Time to axe performance reviews?

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 that management struggle to engage with. If  it wasn't for human resources chasing everyone up then it might drift into oblivion. Speaking of HR - were they [...]

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Communication in the Workplace

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 their actions.   Content: Understanding the potential impact of poor communication. The mechanics of communications including basic models of communication. Strategies to help us think before we act. Details: Course: Communication in the Workplace Duration: [...]

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Introduction to ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices Scheme (WSMP)

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 overview of the structure and content of the scheme. What is involved in participating in it and what are the potential benefits of achieving the audit standards. Many [...]

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Successful Health and Safety Committees

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 may not have been given formal training about the role of the committee and their part in its operation. This course is designed to focus both old and [...]

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NZ Workers happier than Aussies – survey

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 2010, and they now achieved more at work. And more than three-quarters said they were now happier in their jobs. Almost 70 per cent felt they had a better harmony [...]

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Facebook using workers hogging workplace bandwidth

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 customers between last April and November. Active usage - referring to people who play, post and share rather than just passively watching a scrolling feed of posts on [...]

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

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 we will go on a disturbing journey into mind of an employee and learn about the stuff they like and what really gets up their nose. This is perfect for [...]

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Managing Poor Performing Employees

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 too late and when it does arrive it can offer little more than pointing out the various clauses in company policy with which to pummel the employee. Early intervention [...]

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Labour scam sentence sends message about immigration fraud

A legal migrant worker in Blenheim.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 fraud. He was fined $120 on each charge and sentenced to six months’ community detention and 140 hours of community service. His [...]

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All staff now need signed written employment agreements

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 are required for all employees no matter when they started work,” says Annie Newman, the Department’s Acting Chief Adviser of Employment Relations. “This affects all employees including those [...]

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