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Here at BeNext we have put together some of the key words that resonate across the business. With that in mind we appreciate that our definitions are not static as the community of BeNext will help refine these foundation points. We would appreciate any feedback that you may have. So get in touch today and tell us your thoughts.

Baby Boomer

The use of the term baby boomer is generally accepted throughout the developed world, as that portion of the population born between the years of 1946 and 1965. Although in Australia questions have been raised as to the suitability of adopting such a term and the corresponding birth years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) defines the term as that segment of the population, born in Australia or overseas post World War II, between 1946 and 1965 [Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1999]

Community Value Proposition

A community value proposition is the image your community presents to a potential community member that says, "this is a great place to be” Its essential for any organisation, be it a community or a company, to present itself in the most positive light to attract people. A community value proposition enhances both emotive feelings, I want to be there, and tangible benefits, this is somewhere I can be and values me.

Flexible work

Flexible work is a phrase that describes any working pattern adapted to suit the workers needs. Common types of flexible work are;
  • contracting
  • part time: working less than the normal hours, perhaps by working fewer days per week
  • flexi time: choosing when to work (there's usually a core period during which you have to work)
  • the shortened working week or compressed hours: working your agreed hours over fewer days
  • phased retirement
  • job sharing: sharing a job designed for one person with someone else
  • working from home

    This list is not exhaustive and there may be other forms of flexible work that are better suited to employee and employer.
  • Work that matters

    Gain financially, have impact and connect with the community could be one way of looking at it.It is not our intent to be prescriptive because what matters for one person is likely to be different to another.
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    Work-life balance

    The separation gap between work, home and community life has narrowed, the need to manage the stress and achieve a balance has become more relevant today than ever before.
    Work life balance is a broad concept. It is the need to prioritise and reduce the stress between work and ambition on one hand and family, leisure, lifestyle and spiritual development on the other. The end goal is to achieve a harmony between these powerful drivers of a person’s life.

    Meaningful work

    Meaningful needn’t be the domain of those building the cornerstones of greatness or the champions of social frontiers. Many of us have stereotypes about the kinds of work that can be meaningful -- take a moment to come up with your own list. Michael Steger, Ph.D, suggest “that we all want our work to express a component of ourselves and that we want this to matter beyond our skin. It may be that our ideas about meaningful work prevent us from finding it”1

    Not everyone is currently doing meaningful work and this one of the reasons why BeNext came about- providing opportunities and connections for people to find their own meaningful work.

    Recruitment process outsourcing

    The Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association defines RPO as follows: "when a provider acts as a company's internal recruitment function for a portion or all of its jobs. RPO providers manage the entire recruiting/hiring process from job profiling through the on-boarding of the new hire, including staff, technology, method and reporting. A properly managed RPO will improve a company's time to hire, increase the quality of the candidate pool, provide verifiable metrics, reduce cost and improve governmental compliance.”2

    RPO differs greatly from providers such as staffing companies and contingent/retained search providers in that it assumes ownership of the design and management of the recruitment process and the responsibility of results."3


    1. Michael Steger, Ph.D, Meaningful work June 9, 2009
    2. RPOA Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association (RPOA)
    3. HROAHuman Resources Outsourcing Association (HROA)

    External link

  • Work life balance at wikipedia.