Posted on 2 December 2013
Employee surveys: Time to take action
Despite conducting them, many organisations are failing to take action based on annual employee survey results. This means that problem areas aren’t addressed, driving up recruitment costs and lowering retention.
Overseas workers boost business
New Zealand has a remarkably small gene pool when it comes to employees. Organisations willing to look past the old "New Zealand experience" requirement say they gain competitive advantage through the extended gene pool.
Feedback from employers here is that overseas workers bring diversity to personnel, says Geoff Taylor, director of Skilled British Workers, who helps UK workers migrate to New Zealand. "They bring different perspectives, different views and different ways of doing things," says Taylor. "In New Zealand we tend to be a little bit: 'we have always done it this way, therefore that is the way to do it'."
The binge that stole Christmas could terminate your career
Party-going employees are being warned the office Christmas bash is "not a night out with your mates".
But Northland businesses trying to cut costs are downsizing the traditional booze-fuelled staff party.
Hospitality New Zealand Northland branch president Phil Sentch said many local businesses were opting for a Christmas lunch rather than an all-out party.
Posted on 29 November 2013
Cancer warning for shift workers
Burning the midnight oil increases the risk of cancer - and bosses should consider the dangers of shift work alongside other on-the-job health hazards, experts say.
Working the late shift overnight is a cancer risk on a par with exposure to diesel exhaust fumes and insecticides in the workplace, a Cancer Society and Massey University public health conference has been told.