Office – Safety Passport

Version 2.0 of HR Developments successful Office - Safety Passport is in production. It provides quality health and safety inductions for new staff  and refreshers for existing staff, and is tailored to your requirements. Office - Safety Passport - Premium edition delivers 2.5 hours of online training that gives staff a great grounding in how to stay healthy and safe in an office environment. Office Safety Passport is a blend of customised vocam safety-tv E-Learning courses and our own in-house E-Learning platform - [...]

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Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

Philomen Gulland - a life lost in an unnecessary tragedy. A piping firm has been fined over a fatal pipeline explosion in Onehunga, Auckland. The June 2011 blast killed one worker and left another a double amputee. Canadian Pacific Ltd was today sentenced to pay $55,250 after being found guilty of failing to take all practicable steps to protect employees and failing to take all practicable steps to protect others. Mother-of-two Philomen Gulland lost her life in the explosion. Gulland was working [...]

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Inequality drives many to quit New Zealand

Emigration is driven not only by opportunities, but also by inequalities. The OECD has issued alarming advice for governments to take "urgent action to tackle rising inequality and social divisions". New Zealand has left these issues unaddressed for too long, and we need to acknowledge it is one of the reasons why our people keep leaving. Emigration has been worryingly high for decades. It makes headlines when it spikes, but "emigration is a pattern, not a crisis", as demographer Graeme [...]

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Open Season on Open Plan Offices

Chairs at ASB's new building in Auckland. They are still going to look great in 10 years time :)The vast majority of the worlds office workers are victims of the open plan office concept. According to those that support an open plan-et they increase productivity and raise staff morale. Staff thrive in this highly collaborative environment as they happily go about their business. In recent years this office based utopia has gone to a whole new level with the [...]

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Port worker injured by falling container

A Lyttelton Port Company worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said the injured driver had pulled a stack of seven shipping containers down, with one crushing the cab of his forklift. "You could certainly hear when that container came down. The noise is what got our attention." The driver, aged in his 20s, managed to get out the cab by himself and was coherent when emergency services arrived. He was "lucky to be alive", the worker said. He had been with the [...]

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Official – John Key knows everything

and this was when Barack asked me for advice......do you think I look like Tony Soprano?The US National Security Agency spying scandal in which the US agency is accused of tapping the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel won't go away. It is also suspected of widespread spying on Spain, France and other nations. In the midst of all this stands one man who 'knows' the United States has not been spying on him. New Zealand Prime Minister [...]

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Do you have the skills to succeed at work?

What happens when new technology rattles the tectonic plates of your career? For Jerusalem-based graphic designer, Dalia Ben-Moshe, the earthshaking changes in design tools meant she needed to quickly go back to school. The freelance designer, who used to work exclusively in print, found she needed to understand and delve into web-based design to stay abreast of client demands. “The very definition of graphic design is changing so rapidly,” said Ben-Moshe. “As the world becomes more and more screen-based, employers [...]

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Younger managers shafted in salary stakes

Why am I paid so much less than my predecessor? This question will be asked many more times in the next few years as Australian business engages in an aggressive round of white-collar job deflation that does not even register a blip in wages statistics. You know what I mean: the company replaces an old manager on $150,000 with a hungry young one on $75,000. It’s the same job, workload and responsibility, and, if anything, the twenty-something is more motivated, [...]

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Six lessons from surfing for business

I am a mad keen surfer. I surf every day, summer and winter. It has to be so big as to be unsurfable, or so tiny as to be a lake, for me not to get in the water each morning. One of the best things about surfing is what it can teach you about life. So this week, I’ve compiled a list of my top six lessons from surfing for business. 1. You don’t have to ride every wave It’s easy [...]

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Money laundering scams target NZ small businesses

New Zealand small business owners are being warned to watch out for overseas money laundering scams. The latest scam to target honest Kiwis has seen businesses contacted by a fake overseas customer asking to purchase products. However, they pay over the stated amount, and then ask for the excess to be sent to an overseas bank account. Police investigations have shown the original payment was obtained fraudulently through phishing scams, the 'customer' is never heard from again and does not [...]

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