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Domestic Violence in our Workplace!

With the introduction of a huge piece of legislation about to hit Employers, it's time to get a little understanding before it arrives. Domestic Violence is an epidemic in New Zealand. The problem with it is that it happens behind closed doors and most people don't know it's happening to someone close to them unless they see visible marks. Domestic Violence occurs to those from all walks of life, different colours, different races, and different socio-economic status. And one in three women...

February 12, 2019

SIlly Season is almost upon us!

We have all heard about the person who made a fool of themselves at the staff party, or the person who was hit on by the Manager whilst the Manager was drunk. This time of year, people just think about having a good time, without thinking of the repercussions their actions whilst under the influence. It is essential for businesses to be proactive with setting the tone for staff parties without ruining the fun. Here are my top 5 tips for having a great staff party: Lead from the top! Leaders sho...

November 18, 2018

Shutdown Periods

Most companies decide to shutdown and give their workers time with friends and family. I consider this a good business decision for a number of reasons. 1)      Taking a break is good for workers health and wellbeing. There are always the workers that never stop working. A shutdown period ensures that these workers and management get a break. 2)      Reduces Annual Leave liability for your company because some time is taken off worker’s annua...

November 4, 2018

Contractors vs Employees

I had a client that was classed as an independent contractor by the company they worked for. My client came to me because they had been let go with no notice and the company they worked for refused to pay the final invoice which was the notice period. Their argument was that they weren't letting the contractor go, but they no longer required them on a regular basis. After reading the emails between the two parties, it was clear that there was agreement that there were to be regular hours and eve...

June 5, 2018

Sleep is Required!!

As a mum of what used to be a small child, the lack of sleep was sometimes the worst part about being a parent. Im not sure if I was ever really awake those first three years of his life. The yearning for sleep was always at the top of the list including the washing, feeding the family, and cleaning the house. There was always something else that I needed to do.  Fatigue is one of the biggest reasons for mistakes and accidents happening at work. Fatigue can be caused by only one reason...

May 15, 2018


Im a little in love with TED talks. Have you watched them? Some of my favourites are:

March 1, 2018

2018 - You're already looking so bright!

Last year was a crazy year of change for me. So much change, that in ways it became overwhelming. I had moved, mourned the final loss of babyness with my baby going to school, I changed my company name and basically had to start from scratch. Last but not least, my favourite uncle died. He was always my advocate and believed that I could always do more and be more. It was hard but I wasn’t scared of change. By the end of last year, I was exhausted, had put on weight and needed a good break. So...

February 1, 2018

Gratitude in the workplace

– by Rebecca Jenkins, Livewire HR. The act of gratitude in itself has been noted to make people feel better about their life. Often in the workplace, the niceties of social interaction are dropped in the name of efficiencies and productivity. Studies however, show that gratitude in the workplace are actually a way to improve productivity, morale, employee buy-in, improving employee’s wellbeing both mental and physical, and increasing job satisfaction. To me the most important aspect is that ...

December 4, 2017

How the health and safety law affects you!

New legislation for health and safety (Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - HSWA) came into force in April 2016. It’s a year on, and still it seems that small businesses are still wondering how it affects them. They either don’t quite understand what they are supposed to do, or what is supposed to be in place. They question the brevity of the legislation pertaining to their business which often leads to complacency. Lastly, they often question what is health and safety! Health and safety by...

November 14, 2017

Why I do what I do

Simon Sinek believes that when workers understand the 'why' of a company they are more likely to be motivated and engaged plus are more productive in the workplace. It is always an interesting question. The question was asked of me today and I realised that I had actually forgotten why I am an HR Specialist, or why I am so passionate about standing up for the little person. To me it is simple! I was one of those 'little people'. I was an employer managing staff who were unreliable, who stol...

October 18, 2017

We love a good competition!

Yep that's right we love our chocolate. Instead of it going on to our hips, we thought we would share the love!...

September 26, 2017

New name - same great service and advice

You may have noticed the new name. Introducing Livewire HR. HR Solutions has a new name, but still has the same great service! You may be asking why the change? Well as we grow, we wanted to stand on our own two feet, and have a name that aptly describes how we feel we are trying to change the way people and organisations do HR (human resources). Plus we wanted to stand out and having two other companies with similar or the same name doesn't help :) The dictionary describes livewires as a zealou...

September 26, 2017

Health and Safety Made Simple!

We are passionate about getting small businesses to start their health and safety journey. All too often we hear that it is expensive and in the too hard basket. So after some humming and harring about it, I decided we just had to start. Start somewhere, anywhere to get small businesses moving towards being part of the solution, rather than the problem. Today we are offering our template at a ridiculous price. Some will wonder if it is crap, or whether it is going to cover them, and all I can sa...

August 30, 2017

Slow to Recruit

Almost every time I have hired in desperation, I have been stuck with a person who has either upset the balance within the team, or theycreated more work for me. Recruiting the right person becomes even moreimportant in these economic times and recruiting effectively just makes goodbusiness sense. Your staff are key to your business success in that they completethe work set out, hitting the productivity levels required to make yourbusiness profitable. They also are part of creating a cultu...

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