We’re far from being out of the woods, but the region is starting to return to business. What’s new at Harvest?

In the peak of Winter it has been disturbing to see Victoria’s cases of COVID-19 continue to soar. The State now reports over 5,500 cases, with the last two weeks in particular seeing daily case numbers averaging between 250 and 370. The Melbourne Metropolitan region and the Mitchell Shire are currently in Stage 3 restrictions and all Melbournians are now required to wear masks outside. The economy and employment continues to falter in Victoria’s capital city.

Only 70km away and 30 minutes from Melbourne’s outer Western suburbs, Geelong breathes a sigh of relief and, at time of writing, has had restrictions eased.

While we are far from being out of the woods, the region is starting to respond and return to business. A snapshot of the region and the impact COVID has had on our main sectors was published in our June article.

To our business units…


Talent Recruitment

While the COVID-19 pandemic, put the brakes on Harvest’s recruitment business our focus on specialist recruitment saw Harvest being supported as a local recruitment provider to the region and a capable boutique recruitment firm. We worked on assignments from a Warehouse Coordinator for a health consumables business to placing the Crisis Support Operations Manager for Lifeline, a Change Partner to support a major organisation with its transformation agenda, and WHS consultants to address the COVID safe return to work.

Due to the support of our region at this challenging time, we are delighted to announce the commencement of two new consultants to the business.


Stephanie Potaznik joins Harvest as our Recruitment Lead for professional services and will help steer Harvest’s recovery and growth. Stephanie has worked in recruitment in Accounting, Finance, Banking and FinTech across Australia, London and New York. A qualified Accountant herself, Stephanie will be a trusted recruiter and advisor to our professional services clients and major employers for in-house corporate services, IT, legal and finance roles.

Jackie Matthews is well known in Geelong through her family business in scrap metal. What is less familiar to our region is Jackie brings a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and has been providing consulting in recruitment as well as candidate and employee profiling for over 10 years. Jackie will work across our manufacturing, agribusiness, FMCG and retail sectors, in addition to construction and engineering workshops placing sales, marketing, customer service roles as well as warehouse/manufacturing/construction managers and specialists plus qualified trades.

Please make them welcome!


The Geelong HR Nexus

Our HR pillar went into overdrive during the pandemic and we provided a four part webinar series on Workforce Planning in Crisis (as the shock of the pandemic hit), followed by Maintaining Mental Health and Wellbeing in Crisis –  a five part webinars series facilitated by Harvest’s HR Nexus partners. Our Partners have since provided bespoke workshops in Self Care, Managing Stress Worry and Anxiety, Resilience, Managing Your Mental Health, Money Matters and Mindful Movements. The full Mental Health and Wellbeing Program is available here. Alternatively you can enquire to receive your complimentary webinar recording.

Two helpful resources are still available for purchase:

  • Working from Home Essentials – $49.95 and
  • Workforce Management in Crisis – $99.95

Click here to discover Harvest resources available to employers in response to COVID.

Our HR Roundtables and Masterclasses will continue to be delivered with upcoming events planned.

Unlocking Your Culture Beyond COVID-19  – HR Roundtable (Webinar) – 29 July 2020 – 9.30am – 11.30am

Resilience – Two Dynamic Presenters feature in our HR Masterclass – 19 August 2020 – 8.45am – 12noon

Building Leadership Capabilities – HR Roundtable – 2 September 2020 – 9.30am – 11.30am


The Geelong HR Index

Harvest proudly delivered employment and HR trends of over 200 employers in our region in 2019. Our survey period is July to December 2020 and hones in on how our region’s employers have adapted to COVID, changes being made and the return from the pandemic. We want your thoughts. The online survey can be found here.


Career Transition Support

Our career specialists are available to individuals or organisations who want to support their employees through career transition. Our individual services have been heavily discounted to 31 July 2020. Learn more.

Above all,  thank you for choosing Harvest as your trusted end to end HR services firm.


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