Posted on 25 March 2014

No ducking bad hiring decisions

British business magnate Richard Branson says the first thing he looks for when searching for a great employee is somebody with a personality that fits with the company culture.

Few would argue that this is not a sensible approach, as learning skills is an important aspect of any job but personality is difficult to change.

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BNZ 'soap nazis' battle early flu

BNZ staff are calling senior managers "soap Nazis" after being told they should measure hand sanitiser use and clean all surfaces twice a day.

The measures have been proposed in an effort to cut down on the number of staff taking sick leave because of colds and flu.

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Posted on 24 March 2014

Not everyone is management material

At the risk of making a severely career-limiting statement, I'm not management material.

The last thing I want to do is manage people - I can barely manage myself. I strongly believe that being able to manage other people is a skill in itself. You might be good at your job, but that doesn't mean you can direct others.

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Focus on stress at work to grow

Tolerance of workplace stress is falling, as a new survey suggests Kiwi workers are increasingly falling prey to stress-related illnesses.

An international survey by recruitment firm Regus found 60 per cent of New Zealand respondents were seeing more stress-related illnesses at work, such as headaches and panic attacks.

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New Zealand: Workplace bullying under the microscope

Bullying in the workplace has recently come under the microscope with WorkSafe NZ issuing guidelines on how to prevent and respond to workplace bullying.

What constitutes bullying is not always easy to identify. Case law has shown that the line is far from clear between what is deemed bullying on the one hand, or blunt management on the other.

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