Back on deck

After a fantasic two week break we are back in Melbourne looking forward to a fantastic 2006. The year holds lots in store on many fronts.

Blogging will continue both here and on my internal corporate blog, look for follow up posts on several items from the tail end of last year. Some of the topics that will be covered very soon are Performance Management in Australia, online advertising and the recruitment marketplace, identify management and HR systems, more on employee engagement and company performance.

hrblogs.org will continue to grow as time permits. Right now we have 44 and like all free platforms it does get it’s fair share of spam, splogs or whatever and some of the blogs have been set up never to be used again by the owners. But that is all part of the process. If you know someone who wants a blog and is in HR point them to hrblogs.org.

On a personal front, I expect to finding a new job part way through the year as my current contract ends around May, before this we have two major go lives. If there is still money in the HRIS space I might look at some consulting. To this end I will be spending some time researching and hopefully publishing one or two papers on the Australian market place and recruitment. I have also been reading up on writing for magazines etc, maybe I could do a bit of freelance work as well, you never know.

On the home front things will be busy. My wife will continue with her steps into the HR profession and by the end of the year will probably be fulltime again after a 5 year break. Our son moves into grade 3 and I expect will continue to expand his social calendar to completely exceed both of ours combined.

All in all a good year ahead.