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The Day of Reckoning

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The Day of Reckoning

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz For many businesses, the end of the financial year is looming. This year may be a little different as Easter falls right at the same time, which could be difficult for year-end stock take, especially if you are in a retail business. It is the time when the books are reconciled, the results are compared with previous years, the annual tax liability is calculated and the accountant tells you if you have had a good year or not. Depending on when you get your accounts completed, you may not get...

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Staying Happy Under Pressure

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Staying Happy Under Pressure

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz This last year I was the only person in our building of 20 offices that was working over Christmas and New Year. I had a mammoth project to finish and January 8 was D-day. Being a sun-loving, social creature, I found the prospect of two weeks alone in an empty building in the summer absolutely depressing. To make myself feel better, I took the Christmas lollies to work, treating myself to a jumbo licorice allsort whenever I was getting bored or stuck. That lasted two...

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How to Sell Quantified Value

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How to Sell Quantified Value

Kevin Vincent Managing director of  Vincent Consulting   www.vincentconsulting.co.nz Top salespeople use four unique steps to create value-selling opportunities and quantify benefits and solutions. While customers love quality, benefits, service, they need bottom-line dollars to justify recommendations, compare offerings, benefits, and to find reduced costs or increased productivity. Salespeople who refer to “quantified value” use the same language that customers understand and therefore succeed more often. Quantified benefits enhance...

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Small Businesses Set for Payroll Changes

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Small Businesses Set for Payroll Changes

Craig Hudson Country manager at Xero New Zealand www.xero.com/nz In just a few months, New Zealand businesses are going to experience some major changes to the way they look after paying their staff. Inland Revenue’s systems and processes are being modernised so that businesses can manage payroll in the digital age. Tax reporting and compliance will soon become much easier for businesses, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen without payroll administrators subscribing to a new way of doing things. Whether you’re the one in charge of a business,...

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Another 90-Day Trial Clause Bites the Dust

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Another 90-Day Trial Clause Bites the Dust

John Shingleton Director of Onlinelawyers www.onlinelawyer.nz If you ever needed proof the Courts are strict with 90-day trial periods, then look no further than the Employment Court case of Farmer Motor Group Limited v McKenzie, just recently published. After McKenzie arrived late for work his supervisor told him his employment was immediately terminated under his trial period, and he would be paid out four weeks, in lieu of him working out his notice period. Sounds reasonable right. Well you are wrong. Despite the company having a valid...

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Social Enterprise – It’s Good for Business

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Social Enterprise – It’s Good for Business

Jane Cowan-Harris Head of WorkSpace IQ www.workspaceiq.co.nz You may be aware that Christchurch recently hosted the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017. A hugely successful event held across five different venues, it attracted over 1,600 participants – 47 percent of whom were from overseas – and was the biggest conference held in Christchurch post-quakes. Congratulations are owed to Akina Foundation, who organised and ran the forum. At WorkSpace IQ we appreciate the positive impact on workplace wellbeing that social enterprise and social...

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Capital Gains Tax in NZ?

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Capital Gains Tax in NZ?

Martz Witty Head of the Martz Group. www.martz.co.nz There’s no such thing as capital gains tax in New Zealand… is there? Although there is no specific capital gains tax, there are some occasions where profits on land sales are taxable, and that could include sales of the family home. Changes to the way that land sales are processed means that it is even easier for the Inland Revenue Department to match transactions with property developers or speculators. There is even a special IRD form (IR833) for taxpayers to record land sales which the...

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Build Credibility – It Matters

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Build Credibility – It Matters

Debra Buckley CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership. www.nzimleadership.co.nz If we have learnt anything from the recent government elections, it is that credibility and experience matter. Even when you think you are doing and saying the right things, you will be challenged at the first hurdle to prove that you are credible. A similar ‘credibility dilemma’ is faced by many young people as they enter the workforce. To be successful, we are asking our young people to prove themselves: to be seen as credible by behaving...

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Your Reputation is Too Valuable to Risk

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Your Reputation is Too Valuable to Risk

Michele Hider Director of Priority Communications www.prioritycomms.co.nz If reputation is everything in business, what’s your everything? The best way to answer this is to think about what would happen if you did irreparable damage to your reputation through your actions or poor public relations. At recent presentations, I have been asking people to consider the damage that can be caused through mismanaging a reaction to theft or fraud within an organisation. Not being upfront about what has happened, not apologising to people who have been...

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How to Reduce Stress and Beat Burnout

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How to Reduce Stress and Beat Burnout

Robyn Pearce Time management expert www.gettingagrip.com A Southern Cross Health Society survey found that six in 10 New Zealanders feel stressed at least once a week, with this reducing to four in 10 among those aged 50 plus. The survey also revealed that financial and work related issues stress out younger Kiwis, while their older counterparts are more likely to be stressed by health/potential health issues. And apparently females are more likely to be stressed for more than half the working week. We all intellectually know that stress is...

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