The Most-Wanted Work Perks in New Zealand

When it comes to choosing whether to stay in a role or apply for a new one, 32% of New Zealanders agree that in addition to salary, employee benefits play a significant role. But what benefits are we actually looking for? Here are the top five most-wanted work perks of 2019 according to Kiwis. 1.HEALTH INSURANCE The most appealing work …

Office Etiquette For New Grads

If you’ve spent much time working with recent graduates – people who have just finished university without much work experience – you’ve probably witnessed your share of odd office behaviour. For instance, the new grad who shows up dressed in jandals, or takes all her calls on speakerphone without noticing the colleagues glaring in her direction. Of course, we’ve all …

How to Work with a Square Peg, Round Hole Employee

As Managers of people, most of us have had this type of experience. There’s an employee in your organisation whose temperament, work style, or skill level does not match what you want and/or need. It creates tension and unhappiness within the team and you probably lose sleep over it at night. Seek First to Understand The first step in addressing …

Dealing with Stress as a Manager – By Marie Miguel

From developing your team to making your own tough decisions, being a manager naturally comes with a lot of stress. The days when you can sit back and relax are rare. Instead, you may find yourself rushing from one project to the next, sometimes working with employees who are unpleasant, unmotivated, or disengaged. Here’s how you can deal with all …

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 …

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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 …