The Latest from Kristy-Lee

10 Ways to Accelerate Employee Motivation

Uncategorized Feb 10, 2021

It’s simple maths that you can’t continue to grow a business and achieve greater results year on year, quarter on quarter and week on week without a great team. But once you have that team, the challenge can be how to keep them motivated.

Motivated employees are our most engaged employees, and we know that an engaged team can be 17% more productive and lead to a whopping 21% increase in business profitability, according to a study conducted by Gallup.

So keeping motivation high, and ultimately increasing engagement is like your secret weapon that can really differentiate you from your competitors. Motivated and engaged teams attract the best and brightest, and foster environments which encourage productivity, creativity and best practice at every level.

So what can we as employers proactively do to maintain and improve our teams motivation at work?


  • Operate from a Place of Purpose
    Employees thrive in businesses which are driven towards a clear purpose. Be clear on...
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How Killer Position Descriptions Improve Business Performance

podcast Feb 09, 2021

Hello and welcome to Episode 48 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
In today's episode we’re talking about the BOSS of all HR documents and why having killer Position Descriptions improves business performance.
We discuss in detail how the three core elements of clarity, certainty and protection that a great PD creates lead to higher employee engagement and improved business performance.
As promised, if you’re not sure what should go in a position description or want to check that the ones you have are ticking all the boxes, you can go ahead and grab your Position Description Checklist here:
As always, if you have questions, comments or would like to start a conversation head on over to Facebook where you can ask a question, make a comment or send me a message directly:
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8 Reasons Position Descriptions are the BOSS of all HR Documents

Uncategorized Feb 03, 2021

As a business owner or manager, you may think you have a million more important things to do than write a position description for every role in your company.


Particularly in small business, where there is a need for flexibility within the scope and responsibility and daily duties of each individual, to meet the fluctuating needs and demands of a fluid business structure, these ‘structured’ documents can often seem limiting and unnecessary.


However, accurate and detailed Position Descriptions, in my opinion, are the most important document to have in your business, when it comes to managing staff, and here is why:


  • They create structure – as we all know, where there are no rules people instinctively will make up their own. Position descriptions which are clear, appropriately detailed and cover the nature, scope, and duties of the role, as well as the expectations around behaviour and performance standards create a working ‘rule...
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8 Traits All New Hires Should Have

podcast Feb 02, 2021

Hello and welcome to Episode 47 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today I am walking you through the 8 traits I believe all new hires should have, no matter what role you are recruiting for in your business.
The 8 traits we discuss are:
  1. Values Alignment
  2. Flexibility
  3. Reliability
  4. Honesty
  5. Adaptability;
  6. Coachability;
  7. Loyalty;
  8. Motivation
As mentioned, if you would love to connect with us further head over to Facebook to join our free group for business owners, leaders and managers – HR Support for Australian Businesses.
If you’d like to reach out to us with feedback or suggestions or ideas about future topics for the podcast you can reach us on Facebook at or you can email Kristy-Lee directly at [email protected]
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Understanding Employee Engagement

Uncategorized Jan 27, 2021

What exactly is 'Employee Engagement'?

Like many others you may think it is a bit of the HR buzzword and a fluffy concept made up by someone trying to create work for themselves in a big corporation.
There is a popular misconception that it's about keeping people happy, making sure they're having fun at work, giving employees everything they want, beanbags in the staff room, chocolate biscuits in the kitchen and all of those perks. Keeping staff happy and making sure they are looked after is important, and forms part of it, but employee engagement is actually a far deeper concept, and it's important no matter how big or small your business is.

One thing is for sure and that is that businesses of any size who can get this right and really dedicate the right amount of thought, intention and commitment to nurturing this particular aspect of managing and leading staff can really see the benefits. Benefits including reduced staff turnover, a decline in absenteeism rates, higher...

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Secret Parenting in the Workplace

podcast Jan 26, 2021

Hello and welcome to Episode 46 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today we are chatting about something that I bet most of you have seen in one workplace or another, whether it’s something you’ve experienced yourself or have witnessed from others.
That is the concept of ‘Secret Parenting’ the act of actively hiding or minimising our involvement in parental responsibilities with our colleagues and managers, for fear that it will have some sort of detrimental effect on our careers, our roles or the perception others have of us at work.
Whilst COVID has done a whole lot to help put an end to this trend, is there more we can be doing as employers to reduce the likelihood of this happening in our workplace.
As mentioned, if you would love to connect with us further head over to Facebook to join our free group for business owners, leaders and managers – HR Support for Australian Businesses.
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Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Uncategorized Jan 19, 2021

Let me ask you a question. As the business owner, leader, manager, the head honcho, how important is 'self-care' to you? In fact, what does self-care even mean to you?


Why am I asking you this? And what on earth does this have to do with your team, your HR compliance, and your business success?


Well I wanted to let you in on a little background and share my experience in realising just how important this is to our success as business owners. I wanted to share this with you because I was there, I was doing all of the things, all of the time and thought I was smashing it! I had it totally under control and was moving forward and building my empire (yes literally that was my mantra, I'm not even joking).


But do you know what, I was on the fast train  towards burnout and I couldn't see it, and in fact it took one of my team to not so subtly let me know that I wasn't being the best leader, manager or business owner I could be.


Was my business successful...

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Setting Your Team Up for Success in 2021

podcast Jan 19, 2021

Hello and welcome to Episode 45 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today we discussed setting up your team for new year success! We know for a fact that January is the key time for staff changes and resignations, so how can you avoid that and instead engage your team for a great year ahead?
Whilst there are a myriad of options, we talked today about 3 core areas that in my experience have the biggest impact on getting the team on track. They are:
Specifically building your ideal structure. I referred to Episode number 22 ‘The Power of a Clean Slate’, you can listen to that episode here:
  • Having regular and powerful team meetings;
  • Having an annual planning day;
  • Listen, hear, understand and action.
Setting clear expectations and boundaries and being prepared to uphold them;
Reviewing your teams performance...
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The 8 Top Traits All New Hires Should Have

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2021

In the world of HR we are always ruminating on the skills v’s fit tension when hiring new staff for organisations. Commonly these days, the cultural and team fit far outweighs the skills requirements, but obviously new hires still need to have the fundamental and foundational skills to get the job done – otherwise what’s the point in hiring anyone? In saying that, my advice to business owners, leaders and managers over and over again is this: you can hire the most technically competent and brilliant employee the market has to offer – but if their values don’t align with those of the business, they ultimately won’t be a great fit and they won’t last – meaning any benefits you gained by having their brilliance in your business will be eroded by the lack of alignment and fit, under engagement and ultimately the turnover of the role.


So if fit is going to trump raw skills, and ultimately you will hire someone who fits into your team...

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Unleash the Power of Your People Part 6 - Creating Valuable Reviews

podcast Jan 12, 2021

Hello and welcome to Episode 44 of the People Powered Business Podcast!
Today is the final part of our 6 part series titled ‘Unleash the Power of Your People’. Today we spoke about the importance of feedback and regular reviews and I ran through a simple framework for effective quarterly reviews.
As promised, we have created an eBook resource for you as a reference guide to help you implement the strategies and tactics we discuss in this series, you can get your free copy here:
Unleash the Power of Your People eBook.
If you’d like to reach out to us with feedback or suggestions or ideas about future topics for the podcast you can reach us on Facebook at or you can email Kristy-Lee directly at [email protected]
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