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Letter from the Editor of PeopleBiz

Letter from the Editor of PeopleBiz

Our thoughts at PeopleBiz are with all the people of France after the deadly attacks of November 14. It is hard to imagine the task that confronts many HR managers in the coming weeks of providing support to those injured, traumatised and or grieving the loss of a loved one.

The work of emergency service workers, police and hospital staff and those helping everyone from executives stranded after the borders closed, to the security experts now reviewing plans in places like the Bataclan concert hall or Stade de France has and will be immense.

Supporting workers experiencing trauma outside the workplace is a constant challenge with terrorism only adding to the complexity.

On a different but related topic, employers in Australia are being asked to do more to help workers affected by domestic violence. Read our story on the new report, Playing Our Part: Workplace Responses to Domestic Violence. Big employers like Telstra and KPMG are already providing special leave and other arrangements to help employees affected by violence at home.

In other news, recruitment firms could be sitting on “gold” without the right tools to extract it. Intrigued? Then read How BPO could make recruiters profitable again by Martin Conboy. And Mark Atterby has some advice for all people managers on finding talent through the creation of “communities”, click on Community management as a recruitment tool to learn more.



Blogger and coach Kate Southam has specialised in employment and careers for more than a decade.

Kate is a regular commentator on employment matters for a range of media. She has appeared on Sky News, Today, Sunrise, The Project as well as a wide range of radio shows around the country. While at news, Kate’s weekly advice column, Ask Kate appeared online and in more than 100 newspapers. While at News Corp Kate also wrote articles for a range of HR, recruitment and business publications plus a blog on work matters for called Cube Farmer.

More recently she has co-authored a book on job hunting for Wiley and provided articles or commentary to the, Thomason Reuters, the Mamamia network, 2UE, 4BC, 3AW and Kidspot to name a few. She is also a ghostwriter for a number of recruitment, business and HR experts.

Kate started her career as a journalist and has worked for the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and as a freelancer in London.

Twitter @KateSoutham

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