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WorkPac named finalist in 2017 Hunter Safety Awards

BY: Tracey Mesken30/01/2017

​WorkPac has been named a finalist in the 2017 Hunter Safety Awards for the Most Innovative Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Idea category for large organisations.WorkPac won the 2016 Hunter Safety Award for best WHS Management System and has been recognised for its industry-leading safety in Hunter workplaces.Winners will be announced at the Hunter Safety Awards gala event on Friday 17th March 2017.National Safety and Risk Manager, Rachel Pearse says WorkPac wanted to support employees and facilitate discussion on fatigue and mental health while addressing the key challenges of engaging with a geographically diverse workforce.“Our initiative was to broaden our communication approach of safety messages across platforms like video and social media,” Ms Pearse said.“Our first message focused on fatigue management and our second message focused on mental health and wellbeing which are two really important issues in our line of work,” she said.Across the industries WorkPac services, the statistics speak for themselves. A construction worker is six times more likely to commit suicide than die as a result of a workplace incident. If the worker is under 24 years of age, the risk increases by 10 times.The Minerals Council of Australia’s blueprint for mental health and wellbeing estimates costs to the resources industry, including lowered productivity, is between $320 million to $450 million per year or around $300,000 to $400,000 for an average worksite of 170 people. Luke Tresidder, Business Centre Manager at WorkPac Hunter Valley says the WorkPac team wanted to do more than produce posters and flyers or transfer the responsibility over to an external Employee Assistance Program provider when dealing with mental health issues.“We engaged with our workforce and identified that traditional forms of communication were no longer the only way to reach our field team. We didn’t want to wait around for tragic statistics before we formulated an initiative to address fatigue and mental health,” Mr Tresidder said.“We knew we needed to implement new ways to reach our workforce and our research pointed to social media, video communication and real people communicating sincere messages,” he said.WorkPac’s Head of Marketing Tracey Mesken says Facebook now serves more than 8 billion video views per day.“That’s double the amount the video content users were consuming in early 2015,” Ms Mesken said.“LinkedIn and Facebook allowed us to elevate workplace challenges that have influencing factors external to the workplace, into social networks enabling a peer engagement forum.“The campaign drove greater awareness and acceptance by our employees to openly discuss these challenging topics.“To be a finalist again is a fantastic achievement and we are happy to be recognised two years running, this is a real credit to the Hunter Valley and Newcastle teams’ efforts.”WorkPac is proud to be finalists in what will be a hotly contended category.Regardless of the outcome, WorkPac congratulates all nominees for their contributions towards making workplaces in the Hunter Region safe. WorkPac will continue to explore video and social media amplification of messages using these platforms to further enhance safety education and communication.In its 20 years of operation, WorkPac has experienced no fatalities or prosecutions and has one of the lowest Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates in the contingent labour industry.

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Safety Alert

18/11/2016

​SIGNIFICANT INJURY INCIDENT INVOLVING LIGHT VEHICLE AND WORKERThis incident DID NOT involve a WorkPac employee however it serves as a reminder of the risks associated with unplanned vehicle movement.A Pump Operator was temporarily pinned between his own light vehicle and the pump he was operating after his vehicle rolled forward approximately 13m. The Operator self evacuated and was able to raise the emergency from the two-way radio in his own vehicle.INJURY: Although no serious injuries were identified, the Operator was required to remain in hospital overnight for observation in relation to the potential crush injury.EQUIPMENT: Toyota Landcruiser and site pump.HAZARD: In the line of fireCAUSE: The vehicle was not parked as per procedure and the vehicle handbrake was defective.CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:Unplanned movement due to vehicle not parked as per site procedureHandbrake was defectiveVehicle not fundamentally stablePrestart checks not forwarded for actionWORKPAC RECOMMENDATIONS:Follow all Site Policies and ProceduresEnsure vehicles are serviceable prior to useTag out and report all non serviceable Plant and EquipmentEnsure vehicles are fundamentally stable when parked and prior to exiting the vehicleForward all Plant and Equipment defect notices to Maintenance for actionEducation awareness relating to line of fireCONTACT: For any further information contact Peter Zigmantas, Regional Risk Manager, Central Queensland,  (07) 49694722.

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WorkPac ranks 58 in Australia’s top 500 companies.

BY: Tracey Mesken06/09/2016

​A leader in workforce management, WorkPac Group has been ranked number 58th in the 2016 edition of the Australian Financial Review’s Top 500 Private Companies.WorkPac moved up six spots from number 64 in the 2015 list which is compiled by IBISWorld and ranks businesses by revenue.​WorkPac is the highest ranked company in the recruitment sector, offering a suite of workforce management, project management, training and technology solutions to the resources, construction, industrial and healthcare sectors.Managing Director, Mr Praanesh Prasad said, “Our revenue growth is a result of our business diversification strategy our business diversification strategy which is focused on delivering productive and effective solutions to our clients in both traditional and new markets.”“In the mining market, competitors of all sizes are under pressure to deliver greater productivity and value. We are great at rolling out efficient technology, employing subject matter experts within each market and we pride ourselves on the relationships we build on the ground. We are very buoyant about the mining and healthcare sectors.”“Our growth is a result of our five year plan and we have an exciting growth period ahead as we continue to actively respond to the increasing complexities of the labour market.”“This includes refining our tailored solutions to bridge skill gaps for our clients and plan for their future resourcing needs.”Mr Prasad confirms WorkPac is set for a new phase of growth and development, building on the successes of the past few years of significantly lifted sales.”“We have recently expanded our group to include Training, Healthcare, Construction and Innovation. This rounds out WorkPac’s complete end-to-end service for clients in the resources, construction, industrial and healthcare sectors,” he said.To view the full top 500 visit http://www.afr.com/leadership/brw-lists/top-500-private-companies/afr-top-500-private-companies-20160828-gr2zyt

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WorkPac ranks 58 in Australia’s top 500 companies

BY: Tracey Mesken06/09/2016

​A leader in workforce management, WorkPac Group has been ranked number 58th in the 2016 edition of the Australian Financial Review’s Top 500 Private Companies.WorkPac moved up six spots from number 64 in the 2015 list which is compiled by IBISWorld and ranks businesses by revenue.WorkPac is the highest ranked company in the recruitment sector, offering a suite of workforce management, project management, training and technology solutions to the resources, construction, industrial and healthcare sectors.Managing Director, Mr Praanesh Prasad said, “Our revenue growth is a result of our business diversification strategy our business diversification strategy which is focused on delivering productive and effective solutions to our clients in both traditional and new markets.”“In the mining market, competitors of all sizes are under pressure to deliver greater productivity and value. We are great at rolling out efficient technology, employing subject matter experts within each market and we pride ourselves on the relationships we build on the ground. We are very buoyant about the mining and healthcare sectors.”“Our growth is a result of our five year plan and we have an exciting growth period ahead as we continue to actively respond to the increasing complexities of the labour market.”“This includes refining our tailored solutions to bridge skill gaps for our clients and plan for their future resourcing needs.”Mr Prasad confirms WorkPac is set for a new phase of growth and development, building on the successes of the past few years of significantly lifted sales.”“We have recently expanded our group to include Training, Healthcare, Construction and Innovation. This rounds out WorkPac’s complete end-to-end service for clients in the resources, construction, industrial and healthcare sectors,” he said.To view the full top 500 visit http://www.afr.com/leadership/brw-lists/top-500-private-companies/afr-top-500-private-companies-20160828-gr2zyt

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Mining Jobs in the Pilbara [infographic]

BY: Tracey Mesken16/02/2016

​WorkPac surveyed 125 Western Australians to understand what's important to our local and FIFO workers in the Pilbara and to job seekers considering mining jobs in the region. We wanted to know who would relocate to the region for work in the mines, what the most popular rosters are and what percentage of mining jobs are FIFO. Check out our infographic to see what our respondents had to say.Would you relocate to the Pilbara for a mining job? Or would you prefer a FIFO job? Register at www.workpac.com/register and our Recruitment Coordinators will let you know what mining jobs we have on offer.Call your local Business Centre todayWorkPac Karratha +61 8 9159 6622WorkPac Newman +61 8 9177 9722WorkPac Port Hedland +61 8 9158 5522WorkPac Tom Price +61 8 9189 2922

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WorkPac Miner on My Kitchen Rules Tonight

BY: Tracey Mesken01/02/2016

​Image courtesy of Seven Network. My Kitchen Rules brings us a smorgasbord of characters tonight as the seventh season launches after the 2016 Australia Open tennis.WorkPac's very own FIFO miner Alex and his best mate Gareth are representing Queensland, affectionately dubbed the Miner Diners.​The Miner Diners hope to transition from the mining sector to the restaurant business and say despite their blue collar day jobs, they won't be serving up "pub grub"."We have been saving money from our jobs in the mines so that we can open something of our own and we’re kinda hoping MKR will help fast track it. Like a bar and grill type of atmosphere, where you meet your mates and serve food that we like cooking," said Alex.Alex and Gareth love Asian cuisine, roasting meats and and describe food as "a bit of an artwork".The competition in the kitchen is fierce and the boys come up against the show's villain but with the MKR theme, "real people real food" our Aussie miners are as genuine as you get.In support of Alex and Gareth's culinary adventure, WorkPac is bringing you a month of food content as we follow the boys on MKR.We'll be serving up WorkSnacks, lunchbox ideas for tradies, summer BBQ recipes, healthy food solutions for FIFO workers, bite-sized nosh for the footy season and beer-based dishes.To follow Alex and Gareth's My Kitchen Rules story, tune in to Channel 7 at 7:30pm tonight and subscribe to the WorkPac blog and Facebook page.

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New Year's career resolutions

BY: Tracey Mesken31/12/2015

​Like many of you, we're heading off to a New Year's Eve celebration today, armed with a six-pack, a handful of sparklers and an answer to that frequently asked question of the evening, "what's your New Year's resolution"?Now is the time to start thinking about what you want 2016 to look like and what you want to achieve.The most common commitments for the new year are often career related - "I want to move forward in my career, transition into a new industry, upskill in my current role, secure stable employment, find a new, exciting job that challenges me, get the pay rise I know I deserve"!We've created a list of 10 career resolutions to inspire you on your job journey this year. Tip: Write down your goal and the steps you need to take to reach that goal. Make it your screen saver on your phone. Seeing the non-negotiable steps you must action to kick your goals on a daily basis is a great way to stay on track in 2016. 10 career resolutions to inspire you:1.  Start developing the skills I need for my next career move.2. Take the first step towards completing a professional qualification.3. Join a professional association related to my field in order to expand my knowledge and contacts.4. Initiate a problem-solving discussion instead of stewing in silence when I am upset.5. Master new technologies related to my work.6.  Stop griping about how much I hate my job and create a plan for career change.7. Research resume-preparation techniques and rewrite my resume.8. Subscribe to the WorkPac blog and use the online resources to help develop my job-search skills.9. Have a discussion with my boss about my career goals.10. Start contributing to my retirement plan to help secure my future. 

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How to write a rockin' resume

BY: Tracey Mesken29/12/2015

​This week's #WorkHack is the ultimate collection of dos and don'ts on how to write a rockin' resume. Follow our simple tips to ensure your resume is professional, focused and a cut above the rest. We've done the hard work and research for you so you can get the best results on your job hunt.​ Share this Image On Your Site<p><a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/write-a-rockin-resume/'><img src='https://www.workpac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Write_a_rockin_resume.png' alt='Write a rockin resume' width='540px' border='0' /></p><p></a>This infographic was provided by WorkPac: <a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/write-a-rockin-resume/'>Write a rockin resume</a></p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

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The office Christmas party: A survival guide

BY: Tracey Mesken21/12/2015

​It's Christmas party season. That time of year when *some* of us over-indulge at the workplace Christmas party, flushing our self-respect and career prospects down the drain. It’s a tricky social occasion to navigate. You want to have fun, let your hair down and celebrate a year of hard work with your colleagues. Fair enough.We've put together a survival guide for the office Christmas party so you can enjoy yourself while making sure you still have a job the morning after.Make sure you #sleigh at the Christmas party this year by keeping these dos and don’ts top of mind.​Share this Image On Your Site<p><a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/the-work-christmas-party/'><img src='https://www.workpac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Christmas-work-party.jpg' alt='Managing Workplace Stress' width='540px' border='0' /></a>This infographic was provided by WorkPac: <a href='https://www.workpac.com/blog/the-work-christmas-party/'>The Work Christmas Party</a></p><br /><br /><p>

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Managing workplace stress

BY: Tracey Mesken02/12/2015

​Emotions are contagious and workplace stress impacts your professional interactions, your family and your health. Managing work-related stress is critical to your wellbeing and to the people around you.​According to the Victorian State Government, workplace stress is the second most commonly compensated illness/injury in Australia, after musculoskeletal disorders.Share this Image On Your Site<p><a href="https://www.workpac.com/blog/managing-workplace-stress/"><img src="https://www.workpac.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/managing_workplace_stress_lg.jpg" alt="Managing Workplace Stress" width="540px" border="0" /></p><p></a>This infographic was provided by WorkPac: <a href="https://www.workpac.com/blog/managing-workplace-stress/">Managing Workplace Stress</a></p><br /><br />Quick stress relieving techniques you can do at your desk or onsiteTake a deep breath: Breathing counteracts stress by slowing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure. Sit up straight, close your eyes and focus on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.Have an avo! High potassium foods fight fatigue and stress.Stretch. Sit up tall in your chair, or stand up. Stretch your arms overhead and interlock your fingers. It's a great way to release tension instantly.Crank up the tunes. Music has a powerful effect on our physiological functions. 

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