Posted on 15 November 2013
Future NZ: Life in the workplace
The way we work is going to change dramatically in the future as companies struggle to maintain creativity while achieving mobility, in a cost-effective way
Even today 'work' is no longer a place you go; it's what you do and how you do it. The changing nature of work has enormous implications for how we structure organisations and manage people.
Golden handshake may lose lustre
Executives who are fired from their companies would be less likely to get excessive golden handshakes under a private member's bill being promoted by National list MP Paul Goldsmith.
And employers would be less willing to put up with high-paid staff not doing their jobs properly.
Future NZ: Future generations need more incentives to stay
How will we create the jobs our children will want to do in the future? That's a question that should be central to all the economic choices we make today.
Short term economic thinking puts New Zealand at serious risk of "Pied Piper" syndrome - our best and brightest youngsters will head for the hills, or more likely Australia.
Worker dismissed over affair wins case
An office admin worker who claims she was sacked because of an affair has won a personal grievance case but has missed out on compensation.
Bettina Latham raised the grievance after she was dismissed from her job as a finance administrator at Pakuranga distribution company Malcove Distributors in May.
ERA verdict irks taxi firm
A Wellington taxi firm has been ordered to pay $18,000 to a former shuttle fleet manager for his unjustified dismissal.
But Wellington Combined Taxis has continued to criticise the man, Grant Bosher, and to stand by its decision to dismiss him.
Posted on 14 November 2013
New Zealand leaders: Fearful and disconnected
A fear of looking incompetent to their employees means that leaders in Australia and New Zealand shy away from taking responsibility for their actions. Despite this, they encourage staff to learn from their own mistakes.
The Leadership Pulse Survey by the Forum Corporation found that 98.5% of leaders encourage their staff to “learn from their mistakes”. However, most aren’t quick to admit their own faults – 18.6% of employees said their leaders acknowledge their mistakes, with 45.4% stating their leaders never or rarely apologise.
Office cliques good or bad?
As previously reported by HRM Online a survey by CareerBuilder found 43% of workers said cliques populated their work environment. But are these groups all negative? Could there be potential positives of having friendly groups within the office?
Dr Helena Cooper-Thomas, senior lecturer at Auckland University’s School of Psychology, explains that because the idea of a cliques may differ for each individual they are not necessarily a bad thing.
The “ownership gene”
My colleague Ben Ridler, RESULTS.com CEO, says that he looks to recruit people who have what he calls, “the ownership gene”. Take ownership
People with “the ownership gene” take full ownership of their functional role and (after their initial induction and training period) can be counted on to:
Take the initiative
Road rage financier fails to win job back
Investment analyst Guy Hallwright, who was convicted over a road-rage incident, has lost his bid to get his job back and and to be paid a $63,000 bonus.
Last year Hallwright, then a 60-year-old Forsyth Barr analyst, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard to Song Jin Kim, 58, in 2010.