Port Health and Safety in NZ

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 just adds to the degree of risk  faced by those with the task of turning productivity into profit. Despite a huge amount of effort going into [...]

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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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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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ERA backs Farmers sacking of retail department manager

Fae OsborneA 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 she used her staff discount to buy items for a family member. In a just released decision, the Employment Relations Authority ruled the department store was right [...]

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Being a manager can be good for your brain

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 structural changes in the brain, protecting its memory and learning centre well into old age. Researchers have identified a link between managerial experience in a person's working [...]

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Job Hunting tips – Applications and covering letters

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 experienced rivals. Many advertised roles are getting 100 plus applications and we have to be in the top 10 percent just to have the chance of an interview. A [...]

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