Seven was the magical number in author and business adviser Mandy Johnson’s presentation at the Murray Dairy Business Forum.
Ms Johnson said seven was the ideal number of people working in a team environment to get the best productivity.
‘‘Research shows there is more productivity with three teams of seven than one big team of 21,’’ she said.
This was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to references to the number seven, with Ms Johnson describing seven steps to building a remarkable workplace.
‘‘In Australia, CEO surveys show getting and keeping great people is the number one issue, yet we’ve just experienced the highest unemployment figures in a decade,’’ she said.
Ms Johnson said she was fascinated by the gap between what was going wrong and what could be changed to improve.
‘‘A lot of companies will stay the same but actually they are falling behind in comparison to companies who get the best people by adapting to the times.’’
Ms Johnson told a story featuring Australian Olympian Raelene Boyle, where Boyle was asked about her second silver medal in consecutive Olympics.
‘‘The journalist said she ‘must be happy with that performance’. She replied ‘no I’m not, I’m devastated. I knew if I took five seconds off my time I would win but the winner was focused on winning’,’’ Ms Johnson said.
‘‘The point of that story is: what you focus on is what you get.’’
The seven steps to building a remarkable workplace and to gain and retain the best staff available are:
■Start with the right attitude.
■Then attract and hire the right people in the first place.
■Make a great first impression.
■Create a team vision and annual team plan.
■Have one-on-one meetings with staff monthly.
■Reward and recognise objectively.
■Improve actual job roles.