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Cisco Australia employees dig deep for hunger in Australia

Last month, over 100 Cisco Australia employees from Technical Services, Advanced Services, Service Sales as well as TAC, HR, IT & other functions took part in the Carnival of Change – a fun carnival themed event to launch the Cisco Global Hunger Relief Campaign (GHRC). The Cisco GHRC campaign is a food drive that runs until December 31st, 2013 with the aim of feeding the needy with proceeds in the New South Wales (NSW) region to go to the NSW Foodbank – a charity which aims to end hunger in Australia.

Giving back is something that is ingrained in Cisco’s culture and it was such a delight to see so many employees brave the rain at Gore Hill on the North Shore of Sydney on Nov. 12, 2013 to take part in the fundraising efforts on this day. Here are some of the great outcomes:

  • Raised close to $3,600 in direct donations
  • $1,500 in online donations, to be triple matched by Cisco
  • Over 100 tinned meals to be donated to NSW Foodbank
  • Logged almost 150 Australian volunteer hours towards the Cisco Global Hunger Relief Campaign

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San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative Promotes Women in the Workforce

 

This week, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee is leading a business delegation to Bangalore, India, for a three-day event focused on the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative. The initiative, a nonprofit created by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, seeks to engage individuals and institutions from both cities in building sustainable 21st century environmental, technological, and cultural ideas, techniques and resources.

As a proud sponsor of the sister city committee, Cisco will host a panel discussion on empowering women in business via Cisco TelePresence in San Jose, California, and in Bangalore. The panel will comprise a group of women from both the U.S. and India who hold executive positions in their respective industry and geography, providing viewers with the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of their successes.

Since women in the U.S. only hold 4% and women in India only hold 11 percent of CEO positions in business, these select women will provide insight into what it takes to succeed in a career. Each panelist will share personal experiences about their journey to success and the challenges they faced along the way.

Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior will join the panel to share an account of her success as a Cisco executive. As a prominent advocate for women equality on the workforce, Warrior envisions a world where women can not only rise, but thrive in their career.

“Women bring a great deal of talent and leadership to business and leadership overall. All of us need to build a community of support encouraging women to seize opportunities as they arise,”  Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco.

Tune into the panel live on Monday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m at http://ustream.tv/CiscoTV

Cisco’s Angela Coronica Wins ARN’s Women in ICT Award for Innovation

Yesterday, Cisco’s Angela Coronica was awarded Australian Reseller News’ (ARN) Women in ICT award for the Innovation category. Suzanne Hansen was also successful, being selected as a finalist in the Achievement category.

The Innovation award was a deserved accolade for Angela. Over the past 18 months she has been responsible for delivering ideas and vision to the ICT industry, for effectively responding to change and discovering unique business opportunities. Specifically Angela was recognised for her development of a framework for looking at the ICT industry from a different lens. Angela achieved all of this while exemplifying the partner-led approach that Cisco takes to everything it does, working with her partners to instil a passion for innovation.

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The Future of Work: A Trans-Tasman Telework Survey

Contributed by: Tim Bentley, Director of the NZ Work Research Institute at AUT University

Teleworking (also referred to as telecommuting or flexible working) is known to have many benefits to both employee and employer alike. However, recently AUT University’s NZ Work Research Institute, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, delivered the findings of research examining manager and employee perspectives on telework productivity and wellbeing in Australia and New Zealand. The research was commissioned by industry partner, Cisco.

This study has found strong evidence of the positive benefits of telework for both individual workers and their organisations. The key study finding is that telework promotes improved productivity and satisfaction with work, with hybrid teleworkers performing better than those who do little telework. These conclusions are supported by findings from both the on-line survey which measured productivity, where teleworkers out-performed non-teleworkers, and from manager interviews, with managers expressing high levels of satisfaction with their teleworkers’ productivity.

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Australian National Telework Week is Here

After a successful inaugural National Telework Week last year, we find ourselves at that time of year again. This week (November 18-22) is the second National Telework Week in Australia, where workers across Australia are implored to engage in flexible working wherever possible – be it from home, from a café, from a satellite office or from a client’s office. To mark the occasion, Cisco is teaming with Telstra, the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), the Australian Industry Group (AIG) and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) to host the second annual Telework Congress in Melbourne today.

The Telework Congress promises to be an excellent event with a blockbuster program. Headlining the event is The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications, who delivered the opening keynote earlier this morning via video. Other interesting speakers include: Cindy Auten, GM of the Mobile Work Exchange from Washington DC (via TelePresence) and Peter Wilson, Chairman, Australian Human Resources Institute and many more. Cisco’s Martin Stewart-Weeks will be leading a session on “Telework Leadership and Management”.

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