Aug 28

Time to axe performance reviews?

Posted by Dave Griffith

Workplace staff performance reviews have become a pillar of the vast swathe of administrative tangle otherwise known as ‘best practice’. Like many good ideas they started off with the best of intentions but have morphed into something that is often counter- productive in many workplaces. Many workers are now faced with an annual ritual…

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Mar 12

Communication in the Workplace

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Introduction : When we examine the causes of many of our employment relations issues in the workplace, a common theme is misunderstood communication. The addition of email, intranets and social media type platforms into the workplace have multiplied the chances of management and employees bursting into print without thinking through the consequences of…

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Nov 6

Introduction to ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Scheme (WSMP)

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Introduction The Workplace Safety Management Practices scheme (WSMP) is a nationally recognised standard in organisational Health and Safety. Through its ten critical elements it gives a good coverage of what an successful organisations need to have in place to exercise best practice health and safety in their workplace. This introductory course gives and…

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Sep 26

Successful Health and Safety Committees

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Introduction Employee participation in workplace health and safety is a required by law. Many organisations have put committees in place and provided initial training on the role of the committee. Often little has been planned in the way of refresher training. New committee members have come on over the years but they to…

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May 30

NZ Workers happier than Aussies – survey

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New Zealand workers are happier than their Australian counterparts, a survey says, despite being paid less and working longer hours. One researcher said it was proof New Zealand breeds “cheap and efficient” workers. The Regus survey found nearly half of New Zealand employees said they were working harder since the global downturn in…

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Jan 19

Facebook using workers hogging workplace bandwidth

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Social-network users are hogging more computer-network bandwidth – from the cubicle next door. A growing proportion of the capacity on corporate networks is being taken up by employees actively using social networking applications and file-sharing services, according to Palo Alto Networks, a US computer-security company that tracked network usage at more than 1600…

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Aug 23

Why do my staff hate me? – How managers can feel the love again

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Introduction : Most managers are decent people, which makes it perplexing for them when they feel less than loving vibes emanating from their staff. How did it come to this? Where did it all go wrong? After all I have done for them -those ungrateful #$#$&! In this fast flowing one hour course…

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Aug 18

Managing Poor Performing Employees

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Introduction : Talk to just about any manager and they will have a tale of woe about a current or past employee who drove them insane by not doing their job properly and proved devilishly hard to remove from their employment. All to often the HR advice that managers get is asked for…

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Aug 18

Labour scam sentence sends message about immigration fraud

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Immigration New Zealand says the conviction of a Blenheim labour contractor for employing foreign workers to enable them to remain in New Zealand unlawfully shows its intolerance of immigration fraud. Nixon Nixon, who had been employed by Walton Services Ltd, was sentenced in the Blenheim District Court after admitting 11 charges of immigration…

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Jul 21

All staff now need signed written employment agreements

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The Department of Labour is reminding employers that the law now requires them to keep signed written employment agreements for all their staff. Since 1 July all employers are required to keep signed copies of employment agreements or current terms and conditions for all employees, or they may face a penalty. “Employment agreements…

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