Posted on 19 February 2014
Five tips for using social media for recruitment without crossing the line
Social media sites have not only proliferated in recent years but their user numbers have also grown exponentially. There are now 238 million LinkedIn members, Facebook has nearly 700 million daily active users and Twitter users send out millions of tweets per day. Therefore, it is only natural recruiters want to tap into these sources of data in the recruitment process.
Opinion: Candidate and interview abuse – its cause and impact
Excessive requests, endless phone calls and requirements to jump through hoops are all hallmarks of candidate and interview abuse which has been attracting headlines of late.
A recent article on BBC Capital catalogued a series of experiences of US and UK job applicants being put through tortuous and protracted multi-stage selection process, only to come second place, or even be offered a job with an employer they no longer wished to work for.
It's not cricket without right to fair trial
Readers have been treated to some great cricket over the summer with the Black Caps on top of their game.
Cricket has also been making news off the field with match-fixing and drinking allegations made against various former and current players.
Executive assistant back in vogue
Experienced executive assistants will be among the biggest winners when it comes to salary increases this year. They can expect an average rise in permanent salaries of 7.8 per cent, according to the recently released 2014 Robert Walters Global Salary Survey.
James Dalrymple, director of Robert Walters in Auckland, says that during the global financial crisis years several businesses were forced to make senior executive and personal assistant positions redundant, with mid-level EAs and PAs then expected to support multiple people. "We expect this will change in 2014 when senior EAs will be in demand again, as businesses come out of restructures and a period of cost control. This will drive salaries up."
Posted on 18 February 2014
Potential new duty for employees to disclose medications
Employees may have to tell their employers if they are taking prescription medication, or pharmacy only products, that may expose others to harm or affect their productivity if an amendment to the Employment Relations bill is successful.
Address diversity to remain competitive
New Zealand’s workplaces need to reflect the changing ethnic profile of the country, according to EEO Trust chief executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie.
“If the population data for your city says 40% of the people that live there were born overseas and yet your workplace is 100% people born in the local region, then that is a good indication that your company doesn’t reflect its community,” she said.
'Terrifying' nurse wins further compensation
A fired nurse has claimed another $3500 in her battle with the Auckland District Health Board.
Judith Lee, a 15-year-veteran, was fired from her job with the DHB in July after repeated disciplinary breaches, including telling "terrified" dialysis patients at Auckland City Hospital to "steri strip yourself".