Winter in the Whitsundays

Escape the cold of the southern states and head to the Whitsundays this Winter. Whales have been spotted in the area over the past two weeks being the perfect time to go on one of the many day tours operating from Airlie Beach to the islands & reef.

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Alternatively for those who prefer to stay on dry land, Cedar Creek Falls are located only 20km from Airlie Beach and offer a year round natural swimming pool at the base of the falls. Follow this by a scenic drive to Bowen where you can view the magnificent murals displaying Bowen’s history, enjoy one of the many bush walks around the bays, wander up Flagstaff Hill to take in the views or just stroll along beautiful sandy beaches.

August is proving to be a very popular month with the Merdian Race Week celebrating it’s 20th year of competition from the 12th – 19th August. More than 90 boats have already been entered in this year’s race week and will be in conjunction with the Fantasea Cracker night to be held on the foreshore on the 13th August. Cracker Night is a great time for families with carnival rides and raffles held.

Every Saturday morning a must do in Airlie Beach is the foreshore markets which operate from 7am – 1pm with many stalls selling locally produced goods where you can pick up a simple memento of your visit to tropical Airlie Beach. For those slightly more adventurous a camel ride on the beach may appeal.

Whitsundays – perfect place to escape this Winter with Hammer Whitsundays

Event Videos Are a Great Way to Kick Off a Company Meeting and Rally the Troupes

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event videos

In the last ten years, quality event videos have become as necessary an ingredient to a successful event as selecting a keynote speaker. A good event video can go a long way toward setting a tone or promoting a new company product line. Event videos can also celebrate and inspire a company change or rally individuals behind a specific company issue. When well done, event videos make any meeting dynamic and capture the audience’s attention.
What every good speaker needs is a receptive audience. Event videos can function as sort of an opening for the speaker by setting the perfect mood. After a smashing video, whoever speaks will find that people are already interested in what they have to say. Context is everything so it’s important to choose the right tone. Often these videos will incorporate humour and lovingly poke fun the executive team. Sometimes the videos are spoofs of current TV shows such as “The Office” or a major Hollywood movie. The sales team enjoys nothing more than seeing the executive team make an ass of themselves (as long as it’s respectful and in good fun). Other event videos take a more serious and heart warming tone and use customer and client testimonials to tell the story of a new product or demonstrate the company’s values.

Any video production company which undertakes the task of producing a sizzle event video needs to first study the company, its hierarchy and its objectives. Every company is going for something unique and the event video needs to reflect the vision and the objectives of the company clearly in order to align the employees with it. We, the creative team at Studio B, have experience in creating effective and dynamic sizzle event videos. We carefully study the customer, the reason for the meeting and then weave together a video which is able to perfectly portray the purpose and make people feel motivated.

Leadership Coaching: 3 Important Strategies To Increase Employee Engagement

Take A Good Look At The Workplace
Take a good look at what’s going on in your company. How is the workplace? Are the employees engaged and committed in what they do? Consider as a reference the larger scale: 63% (almost two- thirds) of US employees are not fully engaged in their work. This does come as surprising, right? Such a figure can help you determine your employees’ engagement and willingness to contribute their effort to boost the productivity of your company.

It basically is bad news. With more than half of US employees not fully engaged in their work, employers face higher performance risk. Low employee engagement means a company becomes vulnerable. It’ll garner decreased productivity and inefficiency. The number of customers might be diminished because of weak customer service. Rates of absenteeism and turnover in employees are greater. The correlation between employee engagement and company profit is illustrated in the Global Workforce study conducted by Towers Watsons. Essentially, it means that higher employee engagement means higher profit. Among 50 global companies, Towers Watsons analyzed the engagement scores and one year operating margins. Companies with high sustainable engagement obtained three times higher operating margins than organizations with a significantly disengaged workforce. Shareholder value has to be boosted- it is imperative in surviving the current hyper competitive market. Companies that want to keep on growing and produce more profits should therefore focus on solving the disengagement problem in their business.

3 Strategies To Increase Employee Engagement
How can you address the disengagement problem in your company? You can, because according to the same study, employers do have the opportunity to engage more than half of their workforce using three important strategies:

Analyze the problem. How is the problem affecting the health of your business? Core needs and priorities have to be changed as a business grows from year to year. A larger organization may need to adjust its culture, such as recognizing and rewarding their employees more to engage them. Do you need to set more ambitious goals? Smaller companies, on the other hand, may need to work more on fluidity and collaboration among its workers.

Communicate. Issues concerning worker engagement vary in different levels of the organization. Listen to the needs and frustrations of your employees. Do they share a common problem or are there different concerns between them? Effective communication will shed light on the true cause of the problem and how they hamper employee engagement.

Plan for a solution. You primarily need to understand the causes and areas of focus before planning for a step- by- step solution.

Approach the employee engagement problem in your company proactively and constructively so you can arrive at and implement better and effective solutions.

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