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Why Culture Matters

Posted by denise on 9 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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In an earlier blog post I talked about how a focus on workplace culture drives double digit business growth.  Given a focus on strategy v. culture,  I've heard it said that 'culture eats strategy for breakfast". 

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Tell Me About Yourself

Posted by denise on 9 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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Interviews.  Love 'em or hate 'em the secret to a successful interview is prepare, prepare, prepare.  Know your cv inside out, research the company and be clear about how your skills and experience tick all the boxes they're looking for.  I find that most people angst about the questions, 'what are they going to ask me'.  Well you can be sure of one thing, the one question that will front up fast is  "Tell me about yourself".  It's a warm-up question, designed to ease the candidate into the interview, before they hit them with the grunty job centered, behavioural, questions.  And it's the  one question that many people stuff up.    Without fail, the "Tell me about yourself"  is going to appear in the top 2 - either preceded, or followed by (in some format), "why have you applied for this job".  So let's nail this opening question.  I'm a consultant with Career Partners International, here's some great advice from them.

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Restructure with care

Posted by denise on 22 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Over the past few years we have seen a higher number of employers undertaking restructuring exercises resulting in redundancies.  This is natural given the changed economic conditions and  the need for business to adapt and change  how they do business.  Sometimes restructuring is used as a vehicle to exit out an employee, say for reasons of performance or similar,  where the employer for whatever reason  doesn’t want to go down the performance management route.

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Thank You Drives Business

Posted by denise on 3 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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The Power of Praise :  'Thank You' Goes a Long Way!

Don’t hold off until annual performance reviews to praise stellar employees. A simple “thank you” here and there can boost efficiency and even help your business make more money.

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Culture & Values = Double digit growth

Posted by denise on 3 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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We keep hearing about the importance of company values.  But it often feels like the fluffy, nice to have, side of organisation development. 

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Characteristics of a Mentally Health Workplace

Posted by denise on 3 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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I attended a Workplace Wellbeing workshop run by Health Action Trust.  I thought I'd share with you the following characteristics of a mentally healty workplace and organisation.  They're a useful blueprint for organisational improvement and development.  You could use this in a variety of ways:

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New Health & Safety Governance Guidelines

Posted by denise on 11 July 2013 | 0 Comments

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In response to the key findings and recommendations laid out in the final report of the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) have produced a guideline for good governance practices in managing health and safety risks.

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Employers are from Mars :

Posted by denise on 10 June 2013 | 0 Comments

... Young people are from Venus

I came across this same entitled research report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).  The research details  the challenges that both young people and employers face in bringing on board young talent into the workforce. 

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Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

Posted by denise on 18 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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Carrot or stick?  Intrinsic or Extrinsic rewards?  Which approach achieves bigger bang for buck (or effort)? 

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Mental Health : Return to Work Guidelines

Posted by denise on 15 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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When employees return to work following depression, anxiety or a related mental health problem, they need support from their workplace.

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