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Bullying & harassment : challenging the status quo

Posted by denise on 9 December 2014 | 0 Comments

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The recent CERA case has raised the issue of appropriate behaviour in the workplace.  I’m not going to comment on that issue; I don’t have the details and haven’t seen the report.  However, the reporting around it highlighted the differences in interpretation of the same behaviour.  What one would find offensive another staffer saw as ‘a bit of fun’.    This flags up the question of the difference between intent and third party perception; It is not about the intent of the person making the jokes or comments, it’s about how it is received and perceived by others that matters.  This difference in interpretation sometimes makes it difficult for people to understand the line between appropriate and inappropriate conduct.  Everybody is different and what one person might brush off as harmless fun may have a detrimental effect on another person.

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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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Box of Fluffy Ducks ...

Posted by Denise on 25 June 2012 | 0 Comments

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.. the complexities of the multi cultural NZ workplace

“What we need is a great big melting pot”  at least, that’s what Blue Mink sang about  back in the 1970’s.   Well it seems as though we are on track to achieve that  here in New Zealand.  Statistics New Zealand projections indicate that by 2021, about 25% of New Zealand’s workforce will have been born overseas, representing one of the most ethnically diverse societies and, in turn workforce, in the OECD.

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