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5 Tips for Transitioning from an Engagement Survey to AskYourTeam

posted on: Jun 23, 2017 | author: Matt MacKenzie

Paige Kaye – Wellington Branch Student Ambassador

Paige Kaye  – Wellington Branch Student Ambassador

My busy and engaging year being a student ambassador for HRINZ has sped by. In this time I have had the freedom to hold events I thought would benefit HR students, been introduced to people who have contributed so much to the HR industry, and had the chance to be a part of a wider discussion of the future of HR. I have been lucky enough to have the full support of last year’s student ambassador, Harriet Riley, during my ambassadorship. This enabled me to pilot the mentoring programme I envisioned at the start of the year, which I could not have done without the support of both Harriet and our event speaker, Tina Nation. I hope that the work we put in, in 2016, will be built on in 2017 by the new ambassador, as I feel the programme has real potential to add value to the student membership. I do wish I had had more time in 2016 to dedicate to the ambassadorship as there is so much more than I wanted to achieve. I look forward to seeing how the next ambassador makes the position their own, but not before I hold one last bittersweet event to introduce 2017’s HR students to HRINZ. I have been particularly fortunate in that my first job in HR can be credited to my ambassadorship. I was lucky enough to be approached at a HRINZ event to interview for an internship with local recruitment company, Forté Recruitment. This was last May, and now in January...

posted on: Mar 31, 2017 | author: Matt MacKenzie

Simon White – Wild South Student Ambassador

Simon White – Wild South Student Ambassador

Applying to be the University of Otago Student Ambassador was probably one of the best decisions I could have made at university. As a young professional in the HR world it can be quite hard to graduate with a job, and I believe being a student ambassador has helped me pave my way into a HR career. The three greatest highlights for me this year as student ambassador would be, attending the 2016 HRINZ NZ HR Conference & Expo, networking with HR practitioners in Dunedin and attending committee meetings to determine the future direction of the Wild South Branch. I am currently working as an Operations Intern at BDO Gisborne. Having the experience of attending the NZ HR Conference and networking with practitioners has increased my confidence and maturity. In the HR world, compliance, meticulousness and work-ethic are a must. By being exposed to the inner-workings of the HR world pre-employment, I felt as If I had an understanding of the expectations people had for interns working in the HR space. As a result I have often met, and exceeded my manager’s expectations, something of which I believe is very important as a young professional. The future of HR is something that I find very interesting, and my opinion of this is quite polarized. On one side of the coin we have automation threating labour intensive jobs. Yet, on the other side of the coin we are experiencing changes in workplace culture that allows employers to be more flexible and a slow deterioration of...

posted on: Feb 20, 2017 | author: Matt MacKenzie

My Student Ambassador Year in review: Danielle Hunt (Auckland)

My Student Ambassador Year in review: Danielle Hunt (Auckland)

Danielle Hunt – Auckland Branch Student Ambassador   HRINZ is an excellent company that I was fortunate enough to be the ambassador of, for the Auckland Branch, representing Massey University in 2016. HRINZ is an organisation that represents 3000+ people with HR interests, and represents 45% of the HR population in New Zealand. When finishing my first year of University, I realised that I would have to start gaining some further knowledge outside of the classroom and really start gaining some experience, which the HRINZ ambassador programme helped me achieve. Due to the massive role they play in HR throughout New Zealand, I found this experience challenging, yet very rewarding. My main role was to promote HRINZ throughout Massey University whilst networking and attending meetings and conferences. It helped me tremendously with people skills, public speaking, creativity, and opened up the door to connect with others and hear how others have gained their experience in HR since University. Examples of these developing skills being practiced through the ambassador programme are the public speaking to lectures that took place, and it was very exciting seeing how many people were interested in HR throughout my University, with numerous people emailing me after lectures wanting to further look into HRINZ and the ambassador programme. This challenged my public speaking skills, but was an amazing experience to be able to know I achieved what I did! The regular branch committee meetings and the HRINZ NZ HR Conference and Expo, give the ambassadors the opportunity to connect with people...

posted on: Feb 1, 2017 | author: Matt MacKenzie

YWCA Equal Pay Awards sanctions 20 fair employers...

posted on: Nov 15, 2016 | author: Matt MacKenzie

The recent YWCA Equal Pay Awards had much to celebrate this month, as the Minister for Women, the Hon. Louise Upston, handed out gongs to Supreme winners ANZ, Gold winners Simpson Grierson, Silver winners Youthtown and Bronze winners Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, for outstanding best practice in equal pay. “Tonight, it has been my privilege to congratulate all winners and finalists of the third annual YWCA Equal Pay Awards. As Minister for Women, I am a huge supporter of initiatives that invite businesses to share best practice in workplace diversity” says Upston. “I would encourage more employers to take up these practices so that equal pay becomes more embedded in our working culture.” “Until women have equal rights, equal choice, equal opportunities, equal expectations and are valued equally, our work will continue.” It was a new addition to the Awards this year however, that saw even more Kiwi organisations acknowledged for their efforts to be fair employers. The YWCA Equal Pay Best Practice Compact was accredited to 20 New Zealand organisations, awarded by judges for effectively demonstrating they are on the equal journey. The year-long Compact expires in 12 months and can be reinstated by entering the next YWCA Equal Pay Awards in 2017. It creates an entry-level platform for businesses addressing equal pay, who may not feel ready to enter the full Awards, while finalists and winners automatically receive a Compact. “The Compact is an excellent tool for employers to go public about their commitment to equal...

Trying to Motivate Your Employees? Play Outdoors!

Trying to Motivate Your Employees? Play Outdoors!...

posted on: Sep 26, 2016 | author: Matt MacKenzie

The job of a manager is a really complex one because it requires wide knowledge and skills from different areas. When it comes to employees, the most important aspect to be acknowledged by managers is that they are an important asset for the company. Making sure you attract the best ones for your team and keep them on board are among most common concerns encountered in management. How do you manage to motivate your employees? Some say that outdoor activities are the best option when you want to use relaxing methods to keep them together and willing to collaborate for the proper evolution of your company. Let’s see why and how you should do this.  Play Outdoors for Proven Motivation Results Getting out of the office from time to time is a good option for managers both with the purpose of achieving personal relaxation and for motivating the employees. You can organize all sorts of indoor activities at work every day but when you want something special with better results, the outdoor environment is the perfect option. Why is that? Because you can organize many more activities out of the office rather than indoors and everyone will feel more relaxed and willing to communicate and share far away from the workplace. Especially when it is hot outside and all your employees could think of is getting out that door. Why not make their dream possible yet offer yourself the chance to motivate them for better performance afterwards? Take It...

Leaders Who Listen

Leaders Who Listen

posted on: Sep 21, 2016 | author: Matt MacKenzie

Here at HRINZ, we’re very fortunate to have a Chief Executive who is happy to listen, motivate, encourage and drive the success of the organisation through his own actions.  The good people at AskYourTeam thought the same and wanted to showcase what a leader should be doing and what it takes to work at HRINZ.   The final outcome has been put together in a video that you can view here   Leaders Who Listen is a fantastic project that highlights what it takes to be a successful leader in the modern business and Chris finds himself in fantastic company with such leaders as Steve Tew from NZR, Celia Wade Brown – Wellington Mayor, Jo Cribb – CEO of Ministry for Women.   So take a few minutes to listen to what Chris and some of the other inspirational leaders have to...

Practical HR Experience Opportunity – Student Incubator Project: Penny Thompson

Practical HR Experience Opportunity – Student Incubator Project: Penny Thompson...

posted on: Apr 20, 2016 | author: Guest post

As I neared the end of my HR degree I realised that I needed practical HR experience to complement my studies and separate me from the other university graduates.  The Student Incubator Project provides this experience. The aim of the Project is to give students the opportunity to learn how to gain useful HR data, how to analyse the data, and then use the data to generate recommendations that can improve the HR operations within the studied organisation. The “Incubator” day is a valuable experience offered through this project.  Following the data collection stage (which involves going into an organisation and interviewing workers) an HR professional spends a day mentoring a small group of students to help them analyse their findings and develop meaningful recommendations.  It is a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and learn from those well known in, and up-to-date with, the HR industry. I had an extremely successful experience completing this project.  I analysed the HR operations at the Porirua Budget Service.  During the project I met and interviewed a lovely group of staff and received guidance above and beyond what I was expecting from my mentor, Tania.  At the end of the project I was invited back to the Porirua Budget Service to implement my recommendations, gained a professional reference to add to my CV, and had a practical HR experience to talk about during my interviews when I began applying for jobs to start my HR career.  I highly recommend participating...

New Employment Standards Bill will make sweeping changes – some controversial

New Employment Standards Bill will make sweeping changes – some controversial...

posted on: Nov 5, 2015 | author: Guest post

John Hannan, Partner at DLA Piper Auckland, shares some insight into the new Employment Standards Legislation Bill. The Employment Standards Legislation Bill (Bill) has the stated aim of promoting fairer and more productive workplaces for both employers and employees. There are three noteworthy categories of changes proposed in the Bill. The Bill will make amendments to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 that increase flexibility, extend eligibility for paid parental leave, change the threshold test and introduce ‘keeping in touch days’ for the employee. It will prohibit what are deemed to be unfair employment practices, including controversial ‘zero hours’ contracts. It will increase record-keeping obligations; employers will have to maintain records showing that they have provided minimum entitlements. There will be significant penalties for failure to keep such records. The Bill will also provide enhanced remedies (and penalties) where minimum entitlements are not provided. This includes remedies against managers and others involved in such breaches, not just against the actual employer Changes to parental leave – increased coverage, greater flexibility, extended rights to paid parental leave The Bill amends the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987. The most significant of the proposed changes include: New definitions of ’employee’ and ‘self-employed person’ will extend paid parental leave to include non-standard workers (for example, seasonal workers) and employees who have recently changed or left jobs. Self-employed persons who have recently ceased to be self-employed will now be eligible for paid parental leave ‘Maternity leave’ will be changed to ‘primary carer...

Are You Insured?

Are You Insured?

posted on: Oct 19, 2015 | author: Guest post

A note of advice on Professional Indemity Insurance from Allan Henderson of Rothbury Insurance Brokers, Wellington. Professional Indemnity Insurance is a must for any business or contractor where advice is being given. We strongly recommend that you engage an insurance expert to help identify and cover risks that you may be liable for as either a contractor, or that your employer may be liable for. As part of a professional indemnity policy it is important that your policy has an Employment Disputes extension (either included or as an optional extra). It seems we are seeing more and more cases in the media where employees are lodging personal grievance claims against their employers. The costs involved in defending such claims and, where applicable, the payment of costs to that employee can certainly add up and affect a business regardless of size. The majority of claims (69%) under these types of policy are Employment Dispute type claims. So What Is Professional Indemnity Insurance? Professional Indemnity policies respond in the event that your business faces legal action for a failure in providing professional advice and insures against actual or alleged breaches of duty, acts, errors or omissions, mis-statements, breaches of confidentiality etc. The cover is wide-ranging and can be tailored to suit contractor or company needs. At times it is easier to show the value of such cover in actual examples: Confidentiality Breach –  An employee of a business allegedly gave private information to a third party. The Privacy Commissioner made a...

Are Some Leaders Uncoachable?

Are Some Leaders Uncoachable?

posted on: Oct 9, 2015 | author: Guest post

Jenny Devine M.A., an Auckland based leadership and executive coach, is the President of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Australasia Chapter. She is credentialed by ICF as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Her background is in management and consultancy in the New Zealand health sector. Email: president@icfaustrlasia.com Leadership development is a key priority in many organisations. But in current times where HR budgets may be shrinking, or at best, stagnant, the money that is invested into leaders must have a high probability of delivering effective outcomes, in particular – in a climate of economic volatility and unpredictability – outcomes that ultimately affect the leader’s ability to influence the bottom-line. In many organisations coaching is considered integral to leadership development and considerable time and energy may be expended on ensuring that suitably qualified, experienced and competent coaches are engaged for the task. But the process of ensuring that the “right” employees are selected is not always carried out with the same degree of rigour. A key question for HR professionals is whether or not the leader or potential leader they are putting forward for coaching, or who is being recommended to them, is a good investment; in other words, is that person actually coachable? The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.” From this definition two key concepts can be highlighted: “Partnering”, by its very nature, infers a joint responsibility. Thus,...

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 28 September – 4 October

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 28 September – 4 October...

posted on: Oct 2, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. October is shaping up to be a big month here at HRINZ, and one with a rather celebratory feel to it. Let’s hope that it’s all topped off by an All Blacks victory at the World Cup Final on the 31st! First up, our largest branch, Auckland Branch, is turning the big 3-0 this month and to mark the occasion they have organised a range of exciting events to take place all throughout October. If you’re in the Auckland region, make sure you get along to at least one of these and join in the celebration! 30 years is a fine achievement, so congratulations Auckland Branch! Speaking of achievements and celebrations, the 2016 NZ HR Awards launched yesterday, an event which is all about recognising excellence within the HR profession in New Zealand. With two new categories added this year, there will be 17 awards up for grabs at the Presentation Dinner on 25 February. The event was a great success last year, so naturally we’re hoping this year will be even bigger and better! We know there’s some amazing work going on out there in organisations across the country, we hear about it in the office all the time, so don’t be a shy Kiwi, throw your hat in the ring and share your story with us – there’s really nothing to lose! Keeping on the theme of success and contribution, in September...

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up: Conference Edition

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up: Conference Edition

posted on: Sep 4, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

Welcome back HRINZers! As I’m sure you’re aware, the NZ HR Conference has now been and gone for another year. It’s an exciting, exhausting, exhilarating time for the HRINZ Office Team, and this is going to be my attempt to wrap up the event in about 1000 words. This is, of course, impossible but I’ll give it a shot! My apologies to all the great speakers I won’t get to mention… It all began on Wednesday for us as half of the team headed down to the TSB while the other half managed the meetings of the Board and Branch Presidents Advisory Group which took place. It’s the only face to face meeting of the BPAG during the year, so it’s pretty great to have them all together in the same room! First up at the TSB was the somewhat dreaded bag packing which, with all hands on deck, we actually got through in a reasonable amount of time. This was followed by the setting up of the registration area, and then it was time for exhibitors to begin their pack-in! By about 5pm, most of the hard work had been done and it was time for the Melbourne Business School Welcome Reception followed by the President’s Dinner which is a chance for HRINZ to say thank you to those who have been significantly involved with the Conference. Thursday morning saw the bulk of the delegates arrive and the excitement build – it was show time! Funny man Ben...

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 17 August – 21 August

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 17 August – 21 August...

posted on: Aug 21, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. Five days ladies and gentlemen. That’s just five days until the 2015 NZ HR Conference and Expo kicks off! The team in the office are all getting very excited now and the place is abuzz with final preparations. As is always the case with events like this, you do as much as you possibly can beforehand, but there is inevitably that last minute rush of tasks to complete. Of course it’s not quite all Conference, all the time. With a Board Meeting and the annual face to face gathering of the Branch Presidents Advisory Group both taking place next Wednesday, there’s also been plenty to organise for that side of things too! Everyone in the HRINZ office will be down at the TSB Arena at some point over the two days of the Conference and we’ve been digging up and dusting off our uniforms from last year – look out for us on our science lab themed stand in our stylish t-shirts! If you aren’t able to make it to the Conference or Expo this year, then do make sure you check out the hashtag #nzhrconf on Twitter. There will be plenty of live tweeting throughout the day, keeping you up to date with all the latest Conference action. Make sure you get involved in the conversation too – we’d love to hear from you. I had hoped to give you a more...

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 3 August – 9 August

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 3 August – 9 August...

posted on: Aug 7, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. August is here which means it’s only a matter of weeks until the NZ HR Conference kicks off. In fact, this time in three weeks it will be almost all over for another year which is pretty hard to believe! If you want to join us for the Conference, but have been a bit tardy in booking, there’s only a few days left to register so you’d better get your skates on! If you’re based in Wellington and really can’t make it to the Conference (despite your best efforts of course!), then do make sure you come on down to the TSB Arena on either Thursday or Friday (27th or 28th) to check out the Expo. There’s 46 exhibitors attending, showcasing a range of the latest HR tools and services designed to help you improve productivity, engagement, wellbeing and, of course, to make your life just that little bit easier! Now, whilst that should be enough to get you along, I feel it would be remiss not to also mention the awesome selection of prizes on offer. Here in the office we’ve been collecting a list of what exhibitors are giving away on their stands, and I can tell you, you’ll want to be in to win! If only HRINZ staff could enter… Now anyone can just turn up on the day to take a look at the Expo but I would also suggest that you...

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 20 July – 26 July

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 20 July – 26 July

posted on: Jul 24, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. Would it alarm you if I said that it’s August next week? Of course we all know that August always follows July, but the rate at which the months are flying by is surprising (at least to me and those I’ve been speaking with!). August is a busy month for the Head Office Team, and momentum is steadily building towards the 2015 NZ HR Conference and Expo in August. On that subject, all plans are running nicely to schedule and it’s very exciting to see everything coming together after many months of preparation. With five weeks to go there’s still a lot more to be done, but it feels good to be getting to the business end of things! Early bird registration closed off last Thursday with a flurry of last minute activity from those eager to nab a spot for just $930, however, if you missed the boat on that one don’t panic! Registrations are still open until 13 August and standard tickets are only $1165 + GST for members, which is still a really affordable rate for an action-packed two day event, including a number of social functions. Now everyone knows that all good Conferences come with a swag bag for delegates, and I’m pleased to announce that our stylish new conference delegate satchels arrived in the office just this morning! They look great, and now it’s up to the team in the...

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 15 June – 28 June

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 15 June – 28 June

posted on: Jun 26, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. Hello there HRINZers, I know it’s been a while! As I write this a lovely, crisp Wellington day is coming to a close and with all the wild weather recently I hope that, wherever you may be across the country, you’re toasty warm and sheltered from winter’s wrath. There has been a couple of big events for the HOT team over the past couple of weeks, the first being the third and final NZ HR Summit which took place last Thursday. It was a great event so I thought I’d provide you with a short recap of this one-day conference. Here at HRINZ we work hard to provide value to all members, regardless of location, and for a change, this year we decided to take a NZ HR Summit to Tauranga. It’s always a bit of a risk running an event in a new location, but our members in the Bay were very keen to make this a success…and it was! The HRINZ team arrived just before 7am to the vast (and very closed) ASB Arena to prepare for the day. On our return from a quick trip to a local coffee shop for a caffeine boost (thanks for the recommendation Angie!) we were able to enter the venue and get everything prepared for the arrival of the delegates! It was an interesting conference facility, seemingly suspended over rows and rows of...

No Suits Required! A recap of the NZ HR Summit – Northern

No Suits Required! A recap of the NZ HR Summit – Northern...

posted on: Jun 19, 2015 | author: Guest post

In this blog post HR professional of the future, Jonathan Britto, shares his experience of the recent NZ HR Summit in Auckland I had the opportunity to attend the NZ HR Summit – Northern, hosted by HRINZ at the Rydges on the 5th of June. Initially I was apprehensive regarding attending the event as I (probably like your self) don’t always enjoy being bombarded with information for eight hours! Plus it was a Friday, my emails and workload would pile up while I was sitting in a room full of “suits” resulting in an extremely hectic Monday to look forward to. As it turned out, the sessions were constructed to be short and sweet yet informative and contained a high level of interaction between the “delegates”. The range of topics were closely aligned to my role in the HR industry and gave me insights about HR best practices, experience and insights from fellow delegates as well as the ability to mingle socially with industry professionals. To set the stage we had lively introductions from Terry Williams (MC) & warm welcomes from Chris Till (Chief Executive, HRINZ) and Danny Lessem (ELMO – Talent Management Software). Up first to present was Wade Jackson (Mind Warriors International) with an extremely interactive session on ‘The Disruptor – A.D.A.P.T. or die’. The gist of this session revolved around accepting chaos, developing trust, asking ‘what else?’ presencing and taking action. It was only towards the end of the session where I realised that it was the same Wade...

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 18 May – 31 May

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 18 May – 31 May

posted on: May 29, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. Well, it’s certainly been a long while since my last recap so sorry about that HRINZers. Sometimes work gets in the way of…well, work! We have been very busy here at HRINZ over the past few weeks and there’s certainly plenty to report! Before I get on to this week, I’d like to travel back and share with you all a brief recap of the first NZ HR Summit of the year in Christchurch. On a lovely, crisp morning roughly 50 HR practitioners from all across the South Island descended on the Rydges Latimer Square for a day of learning, collaboration and inspiration. The programme kicked off with local hero, Sam Johnson, who engaged the delegates with his infectious energy, and shared some truly inspirational stories and valuable learnings from his experiences in Christchurch, Japan, Vanuatu and, most recently, Nepal. From there we moved on to a session about ‘Breaking the Bad’ of workplace bullying. Bevan Catley and Darryl Forsyth shared some fascinating insights from their research as part of the Massey University Healthy Work Group while Denise Hartley-Wilkins provided a link back through to the practitioner perspective. Tables worked together to determine a course of action for several different bullying scenarios and there was a real sense of just how important and large this issue is. The message was the NZ could do much, much better. Next up, Darren Levy and Frank...

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 27 April – 3 May

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 27 April – 3 May

posted on: May 1, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. After a short week, we find ourselves at Friday afternoon once more and it’s not a bad place to be! I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend last weekend. I have to admit that (whilst apparently causing some confusion for employers) the Mondayisation of ANZAC Day was greatly appreciated, particularly after a 4.30am start for the dawn service on Saturday. However, I think the early hour was well worth it for the chance to pay respect to those who gave so much for our country and it seems many others agree with me, judging by the thousands that turned out to services across the country. There have been many events to mark ANZAC100, and you may have seen on the news (or in real life) the parade that took place in Wellington last Friday. Now the HRINZ office balcony is prime parade viewing real estate, the best seat in the house, so we decided to open our doors and share it with Professional Members based in Wellington. Despite the old bus breaking down at the end of Willis Street, it was a great parade and fantastic to see so many people out to watch it on a lovely Wellington afternoon. HOT may have got carried away with the ANZAC biscuit baking though and rather over-catered for our small crowd. Of course, no one was really complaining about having leftover cookies to snack on this week…...

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