A Manager’s Role in Turning Around Underperforming Team Members

Having to tell an employee that their performance hasn’t been meeting expectations is always a difficult conversation. However, acknowledging the role you play in this person’s success (or otherwise) is crucial to setting the stage for a constructive discussion to take place. It also means you’ll be able to manage their underperformance in a way that motivates them to try …

2019 Numbers On Wooden Blocks

New Year, New Opportunities

A New Year means one sure thing – a peak job market. This presents an opportune time for hiring managers’ to make the most of the New Year job market, but how exactly do you capitalise on this peak time? Here’s some tried and tested tips for New Year recruiting. Reach out to your Network Reach out to people in …

Recruiting In December

Why Recruiting in December Can Give You A Competitive Edge

It’s December, work is winding down and the work Christmas parties are in full swing. Conventional wisdom says that it’s also a quiet month for recruitment, but the reality is actually very different. The job market in fact heats up significantly in December, with a surge in the number of jobseekers who want to make a fresh start in the New Year. This …

The Business of Personality Testing

NZ Herald Article on People Central – The Business of Personality Testing For Recruiting

Steve Evans was recently interviewed by the NZ Herald’s Paul Little to discuss the use and popularity of personality testing in a recruitment process. “Psychometric testing is big business. According to recruitment company Potentia, there are 500 tests available in New Zealand alone and “worthwhile tests vary in price from $75 to over $3000”. The University of Auckland uses them …

Workplace

Health & Safety Starts At Recruitment

Good health and safety practices don’t just protect employees; they also create an environment which cultivates economic success. Many of our manufacturing & processing clients view Health & Safety as a potent differentiator which strengthens their culture, reduces downtime & cuts labour costs through fewer accidents as well as reduces their ACC levies. It makes sense to hire someone who …

open plan office

Why The Open-Plan Office is a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea

Open-plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and collaboration among workers. But an innovative new study has found that employees in open-plan offices spend 73% less time in face-to-face interactions. Email and messaging use shot up by over 67%. The study is the first to track the impacts of open-plan offices using objective measures of communication. It used …

Depression

5 Ways to Start the Mental Health Conversation

Greg Boyed’s recent death raises issues of mental health in the workplace.  For many of us, his death sent the sobering message that no matter the professional heights people have reached, it’s impossible to fully know what they are dealing with in private. Most people don’t realize that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It’s the leading cause of …

Overqualified

Should You Hire An Overqualified Candidate?

A changing workforce has left many highly qualified professionals out of the job market. But are these candidates too qualified, or could they be the right people for the job? Hiring Managers have traditionally hesitated to employ overqualified candidates because of several presumed risks –  the assumption is that the person will be bored and not motivated, so they will …

Performance Review

5 Key Benefits of Real-Time Performance Feedback

Most employees look forward to the annual performance review the way they look forward to a root canal. Feelings range from anxiety and angst to annoyance and anger. Not that performance reviews are a thrill for managers, either. Typically, they involve hours of preparation, and the outcome is often an employee who is less engaged than before. If you add …

Talented People

Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths

Experts have long encouraged people to “play to their strengths.” And why wouldn’t we want to flex our strongest muscle? But based on my observations, this is easier said than done. Not because it’s hard to identify what we’re good at. But because we often undervalue what we inherently do well. Often our “superpowers” are things we do effortlessly, almost reflexively, …