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We are looking for a rural copywriter with prior experience in composing editorials and blog posts aimed at the rural farming sector. 

Sound like you? Make this weekend the weekend you register with Pointer. 

Jo Palmer
How to work remotely and successfully...
Working from home may sound like a dream-come-true for some, but it’s not all about relaxation. Are you up for the challenge of staying on-task while away from office?

How can you utilise this perk? What does it take to be a successful remote employee? I asked some of the best ones I know, my remote coworkers. They quickly and energetically provided me with some invaluable tips useful for anyone debating whether or not remote employment is right for them.
— Liz Hall, VP of People at Trello
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Working remotely is one thing. Working remotely successfully is another. Liz Hall is the Vice President of People at Trello, a US based company with 50% of its employees working remotely from around the world.  Liz offers her best tried and tested tips for doing it successfully.

These are some great practical tips that can easily be applied to any remote workplace environment.  Read more here.

Jo Palmer
The Rise of Women Who Work Remotely: Flexibility is the Future
In today’s evolving workplace, employees are looking for positions that go beyond the typical corporate office and cater to their desire for flexibility. As demographics change in the markets, the desires and demands of workers are developing, and many employers are taking note.

These rapid, substantial changes have many advantages but one demographic that predominantly benefits? Women.

Employers who embrace flexibility and invest in women will see the benefits through their employees and their businesses. There may be challenges with tech, culture and communication to address, but it won’t prevent change from continuing to propel forward. Technology isn’t slowing down, and neither are the women who are shaping the future of the workplace.
— Katie Tatham
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There is plenty of talk around the future of work and the demand for flexibility.  But what and who is the source of this demand? 

With millennial's forming the largest group in the workforce,  it is this demographic, and in particular, women, that are demanding flexibility and shaping the future of the workplace. 

This article highlights the need for companies to reevaluate their practices to meet these demands, or otherwise risk shutting out a demographic of highly skilled, talented and motivated employees.  Employees who arguably, are yielding outcomes for businesses which are highly competitive against the traditional 9 to 5 office job. 

Read the full article here

Jo Palmer
Streamline Your Daily Working Tasks - and you don't have to be working remotely!
Working life is often a challenge, largely due to the amount of effort required to progress and the work we must consistently complete on a daily basis in order to be successful.
As business grows and your career progresses, your everyday workload can be increasingly time consuming and your daily tasks can seem unending.
That’s why it’s always best to ensure that you are doing everything possible to streamline your daily working tasks, in order to increase your overall productivity.
— Barry Chignell - CIPHER
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Who doesn't love a good old list of life hacks. This list of streamlining strategies are actually really good to go back over relativly often, to see if you can be tweaking your work day to be more efficient. Full article here.

Jo Palmer
Marketing and Communications Manager role
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Sound like you?? Is the list below pretty much your bag?? Register with Pointer today!


Our employer is looking for a Marketing and Communications guru with these skills and attributes.

·      Assist in the development and maintenance of a Yearly Marketing Plan/s for the company and its division’s.

·      Oversee the company’s marketing budgets reporting on actual v budget.

·      Maintain the Branding Guidelines and Strategy that optimise the unique markets of each division.

·      Develop and maintain the company and its division’s websites in with the Marketing Committee and divisional managers.

·      Design and continually evolve rolling marketing and promotional campaigns with the Marketing Committee.

·      Seek the best possible local and national media in press, radio, TV and digital environments and negotiate on expenditure. 

·      Co-ordinate TV and Radio advert production and scheduling.

·      Develop and manage social media channels for delivery of information and marketing strategy content in conjunction with branch and divisional staff

·      Provide appropriate tools for sales people (presentation templates, brochures etc) in conjunction with the Marketing Committee.

·      Oversee internal company newsletter.

·      Ensure punctual attendance for all internal and external business commitments.

·      Perform duties to a high professional and ethical standard in line with company values and sales processes and protocols.

·      Maintain a high professional and ethical profile in accordance with industry and company standards.

Jo Palmer
You Think You Understand Flexibility—But You Don’t.
The world of work continues to transform at breakneck speed, but as companies everywhere look to embrace the #futureofwork, one area in which they’re still woefully unprepared is creating a more flexible work environment for all.
— Leslie Caputo - Werk

Our mate's at Werk, delve into some of the challenges around gaining flexibility in the workplace. The major challenge is the misconception of what 'flexibility' actually is. Read the whole article here.

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Jo Palmer
Remote control: the business of flexible working
 (Yes Jo's kitchen table is always this tidy)

(Yes Jo's kitchen table is always this tidy)

Bringing businesses on board - It’s not just the candidates that are keen.

“We’re finding that small to medium-sized business – especially regionally based ones – have really embraced the concept and are seeing it as an opportunity for them to grow their business because they may have previously been restricted in their area for employing people with the skill set that they need,” says Jo.

Instead of employing a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ that just happens to live where their business is located, and who may not actually be qualified for the tasks they are trying to do, Jo and her team are finding that businesses are using the Pointer platform to their advantage.

“Where they might have put one person on for three days in the past, they might now put on three people that are working remotely for one day. They’re actually getting the skills they need for their business to grow. So it’s a really exciting way of using our platform.”
— Bianca and Jennifer - NBN Co

Two members of the NBN team visited Pointer's Founder Jo at home to talk all things remote work. You can read the article (and watch Jo's interview) right here. And yes, she does actually work, not just swan around drinking tea on her front verandah!

Jo Palmer
Checking in with Catherine Brooks - author of 'Lets make it work, baby!'
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We spoke to Catherine Brooks, lawyer and author of flexible work book "Let's make it work, baby!", a couple of months ago (you can read that post here) but we wanted to catch up with her post the launch of her book and here what she's learnt as part of her research into flexible working arrangements for parents in Australia. Over to Catherine!

 

Hi remote workers! In line with my friend Emma Hueston (author of The Tracksuit Economy and past Pointer blog contributer - you can read that post here) I hope you're currently tapping away at your computer in your ugg boots and trackie pants. Meanwhile, I'm working flexibly around Melbourne promoting my book, battling morning sickness (four months pregnant with my second!) and servicing clients all over the world who need employment law advice. 

Life is good, except for the morning sickness (blergh), but I'm on a mission to help more people work flexibly to enjoy the ugg boot life. Every time I battle peak hour traffic or public transport - and waste HOURS on the communte - I'm reminded about the important work that Pointer Remote Roles and employers leaning in to flexibility are doing. Why should we let productivity, or our families, suffer just because we have an outdated model of 'bums on seats' in Australia? Why shouldn't we focus on output and not input when assessing our staff members? How can we help more people work flexibly in the best interest of employer and employee PLUS the economy!? These are all questions that I dwell on every day and just love solutionising - hence my book on the topic! 

What I'm most excited about at the moment is that I'm not the only one rumenating on these issues. In fact, some of the brainiest (and most influential) people in the country are currently thinking about this topic. The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission is currently proposing some significant changes to our flexible work laws in Australia and they've gotten the industry leaders in our community turning their attention to this important topic too. And all this talk is going to lead to some legal changes that will increase your rights and entitlements as someone wanting to work flexibly, particularly if you're a parent. 

For the lowdown you can read my recent LinkedIn post here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/flexible-work-significant-changes-flagged-fair-catherine-brooks-1d/ but in summary the proposed changes will mean that an employer will have to work through a more rigorous process before it can refuse a flexible work request. Good news, particularly for those working for supervisors that just haven't yet caught up to the benefits of flexible work. 

But whilst us legal eagles keep focussing on the law, you out there are making cultural shifts and changes every day. Perhaps with your advocacy and strength in numbers one day we won't need the law to make sure that people can request and access flexible working arrangements. Until then, let's battle it from both ends and I truly believe that together we can make a difference. 

For more tips on flexible working arrangements and my musings on flexible work as an employment lawyer feel free to follow me on instagram @lesmakeitworkbaby or via LinkedIn. 

And now back to my ugg boot life!

Jo Palmer
Remote doesn't mean freelancer.

This article is a really interesting look at some of the misconceptions around remote work and what it means for employers, although we aren't sure we are down with referring to freelancers as living in a 'care free world'! Full article here.

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Jo Palmer
Our Founder Jo speaking on the Sprout_Ed Women, Wealth and Wine Panel
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Pointer's Founder Jo was thrilled to join Belinda Anderson, CEO of the Henty Machinery Field Days and Genevieve Fleming, Head of New Business Development at TechnologyOne on Sprout_Ed's Women, Wealth and Wine - 'Working it!' panel session.

The session revolved around the fact that work is such a big part of women's lives; working in the home, working from home, casual work, part-time work, full-time work and working for ourselves. Some of the work issues for women that were discuss with the panel were:

- Women's work patterns

- Entitlements and rights at work

- Flexible working arrangements

- Working remotely

- Career transitions and many more

Sprout_Ed's Founder Jenny Rolfe-Wallace curated an engaging session that enjoyed a great turn out. Looking forward to the next session that Sprout_Ed hosts.

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Jo Palmer
Managing remote workers
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Call it working from home, virtual work, remote work, telecommuting, or telework – call it what you will. People are getting stuff done outside of the office. They like it. Their bosses like it. It’s growing quickly all over the world.

Remote work is giving people a more flexible work life, with less driving (and better gas mileage). It’s giving companies a happier and more productive staff. And it’s giving businesses and IT admins a colossal opportunity to save money and move their business forward faster– if they’re up for the challenge
— Rajat - JumpCloud

This is a really interesting article with some facts and stats that are a great read for both businesses and remote employees - read more here.

Jo Palmer
Experienced travel agents with experience in luxury travel
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We are looking for a Travel Designer to join an established leading boutique travel agency.

This Travel Designer will be able to create corporate and creative leisure travel arrangements for prospective and existing clients for international and domestic travel arrangements. If you have a sound, proven understanding of the processes of booking all air travel, tour arrangements, accommodation, car hire, managing insurance and visa requirements that will ensure their client's journeys are a complete success, then make sure to register here.

 

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills to find out what the client wants and needs on their holiday.

  • Be passionate about travel, especially hotels.

  • Be willing to share knowledge with others.

  • Be willing to embrace new technology.

  • Participate as a team member and contribute to the wellbeing of our company.

     

In addition, the following skills are required:

  • Experience with GDS systems and mid-office systems

  • Knowledge of airfares

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Jo Palmer
Web designer for small organisation
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We are on the hunt for a web designer to go over a small organisation's current website, get it up to scratch and to give them a hand in running it themselves. Experience with Wordpress, Squarespace or other programs of the like is a must. Head to our register page if you fit the bill!

Jo Palmer
Next Crop Forum hosted by The Land
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This month, Pointer's Founder Jo was asked to speak at The Next Crop Forum in Griffith, hosted by The Land. It was a really interesting session that discussed a number of issues that face regional NSW (and Australia), in particular, the challenges related to employment.
(These are far more flattering photos than the one they printed in the paper!)

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Jo Palmer
Working hard for the money - Guest post from Emma Heuston, Author of the Tracksuit Economy

Pretty chuffed to have Emma Heuston, author of The Tracksuit Economy writing a guest blog post for us!

Emma has recently released her book: The Tracksuit Economy: How to work productively AND effectively from home, where Emma shares her insight into becoming a remote working powerhouse. Six years ago Emma was a corporate lawyer in Sydney but after a near death experience and having her son, she realised that Sydney corporate life was not a good fit. As she was stuck in peak traffic, yet again with her little boy sobbing at the back from exhaustion and hunger after a long day at childcare. She decided she could no longer keep going they way they were. She was going to find an easier and better way. Today she still works as a corporate lawyer but as a remote worker from her home office in Byron Bay and fits life around her gorgeous son. The Tracksuit Economy is her account of her journey and a practical and relevant guide for anyone who wants to find a work-life balance and work from home.

Head over to iBooks or Amazon and buy a copy of The Tracksuit Economy, for less than the price of a coffee!  

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Working hard for the money

Demonstrating your worth as a remote employee

by Emma Heuston, Author of The Tracksuit Economy

 

Remote workers have the potential to both disrupt and improve the structure of an organisation. 

If an organisation is going to hire remote workers, or permit existing workers to work remotely, it must re-frame policies, change the way teams work and re-define what is considered “normal” practice.

Remote workers can increase the productivity and profits of an organisation, provided they have adequate leadership and the right metrics to demonstrate their worth to the organisation.

Below, I unpack the way in which remote workers can make themselves indispensable to an organisation, without being in the office.

 

Metrics

Remote workers should work in a way that is both accountable and easily measurable. While at first blush that may sound like I am coming down on the “big brother” side of the organisation, it is not the case.  

Quantifying what you have done not only proves your worth, but is also important come review time or if you are questioned about your work output.  While you know you have been working hard, that manager in head office who is not happy some workers are able to live and work near the beach on their own terms may not be quite so understanding.

There are great applications that measure time spent each day like Toggl. Alternatively, you can create diary entries (your To Do list can double as a record of what you have achieved on any given day) and where possible, run reports and store them electronically.

Be proactive – when you take (or start) a remote role, raise how your metrics are to be measured so you are in no doubt about how to keep track of your work from the outset.

 

Agents for change

Not only do remote workers pave the way for a new way of working, they ensure it is done productively. 

Because remote workers miss out on the low hum of water cooler chatter and gossip, they rely almost solely on other methods of communication such as emails, chat messages or company updates. As a result, they can sniff out system inefficiencies a mile off, such as problems with processes or communication channels.

This can help an organisation fine tune its organisation methods and make remote workers valued and indispensable members of the team.

 

Make some noise

Being a remote worker, communication is a two way street.  The organisation you work for should certainly be inclusive. However, you must also be honest, open and make some noise.  Let them know you are there and show your engagement with the organisation.

The distance need not be a problem, there is oodles of new (and not so new) technology out there like Slack, Google chats and Trello to name a few to help manage remote communication, just ensure it is done on a regular basis to help keep all team members in an inclusive loop.

 

Know your worth, then add tax

A remote workforce requires a change in perspective.  It is a case of measuring production regardless of presence and de-bunking the myth that you must be “seen” to “succeed”. 

Remote workers should be aware of how important they are to an organisation (see the paragraph on metrics above) and ensure that though they are out of sight, they are still TOP of mind.  This means being engaged, participating in team conversations and proposing initiatives that catch on over the whole organisation. 

 

Think outside the square

Finally, a remote workforce requires all parties involved to think outside the square. If the in-office workers are given perks (such as an in-house chef or daily lunch allowance), the organisation must think about how to give that perk in a re-packaged way to remote workers. Does it mean a fortnightly fruit and vegetable box home delivered or gift cards sent from time to time?  It will depend on the parties involved, but the important thing is no one feels left out.

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