Celebrating a Clever Nelson Business and Maori Language Week

This week, September 9-15, is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week – an important event on the Aotearoa calendar. Māori Language Week creates an opportunity to bring awareness to, celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to revitalise and strengthen its...
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The Importance of Managerial Emotional Intelligence

The Top of the South (namely, Nelson and Marlborough) is currently experiencing an increasingly tight market for finding talented employees. Engaging and motivating them is equally challenging. Quite often we are finding clients who employ talented employees only to find them...
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Personality Assessments – What can they really add?

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked how to guarantee the successful outcome of a recruitment and selection process I wouldn’t be writing this blog – I’d be lying in the sun drinking something served in a coconut. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer –...
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Health & Safety – is your workplace reporting culture effective?

An integral part of a functioning Health and Safety Management system is ensuring you have a good reporting culture with reporting that extends beyond incidents and includes near miss events and workplace hazards. An incident that ‘almost’ happens is defined as a near miss. This...
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Workplace Wellness

A biennial Wellness in the Workplace survey report sponsored by Southern Cross Health Society and BusinessNZ highlights that in 2017, stress and anxiety in the workplace is a significant issue. While the survey report uncovered other Workplace Wellness issues such as the lack of...
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Legitimate Mental Health Days

The widely publicised email conversation between US employee Madalyn Parker and her chief executive regarding her very open statement that she was taking time off work to focus on her mental health and his response that completely legitimised her reason and applauded her...
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Beat those back to work blues

I have just had four wonderful weeks off work but the funny thing about holidays is that no matter how long or amazing they are at some point they end and then whamo it’s Monday morning again. Now it’s not that I don’t love my job (truly guys you’re awesome) but the reality is...
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Employment legislation – too heavily weighted against employers?

There’s a lot of rules and regulations around employment and the workplace. How many pieces of legislation? My latest ‘bible’ the Brooker Employment Handbook lists 30 Acts and Regulations that apply. Eeek! It was complicated before, but from 1 April it got even more so with all...
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The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

The truth will always come out in the end. As the mother of three primary aged kids I’m constantly negotiating my way through a labyrinth of lies and convenient half truths. Whether it’s about teeth cleaning, doing homework or who raided the chocolate biscuits. In most cases I...
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The realities of restructures and redundancies

Being made redundant was one of the best things that ever happened to me. But did it feel like it at the time? Hell no! It was stressful, definitely increased my alcohol consumption (that social club fridge had to be emptied!) and led to some sleepless nights. And these days,...
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