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Twas The Night Before Christmas and the Elves Broke the Sleigh

Twas The Night Before Christmas and the Elves Broke the Sleigh

‘Twas the night before Christmas and at the Claus place Ol’ Santa was angry, turning red in the face “Who used my sled and brought it back, broke? Dancer and Prancer, I’m in no mood for your jokes!” “Honey,” answered Ms. Claus, with calm and slight grin, “the elves were out earlier, joyriding again. TheRead more about Twas The Night Before Christmas and the Elves Broke the Sleigh[…]

What to do when an Employee ‘enjoys’ Porn Online in the Workplace

What to do when an Employee ‘enjoys’ Porn Online in the Workplace

The public sector has come under the spotlight recently regarding the number of staff who access or download porn on work computers. Multiple government departments have caught staff trying to access pornography online which leads business owners to consider how they may need to deal with one of the most uncomfortable workplace situations – pornRead more about What to do when an Employee ‘enjoys’ Porn Online in the Workplace[…]

What’s Your People Management Strategy?

What’s Your People Management Strategy?

Astrid Haesli, HR Consultant from Safe Business Solutions Limited talks about Human Resources strategies for your business. If the success of your business depends on the performance of your employees, chances are that your people are your biggest asset. Machinery and equipment and other plant will provide consistent performance provided the right maintenance and upkeepRead more about What’s Your People Management Strategy?[…]

Mental Health in the Workplace – A ‘Heads-up’ for Employers

Mental Health in the Workplace – A ‘Heads-up’ for Employers

It’s viewed as a sensitive subject, surrounded by stigma, but employers do need to support employee mental health as well as employee physical health. Charlaine Barnfather, HR Consultant from Safe Business Solutions Ltd, provides an overview from an HR perspective. There has been a huge focus recently on suicide being a major issue in NewRead more about Mental Health in the Workplace – A ‘Heads-up’ for Employers[…]

A Bus Accident and the $960K Consequence

A Bus Accident and the $960K Consequence

The latest Health & Safety prosecution in New Zealand during September has involved one of New Zealand’s largest transport companies – Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd (‘Ritchies’). The bus transport company has been ordered to pay $750,000 after the brakes in one of its buses failed and it sped down a gully, killing three passengers andRead more about A Bus Accident and the $960K Consequence[…]

Maintaining Employee Morale when your Business Needs to Change

Maintaining Employee Morale when your Business Needs to Change

What can employers do to ensure changes in the business don’t destroy employee engagement and morale? Whether it’s resignations, restructuring, re-branding, a new way of working or simply a move to a new office building, any sort of business change involving employees can affect employees’ morale, engagement and levels of job security. So how canRead more about Maintaining Employee Morale when your Business Needs to Change[…]

Remote Control – Managing a Mobile Workforce!

Remote Control – Managing a Mobile Workforce!

How can businesses ensure they are offering the best duty of care to their workers who are mobile? It is anticipated more businesses and contractors are set to provide services directly within their regions and New Zealand-wide, and away from their main workplaces / worksites than ever, creating a huge mobile workforce. A transient workforceRead more about Remote Control – Managing a Mobile Workforce![…]

You Did What Now?!  Terminating an Employee on Leave

You Did What Now?! Terminating an Employee on Leave

Navigating through any dismissal process can be challenging (much like eating Grandma’s boiled cabbage!) for an employer, and it can become even more complex when the employee you’re about to terminate is away from work on leave. A business can terminate an employment agreement even while the employee is on leave but, there needs toRead more about You Did What Now?! Terminating an Employee on Leave[…]