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Central Coast Council has welcomed $3m in funding for Tuggerah Lakes Estuary and Catchment Improvement as part of the Federal Government’s Improving Your Local Parks and Environment Program.
These funds will add to the $7m Council has already invested in Tuggerah Lakes in the current financial year, resulting in significant improvements in the water quality across the lakes system.
Council Group Leader Assets, Infrastructure and Business, Mr Mike Dowling, said the funds would be dedicated to whole-of-catchment issues in an effort to reduce the effects of pollutants, litter and environmental vandalism making their way into the lakes.
“This funding will support the ongoing implementation of the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan, through stormwater upgrades, foreshore enhancement and a range of streambank, wetland and saltmarsh rehabilitation activities in the estuary catchment,” Mr Dowling said.
“The project will continue to improve water quality, enhance nearshore areas for recreational use, reduce pollutant loads to the estuary, control invasive species in ecologically sensitive areas, encourage sustainable use, and educate the local community about the estuary,” he said.
The project will build on a decade of estuary planning and management that has resulted in a measurable improvement in water quality and ecological condition of Tuggerah Lakes and the catchment.
Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said the funding was a clear indication of the lobbying power the new Central Coast Council has, and he is looking forward to more funding flowing to the Coast for the Lakes and other key initiatives.
“The Tuggerah Lakes estuary is a jewel in the crown of the Central Coast, offering a unique environment which is rich in biodiversity and it must be protected,” Mr Reynolds said.
“Council is pleased to have this Federal Government support and it will help Council to continue to invest in monitoring and improving the health of our catchments and waterways.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our unique environment and waterways and I encourage everyone to get involved.”
Residents are urged to report environmental vandalism to Council.
The project will commence in July and will run over three years finishing in July 2020.

 

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/06/3m-additional-federal-funding/

 

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Knowing exactly what you’re doing at work is a great feeling. You’re confident, full of ideas, and ready to tackle anything.

Except—lately, you’ve noticed your co-workers seem to be avoiding you. They’re not extending invitations for group projects and you’re pretty sure you caught them rolling their eyes when you speak.

What gives?

The harsh answer is, to quote an old cliché: “nobody likes a know-it-all.” The more nuanced one is that they want to feel good at their jobs, too, and if you swoop in with the right answer all the time, they don’t have that chance.

So, it’s not enough to have the best ideas—you need to pay attention to how you deliver them, too.

On the bright side, a few simple shifts can help you salvage your reputation, and once you do, you’ll have the complete package of good ideas plus thoughtfulness.

Here are three changes you can start making today:

1. Be Patient

When you share your ideas first—especially if they’re strong—you eclipse your teammates’ ability to contribute. Yes, they can still build on what you’ve said or add something different, but your behavior sends a signal that you don’t really care what they have to say. After all, if everyone agreed to go with your plan, there’d be no reason (read: opportunity) to hear anyone else out.

Conversely, when you let others speak first, you’re giving them a chance. It shows that you think they have ideas worth listening to as well.

This strategy does run the risk that someone else will have the same brilliant thought as you, and he or she’ll get credit for it. But, that’s a good thing! If you agree, you can amplify it by saying, “I like Tina’s suggestion,” which’ll go a long way toward repairing the impression that you only value your opinions.

2. Be Open to Questions

One time you have to speak first is when you’re the one leading a discussion. But, as we all know, there are two ways to go about presenting an idea and asking for feedback.

The first is to share your idea and follow up with: “Can’t we all agree this is the best strategy?” Sure, this is a question—but the only answer you’re going for is a one-word “yes.”

The second option is to encourage your teammates to revise your work, by saying, “I’d love your thoughts on this: Do you see any areas for improvement?” Unlike a know-it-all who only looks for people to agree and execute their vision, you’re going out of your way to make a space for others to make valuable contributions. (If you want to dig into this a bit more, I lay out the right and wrong way to ask for feedback here.)

3. Be a Team Player

Truth talk: There’s usually more to being seen as a know-it-all than an excess of good ideas. It often comes with a side of arrogance.

It’s good to be ambitious and push yourself to contribute as meaningfully as possible, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of making your teammates feel like a bunch of runners-up.

So, ask yourself: Do you acknowledge when someone else has a good idea? Do you concede when you’re wrong, and back down when it doesn’t make a difference?

Where you’ve previously searched for holes in people’s ideas, challenge yourself to look for—and comment on—their strengths.

As someone who struggles to avoid coming off this way, I know the insecurities that come along with reining it in. You worry about downplaying all you know, and losing out on opportunities because of it. Or you don’t want to step back from a leadership role in a discussion—even once. Or you’d feel overlooked if someone else gets credit for an idea you were thinking and had forced yourself to hold in.

Here’s the thing: I’m not telling you to silence yourself or hide your genius. If you have an idea and you want to speak up and first, go for it. If you feel strongly about taking a project a certain direction, say so. Just realize you don’t have to operate at that speed all the time. If you pick your moments, you won’t just give others a chance—you’ll find they’ll be more supportive of you, too.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-share-your-brilliant-ideas-at-work-without-coming-off-like-a-knowitall?ref=carousel-slide-0

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Posted by | June 19, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Over the last month and a bit, I’ve been recruiting. In February, RN advertised for six digital producers. Two of them were on my team, and I received more than 260 applications.

“Digital producer” could mean a lot of things, but for us it meant journalists with multimedia skills — and virtually everyone who applied was between 18 and 30.

In the private sector you can grab the top half of your résumé pile and throw it in the bin on the basis that you don’t want to hire unlucky people, but at the ABC we’re required to pay careful attention to every applicant.

It took a long time, but it was worth it in the end, and gave me a real insight into the job market, the media and how young people present themselves.

Here are some observations that might help other recruiters, and some tips that might help you if you’re a Gen Y looking for a job.

There are no entry-level jobs anymore

Being a millennial sucks. (Please let the record show that I am also a millennial.)

Where professionals in our parents’ generation could finish university armed with nothing but an arts degree and walk into a job that would train them, “entry level” jobs now require years of experience.

Virtually every applicant I saw had developed their skills in multiple volunteer or unpaid roles, and while the jobs we advertised were probably best suited to people with a few years’ experience, this state of affairs is still visible in people’s employment history years down the line.

It’s an arms race: when an entire cohort gets experience this way, those who don’t will slip to the bottom of the pile.

Of course, this is totally unfair: not all young people can afford to work for free, so organisations fill up with more of the same rich, white people who can.

The problem seems particularly acute in the media, where cadetships and other opportunities for on-the-job training are dwindling along with the total number of positions.

Recruiters can hope to correct for this in interviews and the way they consider candidates — and we tried to do this — but it’s a structural problem that needs a structural solution.

One suggestion is to hire based on aptitude tests, rather than CVs or university results. Some companies are already doing this.

The headshot is back in vogue

Lots of applicants included a headshot with their resume. Maybe this is normal in TV or acting, but it seems strange for a digital role.

We get it, you’re hot. That’s not why we hire people.

There’s a point at which a CV becomes overdesigned

Thanks to online tools like Canva, it’s never been easier to dabble in graphic design.

A sizeable proportion of the résumés we saw had more formatting than humble old MS Word can provide. Bright colours, glyphs, textures and shapes abounded.

If you’re applying for a job, there’s no doubt that a well-arranged CV can make you stand out, but a loud or overdesigned one will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons.

How far is too far? A bright pink cover page may be too far. A patterned six-page presentation alternating between portrait and landscape orientation is probably too far. A pie chart of how you spend each day (you only sleep for three and a half hours?) is definitely too far.

Five stars, Margaret

Design inflation plays a role in another weird trend I picked up: heaps of the CVs I saw had a “skills” column, with the candidate’s abilities rated on a five or 10 star scale … by the candidate.

And we’re not just talking about proficiency in, say, editing software; people rate themselves for more nebulous concepts like “time management” and “intercultural communication”.

Of course, these self-assessments tend to be glowing: nobody gives themselves one star.

I get why you’d do this if you were applying for a job: it’s much more visually striking than a list of your skills. But it also makes it obvious when you’re taking creative licence in describing your abilities.

It’s unlikely that you’re a five-star audio producer, a five-star video editor and a five-star reporter. Are there even enough hours in a millennial’s lifetime to learn those skills to such a high level?

It’s much better to be upfront about where your true strengths lie, and at least you’ll get five stars for honesty.

Nobody knows how to write a good cover letter

When I’m looking at applications, I look at the cover letter first. I want the candidate to introduce themselves and explain why they’d be good for the job.

But 90 per cent of the cover letters I saw were just CVs in prose form.

This was:

  1. Boring for me.
  2. Pointless for the applicants; their CVs were also attached.
  3. A bit disturbing; I thought my applicants were professional communicators.

When you’re job hunting, you need to write an original cover letter for every job you apply for — changing the subject line ain’t going to cut it. A cover letter is your opportunity to stand out, so here’s a simple guide to writing a good one.

Introduce yourself. Outline your understanding of the role and the organisation. Make a pitch for your vision of the role and why you would be great at it — this should reference your experience, but it shouldn’t be a laundry list.

Show some personality. Avoid typos. And for God’s sake, keep it to a page.

Millennials are so impressive

Constant technological disruption means it’s a tough time to be in the early stages of your career, but so many young people responded with incredible flexibility and a willingness to learn new skills.

I might have just spent 800 words whinging, but at the end of the day we had so many great people apply for our jobs that it was difficult to choose a shortlist, let alone successful candidates.

As an employer, that’s a great problem to have. As a millennial, not so much.

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-10/i-looked-at-100s-of-millenials-cvs-and-this-is-what-i-learned/8430048

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A SLICE of history came crashing down this week when the first cinder blocks were demolished in the old nurses’ quarters as part of the $348 million redevelopment of Gosford Hospital.

Constructed in the 1950s and ’60s, the two brick buildings on the corner of Holden St and Racecourse Rd originally included accommodation and a training school, known as the Nurses Education Centre.

It marks the end of an era, but will make way for the new access to the Gosford Hospital emergency department which will move further down the road under the revised plans.

Stoma Therapy nurse Mary Cuzner moved into the facility some 35 years ago to save money.

“It cost me about $10 a week to live here,” Ms Cuzner said.

“I have so many great memories of all the fun we had there and all the rules and regulations that we all tried — but mostly failed — to break in our own way.

“I ended up getting asked to leave in my third year as I was found with a visitor in my room after 10pm.”

District after-hours nurse manager Karen Kidd began training in 1982 at the Nurse Education Centre where she met her future husband Geoff Kidd, the district manager of nursing policy, practice and research.

She said things weren’t always rosy between the pair.

“He sat behind me and used to knock the pens off my desk,” Ms Kidd said. “I thought he was a real menace.”

But she soon came around.

“Then I discovered we had the same wicked sense of humour. We got married four years later and had our four children at Gosford Hospital. We both have such fond memories of our early years in those buildings, and still have some wonderful long-term friendships from those days.”

Central Coast Local Health District chief executive Dr Andrew Montague said work was progressing well on the hospital redevelopment.

 “These buildings have a rich history and hold a lot of special memories for the staff and students who lived and trained there,” he said.

“That said, we are all looking forward to having a new, contemporary hospital facility for our staff and the community.”

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/gosford-hospital-redevelopment-old-nurses-quarters-demolished/news-story/abd965d55b22bbefcbdc7a453d3d1175

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IT’s a beer lover’s paradise and it’s getting bigger every year.

The sixth annual Central Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival will take over the Kincumber Hotel this Sunday­. Last year’s event attracted more than 1800 people and this year, weather permitting, that number should be broken.

The Central Coast’s own Six Strings Brewery and Block ‘n Tackle as well as dozens of brewers from all over Australia will be showcasing more than 100 craft beers and ciders with everyone from beer enthusiasts, cider connoisseurs, craft novices and home brewers invited to discover their new favourite brew.

Kincumber Hotel events manager Claudia Grati said the event was “awesome”.

“I think it has resonated with the public because of the varieties available at one place at one time,” she said. “There are a lot of differences among them.

“Microbreweries are stepping out from what beer traditionally is and has been and people love the variety and individuality that comes from that.

“People love to be surprised and we bring as many brewers as we can from all around the country so locals can find a new flavour that they love.”

Ms Grati said the festival also offered a winery style tasting experience.

“People can get up close and personal with the brewers and ask questions like why they made it a certain way or what inspired them to add unique flavours together. The intimacy of the festival is one of its best features.”

She said in terms of flavour combinations two from previous years had stood out for her.

“Yenda do a vanilla and chocolate stout beer — it was like a dessert, it was beautiful,” Ms Grati said.

 “Last year’s winner was also very unique blending a malt-based stout with smoked oysters which was called Black Pearl. It was unreal.”

The festival will run from 11am to 5pm. There will be live entertainment, street food stalls, loads of exhibitors, merchandise, competitions, the James Squire brew marquee and the Yenda Kombi van brew-bus.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/biggest-central-coast-craft-beer-and-cider-festival-yet-at-kincumber-hotel/news-story/ec221472d6ad8657c8d528bd1e792279

 

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Central Coast Council has received a $12,473,852 Federal Government grant to help the council deliver vital services and infrastructure for the Central Coast such as fixing roads, funding new infrastructure and investing in environmental programs.

The Financial Assistance Grants scheme provides funding in two parts – the first is open for councils to use the funding on local priorities and the second is specifically for roads.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC said the initiative gives councils the freedom to fund projects the community needs the most.

“The council can spend the grant money how, when and on what they choose, including infrastructure renewal and maintenance of local roads and bridges,” Mr MacDonald said.

“I want to thank Senator Fiona Nash for restoring the estimated 3.4 per cent indexation, which will provide an additional $24 million to our state’s councils.”

NSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton welcomed the funding, which the NSW Government administers.

“We want every dollar that goes into Local Government to count for every ratepayer,” Ms Upton said.

“This Federal Government program provides councils with another boost to support local projects and services.”

Federal Local Government Minister Senator Fiona Nash said the early distribution was part of a suite of measures aimed at benefitting regional Australia.

“This allows councils to start projects early, or earn interest on this money, or it may help them put up their contribution for grants applications for projects in their area,” Minister Nash said.

“Along with the reinstatement of indexation for Financial Assistance Grants, the Building Better Regions Fund, Roads to Recovery and Bridges to Renewal, we’re looking after local councils.” 

Source: http://www.scotmacdonald.com.au/press-releases-details.php?nid=917

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To understand what it means to be driven by your passion, one need only speak with Sarah Osman, a successful account executive by day and an ambitious entrepreneur and creative by night (and on weekends!). Basically, whenever Osman isn’t making things happen at her day job, she’s devoting time and energy to her side gigs.

Yes, that’s plural gigs: Osman is the founder of Made Simple by Sarah, a lifestyle and nutrition program, and, more recently, she and Jenna Sands, a friend she reconnected with, co-founded Wellness Meet Up NYC—more on that later.

Osman’s sales background has come in handy lining up sponsors for the events, suggesting the powerful impact transferable skills can have on your side gig.

The following is an edited excerpt from our conversation:

You’re Currently Wearing a Lot of Career Hats. You Work in Sales, but You’re Also a Nutritionist? How Does This All Work?

Yes, I’m an account executive at a media company, and three years ago I went back to school and I got my degree in nutrition, so I’m also a health coach—on the side—and for a while I was seeing clients and posting and sharing recipes. I’m still doing that, but I’ve tapered my nutrition clients to focus on the Wellness Meet Up events.

Tell Me About That: How Did You Conceive of the Meet Ups? And What Are They Exactly

I became connected with an old friend, Jenna, who was working for a granola company, and we got to talking about how there was this weird world of social media, where people know what someone ate for breakfast or what their favorite workouts are, but they’ve never actually met in person.

We sought to bring the community together: connect the influencers and the community members outside of the social media world and into real life. To do so, we started in-person events, based on a different wellness theme and influencer.

How Do the Wellness Meetups Work?

We started Wellness Meet Up NYC back in October 2016. Since then, we’ve been doing monthly meetups with a different curated theme and host. We’re doing multiple events per month now and are branching out into different cities. It’s a nice extension of what I was doing on my own from a nutrition space [with Made Simple by Sarah], and a way to reach more people with the limited time I have. Because this is very much a side hustle.

If Money Were No Object, Would You Be Pursuing This Full-Time?

Before this job, I would’ve said yes. I was in another sales role I didn’t like, selling a product I didn’t like. It would’ve been no question. But now, I love what I’m selling. It’s such a cool time for me to be in the industry. Besides food and nutrition, I love media, and it’s a great fit.

For me, it’s not about money, I just need more hours in the day. It’s not if money were no object; it’s if time were no object.

It Sounds Like You’ve Had Some Not-So-Great Work Experiences? What’s the Worst Job You Ever Had?

An intern in fashion. I’d sit there and glue stuff that had fallen off of clothes. I’d wait on Fridays for a delivery guy who often never showed up! Thankfully, it was just a summer stint.

What Advice Do You Have for People Who Want to Pursue a Side Gig?

Give it your all. Give it 100%, and you’ll know if it’s something you truly and really love. If you have absolutely no free time, and you’re making sacrifices, and it still feels worth pursuing, you’ll know it’s what you’re meant to be doing.

I’ve accepted the fact that I have no free time, and that’s what my passion is worth to me.

What’s Next?

Well, our next Wellness Meet Up—a females and fitness event—is on June 21st in New York City. More info here if you want to learn more.
Osman’s path is one way of understanding how a side gig functions. Deciding whether to return to school, however, is a big decision and not one to make lightly. In fact, you can often gain experience in a new field without seeking another degree. In this article, career expert Scott Anthony Barlow explains how to do just that.

And if you’re simply unsure of a side hustle’s potential, this article, “Here’s How I Made $10K on Side Gigs (and How You Can Too)” may be just the thing you need to read.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/this-is-how-i-manage-a-demanding-side-hustle-on-top-of-a-fulltime-job?ref=carousel-slide-4

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Posted by | June 12, 2017 | Weekly Update

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GOSFORD  faces a “litmus test” as host of the world’s biggest music stars when pop icon Lionel Richie says hello to Central Coast Stadium later this year.

In a major-event coup for the region, Richie — who has sold 100 million albums worldwide since leaving The Commodores in the early 1980s — will be dancing on the ceiling at Gosford stadium on Saturday, October 14, for his only regional show on his seven-concert All The Hits national tour.

Concert promoter Paul Dainty, who counts rock gods Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses among his clients, said if Coasties partied all night long in big numbers with Richie, “this could be a start of a number of top-class international acts coming to Gosford”.

“This could be the springboard to something very big for the Central Coast,” Mr Dainty said from London this week.

“We just don’t want to be Sydney-centric with our big concerts.

“We’re kicking off with Lionel, and if we get a good turnout at Gosford, then we’ll know the people there would like us to bring more big-name international acts.

“This concert will be breaking new ground for the region.”

Multiple Grammy-award winner Richie said he was pumped about bringing his biggest hits including Hello, Easy, Truly and Dancing on the Ceiling to the Coast.

“I am beyond excited to be coming to the beautiful Central Coast Stadium along the Gosford waterfront this October,” he told the Express Advocate.

“The concert really will be something special.”

Mr Dainty said Gosford could become a regional mecca for the world’s best entertainers “if locals come out to support this show”.

“We’ve been looking at where we could expand our markets in Australia,” he said. “I had looked at (Central Coast Stadium) some years ago, but we’re keen to trial it now.

“The venue is potentially great for concerts in a wonderful setting by the waterfront.

“We’ve got our production team working on where the stage will go, but our expert team will make sure it’s in the right position for the right experience.”

‘BIGGEST MUSIC ACT TO EVER HIT COAST’

CENTRAL Coast Council is confident Lionel Richie’s concert will help transform Gosford stadium into a hub of sport, music and entertainment.

Council director Mike Dowling described the Richie concert as “a real coup” for the region.

Mr Dowling said the council was working hard to attract a wide range of events to Central Coast Stadium which has a 20,000-seat capacity­.

“This is the type of event we’ve been looking for, allowing us to showcase the amazing and versatile venue we have right in our own backyard,” he said.

“This event forms part of Central Coast Council’s long-term strategy for the stadium following lengthy negotiations with world-class promoters, NRL clubs and other event organisers to bring to the community a range of events for the whole family.

“Lionel is arguably the biggest music act to perform on the Central Coast and only the start of things to come.

“The Coast will see more NRL games than ever before, more concerts and community events as well as our ongoing and valued long-term relationship with the Central Coast Mariners.”

In a worrying trend, events at the stadium dried up after Gosford Council took over its management from John Singleton in 2014.

Major stadium drawcards including the Crusty Demons (2008, 2010) and concerts featuring some of Australia’s biggest acts — Killing Heidi, The Whitlams, Grinspoon and country acts Adam Brand, Gina Jeffreys and Lee Kernaghan (2000) — have not been seen again at Gosford.The council will shortly unveil its program of events for the stadium for the next 12 months.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/pop-icon-lionel-richie-to-play-concert-at-central-coast-stadium/news-story/f8cccfe85f436fd249eeb9c0beb6067b

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Get set for two big days of discovering the hidden gems in the valleys and mountains of the Coast when Central Coast Council presents the Harvest Festival this long weekend.

The inaugural festival will celebrate local produce and be the first of its kind on the Central Coast.

Follow the festival trail to experience various free activities, entertainment, and experiences as well as an outdoor ticketed food experience

“We received a lot of interest from our local producers wanting to show off their farms, produce and generally showcase what our picturesque valleys and mountains have to offer,” council administrator Ian Reynolds said.

“Our staff have been working hard with our local producers to create a great program of events with a bit of something for everyone from open farms to long lunches, bush tucker walks, live music, fruit picking, workshops and much, much more.

“Festival-goers will be able to chat to local farmers, taste their produce and enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique aspect of the Central Coast.”

Events will be held over the two days at Calga, Somersby, Peats Ridge, Mangrove Mountain, Kulnura and Yarramalong, shining a spotlight on their importance as tourism and economic drivers for our region.

“The Coast is known for its beaches and waterways, but we are also surrounded by a hinterland full of hidden treasures — which will be the centre of attention this weekend,” Mr Reynolds said.

DAY ON THE FARM For event organisers Fixx Entertaiment, the spotlight will be on Sunday’s Day on the Farm at Kulnura.

“The whole festival was developed to link with local farmers, businesses and events,” organiser Brad Cardis said.

“We are setting out to develop a unique brand and image that will become a consistent, recognisable and sustainable event in its own right.

“The festival program is designed to encourage attendees to follow the trail encouraging visitation at multiple local farms with activations available at each location.

“At Day on the Farm, people will be able to enjoy a day out on a working citrus farm at East Coast Beverages, Kulnura, as they explore, experience, pick and learn.

“There will be community stalls, live music and entertainment as well as lots of produce.”

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday: Open Farm: Valley’s End Farm, Jilliby; The Pecan Lady, Somersby; Mangrove Yoga Farm, Mangrove Mountain; Wyuna Farm, Kulnura; Grace Springs Farm, Kulnura; Open Garden, 171 Greta Rd, Kulnura

Food Hub: Mountain Growers Market, Peats Ridge; Harvest Long Lunch, Kulnura

Family fun: Food farm, Wyong Creek; Bush Tucker Talks, Calga; Paintball open day, Kulnura; Glenworth Grazing, Glenworth Valley

Art Trail: Exposure Photographic exhibition, Wyong; Happy Crafts, Yarramalong; Art and Craft exhibition­, Kulnura

 Hands On: Catchment Crawl, Mooney Mooney; Bike Tours, Yarramalong; Mangrove Yoga, Mangrove Creek; Mountain Gliders, Mangrove Mountain

Sunday: Mangrove District Market, Mangrove Mountain; Country Cooking, Mangrove Mountain; Tapas Taste, Peats Ridge; Day on the Farm, Kulnura; Wyong River Catchment Crawl, Wyong

After sunset: Farm Barn Dance, Saturday, Glenworth Valley; Tapas Tastes, Saturday Peats Ridge; Sublime Degustation Dining, Sunday, Central Mangrove.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/harvest-festival-this-weekend/news-story/c9e0285d2c544d9441728ce00c4418e4

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Did you take the job to make friends? No, probably not. That would be quite low on the list of good reasons to accept an offer.

But having them sure is a perk, isn’t it?

Working with people you like can literally help power you through the day.

And in case you think this is an exaggeration and that work pals are just good for grabbing a beer with at the end of a long week, take this statement about the crucial nature of work friends from the infographic below: “Office friendships have a direct link with engagement and productivity.”

The infographic is, in fact, full of insightful nuggets, but as someone who values your work friends, you probably won’t be too surprised at the findings.

Those seemingly pointless conversations you have with co-workers while waiting for the coffee to finish brewing or on your way to a meeting? They’re not nothing. In fact, the data shows that having friends at the office can actually help your career.

A few minutes of non-work related banter can be viewed as a distracting force, or it can be seen as an engagement-enhancing break. So, it’s not just your social life that stands to benefit from these relationships but your professional life, too.

Think about it: When you’re in good spirits, you’re likely to find it easier to complete your to-do list—from the tedious, mundane tasks to the ones that require more creative energy.

You don’t have to have a best friend—though if you’re lucky enough to have a work BFF , well then, you may be one of the 50% of people who say that it’s resulted in having a strong connection with the company .

But just having any friends means you’re likely to be happier at work, and if you’re happy, you’re engaged, and when you’re engaged, you produce better work. You open yourself up to challenges. And maybe you even propose new and exciting ideas to your boss, bolstered by your co-workers’ praise and encouragement.

The fact is, the workday can be long and exhausting, so it really helps if you’re surrounded by people who you actually enjoy. What’s more: “The more friendly you are with the people you see every day, the happier you’ll be,” explains Muse writer Kaitlyn Russell .

So, the next time you catch yourself not doing your work and instead chatting with a colleague, go ahead and pat yourself on the back for cultivating those work relationships. It means you’re going places.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/you-need-to-have-friends-at-work-if-you-care-about-succeeding?ref=carousel-slide-4

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Posted by | June 5, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Since launching in late 2016 Gosford-based NBN and phone system specialist, Central Telecoms has been busy helping Central Coast businesses migrate from the old Telstra analog network to new NBN digital world.

Co-Founder and Managing Director Graeme Johnston, a Central Coast resident, said that while other telecoms companies focus on customers in Sydney Central Telecoms is passionate about helping regional businesses navigate through the complicated NBN minefield.

“We aim to be an efficient and ethical telecoms company that makes things happen when others can’t,” said Mr Johnston. “We are happy to meet and give local businesses a free 2 week, no obligation NBN trial,” he said.

We provide telecommunication services to regional Australian businesses to ensure a swift, simple and transparent transition to the NBN.”

Source: https://www.ccbusinessreview.com.au/gosford-based-central-telecoms-growing-fast-thanks-nbn/

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Have you ever heard about someone “cutting the line” to land their dream job?

They’re the people getting the perfect position without ever submitting a resume, or negotiating a sweet signing bonus plus five weeks vacation, or getting hired for a role the company created just for them. How do they do it? Are they just naturally golden? Or do they know something you don’t?

While you might use the word lucky, these folks don’t necessarily move more talented; they’ve simply perfected a way of approaching the job search in a manner others haven’t been trained in (or are fearful of adopting). This out-of-the-box approach gives them a notable advantage when it comes to standing out.

So what do they know and how can you follow their lead to make your next transition not only more quickly, but more successfully as well?

Do what they do:

1. High Performers Don’t Follow the Application Rules

The standard approach to applying for a position is to follow the application instructions outlined in the job post and get in touch with an internal recruiter. But high performers know that there’s a back door—and that it’s often a better bet.

My client Eric did exactly this. He reached out to people within the company in similar roles to the one he was interviewing for. If the conversation went well, he asked his new contact to introduce him to the hiring manager. (And if you’re unsure of how to go about that, here’s how you can find an in .)

You can identify and contact future co-workers or the hiring manager directly (often through LinkedIn ), both to build relationships and to do a little under-the-radar investigation about the company culture.

Just like knowing the hostess at a popular restaurant shortens your wait time, you too can cut the line. Instead of waiting with the crowd, your future boss picks up the phone to recruiting and says “I just talked to Eric, can you make sure he gets an interview?”

2. High Performers Don’t Focus on the Interview

Instead of focusing on scoring an interview at any cost, they decide whether or not a company or position is even worthy of their time. They want to know whether it’s a fit before they sit down across the table from a hiring manager. In other words, it’s having the confidence to remind yourself you’re in control.

For example, you can do a little private investigation work on the company, hiring manager, and other employees. See how they’re talked in the news, and how management responds to press (both good and bad). Regarding your prospective teammates: What kinds of causes do they support? What types of people seem to be employed there? What do they all do in their off hours?

Ironically, this confidence makes these professionals more desirable than the average candidate. When you’re being selective, you do your homework, and that means going into the interview process with a greater level of knowledge and conviction about the organization.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-keys-to-having-a-successful-job-search-that-a-lot-of-people-dont-know-about?ref=carousel-slide-0

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Posted by | May 29, 2017 | Weekly Update

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THE latest master and commander at the helm of revitalising Gosford said “this place has not changed much” since she worked the beat as a policewoman 30 years ago.

To be fair it is not a stinging indictment of the ailing fortunes of the Central Coast’s much maligned capital.

In fact, it is probably a small compliment given the city centre is arguably worse now than a few decades ago.

Lee Shearer faces a Titanic struggle to rejuvenate Gosford and breathe life into the sails of the Central Coast Regional Plan.

In her first interview since being appointed to the newly created position of Central Coast Co-ordinator General, Ms Shearer said the time for planning was over.

“There’s a lot of plans done and a lot of plans not implemented,” she said.

“It’s time really to stop the planning and get actions. I have never seen so many plans.”

When newly appointed NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts attended the recent launch of John Singleton’s Bonython Tower he said he was so committed to overhauling Gosford that

“if it means breaking eggs and kicking heads” so be it.

Enter Ms Shearer, Mr Robert’s hand-picked enforcer.

The former policewoman rose to the rank of Northern Region Assistant Commissioner, overseeing an area from north of the Hawksbury River all the way to the Queensland border.

In the super-politicised upper echelons of the NSW Police Force’s top brass it is not a position attained without a certain aptitude — and she was a woman.

After policing Ms Shearer joined NSW Planning as a regulator for the mining and extractive industries — essentially a government watchdog holding mining companies to account.

“I see one of the key roles is cracking through some of the barriers,” Ms Shearer said of her new role.

“It’s clear that something different needs to happen.”

Asked what key transferable skills she brings and the answer is as immediate as it is direct: “reform”.

“It’s the key skill set that I’ve taken across,” she said.

“Looking for better ways for government to do business.”

Other words to follow include “transparency”, “accountability” and “proportionate”.

Her first goal is to “get everyone around the table and holding people to account.

“There’s too many swords at 50 paces and I’m satisfied we’ve got the right people,” she said.

“It’s about accountability.”

Ms Shearer has already ticked her first box with a meeting on Tuesday with senior bureaucrats from Central Coast Council, Planning, Transport for NSW and other government agencies.

Another is planned in two weeks and following that monthly.

Ms Shearer admits the government has “no capacity, no legal capacity to get (developers) to start building” but it could secure the infrastructure and provide the incentive.

Like them or loathe them, Ms Shearer said the ATO and new Finance buildings being built on the former Gosford Public School site were catalyst projects.

“The ATO/Finance will bring jobs, these buildings are important in building confidence,” she said.

“They’re part of a piece of land that’s clearly key to the way forward to the waterfront development.”

Ms Shearer said their controversial location “doesn’t prevent” the waterfront from reaching its full potential.

“There’s a lot of DAs that will be developed when whoever owns them sees the economic benefit,” she said.

Ms Shearer points to the cranes over Gosford Hospital and its $348 million upgrade as symbolising the CBD was becoming a place were people could come for jobs and businesses could invest.

“I think we’re really now on the cusp, there has been a lot of talk, people want to see something happening,” she said.

“The whole waterfront needs to be put on the front page.”

Gosford’s revitalisation has long been a sinking ship for consecutive state governments but the Central Coast’s latest master and commander said she was determined to see a way through.

“The plan is there, it’s been committed to and that’s what we’re doing,” she said.

“I’ve heard about the anti-development (lobby) and the pro-development (lobby). That’s the reality. And I know people are going to come out of the woodwork. Let’s have that fight.”

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/new-coordinator-general-calls-for-action-in-the-cbd/news-story/55fd57bb6a12490d64db15dc272cc1dc

 

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WASHING clothes might be a first world problem we all suffer through, but for homeless people it is a luxury they often can’t afford.

Charity organisation Orange Sky has launched the Central Coast’s first, and its 14th, clothes washing and drying van.

It will provide free washing and drying for people doing it tough as well as a platform for conversations in Long Jetty, Gosford, Wyong, Umina Beach and Woy Woy.

The new laundry van has been named ‘Tumbles’ and was fully funded by the Elderslee Foundation.

Orange Sky co-founders, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett of Brisbane, were named Young Australians of the Year in 2016 for their work in establishing the organisation­.

“We want to reach every one of the 28,000 Australians who are homeless in NSW and this means extending our service to regional areas of the State,’’ Mr Marchesi said. “We had an idea to put two washers and two dryers in the back of a van.

“We realised that laundry takes time and, in that time, there’s nothing to do but sit down and have a chat.”

Mr Marchesi said he and Mr Patchett had been naive about how big the homeless problem actually was.

“More than 105,000 Australians will be homeless tonight, which means one in 200 people are living rough and with 2000 people living rough on the Coast, we hope we can get to all of them.”

Orange Sky has 850 volunteers across Australia who wash and dry 7.8 tonnes of free laundry every week.

The first recipient of some clean clothes on the Coast was 42-year-old Gerard Mills, who has been homeless for eight months.

 “It makes you feel like someone cares about you,” Mr Mills said.

“You can have a bit of pride in having clean clothes and feeling a little bit better about yourself. It saves you some money, this service is really invaluable.”

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/orange-sky-brings-clothes-washing-van-to-central-coast/news-story/f2803be6f09c1da729dda6d98ad6befb

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Posted by | May 22, 2017 | Weekly Update

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If you’ve ever had a manager ask you for feedback, then you probably also remember the way you reacted.

You likely hesitated and, if you’re like many professionals, shared some positive reinforcement. If you were feeling courageous, maybe you added a small “this is good but could be better!” area of improvement. But if there was a larger issue at hand? You said nothing, bringing it up felt too risky.

Now you’re in that manager’s position and you’re not getting real feedback from your team. They say things are fine but you know better—no one’s perfect, you probably do have a few areas you could improve in, and you know that the more you improve, the better off your team will perform.

So how do you get honest feedback as a leader? (And before performance review season?) Ask. And ask again.

Assuming that your team will proactively tell you how to improve is a mistake. As the boss, it’s your job to open the door (repeatedly) to make them comfortable to say something. And because I know this can be hard, I came up with the four types of questions that’ll help open up that dialogue.

1. The Open-Ended Question

If you rarely ask for feedback, a simple open-ended question may be enough to speak conversation.

Try one of these out:

I’m always trying to improve as a professional and as a manager. Is there anything I could be doing better or differently?

Getting feedback is how I keep improving and I love using the SSC framework for it—is there anything I should stop, start, or continue doing?

2. The Project-Specific Question

Sometimes people are more comfortable being open when the feedback doesn’t feel as personal. Try asking questions around a project you’re working on with them to get the scoop on what you could do better.

A few examples of how to do this:

Hey Jane, I noticed that the team was scrambling at the end of the week to deliver the project to Client X. Is there anything I could’ve done differently that would have made that smoother for you? I want to make sure I’m helping remove obstacles for the team, even if one of those obstacles includes me or my current process.

The annual gala was a big success! While it’s still fresh in our minds, I’d love your feedback on anything we could do differently next year or ways I could change what I did to be more helpful to you and the team.

3. The Self-Identified Area-to-Work-on Question

In some cases,  it’s not a surprise what you need to work on. You may have identified it yourself, or been told at your last review that you really need to have better attention to detail or be more responsive to your team.

When you know what you’re looking to improve, that’s a great chance to ask more targeted questions like:

At my last review, one of the areas of feedback from the team was that my responsiveness wasn’t where it needed to be. I’m actively working on that, but I know that sometimes I slip up and would love your feedback when I do. Is there anything right now you’re waiting on me for?

I’m working on my attention to detail, since I know it’s an area I’m not always as strong as I need to be. Could you give me feedback after this afternoon’s presentation on any places I didn’t get the details just right?

4. The Question That Takes Guts

Finally, there’s the nuclear option. It’s not an easy ask, but hearing an honest answer to it can be one of the most valuable gifts someone gives you. When asking this, it’s incredibly important that your tone, body language, and response be truly open.

Please tell me the thing you think I don’t want to hear.

Before you run off and start asking these questions, let me first share an important rule.

How you react during this discussion is really important. If you get defensive or angry, that employee will be much less likely to share anything with you again, and will likely spread the word to others who report to you.

So make sure to thank them for being honest with you, and tell them you’ll think about what they said. You don’t have to agree, you don’t have to act on it, but you do have to consider it.

Plus, even if you don’t agree, someone out there thinks that of you, which means others might as well; at a minimum you have an area of improvement when it comes to perception or communication. (If you think this might be a challenge, here’s advice on taking constructive criticism like a champ.)

And even if you don’t agree this time around, you want them to bring you the next round of feedback which might be right on the money. As I said earlier, your team will only do better when you grow as a manager.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/dear-managers-this-is-how-you-get-honest-feedback-from-your-team?ref=carousel-slide-0

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The founders of two established local start-ups were the guest speakers at the launch of the Central Coast’s digital innovation industry group on May 2.
Women on Boards co-founder and Managing Director, Ms Claire Braund, and Central Telecoms co-founder, Mr Graeme Johnston, were to be interviewed by local innovation champion, Mr David Abrahams, to formally launch Central Coast Start IT.
Mr Edgar Adams, publisher of the Central Coast Business Review, gave a history of some of the innovative start-up businesses birthed on the Central Coast.
Around 80 people from a broad group of interests and industries attended the launch at the Central Coast Leagues Club.
Mr Abrahams said Gosford was perfectly placed to be the innovation capital of the nation.
“Gosford is the perfect place for innovation,” he said.
“Gosford is an affordable place for disruptive idea makers to live,” Mr Abrahams said, “and many innovators can enjoy the full force of fibre to premise NBN, which is an incredible advantage that Gosford has,” he said.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/05/central-coast-startit-innovation-industry-group-launched/

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Posted by | May 12, 2017 | Weekly Update

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MATTHEW Hurley’s passion for his job is infectious.

 “I get to wake up every morning and go to a job that I love,” the 22-year-old carpenter says. “I’m happy every day because I’m doing what I want to do in life.”

Mr Hurley was on Friday afternoon named TAFE Hunter and Central Coast’s student of the year – a win that is made even more satisfying when coupled with a WorldSkills Australia scholarship that will see the student jet off to the UK to refine his carpentry prowess.

At a time when Australia is grappling with a skills shortage, Mr Hurley didn’t want a desk job in architecture because “I wanted that hands on experience, that’s what I enjoy”.

“And long-term I’d love to be able to do exactly that – design and build my own houses,” he said, adding that his particular interest was in sustainable and passive building design.

Coal Point apprentice electrician Jake Barry was also named apprentice of the year, while Denman’s Victoria Wicks won trainee of the year as she completes her equine traineeship.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4643006/young-leaders-shine-at-awards/ecovillage-a-step-closer-to-australias-best-community-owned-energy-network/

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A key element of the Narara Ecovillage’s ‘smart grid’, a $165,000 tap-change transformer, arrived at the village in late April.
According to the Ecovillage Project Director, Mr John Talbott, the arrival heralds the village’s next step towards producing the smartest and cleanest community owned energy network in Australia.
The development of the smart grid, including the purchase of the transformer, has been made possible by a grant of $965,000 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
The ecovillage’s power will come entirely from solar photovoltaic panels, mounted both on private homes and on community buildings.
The ecovillage’s smart grid will then calculate how much power should be used, and how much should be stored, or returned to the grid.
It will do this by predicting both future demand and the amount of energy that will be produced by the solar panels.
The system will even take into account changing weather conditions like cloudy days and can export surplus energy back to the State-owned grid.
All of this will be made possible by the newly arrived transformer.
Ms Lyndall Parris, ecovillage founder, welcomed the funds.
“We’re so thrilled to have secured the grant from ARENA,” she said.
“The smart grid is a fundamental requirement of our goal to be a ‘leading-edge’ sustainable community and will supply the power needed for normal home use, charging electric vehicles, supporting small businesses and even treating our own water on-site.
“One day we may even be able to sell power to the neighbours,” she added.
ARENA CEO, Mr Ivor Frischknecht, said, “While direct savings in energy costs will benefit the members of the Narara Ecovillage community, the knowledge gained in developing these advanced and cutting edge technologies will benefit many other towns and communities around Australia in moving to a sustainable future.”

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/05/ecovillage-a-step-closer-to-australias-best-community-owned-energy-network/

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It’s a Tuesday afternoon and I know that I have a scheduled phone call coming up in 10 minutes. Instead of throwing myself into the start of a new project, I kill some time by watching a few mindless YouTube videos.

Harmless, right? Except I often do that very same thing numerous times throughout my day—without even realizing it. And, it often has a dire effect on my productivity.

Identifying Wasted Pockets of Time

Stop to think for a moment, and you’ll likely notice that you do this very same thing yourself.

You have to leave to run an errand in 15 minutes, so you might as well read the latest clickbait on the internet. You’re planning to take your lunch break in 10 minutes anyway, so why not see what’s happening on Twitter?

I get it—these small pockets of time seem completely insignificant in the grand scheme of your workday.

However, one day when I was feeling particularly stressed and overwhelmed by my to-do list, I had a realization: Just because I was wasting a seemingly small amount of time didn’t change the fact that I was still wasting time—and it was time that I was complaining I was short on to begin with.

It seems stupid when you put it in writing, but we all fall into this trap numerous times throughout the day. Those minutes before a meeting or before you pack up for the day are almost too easy to justify wasting.

So, it was then and there that I decided to make a change: I would use those seemingly unnoticeable time blocks to my advantage.

Leveraging My Time

Sure, those short time periods might seem like the perfect opportunity to give yourself a little breather—and, yes, sometimes a break really is necessary!

However, they’re also a great chance for you to take care of a few of those small, pesky tasks that crowd up your to-do list. They don’t require a ton of focus or a big commitment, but they still need to get done.

Answering emails, making a quick phone call, creating an outline, or even cleaning off your desk. They’re all things that you could complete—or at the very least make some major progress on—in the course of just 15 minutes.

And, that’s exactly what I decided to do.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/well-this-is-an-incredibly-easy-way-to-find-more-time-in-your-day?ref=carousel-slide-3

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Posted by | May 5, 2017 | Weekly Update

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Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) has celebrated three years since the first concrete slab was laid at its Menindee Ridge residential housing development. The Menindee Ridge development is a vibrant suburban community stretching over 8.6 hectares in Blue Haven.

Darkinjung CEO, Mr Sean Gordon, said it had been one of the most rewarding projects the Land Council had worked on. “Seeing Menindee Ridge come to life has been truly incredible to watch and I think I can speak for our entire organisation and community when I say that this development has been one of the most gratifying ventures we have undertaken,” Mr Gordon said.

“Menindee Ridge started with a vision of providing affordable housing to our members and community and promoting a safe and secure residential environment that could accommodate our growing community. “We have been able to develop 109 lots and housed dozens of families and individuals so far, with more still to come.”

Local residents and Darkinjung members, Mr Peter and Ms Keran Mason, were thrilled to move into a duplex home in November 2016. “It will probably mean that I am able to retire a little earlier as it is affordable housing and we aren’t paying big rent,” Mr Mason said. “We very much appreciate everything Darkinjung has done for us,” he said. “We were waiting six years for this to happen, but when it did, it all happened very quickly with the building.

“Darkinjung were very professional and communicated with us throughout the process. Darkinjung Chairperson, Ms Tina West, said: “Darkinjung’s Menindee Ridge development experience has been positive and has put Darkinjung in a great position to explore other economic opportunities on our lands. “Looking back on how far we have come since the fi rst foundation stone was laid in April 2014, this development has enabled us to provide substantial economic sustainability for the community of the Central Coast, and we look forward to being able to provide future developments to our community.

“I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has helped with bringing Menindee Ridge to life, the Darkinjung Board, our staff and valued members, Wiseberry Charmhaven, who assisted with the sale of land, and all individuals who worked on the development,” Ms West said. “Our land is invaluable to the Central Coast community and we hope to be able to use this to benefit the public in years to come,” she said.

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/04/menindee-ridge-residential-celebrates-growth/

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At the John Lewis department store in the UK, they call the employees ‘partners’. It isn’t just a word bandied around to make people feel more engaged, they have a genuine focus on their staff. It’s a reflection of a management belief that they have a shared responsibility for the consumer, and that the way the company treats their staff is the way their staff will treat their consumers. As a result, everyone in retail wants to work there. But employee engagement doesn’t always work this well. And in the gig economy, where workers aren’t considered employees at all by many companies, behavioural psychology is being deployed in a way that can even work against employee self-interest.
Inevitably, it is Uber that is a master of employee manipulation, as reported in the New York Times exposé on this topic, How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons

When demand for drivers peaks, local managers for Uber in the US are urged to use all kinds of techniques to get drivers to move to particular locations, such as adopting female personas in text messages, as they have been found to be more persuasive. Uber also tries to keep drivers working when they are inclined to knock off. By gathering information on how much their drivers want to earn each week, they will send message alerts such as: ‘“You’re $10 away from making $330 in net earnings. Are you sure you want to go offline?”

So what, you may be thinking. The drivers are making money. No one is putting a gun to their head.

Where’s my motivation?

Consider why we do what we do.

Extrinsic motivation is when somebody works for a tangible reward, such as their salary. Intrinsic motivation is what we want for ourselves; things we would do regardless of external recognition. They’re both important.

Although an employee may join an organisation for the money and benefits on offer, they may come to believe in the organisation’s goals, both because those goals are worthwhile and because the employee learns that when the organisation succeeds, they succeed. This growing understanding comes from promotions, salary bumps and professional development.

(Of course, other HR functions help achieve the same thing, including work flexibility, growing a positive culture of respect, etc).

But such organic development is not really possible in the gig economy, because there are no promotions, no salary bumps and no real opportunities to learn skills that will help the contractors or “independent business people” get a better job. They’re not considered employees by the company so there’s no seniority, no benefit to long service. So it’s difficult to argue that when the company succeeds, they succeed.

In fact, due to certain dynamics in the gig economy, the opposite is often the case.

The dark side

So how do you achieve intrinsic motivation in a situation like that? Well humans have certain cognitive triggers, behavioural adaptations we have evolved to help us thrive but that can be manipulated. This manipulation is much easier to achieve in a contractor relationship, where you have fewer responsibilities and interaction is almost exclusively conducted via a phone app.

One of the most basic and powerful methods is to provide positive feedback. Everyone is motivated by goals and progressing towards them. According to the NY Times, Uber found there was a drastic drop in driver attrition after their 25th ride, so they implemented push notifications to warmly remind new drivers as they closed in on that number.

This might seem fine, and much like your manager evaluating your performance and providing encouragement, except that it’s automated. If your manager encourages you, that probably means they’re invested in your career, and that if you do well they’ll notice and you’re likely to be rewarded. Uber’s feedback doesn’t involve another human, and means little long term.

Similar to this is the gamification concept of badges – little graphics Uber sends to let you know when you’ve worked hard, provided an entertaining ride and so on. Again, they get you to internalise the company’s goals while costing them nothing. And yes, they do work. In the NY Times story there’s a particularly poignant moment where a driver, who quit riding for Uber because he was running at a loss, is still proud of his badges. Imagine earning a company money while not making enough for yourself, and being proud because they emailed you some congratulatory emojis.

So, who would you prefer to work for: John Lewis or Uber? Or is that like comparing apples and pears?

The fact is that isn’t going away, and as we move towards wider automation, and the job market increasingly favours flexibility in workers, the temptation for companies to cut costs by creating as one-sided a version of engagement as possible might only grow.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Can you think of other examples, outside the gig economy, where engagement is gamed rather than earned? And do you think this is a trend we’ll see in the future of work?

Source: http://www.versatileresourcing.com/get-engagement-employees/

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Posted by | April 28, 2017 | Weekly Update

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REGISTERED clubs have ramped up their support of regional sport, committing almost $250,000 annually to an intensive education program through the Regional Academies of Sport.

In an announcement that brought almost 1000 people to complete silence at the recent Academy Games on the Central Coast, ClubsNSW chairman Peter Newell declared each academy would benefit directly from about 80 per cent of the funding, while the rest would be allocated to the running of the Games into the future.

The new athlete education program curriculum will cover a range of issues including nutrition, drugs in sport, sports medicine and mental health first aid.

It is a program that won’t kick into gear for several months, but is an exciting step in the right direction for local sporting academies.

“It’s a huge value add to our athletes,” Central Coast Academy of Sport managing director Ian Robilliard said.

“The curriculum will be developed independently, so it’s not a drain on our resources, and then we will deliver it as part of the scheme.

“Each year, for the next three years, we will get the money to fund this program and it’ll give us a more systemised approach to off-field education.”

He hoped long term the money would allow the academy to expose its programs to more Coast athletes.

Mr Newell said it was a logical step for ClubsNSW to make, with the future of Australian sport in mind.

“Clubs help get junior athletes onto the playing field and give them the tools they need to play the sport they love,” Mr Newell said.

“Now, through our partnerships program, we will be able to provide guidance on off-field issues as well, which, all too often, derail promising sporting careers.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/250000-boost-to-regional-academies-of-sport/news-story/253dc209e11732c6e8a32325812bfce7