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Team building exercises

While hiring a group of people that work well in a team isn’t always easy, when you do, it can result in a more effective, productive and overall more successful workforce.

To create a strong team of workers, some businesses turn to setting aside a day to undertake team building exercises to rally everyone together and break down communication barriers, overcome shyness, build confidence in one another and overall unite everyone together.

Before engaging in team building exercises, businesses first need to establish the goal they wish to achieve from engaging in such activities. Many employers plan activities with no goal in mind, which often results in employees reverting back to their standard behaviour after the day of fun and games.

Examples of team building goals include overcoming conflict, improving communication, encouraging collaboration or even simply getting to know one another better.

Businesses also need to consider the type of team building exercises they would like to conduct to determine whether they need to set aside an entire day, half a day or even just a few hours to build a strong team of workers.

Location is also very important – is there enough space in the office to engage in team building exercises or will you need a larger area, like an outdoor field. Consider also whether you will need equipment and if employees will need to bring a spare change of clothes. Some employees may not be able to participate if they are wearing suits or heels.

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Understanding various kinds of super fees

February 16, 2018

No matter the kind of superfund you opt for, you will be subject to super fees. Understanding how these fees work and the difference they can make to your next egg is vital.

When it comes to superfund fees, there are two factors you need to get your head around; the kinds of fees you are being charged and the rate of fees you pay. Opting for a superfund based on these two factors can see you retire with hundreds of thousands more money.

You should be aware of the various types of fees you are being charged. If you would like to find out the fees you are being charged, you should do two things. Firstly, Google your fund’s product disclosure statement and scroll through to the fees section. You should see a list of different types of fees, with an explanation of what they are, how they are applied, and how often they will be incurred. Secondly, you should log in to your superfund account and take note of all the fees being charged to you. Investigate how closely these correspond and correlate with the product disclosure statement.

If you feel there are discrepancies, do not hesitate to contact your superfund or financial advisor and ask for clarification. It is worthwhile doing your research and comparing the fees you are being charged against other super funds and what they charge. Being complacent and not paying attention to your super is extremely irresponsible; the dividends you will receive later in life for being diligent now outweighs the burden of taking time to be informed today.

Some of the common super fees across the board include:

Another major factor contributing to how much you accumulate in your super account throughout your working life is the rate of fees you pay. Plain and simple, some funds offer much lower fees than other, creating a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars when it comes time to retire.

Generally, funds are categorised into three groups; low super fees, medium super fees and high super fees. Ultimately, you want to be in a fund that charges low super fees. In saying this, it’s not only about super fees, as some funds have medium-high super fees but also perform better based on investment strategy, meaning you will get more back from your investments.