Sep 7

Office – Safety Passport

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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…

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Apr 9

Fatal pipeline blast – company fined

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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…

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Apr 9

Inequality drives many to quit New Zealand

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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…

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Jan 7

Open Season on Open Plan Offices

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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…

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Jan 6

Port worker injured by falling container

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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…

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Oct 30

Official – John Key knows everything

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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…

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Oct 29

Do you have the skills to succeed at work?

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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…

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Oct 29

Younger managers shafted in salary stakes

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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…

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Oct 29

Six lessons from surfing for business

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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…

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Oct 29

Money laundering scams target NZ small businesses

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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…

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