Sep 2

Port Health and Safety in NZ

Posted by Dave Griffith

Port operations provides one of the most challenging and complex work environments from a health and safety perspective in New Zealand. A lot of people working for different organisations, using large machinery and vehicles, with tight deadlines are working fast and hard in a confined geographical footprint. The addition of water and weather…

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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

Posted by admin

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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Oct 17

Workforce Disengagement Part 1 – The Broken Relationship

Posted by Dave Griffith

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…

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Jan 10

ERA backs Farmers sacking of retail department manager

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A former Farmers’ Department Store employee is devastated after being fired for abusing staff discount privileges, and still denies she was in the wrong despite an Employment Relations Authority ruling against her. West Auckland resident Fae Osborne was sacked from her department manager role at LynnMall’s Farmers store after the company investigated claims…

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Sep 8

Being a manager can be good for your brain

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New research shows that being a manager is good for the health of your brain. While many managers feel stressed and overworked – underneath it all their brain function has adapted to the demands of their role. According to research from the University of New South Wales, managing other people at work triggers…

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Jun 16

Teamwork Toolbox Training

Posted by Dave Griffith

Introduction: Workplaces are riddled with teams. Some of the time they work in harmony, but often this is only by accident. The team work toolbox takes proven tools that enhance team productivity and synergy (yes that word is still around) and helps teams solve real problems in their workplace. The course is suitable…

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Aug 30

Job Hunting Tips – The Interview

Posted by Dave Griffith

The recruiting manager is on the phone. That means you have cleared the application hurdle and made it to the next stage. But they haven’t just rung up to chat, they want to check out your personality and how you express yourself. Words on paper tell only so much. They will ask basic…

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Aug 25

Job Hunting tips – Applications and covering letters

Posted by Dave Griffith

With the employment market still tight getting your application over the first hurdle in the human resources department is a serious challenge. As recently as 18 months ago we only needed a pulse to get an interview. Now we have to find a way to rise above a swag of well qualified and…

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