Balancing the Grind with Nick Bailey, Senior Vice President, APJ at WorkForce Software

Nick Bailey is the Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific and Japan at cloud workforce management solutions provider, WorkForce Software.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?  

I have the privilege of leading Workforce Software (WFS) in the APJ region. WFS Australia is a provider of cloud workforce management solutions that empower employees and managers to digitise time and labour processes, optimise demand-driven rostering, simplify absence management, and enable strategic business insight. 

Built on 20 years of workforce management innovation, our solution, the WorkForce Suite, adapts to your organisation’s specific workforce management requirements no matter how unique your pay rules, labour regulations, rosters, and employee self-service needs are.

My early career was in a range of HR Consulting roles and then HR-Tech most recently with Oracle in ANZ.

2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?  

Every day is different, only constant is hours of Teams calls with customers and internal and external stakeholders.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?  

All roles at WFS in APJ have always been fully flexible, now more so than ever and the teams and our customers have adapted to take full advantage of the distributed ‘hybrid’ way of working.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?  

Effective diary management, it’s a battle to keep control so booking block time for exercise and virtual coffee breaks is the key.

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life? 

Yes, compulsory no digital-down time for all devices as the office/home boundaries have become hard to see at times. Meetings need to be short and sharp as with no travel time we can be twice as productive if everyone is prepared and present!

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?  

Ant Middleton’s Zero Negativity: The Power of Positive Thinking and James Kerr’s Legacy.

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?  

Evernote and my iPad!

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?  

Richard Branson, he seems to have it sorted!

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?  

Work smarter not harder, an age old adage but it is easy to succumb to ‘COVID Fatigue’ but always be on on and attending back to back video meetings. If you cannot add value to a discussion don’t be a passenger, go and work on a project where you can deliver high impact results.

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