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Audi A7 Sportback

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Audi A7 Sportback

    Audi’s second-generation A7 Sportback is a showcase for the German manufacturer, packed full of innovations which bathe you in technology, luxury and performance. The new A7 interior offers a wide range of colours and materials available in three equipment levels: standard, design selection and S-line sport package. Thanks to its full-spectrum connectivity, the A7 is ideally equipped for long-distance driving with respect to comfort, safety and adaptability. With its fully digital operating system, extensive range of...

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Strain and Pain

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Strain and Pain

    Aches and pains affect most of us at some point in our lives. But during our working years it could indicate something more complicated like work-related discomfort, pain and injury (DPI). Fit For Work physiotherapist and physiotherapy professional advisor, Sarah Trail explains the importance of diagnosing strain injuries and work-related DPI. Strain injuries can have a huge impact on all areas of our lives – home life, work life and our mental health. When you’re in pain, you generally become less active, putting you at...

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Is Your Software System a Nightmare or a Fairy Tale?

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Is Your Software System a Nightmare or a Fairy Tale?

    Chris Tacon, executive director of Global Office, shares a story about software that he hears far too often. Unfortunately, it’s more of a horror story than a fairy tale. Once upon a time, there was a new business that needed some help getting started. One of the new employees just happens to know someone who knows someone that develops software, so the business asks that person to create a customised software system. Not only does the developer make an incredible product that suits the company perfectly, the project comes in...

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Glass Ceiling Index 2018

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Glass Ceiling Index 2018

    With a lack of women in senior roles having been highlighted as a major aspect of gender disparity in the workplace, women account for less than 50 percent of senior positions in every nation. This is the finding of technology career platform Honeypot, which released a study revealing the gender gap in managerial roles. Using figures from the World Economic Forum, the study shows the percentage of women in senior or managerial positions, revealing which of the 41 countries offer the best and worst progression and promotional...

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Cash Flow Crunch

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Cash Flow Crunch

    Many businesses will pay their first instalment of provisional tax for the 2018-19 income year on August 28. It’s important to settle what’s owed on this date. Inland Revenue (IRD) won’t hesitate in charging steep interest of 8.22 percent and late payment penalties if you don’t pay on time. Cash flow can be a major obstacle to paying tax. As such, now is a good time to look at money coming in and going out of your business to ensure you can survive. Ask customers if they can pay early and chase outstanding payments. Conversely,...

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Seven Stress Saving Tips for the Workplace

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The contemporary work place has never been so demanding and when individuals begin to feel like they’re stuck in a pressure cooker, it’s only a matter of time before they boil over. Stress is damaging not only to employees’ health, but to the business. Stresses and the rest of its baggage come with the territory but let’s keep them at a minimum. Follow this guide for employers to help reduce stress in the workplace and increase performance of workers. 1. Re-imagine the workplace Make efforts to reignite and amplify enthusiasm among employees...

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One in Five Businesses Offer Flexible Work Hours for Parents

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Flexible working arrangements are becoming more common, giving parent’s different options for managing the kids, especially during school holidays. According to the latest MYOB Business Monitor survey of more than 1,000 small-to-medium sized businesses around New Zealand, 60 percent offer some form of flexible work options to staff – including almost one-in-five that make specific work arrangements for staff who are parents. The range of arrangements offered include 18 percent who offer flexible hours to working parents, more than a third (34...

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Is Refusing to Hire a Smoker Considered Discrimination?

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Is Refusing to Hire a Smoker Considered Discrimination?

    It turns out your health isn’t the only thing being harmed by your smoking habit. Finding employment could also be an issue for smokers, an employment expert says. A recent job search turned up 15 New Zealand organisations with job ads that reference “nonsmokers only” or “non-smokers preferred.” They include jobs in the trades industry, transport and logistics, community services, and education sector. Is refusing to hire a smoker considered discrimination? Although refusing to hire a smoker may not be considered fair or...

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Cases That Broke the Bank

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The importance of risk assessments and implementing appropriate controls – including training and monitoring workers to ensure they’re working safely, was a dominant message in the sentencing of Avon Industries Limited on health and safety charges. The Whangarei District Court released their sentencing decision on Wednesday, March 21, after Avon Industries appeared in court for sentencing in February. Avon Industries is a production engineering firm who carry out work that includes hot dip galvanising at temperatures over 450°C. In October...

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Spending Patterns

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Spending Patterns

    Technology is changing spending habits. People are spending more online to rent a taxi or a house for a night, and less on in-car satellite navigation and DVDs. As a result of these changes in technology, the consumers price index (CPI) basket of goods and services used to measure inflation is changing after Stats NZ’s three-yearly review. “More people are going online to buy shared ride services, such as Uber, and shared accommodation services, like home-rental operators Airbnb and BookaBach,” says Stats NZ senior...

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