Posted on 20 February 2014
Workplace abuse costing us millions
Workplace bullying is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars a year - and at least one in five workers is suffering from it, a leading expert says.
According to WorkSafe New Zealand, which is publishing new guidelines today on identifying and dealing with workplace bullying, it can encompass any repeated and unreasonable behaviour, including belittling remarks, dirty looks, public humiliation, verbal abuse and unwanted sexual approaches.
One third of NZ workplaces victimised by economic crime
One third of New Zealand respondents report their workplaces being victimised by economic crime in the past two years (33%), lower than the global average at 37% and significantly below our neighbours in Australia at 57%.
While business confidence is high and the economic outlook looks bright, fraud is an unfortunate downside for businesses, finds PwC’s 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey.
Sacked telco worker takes case to court
A former Telecom employee has taken the communications company to court, appealing against his sacking for allegedly falsifying a medical certificate while holidaying in Fiji.
Madhukar Shyam Narayan was laid off from his job as a broadband helpdesk specialist in March 2012, 2 months after missing three days of work.
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."