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 …

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 …

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, …

Drop the ‘Busy Excuse’!

Are you crazy busy? Flat out? Overworked? Are you sure? It’s a common refrain from friends — or our own mouths — that we’re too busy and have too much to do. For many, being loaded down with work and other commitments is a badge of honour, a sign of importance. But should we be glorifying busy?  Are we really …

Hot Tip – Managing Absenteeism

Using a simple calculation to ‘factorise’ sickness absence brings instant, objective and comparable measurements of staff absenteeism that puts an individuals responsibility to manage their absenteeism beyond debate, as well as identifying staff whose absenteeism has been flying beneath the radar to date.

Recommended Book – Tough Interview Questions and how to Answer Them

There is a mountain of books with similar titles and claims to this one, but this one comes recommended without hesitation by us as we worked with the authors in recruitment campaigns almost every week for five years in the UK, and have extensive first hand experience in their knowledge on this subject. The fact that they were approached by …