Chertkovski’s deep passion for music, he launched the Reverse Festival in January of this year. The festival’s first party was a smashing success across Europe.

This included an incredible 354 feet above the ground on Moscow’s metropolitan rooftops. Vlad Sokolovsky, a Russian vocalist, collaborated with the famous artist on a song in the past. Siona Records, Miss Monique’s record label, released the remix track.

Work in music industry

Having worked in the music industry for 13 years, Aleksey has honed his craft as a song composer and has gained an understanding of various musical genres. When the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world, he came up with his musical idea ‘Chertkovski.’ It was a horrible period. It was difficult in the early days of the pandemic crisis, but Aleksey Chertkovski kept the energy flowing through the creation of diverse musical compositions.

Chertkovski’s work received first place in international competition

Music by him has been played at some of the most high-profile events, including the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and the UEFA European Championship in 2016. The German production company Magix Music Maker conducted an international competition in which Chertkovski’s work received first place.

Progressive House and Melodic Techno are some of the genres he specialises in. Some of his most recent releases are in the downtempo/organic house genre on labels such as Siona Records and Area Verde.

Artists including Nora En Pure, YvesV, Eelke Klejin, VINAI, and Miss Monique have all played tunes by Aleksey Chertkovski. Track that was released not too long ago Beatport’s top beatport chart shows Chertkovski ft. vs20 at number 15. Oraganic house downtempo ranked Chertkovski-Mantra 33rd.

Great composer from Russia

In Indonesia, Chertkovski is regarded as one of Russia’s greatest composers. It’s no surprise to him that Asia has the world’s largest music market. Commercial music was the primary focus of his time in Bali, where he had the opportunity to play. However, he came to realize that he could team up with other DJs to offer a fresh sound to Bali.  It was a massive success, and it earned me a lot of recognition. Additionally, his music is well-liked by the general public on social media.

Chertkovski’s admirers continue to show their appreciation for his use of social media to spread the word about his musical endeavours. The brilliant musician added that he plans to make music that brings people together and celebrates life’s milestones.

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Also Read: DJ Spontane Has Made A Huge Impact Within The Music Entertainment World

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Industry leader in healthy buildings: ‘Delos’ helps to advance the health and safety of Australian schools with groundbreaking air purification technology

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World-leading healthy building technology is being rolled out across Australian schools by Delos, a highly respected wellness real estate and technology company.  The technology will help to create safer learning environments in the face of the global COVID pandemic. The first round of schools to install the advanced air filtration technology, including Delos’ high efficiency particulate air purification units, includes 150 Sydney Catholic Schools and several independent schools.  Coordination of arrangements for the roll-out of the technology to further schools is already underway.    

The technology: 

  • Will help to improve air quality in classrooms,
  • Is capable of removing particles as small as 0.007 microns at 99.99% efficiency, and 
  • Is currently benefiting millions of students globally 

By merging health sciences with building sciences, Delos has been leading the integration of evidence-based health interventions into indoor environments for nearly a decade, and, for the past 12 months, has been helping schools across the world address airborne health concerns due to COVID-19 through its Healthy Classroom Initiative. 

The Healthy Classroom Initiative combines enhanced air purification and operational protocols with the goal of delivering improved health outcomes for students, educators and staff. Leveraging four years of research examining fine and ultrafine particle filtration, including conducting a review of 100 plus air quality devices and technologies, Delos has provided more than 200,000 evidence-based air purification units to school districts, with more than 2.7 million enrolled students collectively, including the public school systems in New York City and Chicago as well as over 50 Catholic schools across the United States.

“Delos is known throughout the world for its commitment to researching, measuring, improving and maintaining healthy buildings,” Delos Australia President, Bill Giannikos said.

“After providing hundreds of thousands of air purification units to schools across the United States in response to the pandemic, we are absolutely delighted to bring this laboratory tested, evidence-based technology to Australia, starting in Sydney. 

“We are in talks with the government and independent schools, Catholic schools, universities, TAFE institutions and early learning centres from other parts of the country to further progress installation of the technology in Australia.”

Delos’ solutions are informed by science – including its own research platform, the Well Living Lab (founded as a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic) – the world’s first lab exclusively committed to research, development and testing of innovations designed to improve human health in the indoor environment. 

Delos’ subsidiary, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), has become the world’s largest certification body for healthy buildings, with programs now adopted in nearly 100 countries across more than two billion square feet of building spaces. 

Vatican’s Pontifical Orientale Institute, based in Vatican City, selected Delos to implement evidence-backed air purification units based on the company’s scientific and data-driven research approach. 

Father David Nazar, Rector of the Pontifical Orientale Institute in Vatican City, commented, “We have done extensive research on the science of healthy buildings and were impressed by the depth of work done by Delos and IWBI. We understand indoor environmental factors such as air quality and thermal comfort, impact learning and performance, and COVID-19 remains a threat. As a leading learning institution, we want to lead by example and bring forward our recommendation for the strongest, science-backed solutions.”

To understand how air purifiers can impact potentially harmful airborne particles and overall air quality in a school classroom, the Well Living Lab conducted a study in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, using the same air purification units supplied by Delos. Currently under peer review, the study found that these air purification units reduced particle transmission by increasing the number of air changes per hour (ACH) as well as a better mixing of clean and filtered air back into the room, air quality was improved throughout the classroom, not just near the units, and infectious particles accumulated on surfaces 33 percent slower when these units were used, compared with using an HVAC system alone.

About Delos

Delos is a wellness real estate and technology company guided by the mission to be the world’s leading catalyst for improving the health and well-being of people around the world by improving the indoor environments where they live, work, sleep and play. Informed by more than seven years of research and rigorous analysis of environmental health impacts on people, Delos and its subsidiaries offer an array of evidence-based technology and solutions for residential, commercial and hospitality spaces. Delos is the founder of the WELL Building Standard™, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness. Its subsidiary, the International WELL Building Institute, administers and continues WELL’s development and drives market adoption. Delos’ advisory board is comprised of leading professionals across real estate, government policy, medicine and sustainability, including renowned wellness luminary Deepak Chopra and sustainability advocate Leonardo DiCaprio.  For more information about Delos, please visit www.delos.com.au/.

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