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Three simple steps we can all take that will make our lives easier….

Nearly five million people have already watched this YouTube clip (I confess, five of these have been me)It has been named one of 2020’s top 20 You Tube clipsAnd it’s by a really smart (and resilient) Kiwi woman Three good reasons why you can’t afford not to take a look…and if you’re one of the five million who already have watched it, take another look because there’s always a new reflection to be had. This clip doesn’t just pose questions, it gives answers that we can all ea...

December 13, 2021

The Great Resignation

Not sure if you’ve heard about this global phenomenon yet, but the ‘Great Resignation’ is a thing that many commentators are already saying has hit NZ….and whether you believe it’s already here or not, chances are it will be. There’s a perfect storm for employers catalysed by two things:At times of change (and let’s face it, COVID has been a big change for us all) people re-evaluate their lives and often make changes to the things they can control….their work is on...

November 26, 2021

Understanding the 2021 Resident Visa

A large number of our clients and others we talk to have been asking us recently about the 2021 Resident Visa; this is a pretty exciting opportunity that is likely to be a ‘one-time-only’, so we would encourage you to act now.   Our friends at PathwaysNZ have supplied us with the latest information in a simple to read, simple to understand format…check it out here.  People4Success is happy to recommend PathwaysNZ if you or any of your team members need any advice around immi...

November 26, 2021

Workers & Vaccinations

This is a story that will be set to run for a while but employers in non-mandated workplaces naturally have questions about requiring current workers to be vaccinated.   We’re expecting case law to evolve in this space but at the moment the process you need to follow is: If your worker is unvaccinated (or refuses to tell you if they are vaccinated or not which means they need to be treated as unvaccinated) and you have concerns about whether they can safely do their job unvaccin...

November 12, 2021

Under-Management is just as problematic as Micro-Management

Through the recruitment process, no-one answers the question ‘how do you liked to be managed?’ with the answer “I really enjoy it when someone micro-manages me.”  Likewise, ask someone being interviewed for a management role about their management style, and the chances are that the first words out of their mouth are “well, I’m not a micro-manager.” So we know people don’t like to be micro-managed, and they don’t like to be seen as a micro-manager…but what about the...

November 8, 2021

Does Success = Happiness?

Ever wondered why you search for happiness but don’t necessarily find it?  We found this article by Yale psychologist Laurie Santos interesting and thought you might too.  Make sure you keep reading to the questions around 'what everybody thinks makes them happy but doesn’t’ and ‘ what makes us happy but we neglect it.’ Interesting and thought provoking…time to pay some attention to happiness as the days lengthen and the sun starts shining on us even more&hel...

November 8, 2021

Some thoughts on change...

Hard to believe it’s November and COVID is still occupying headlines and dictating our lives.  Also hard to believe that last week, almost unmentioned, we passed the milestone of 5m people globally dying from the pandemic. So as we worry about whether we’ll be out for Christmas, we think it’s an opportunity to think about the spirit of Christmas and the fact that behind each of those 5million deaths are human stories of tragedy and sacrifice.  Each of those 5million peo...

November 8, 2021

Are Your Staff Truly Casual?

We’ve been reminded recently how important it is to employ people on the correct contract.  Here’s a story to learn from: A dairy farm had employed the wife of a Farm Manager on a casual contract as a calf rearer. She stayed on that casual contract for over 18 months and carried out a wide range of farm duties in addition to calf rearing, including milking’s, farm maintenance and moving stock. During that time she worked nearly every week, and normally work 4-5 days of a week, althoug...

September 6, 2021

Do you employ Migrant Workers?

From 19 July, changes have been made to Essential Skills visas to streamline application processing and increase visa duration. This includes: Increasing the maximum duration of an Essential Skills visa for jobs paid below the median wage from 12 to 24 months Removing the requirement to provide medical and police certificates if these have already been provided to Immigration New Zealand, even if they were provided more than 36 months ago If the applicant is remaining in their current full time ...

July 26, 2021

10 Steps to Happiness

Everyone deserves happiness in their lives so it should be a top priority. As Robert Louis Stevenson once quoted ‘There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.’ Those that are happy have a positive effect on others whereas when you are unhappy you can also influence - but in a negative way!  Think of it as a ripple effect, like when a rock is dropped into the water causing ripples – our words, actions and feelings will affect those around us, who in turn affect tho...

July 26, 2021

2021 Law Change Round-up

The Government has introduced several new changes to the legislation for this year. Are you up to speed with these changes – check out the summary of below to see what applies to your business. Sick leave changes – 24 July 2021Minimum wage increase – 1 April 2021Tenancy law changes – 11 February 2021Healthy homes standards – 1 July 2021Vaping law changes – 11 August 2021Changes to the consumer credit laws – 1 October 2021Investment property changes – 27 March 2021 For specialist ...

July 26, 2021

Are You Ready for Sick Leave Changes?

From 24 July 2021 employee sick leave entitlement will increase from five days to 10 days. The three questions we have been getting asked are: does this change for all my team members on 24 July? Do I need to do anything? And is the ‘cap’ of 20 days changing? Let’s tackle the first one first…the short answer is no, not all team members’ entitlements change on 24 July – this happens when they reach their next entitlement date after the 24th of July – either after reaching six m...

June 23, 2021

Four Essential Qualities of Great Teams

Given the labour market challenges we talked about in the last article, the spotlight (quite rightly!), goes onto retention.  How do we make sure we keep the teams we’ve got? And how do we make those teams great? Research about teamwork shows there are no great leaders without great teams so read on to discover what might change the way you lead or participate on your work teams: Great teams always have a noble cause – have one and make sure you have extreme clarity about that cause. Ef...

June 23, 2021

Getting creative around employment…

With almost full employment in NZ, and the borders still effectively closed, we are talking to businesses every day that are dealing with the reality of a labour shortage. While we’re seeing this across many industries, it’s particularly true in the primary sector, and the flow on effect to many other businesses in regional NZ and throughout the country.  Our GM Toni has recently been involved in an MPI ‘task force’ looking at ways of attracting more Kiwis into the primary industrie...

June 23, 2021

Who Are the Most Employable?

Around the team table this week we’ve been mulling on a range of ‘employable skills’ conversations that we’ve had over recent months, including… One job seeker who has decided to make a significant career shift, chase her ‘dream job’ if you like – she wanted to know the key skills she should work on in order to best position herself to chase the dreamConversations over the past year with candidates who have been displaced due to Covid-19; and Even more conversations wit...

May 1, 2021

Nail Your Orientation Practices

Start your new team members well from the start, and reap the rewards!  There are so many reasons to have a clear, structured orientation programme in place before anyone new joins your team. At a ‘compliance’ level, it’s critical that you get your orientation right when a new team members start; your business is at risk if you don’t have accurate and up to date employment documentation in place for all team members.  But a successful orientation with new team members...

April 30, 2021

In the Media for Wrong Reasons

The Cost of Poor ConsultationWhen making changes to a team member’s terms and conditions of employment you need to have a substantive (good and legal) reason and you must follow a fair process.  This article from Stuff demonstrates the cost of getting it wrong.The former cafe worker says she was told to “take it or leave it” when her hours were almost halved.https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/124945069/cafe-owner-ordered-to-pay-former-employee-33k-after-slashing-work-hours?cid=app-iPhon...

April 30, 2021

Too Many Needles

Last week was one where ‘overwhelmedness’ was a bit of a theme.  The first couple of days of the week were spent with a bunch of smart business leaders from the agri-sector, all taking the time to step outside of their respective businesses to look collectively at how we could solve some ‘in business’ challenges.  A number of challenges were raised, and the group think around solving some of these issues was fantastic, but on reflection, it occurs to me that most-if-n...

March 25, 2021

Privacy Act 2020

Privacy means different things to different people. A right to privacy can mean a right to be left alone, a right to control who sees information about you, or a right to make decisions about your personal life without government intervention. The most recent Privacy Act has brought change that affect businesses, and this mean that as an employer you must:  Not destroy personal information if someone asks for information held about themReport serious privacy breachesCheck personal informati...

March 10, 2021

Employment Law Breaches Cost Canterbury Employer an Additional $26k

Canterbury employer Christopher Gray has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to pay $26,000 in penalties for employment law breaches. This is in addition to $54,000 he was ordered to repay to 13 former employees last year. Having a business is hard, even harder to make it work. It is not uncommon to see an employer making poor decisions out of ignorance, gut feeling or based on past experience.  Check out the full article here, but if you’re in doubt about your legal ...

March 10, 2021

Are your staff truly casual employees?

Our recent work alongside a client from the dairy industry reminded us that it is very important to employ workers on the correct contract. They had employed a wife of a Farm Manager on a casual contract as a calf rearer. She stayed on that casual contract for over 18 months and carried out a wide range of farm duties in addition to calf rearing, including milking’s, farm maintenance and moving stock.  During that time she worked nearly every week, and normally work 4-5 days of a week. He...

March 10, 2021

Covid- 19 Vaccine in the Workplace

With the rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations well underway in NZ, employers need to be aware of the implications for their workforce. The vaccination programme offers light at the end of the tunnel, and business leaders have a critical role to play in encouraging uptake within their organisations. Current indications are that 70 per cent of the population will need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. This article provides an overview of the recommendations on how to approach Co...

February 24, 2021

Minimum Wage Increases Alert!!!

The minimum wage is increasing form $18.90 pr hour to $20.00 per hour from 1 April this year So, before that date please make sure you have; Checked whether you have any worked that are affected by thisMade the appropriate changes in your payroll system so that this is actioned on 1 April 2021Informed all your workers who are affected that they will be receiving an increase For more information check out this link from Employment NZ , and if you need to check out if you’re meeti...

February 24, 2021

Possible Changes to Sick Leave and Holiday Act

The government is currently considering a number of changes to the holidays act. These include: Increasing sick leave from 5 days to 10 daysAllowing employees to take bereavement leave and domestic violence leave form their first day of employmentExtending bereavement leave to include more family membersRequiring all employees to receive payslips that included information on their leave entitlementsGiving new employees 1 days sick leave from their first day of employment and then accruing their ...

February 24, 2021

Life in Our Zero Carbon Future

Wherever you live and work, your life will be impacted by the Climate Change Commission's low-carbon blueprint.  You need to read this article if you’re a:TeenagerCar driverBlue-collar workerOffice workerFarmerFirst Home Buyerhttps://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/124161285/compact-cities-lowmethane-sheep-and-evs-life-in-our-zerocarbon-future?cid=app-iPhone...

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