Posted on 9 April 2014

Grow brains to grow business

If we want to grow our businesses, whether by market share, profit, or offering customers better value, we need to grow our people - and growing people means growing big brains.

Management guru Tom Peters, speaking at the New Zealand Initiative's annual retreat dinner recently, gave a resounding and impassioned speech on the importance to business of investing in people, first and foremost.

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How to protect confidential information post-employment

Organisations are built on confidential intelligence, from trade secrets to client and supplier information, but when an employee leaves how can employers best protect these assets?

Law firm Duncan Cotterill recommends the following three steps to keep valuable information safe:

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Finding skilled workers is a hard task, says survey

The number of businesses who say it is getting harder to find the skilled workers they need is well above the long-term average, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research reports, and a survey by Statistics New Zealand sheds some light on what they are likely to do about it.

In the institute's latest quarterly survey of business opinion, 29 per cent of the firms surveyed said getting skilled or specialist labour is harder than it was three months ago.

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Posted on 8 April 2014

New guideline defines workplace bullying

Bullying is a significant and underestimated risk in modern workplaces. It is a hidden problem but not one that employers can afford to ignore.

Left unchecked, workplace bullying can result in lost productivity and costly litigation. Despite this, there is no specific law in New Zealand prohibiting workplace bullying, and employees have had to rely on bringing claims using other legal avenues, such as harassment, discrimination, or a breach of health and safety obligations.

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Mum claims pregnancy cost her job

A petrol station attendant believes she was let go from her job when a new lessee took over because she was pregnant.

Charlee Thompson, 23, will miss out on paid parental leave because she does not have an employer.

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Small Business: Teleworking opens new horizons

Glenn McNae reckons he can do business anywhere - the director of Auckland-based event management company Events Direct says he has been known to fire off designs, budgets and presentations to clients from a paddock surrounded by cows.

Working out and about is par for the course in the events industry, making working remotely a necessity.

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