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 …

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.