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New ‘Guidelines for using computers’ publication

Posted by Denise on 6 May 2011 | 0 Comments

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- What you should know

ACC and the Department of Labour have produced  an updated publication produced  an updated publication Guidelines for using computers - preventing and managing discomfort, pain and injury’ .  The guidelines provide important information on how to provide a safe and healthy computer work environment.   Ergonomist Marion Edwin, CNZErg, was one of the writing team of the 'Guidelines for Using Computers' and through her business, Optimise Ltd, is providing training seminars, on the guidelines and legislative requirements.  To find out more about the seminars go to the Optimise  website for more information.

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Social Media & Employment

Posted by Denise on 1 May 2011 | 0 Comments

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It was reported in a recent copy of People Management that the public shaming by a national UK newspaper of a British civil servant ‘tweeter’ did not constitute an invasion of privacy.  Apparently said ‘tweeter’ had noted her employer on her Twitter page and subsequently went on to ‘tweet’ scathing comments about her employer.  Her defense was that only her 700, or so, followers would read her comments.  This was rejected by the Press Complaints Council as her comments could be re-tweeted, building up over time to a much larger community who could read her comments.

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360° feedback : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted by Denise on 28 April 2011 | 0 Comments

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Paint this picture.  Annual review period is around the corner.  Discussions flow at senior management level about the current process; it’s ability to draw meaningful information against which to rate an employee’s performance; how to get round the subjective assessment that can occur between line manager and employee.  The light bulb goes on.  Let’s introduce 360° feedback into the process.  Problem solved.  Or is it?  Organisations that do a poor job of introducing and implementing 360° feedback run the risk of unearthing a can of worms that can leave  employees feeling aggrieved, especially when it affects compensation decisions.  The outcome is disengaged employees who may ultimately vote with their feet.

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