We offer the WorkLife book full of practical and inspirational advice for sale with all proceeds going to Rotary Causes.
We also offer discounts to schools, P&C’s and other Rotary Clubs.
Please contact Alex Rotary for details.
We also have an extensive library of presentations that are available to all book purchasers.
WorkLife for Business
Rotarians have extensive experience in business.
We find that this book and discussions about its messages, and supporting presentations by Rotarians resonate with businesses and inspire employees.
This book makes a great training manual for employees who are showing initiative and just need some mentoring.
WorkLife for Schools / Universities
We understand that the vocational curriculum is full to overflowing. We offer our help by personal presentations from Rotarians based on the our experience and this books content.
We have found that students relate and become inspired by our interactive presentations and key message that education is important, but that soft skills are essential in a working environment
WorkLife for Individuals
Let’s be clear, WorkLife is not a “tick and flick” or a competency course. It is a message of reality and inspiration, with real life stories and practical advice from people who come from many varied careers, but who understand the key common soft skills that make for a happy and successful career.
We recommend that the WorkLife book is supplemented by interactive presentations from Rotarians.
Part 1 is a reality shock to many new work starters.
It sets the scene for their entry into (what is for most) an alien landscape. It explains the differences, and what they can do to prepare for a journey that is becoming so important and changeable in todays world of work.
We are the first generations where work has taken on greater significance than in previous generations. It will determine a great deal about your life….this book gives you the tools to make the right choices.
Part 2 takes the student through the key attributes that they will need in their toolbox to negotiate this new landscape.
It explains the differences, what their most important asset at work is, and how to grow and protect it.
It also explains the traps and distractions in this new “inverted reality” where work and social life is increasingly blurred.
No doubt education is important. But high marks are NOT a guarantee of success, and low marks are NOT a millstone around your neck.
Part 3 contains the practical tips about the day to day work environment. The people you will meet, what being “professional” at work means, and how to “walk the talk'”
The tools you will need, how to react to work situations, how to “manage” the boss.
Tips on how to be happy at work..after all you are going to be there for a long time!
It also discusses how Rotarians got into their careers, what were the key influences…you will see that the problems and opportunities you have are not all that much different.
Part 4 is all about the rules in this new landscape. What you should expect from your employer, how to meet his expectations.
It also explains the “rules of the game” where responsibilities lie in the employment arrangement.
Lots on new starters don’t know their entitlements at work, and get taken advantage of. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
It also discusses the practical aspects of office work, factory work, site work and why so many young get caught up in “sham contracts”
We are indebted to The Sunshine Coast Council for their financial support in bringing this program to fruition. In particular Councillor John Connolly is a great advocate for mentoring sportsmen and women who are having difficulties entering the workforce.
Dr Greg Nash, Ashley Robinson OAM, and Fiona Simpson have been great supporters of this Rotary initiative and have extensive histories in helping the young realise their potential
Leaving School, TAFE or University
From Educational Institution to Work
Education grades – important but not life threatening
Think you are ready for work?
Your first job
Just what is work and how has it changed since mum and dad’s time?
How technology changed work, and will change YOUR work and life
How work has stolen your leisure and your identity
What does this mean for my worklife?
Work experience examples
So what can you expect from your early work career?
How long will you be working?
What if you don’t like your job?
How to love your work
The Work Situation
Work relationships and process
Professional and personal relationships in worklife
Rewards of Work
How many people actually love their work?
Your first job and future jobs
Key Messages from Part 1
The things they don’t teach you at school
Reputation – Looking After Your Most Important Asset at Work
Online reputation, How to keep your personal life personal
That’s not fair!
I’m so bored!
Eight things that show you are motivated and a warning to motivated new starters
10 everyday non-ethical behaviours you should avoid
Work – it’s a team game, your role in a team
Behaviour at work
Professional and personal – differences
Language at work – jargon, tact
The boss / The helpful co-worker/ The unhelpful co-worker
Positive engagement and optimism, pessimism and ruminating & positive imaging
Types of self-improvement & 30 Self-improvement ideas
Politics at work – Get real !!
If I work hard and keep my head down and out of politics I’ll be OK. Really !!, Office politics and perceptions
Doing Your Job Well
Training and Learning on the job
Induction and early training
Coming out of training
Everybody Serves a Customer
Who is the customer?
Going the “extra step”
The biscuit in the saucer or the freckle on the cup.
7 things that really annoy customers
The “Disney” way
Daily work day
End of the day routine
Reputation is Power
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
Company phone behaviour
Answering the phone – voice
Answering a phone call – task
Making a company phone call
The computer workstation – usage
The survey results – you are NOT alone.
Key Messages from Part 3
The Rules of the Game
Before Your First Day
On the first day
The five monkeys and the work situation
What does the employer owe you?
Happiness is your business
Getting paid properly
Asking for a raise
Dealing with difficult situations
How do I know my rights?
How do I exercise my rights?
What the employer doesn’t have to provide
Awards and Fair Work
Hierarchy of agreements
Work types you need to know
What should I do if I feel I am being taken advantage of while a trainee?
Health and safety in all workplaces
Office work area
Site work area
Purpose of the meeting room
Ten rules about meetings for new starters
The workstation area – its not the same as school
You are always being assessed – get used to it.
Key Messages from Part 4
Interested in having guest speakers talk at your place?
Alex Rotary has developed a transition to work resources and program to help students, and all people transition into work. The club has used the experience of Rotarians to develop (and deliver) a book and presentations that provide the “soft skills” so necessary for anyone transitioning to work.
The club has successfully delivered the program to students and mature people moving into the workforce. If you are interested in having Alex Rotary deliver presentations to you, your school, or your workplace, please contact us. The service if free.
The book is already in use as a staff training program in local Sunshine Coast Pharmacy.
What's different about WorkLife?
Unlike other “training” courses, the presentations are not competency based but rather are designed to inspire and explain to students entering the workplace that educational qualifications are not the be-all and end- all of work. In fact all employer surveys show that education qualifications are not in the first 5.
Our presentations are designed to inspire and entertain and to help you make the right start, understand and meet employer expectations and to be happy and productive at work.
At Alex Rotary we know that work is an integral part of your development, and the importance of those first steps. This program will give you the tools for you to have a successful and happy work career – no matter what your career and how many different employers you will have in your work career. (The latest estimate is that most workers will have at least 5 different employers, and 2 -3 career changes in their WorkLife.