Articles

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

When working and collaborating with others, interpersonal relationships are very important. Supporting positive staff relationships helps to build a more productive and cooperative work environment. Emotional intelligence is a valuable tool in creating collaborative workplaces both for management and for front line staff. What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, evaluate […]

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Recruitment – The First Step Toward Business Growth

Strong business means strong community. It’s more important now than ever to look after the well-being of businesses and their staff. Opportunities are developing in our region with investment in infrastructure, emerging export markets and growing demand for local goods and services. This is great news for business owners, managers and people looking for work […]

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How I Didn’t Get a Haircut & Got a Real Job

It is big news when a new fast-food chain opens in a small country town like Gunnedah. “Gunnedah” I can hear you saying, “Isn’t that where Miranda Kerr is from”. Yes, that’s right. And yes, I did know her. It’s also the “Koala Capital of the World”, but that doesn’t seem to rate a mention! […]

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Inclusion and Equality

As an employee of CHESS I am a daily advocate of inclusion, not just for those with a disability but for equality and human rights. Our motto is to support people to live a Strong Life, not only for our customers but for our employers and staff too. Our commitment to diversity and equality for […]

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Share the Dignity Fundraiser

Share the Dignity is a charity assisting women in crisis, homelessness, domestic violence. “We believe that sanitary items should be a right NOT a privilege.” On Saturday 2nd September thousands of people around Australia participated in the annual fundraising Yoga4Dignity Event with all proceeds going to Share The Dignity. Linda Williams CHESS’s Human Resources Manager […]

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7 Pieces of Expert Advice for Local Jobseekers

Finding fulfilling work in regional NSW has its challenges, so anything that gives you an edge and makes you stand out from the crowd is an advantage. Often it’s the little things that count and make the difference when an employer is deciding if you’re the right fit for their business. We work with people […]

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5 Real Life Tips for Mental Health Recovery

Current stats indicate that in each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. (Mindframe Media Facts & Stats) With this in mind, it becomes increasingly important that we support open and honest dialogue about mental health and how to promote recovery and wellness for people experiencing mental illness. CHESS have […]

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Thought Provoking Quotes from People who have lived with disability

We can find motivation in the smallest things, sometimes it’s just a kind word, thought or deed that can brighten your day. Sometimes words have the power to set you on a different course, change your perceptions. The opportunity to inspire our clients to set and achieve their goals and take steps to lead lives […]

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5 Practical Career Tips for Anyone Looking for Work

At the Woolgoolga CHESS office we work with people living with disability, mental ill health and other disadvantage to help them achieve personal goals, learn new skills and gain meaningful employment. Though our clients do encounter additional challenges in the job search process, there are a few pieces of advice that apply to anyone looking […]

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4 Real Life Tips for Young Jobseekers

It’s a brave new world out there once you leave school. It’s a transition that’s exciting, scary and at times totally unexpected. Whilst I’ve got a few grey hairs, I’m still young enough to remember it vividly. I was full of juice, eager to see what the future would bring and had a somewhat vague […]

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