Category Archives: Interesting Numbers

The state of eCommerce in Australia

I attended a eBusiness round table this week… below is a list of things that I gleaned from the presentations LoSoMo = the trend towards Local Social and Mobile The internet represents a $50b contribution to GDP in Australia (the same size as iron ore exports. 36.7% of all music sales are now done online The Google campaign with MYOB ‘Getting Aussie Businesses Online’ was considered a success – now about 50% of all Australian small businesses have an internet…

How to double your chances of an >80% engagement score

Employee engagement takes committment too

Often I get asked ‘what is your employee engagement secret?’. Megan (RedBalloon Employee Experience Manager)  argues that we don’t have an engagement secret (maybe because we will tell anyone who is interested what we’ve learned – so by definition it’s not a secret). It does take focused commitment from every leader in a business – consistently. Employee engagement is a journey not an activity. Some organizations are further along their journey than others – but how do you know where…

Friday Fact: Facebook tops Google in US weekly traffic

I think this 4 minute video is well worth a watch. Is Social Media a fad? I know that it might not be the destination – but twitter et al is all part of the journey.

One by One

Lucky number on the BHAG scoreboard

One person at a time RedBalloon is changing gifting in Australia and New Zealand forever. It is a simple purpose that continues to drive me every day. I love knowing that people get to experience things that they have always wanted to do as a result of what our team does… and that a gift from RedBalloon is an opportunity for people to have great shared experiences with the people who are important to them. Today is an exciting day….

Where are the women…

I was speaking this week at the ADC Future Summit in Melbourne and there was quite some discussion on the fact that Australia is fast going backwards when it comes to women in leadership roles. My simple very non-theoretical answer when challenged on ‘why’ was simply ‘why not’. The reality is that one by one women make a choice about the role they want to play and the contribution they wish to make. More and more women choose to do…

Let the numbers speak for themselves.

Let the numbers speak for themselves.

We’ve finished the report from our recent survey and we heard from 3,053 employees on how well their managers and companies perform when it comes to recognizing and rewarding them, and what the impacts are. We also uncover the secret to what employees really want. It might be worth downloading the full report Below are some of the key findings… But the biggest outcome I got from reading the results – is we are not finished yet. There is so…

Managers are driving employees away

Managers are driving employees away

I was just listening to an interview with  Aubrey Daniels who was commenting on Daniel Pinks TED presentation He says that human nature has not changed for 1000s of years. A few weeks ago we received the survey results back. More than 3000 people gave us feedback on the current state of Reward and Recognition in businesses in Australia and New Zealand. The basic premise – ‘Managers are driving employees away’. 70% of an employees engagement is determined by their…

Six Cities in Six Days

Not quite six days but this week I’ve been in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne then home to Sydney, last week Hobart and next week I go to Adelaide – Lot’s of people wanting to hear about employee engagement. It is a happy message that I share, people are left knowing that a few simple things will make a massive difference to them in their businesses. One CEO on my travels announced “Recognition is the cheapest way I know to deliver on…

Restoring Trust

A few months ago it was reported that trust in business has plummeted, yet trust is considered a key determinant to success. This should be alarming to business leaders. Given that more than ever they are asking employees for discretionary effort – and to pull them through tough times. “Data from the 10th Edelman Trust Barometer was launched recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Trust Barometer surveys 4500 high-income, tertiary-educated people in 20 countries, and now includes…

Are we being un-Australian about the GFC?

Every couple of months RedBalloon sends a survey to it’s customers on how employees are feeling about a particular workplace issue. We’ve dubbed it the Pleasure Survey. This time we wanted to put aside all the doom and gloom in the news and ask workers of all ages their view of the GFC Well our latest survey looked at what employees think it takes for Corporate Australia to remain resilient throughout the GFC, and the findings revealed some relieving results…