When it comes to creating a happiness culture at work there’s no one right way, but there’s plenty of wrong ways If it’s got to do with what’s happening at work, or what’s happening between people at work, I can help.

Each week I answer viewer questions and share actionable ideas to help you transform work into a positive experience, doesn’t matter if you’re the boss or the employee, I love to share what I know.


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My favorite staff management tool

By Andrea | April 16, 2018

When I was studying economics at uni, I remember that my lecturer told us a really geeky joke. He said “in the long run we are all dead”, we all thought it was hysterically funny but 99.99% of the population would think us mad and have no idea what that meant. In that vein, I […]

When your trusted employee rips you off…

By Andrea | April 9, 2018

As some of your will know, in addition to my Strategic HR and Leadership Coaching business People Strong and Paul’s 4wd tour business, Tagalong Tours of Australia we also own a Pizza Caper franchised store. If you’ve been reading the papers lately you might have picked up that RFG – franchisor for Pizza Capers is […]


Common sense gets results in leadership

By Andrea | October 15, 2017

Just last week I presented to a large group of people in the construction industry who were grappling with how to attract and retain workers in a boom cycle. As I was preparing for the talk, I kept coming back to the only real controllable factor we have as leaders when it comes to staff. […]

Ask Andrea: I’m ready to ask my boss for a pay rise and want to get a yes, any tips?

By Andrea | July 12, 2017

Let’s start with what not to do. In fact the worst thing you can do is to rock up to your boss and say I deserve a pay rise. Your request will most likely be met with a cynical expectation for you to “prove it”. When this happens most people flap around trying to find […]

Ask Andrea: How do I keep great staff when I’ve got no money for pay increases?

By Andrea | July 6, 2017

Excellent question. Using money as an incentive to stay is actually quite complex and situational. Ever been in a job where you just wouldn’t stay with that employer regardless of how much you were paid. I certainly have. What this tells us is that there are factors beyond pay increases that determine if we will […]

High performing employee that annoys everyone. How do I balance things?

By Andrea | June 19, 2017

I’ve dealt with a situation just like this very recently. There was an employee that was fantastic at his job, he worked really hard, brought in loads of revenue but and it’s a big but, the other staff were annoyed by his bad habits. The superstar employee wouldn’t clean up after himself, leaving others to […]

Ask Andrea: How do I get my staff to perform better?

By Andrea | June 13, 2017

Ask Andrea: How do I get my staff to perform better? And can you give me solutions that actually work, please. We’ve been at this work thing for centuries yet we still haven’t come up with the silver bullet that guarantees staff will consistently perform to the level we want them to. That’s not to […]

Ask Andrea: Frustrated about staff using mobile phones in work time – how do I handle it?

By Andrea | May 29, 2017

I’m really frustrated because my staff are constantly checking their phones: they’re texting, they’re waiting for a response to the text, they even take personal calls during work time.  I’ve tried telling them to stop it but they don’t listen and make me feel bad for saying anything about it. How do I stop it? […]

Happier staff make for better business

By Andrea | April 20, 2017

One of my first jobs was working in a serious Melbourne law firm as a paralegal. I was in my early 20’s, fresh out of uni, waiting for the career job to come along. I worked there with a team of about 10 easy going, happy, fun loving, people in the same situation. At 8:30 […]

The #1 Thing You Need to Know to Have Success with Staff Webinar Recording

By Andrea | February 14, 2017

Grab a cup of tea and your head phones and let us teach you how to supercharge your efforts at getting what you want from your staff. If you are ready to quit all the staffing frustrations for good, we can help you. Join award winning people management coach, author and staff whisperer Andrea Tunjic […]

People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses

By Andrea | January 29, 2017

75%* of staff leave voluntarily leave jobs because of their bosses. This statement came up on my Facebook feed and I decided to see what sort of response the post had received. The response was massive – thousands of likes, comments and shares. It clearly hit a nerve for many people. Is it true? Unfortunately […]

10.5 tips to save 10% on your staffing budget

By Andrea | January 17, 2017

10 and a half tips to save 10% on your staffing budget Do you feel like your profits are being held back by the staffing costs in your business? Maybe every July you take a deep breath to work how you can possibly afford yet another award wage increase. Let’s start thinking of staffing costs […]

Work complexity is out and simplicity is in for 2017

By Andrea | January 10, 2017

Are you too busy? Someone asks you out for lunch and you say “no I’m too busy for a lunch break”. A staff member asks for help and you send them away while you point at your massive to do pile. Or maybe you equate busyness with being good at your job. When we are […]

Committed staff or not, your choice

By Andrea | December 12, 2016

Ever had that one liner that you knew if you said it everyone would be shocked and a little bit stirred up by? I’ve got one and it’s a beauty. A couple of weeks back I did a Q and A session with a mastermind group of business owners and leaders here in Cairns. The […]

Video 1: What’s the essence of Work Happy

By Andrea | October 21, 2016

Video 2: What makes the difference to happiness at work

By Andrea | October 21, 2016

Video 3: Behind the series of happy and successful workplace

By Andrea | October 21, 2016

Video 4: Simple ways to work happier

By Andrea | October 21, 2016

Video 5: Can managing staff really be a happy experience

By Andrea | October 21, 2016

Video 6: Generational harmony at work

By Andrea | October 21, 2016
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Case Study: From stressed out and ready to sack the team to happy performing staff in just 4 months

By Andrea | October 9, 2016

   When I first met Sean (General Manager) and Wade (Operations Manager) at CSF Industries they struck me as focused non nonsense kind of guys that were at their tolerance limit with one of their teams.  In fact one of the first things they said was “were pretty sure that we’ve got the wrong people […]

Intro to Managing & Motivating Millennials

By Andrea | October 9, 2016

Do you think younger workers are lazy or really difficult to manage? Well you are not alone as it is a very common complaint that I hear from people managers and business owners. Younger workers or Millennials as they are most commonly called are becoming the dominant workplace generation in our work places. In the […]

That One Person

By Andrea | October 9, 2016

There is almost always one negative nelly that sucks all of the good vibes out of the work place. These people can be really difficult to manage and just as hard to be around. That one person is the type of person that nothing seems to make them happy, they find the negative in every […]

Cut Through Clutter

By Andrea | October 9, 2016

Have you ever noticed when your desk, office or workspace is cluttered and unorganised you feel more frazzled and note able to work as effectively as you would like? When there is clutter around you, your email is overflowing or you haven’t had a chance to get rid of last years Christmas boxes from the […]

Stop doing your staffs work

By Andrea | October 9, 2016

Are you always fixing your team members work problems? Or perhaps you are one of those mangers that jump right in and fixes the problem without giving your staff the opportunity to learn and grow? In this video, you’ll learn the effective tips of creating a more positive environment for staff to learn and grow. […]


What’s all this talk about Millennials

By Andrea | October 5, 2016

In recent months there have been daily reports about all things Millennials. They are the latest generation to get a hiding for having different expectations of work. I am not a big fan of bundling a group together by age and giving them a label like Gen X or Y or Baby Boomer. These conversations nonetheless provide […]

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Luring Talent To Your Business

By Andrea | October 5, 2016

Ask a business owner what the biggest challenge is and the answer will always be increasing sales and getting good people to work for me. We spend a lot of time and money marketing our wares to potential clients. I think there is good reason to think about how we market ourselves to potential employees […]

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Is a Pet Friendly workplace right for your Small Business?

By Andrea | October 5, 2016

Spending time with my dog was one of the biggest benefits of leaving a high paying job which required a lot of time away from home. I actually think that was one of the main factors in my decision to leave. When faced with putting my dog in a kennel for 6 weeks to overcome […]


If you’re thinking “What the Fudge” a little too often in your workplace – try this

By Andrea | October 5, 2016

You’ve no doubt heard the term ‘WTF’ – ‘What The Fudge’ – but have you heard about ‘RTF’? Well ‘RTF’ stops ‘WTF’ moments in its tracks. My attempt at click-bait to get your attention aside, ‘RTF’ or Respect, Trust and Fairness done well in your workplace will stop your staff shaking their heads thinking what […]

Getting To A Happier Emotional Set Point

By Andrea | October 5, 2016

Taking control of my emotional set point was the most powerful thing I’ve ever done. It’s taken me to a new level of happiness and made me a much better operator. I hate to admit it but I used to be a sulker – it was my go to response when things didn’t work out […]

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