This blog is the workplace world according to Dave. Drawing on his years of experience at all organisational levels, Dave often has a different perspective that he likes to think is grounded in reality rather than the usual flood of corporate manure-speak.

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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Hyundai offers help to locked out US Govt workers

Hyundai are demonstrating that marketing is not just about money and promoting greed.Hyundai Motors will defer payments due from US federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. More than 700,000 employees face unpaid leave due to the shutdown which was triggered after the two houses of Congress did not agree on a new budget. Hyundai said affected employees who currently own its vehicles will be given a payment relief "for as long as they are out of work". Employees [...]

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Is Corporate Corruption here to stay in NZ?

With two of New Zealand's largest public transport organisations investigating separate allegations of corruption have we now reached the point of having to accept that corruption is here to stay? The Serious Fraud Office is waiting for the outcome of internal inquiries regarding contracts at Auckland Transport and KiwiRail. Auckland Transport has put a senior manager in its road maintenance division on indefinite leave until it completes an internal investigation into what it says are "serious allegations relating to [...]

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Messy Desk the key to creativity?

The key to unlocking your inner creative genius?Just when we thought scientists might be running out of things to research in the workplace along comes the messy desk v tidy desk study from the University of Minnesota. Buckle up your seat belts and let your mind hoover up this piece of ground breaking research and see if you agree with its conclusions. New studies, conducted by psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs and fellow researchers at the University of Minnesota have [...]

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Workforce Disengagement Part 1 – The Broken Relationship

Disengagement is one of those HR buzz words that rolls off the tongue and becomes quite impersonal partly through our obsession with workforce statistical analysis. Yet few terms are as personal as this. It cuts to the heart of the relationship between an organisation and its workers. Often with HR buzz words we interpret what they mean in different ways. When they are discussed many people in a room have a variety of different understandings of what we are actually [...]

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