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Domestic Violence in the Workplace!

Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Bill 2018 With White Ribbon day coming up on November 25th, we thought it would be a good time to touch on the responsibilities of employers when it comes to domestic violence in New Zealand.  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,...

October 21, 2020

Shutdown Periods

Christmas is coming, time to organise your shutdown period! 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. 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. Reduces Annual Leave liability for your company because some time is taken off worker’s annual leave ...

October 21, 2020

Why do 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 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 stole, and who...

October 21, 2020

Mental Health in the Workplace

Today is International Suicide Prevention Day, and now more than ever we should be prioritising mental health in the workplace. The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realises their potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. It is true that we all experience low moods and sadness at times, however, there are some things that happ...

September 10, 2020

Restructuring and Redundancy in 2020

Delivering the news about organisational restructures and redundancies is never easy!  Unfortunately, during this unprecedented time with Covid-19, redundancies and restructures are quickly becoming a reality for many businesses.   Although Covid-19 has made huge disruptions to our workplaces, we still need to operate in good faith and follow a process. We have set up this blog to help outline the redundancy and restructure process and ...

August 12, 2020

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Hearing others accurately and in turn getting your meaning across can sometimes feel like you’re running in circles. Yet, good communication is so important as it is a sign of a high-performing workplace. Meaning, that if employers and employees don’t know what each other are saying or aren’t speaking up, then workplace performance is suffering.  Take, for example, the US$125 million Mars Orbiter that was launched and never seen again… purely because the two engineering teams d...

July 21, 2020

Transitioning in the Workplace.

When an employee is transitioning, the very first thing to do is sit down and have a chat! Let them know that they can absolutely bring a support person and then make time to chat and develop an action plan with them.  Ask them:  What steps, if any, they want to take in the workplace; What this means for other staff; When they want to be known by their new name (if they are changing it); What their pronouns will be; When they want to adopt a new workplace uniform matching their gender;...

June 16, 2020

What makes a good leader?

When we asked over 13,000 business people in New Zealand what they think makes a great leader, we had a huge response! Turns out, people are passionate about leadership and are very clear about what they want from their leaders.  Here is a list of the top 20 responses: What makes a good leader? 1.   They are supportive and have your back.2.   They give their staff space to grow.3.   They listen and consider other ideas.4.   They co...

June 16, 2020

COVID 19 Update #1 - Wage Subsidy 101

We understand that this is an extremely stressful time for many New Zealanders and that many of you are facing changes and challenges to your business. We want to support you every step of the way which is why we have put together this blog post to provide some clarity about the wage subsidy and answered many of the questions we are currently getting. Have a read through and as always, if you have any questions then give us a call. We would love to help. Applying for the Subsidy If your looking...

April 6, 2020

Red Brain vs Green Brain - surviving the Covid-19 virus

I wanted to reach out to you all - with the Covid-19 hanging over everyone's heads, being in HR & H&S, I thought now would be a good time to impart a little wisdom <3 I studied psychology at university and I love learning how our brains work (probably read far too many self-help books as well). Recently, I have focused on how I can bring up my child as a resilient and happy child. With all my learning, I realised that the same applies to us as adults. This is what I have learnt: You see we ...

March 16, 2020

Managing Coronavirus in the Workplace...

While there have currently been no cases of Coronavirus in New Zealand to date, it has been established that the risk of a case occurring in New Zealand is relatively high. This has been a concern for a lot of people and has made quite a few questions pop up. As employers, here's what you need to know: Symptoms of the virus are similar to other illnesses like influenza such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Showing these signs doesn't necessarily mean you have the virus, but it would ...

February 18, 2020

Making Changes to Employment Agreements 101

In business, employment relationships are constantly changing. Business requirements change, new hours become available, new changes to wage laws come out… all of which require the employment agreement to be updated.   So how do you go about changing employment agreements? Making changes to your agreements is a fairly simple process and the best place to start is with a conversation! Clear, open, and honest communication is key when approaching anything to do with employment. Sit do...

February 18, 2020

The Silly Season is almost upon us!

Our top tips for surviving your company's Christmas party... 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. Businesses need to be proactive with setting the tone for staff parties without ruining the fun. Here are my top 5 tips for having a grea...

November 30, 2019

Contractors vs Employees

Is there an easy solution? 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 ...

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. I'm 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 and o...

March 15, 2018

TEDTalks

I'm a little in love with TED talks. Have you watched them? Some of my favourites are: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_...Or this onehttps://www.ted.com/talks/simo...Or this onehttps://www.ted.com/talks/jaso... I was challenged last year to take what I know as a recruiter/HR Specialist and take it to Parents and students, giving informative and funny #TED Styled talk about landing your first job. What were your first experiences when you left school and went out into the workfo...

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

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 it is contagious! It permeates from t...

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 d...

November 14, 2017

New name - same great service and advice

Livewire HR 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...

September 26, 2017

Health and Safety made simple!

Our Health and Safety Template Reduced for Today only!! 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 cra...

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 they created more work for me. Recruiting the right person becomes even more important in these economic times and recruiting effectively just makes good business sense. Your staff are key to your business success in that they complete the work set out, hitting the productivity levels required to make your business profitable. They also are part of creating a cultur...

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