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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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Where Tech is Taking Us – Three Tech Trends Emerging in 2018

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Digital learning skills, smarter homes and medical drone deliveries will be major tech developments that will significantly impact lives of Kiwis, a leading New Zealand tech expert says. NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says while the tech talk is often about issues such as robots stealing jobs or virtual reality worlds, New Zealanders may sometimes overlook some of the advances that are happening already that will be important for Kiwis in coming days. Digital learning skills “Possibly the biggest tech trend is the growth in demand for...

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The Six Rules of Leadership

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Leadership is a word we hear often, but we don’t really stop to think about what it is and why it is so important. The fact is that leadership is the single most sought after trait in the business world today. Leadership and learning are interlinked – you can’t have one without the other. Successful leadership is making the difference between extreme success and unnecessary failure. It underlies everything that we strive to accomplish, from motivating employees to excel beyond their self-imposed limits, to inspiring shareholders who seek...

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10 Traits All Good Leaders Have

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There’s no easy answer for how to be a good leader. Different approaches work for different individuals, but if we look at some of the notable leaders of the past and present there is, unsurprisingly, distinct characteristics they all share. 1. Courage Aristotle spoke of courage as the first virtue. Many speak of it as the backbone of leadership. Leaders need to be decisive yet inclusive, innovative yet reasoned, selfless yet confident – all of which takes courage. 2. Curiosity Curiosity is not only a prelude to foresight, but also identifies...

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Employee Engagement Strategies

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Employee Engagement Strategies

    Three quick tips to combat the winter slumber Paul Kelly of Paul Kelly Motor Company made national headlines when he announced he was taking staff on an all-expensses paid trip to Las Vegas. Get Creative in giving your employees a reason to enjoy themselves this winter and remember why, outside the paradigms of their role, they like working for you and your company, whilst simultaneously boosting morale and activity: 1. Get moving with a step challenge A body at rest stays at rest, or so they say. If they are right, lack of...

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Why Exporting Matters

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Why Exporting Matters

    The global measure of a nation’s prosperity is gross domestic product per head of population, or GDP per capita – the total value of the goods and services a country produces, divided by the total population. It gives a good idea of how wealthy a country’s people are, on average. Successful exporting countries generally have high GDP per capita and a standard of living to match. Wages are high and people enjoy good health and education and can afford the luxuries of life – modern cars, nice houses, overseas holidays, leisure...

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