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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 corporate culture, increasing employee well-being is now a focus of employers. To me these seem like opposing features of the future of HR. One thing can be for certain in HR, and that is that focusing on people and promoting internal learning and development will...

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

YWCA Equal Pay Awards sanctions 20 fair employers

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 28 September – 4 October

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 28 September – 4 October

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 we also received a number of applications from professional members to become Associate Fellows or Fellows of the Institute. A new process was introduced this year whereby members put themselves forward for this honour and an announcement of any new Associate Fellows or Fellows will be made in early 2016....

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up: Conference Edition

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up: Conference Edition

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 Hurley got it all off to a roaring start with his entrance in a Chewbacca mask and had the audience laughing in no time. After hearing from our National President, Rachel Walker, and our CE, Chris Till, it was time to jump into the first session of the day with...

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 17 August – 21 August

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 17 August – 21 August

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 of a recap on what we’ve all been up to but unfortunately there’s just no time! I would like to think that, come September, we’ll be able to resurface for some air, but with the launch of the NZ HR Awards looming on the horizon, who knows! However, I do...

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 3 August – 9 August

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 3 August – 9 August

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 plan your visit ahead so that you can attend one of the free 30 minute Expo seminars that are on offer. You can check out the huge range of topics on the Conference website – there’s sure to be something in there for everyone. Finally if it’s networking you’re after,...

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 18 May – 31 May

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 18 May – 31 May

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 Harkin of Human Synergistics had everyone puzzled with an intriguing introduction to their session on rethinking VUCA. However I’m not going to go into further detail about that one here as I don’t want to give the game away for Auckland and Tauranga who have their Summits coming up next...

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 27 April – 3 May

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 27 April – 3 May

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… With so many national events approaching over the next few months, a number of us in the office have been kept very busy in preparation for these. Getting the Conference website up and running has been a big focus this week and it’s certainly a big job. There are so...

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 13 April – 19 April

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 13 April – 19 April

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. Well, winter certainly announced its arrival this week, didn’t it? I’m sure its sudden appearance left many scrambling for their winter coats, boots, hot water bottles, or anything to keep warm in these chilly temperatures! As I write this, I’m pleased to be cocooned inside our nice, warm office rather than battling the icy wind buffeting the poor trees outside my window. Nevertheless, while we may want to spend the day under the duvet with a mug of hot chocolate in hand, rain or shine, the show must go on. So here’s what the HRINZ Office Team has been up to this week… Every year HRINZ supports Lawson Williams Consulting Group in conducting a survey of staff turnover in mid to large sized organisations across New Zealand. This week the findings of the 2014 survey were released, and I am pleased to inform you that a copy of the summary report is now available to all HRINZ members on the HRINZ website. Copies of the full report are distributed only to those organisations that participated in the survey, so if you’d like to have a look at that, you’ll have to make sure you take part in the survey later this year. Another thing we encourage all HRINZ members to take part in is the HRINZ Board Election process. Voting opened this week, and it’s your chance to have your say in who governs the Institute, so make sure you get in there and exercise your democratic right! Whilst the Office Team obviously aren’t involved in voting, many of us have been busy this week finishing off Board papers for the May meeting before Michelle has to bundle them all up and send them away to be...

posted on: Apr 17, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ (3) Weekly Wrap-up 30 March – 12 April

HRINZ (3) Weekly Wrap-up 30 March – 12 April

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. It’s been three weeks now since the last Weekly Wrap-up and it feels like a very long time! The NZ HR Awards are beginning to feel like a distant memory after all that has passed with the Easter break, daylight saving, school holidays etc, and yet I still haven’t given you a blog recap of the event. While I won’t go into details (you can read more in the upcoming April/May issue of HumanResources) I will say that the Presentation Dinner was a wonderful celebration of success and achievement, and, according to the large volume of positive feedback we have received, an enjoyable evening was had by all who attended. Even the ever present Auckland drizzle didn’t manage to put a damper on things! As previously mentioned, the event was a sellout, with people even trying to get tickets right up to a couple of hours before the start, so the lesson here for next year is to book early if you’d like to come along. We’ll be back in Auckland on Thursday, 25 February 2016, so be sure to mark it in your diary now! Another date to mark in the diary is October 1 2015, as this is when entries will be opening for the 2016 NZ HR Awards. If you think that perhaps you and/or your team have got what it takes, then why not step up and put in an entry? It’s an excellent process of reflection and evaluation to take part in and, you never know, it could be you up there taking home the trophy next time! If you’d like to find out a little more about the 2015 finalists and winners, then head over to the HRINZ YouTube channel and check out their videos, and...

posted on: Apr 10, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 16 March – 22 March

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 16 March – 22 March

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. This week has just flown by! It’s hard to believe that Friday has arrived quite so quickly. Although it was actually Monday, it seems only yesterday that our branch committee members were arriving for Orientation Day. It was great to have some of our wonderful volunteers visit us for the day, and I know the whole Head Office Team enjoyed meeting everyone and putting faces to names. It’s always interesting to see if the image you create of someone when you’re communicating via email matches up in real life! Unfortunately due to the weather and some unexpected plane issues, several members were not able to make it to Wellington, but by the sounds of it, those who could get here found it very beneficial. I’d like to give an extra shout-out to those who travelled all the way from the deep south, it shows real dedication and commitment which we truly appreciate. Judging by the discussions happening on the day, the branches have some excellent things planned for the year, so make sure you get along and take advantage of what’s on offer locally. Excitement is building around the office with the NZ HR Awards Presentation Dinner taking place next week. There is still much work to be done with seating arrangements, tickets, speeches, presentations etc, but it’s great to see it all coming together. We’re also delighted at the response we have received to the Presentation Dinner. Despite selling out last week, we keep getting requests from people who would like to attend – it’s clearly the hottest ticket in town! The trophies also arrived in the office this morning and they look fabulous. I can’t wait to see who walks...

posted on: Mar 20, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 23 February – 1 March

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 23 February – 1 March

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. I’m sorry to say that’s it folks. This weekend, as February turns to March, summer also gives way to autumn. The days are growing noticeably shorter and I’ve found myself reaching for a jacket to combat that slight chill in the morning air most days. However, it’s entirely possible that this is applicable only to Wellington, and that the rest of the country is still basking in tropical temperatures! I guess one good thing about the cooler weather is that at least here in the HRINZ office we don’t feel regret at being inside at our desks all day! Of course, rain or shine, the work continues, so read on to find out what’s been keeping us on our toes the past couple of weeks… With the NZ HR Awards Presentation Dinner now less than a month away, preparations are really kicking up a notch. I am pleased to confirm that we have the results through from the judges for a couple of awards, and should be able to announce the finalists for all categories late next week. The Events Team have also been busy working with our designers on menus, programmes, powerpoints, seating charts, certificates etc and there is still plenty to be done before the big night. We also had our first HR Foundations course of the year taking place in Wellington from Wednesday to Friday, and it was great to see it completely sold out. It was also nice to see ex-HRINZ staffer, Tracey Cheesman, as one of the attendees, honing her skills for her future career in HR. As you may have picked up, partnership is the name of the game for HRINZ at the moment and over the past couple of weeks discussions...

posted on: Feb 27, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 9 February – 15 February

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 9 February – 15 February

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. After a brief hiatus due to Waitangi Day last Friday, the Weekly Wrap-up is back with two weeks worth of news to catch you up on. On that note, I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend, enjoying what remains of the summer weather. I know the team here found the extra day of rest beneficial as it’s been a very busy couple of weeks with no signs of it slowing down any time soon! Read on to find out what we’ve been up to… The next couple of months are a full on time of year for our Membership Team with plenty of balls in the air at once. The biggest beast is, of course, the annual membership subscription billing process. With so many great things on the horizon, we sincerely hope you choose to continue as a HRINZ member, and you can help out the team here by ensuring that your details are up to date in your membership profile. It’s a simple task but important task and will ensure the process runs smoothly for all involved! Applications for the Student Ambassador Programme also open on Monday which is pretty exciting. We had a fantastic bunch of student ambassadors representing HRINZ in 2014, and you can read their reflections from their time in the role in a new series of blogs starting Monday. Keep an eye out for them! If anyone you know is studying HR then do encourage them to apply for the programme – they don’t even need to be a HRINZ member. It open doors to the professional world, provides excellent experience to add to a CV, and helps to bridge the gap between study and employment, making it that little bit less daunting. Don’t...

posted on: Feb 13, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 26 January – 01 February

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 26 January – 01 February

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. Just like that, there goes the first month of 2015! Consensus around the office seems to be that January always goes by in a flash and it’s February before you know it. For a change, we’ve been enjoying some glorious weather in Wellington over the past week, and while this makes it a little harder to be indoors at a computer screen, we’ve had another productive week to round out the first month of the year. Christine and Saasha, who form our membership team, are busy at this time of year providing support to our branches as they finalise their new committees for 2015/16 and put the finishing touches on their event programmes. Beth, our office and branch administrator, reports that registrations for branch events have got off to a flying start this year which is great to see. I guess either you’re all extremely keen to get back into it, or we have a lot of people who made resolutions around networking and professional development! Whatever your motivation, we’re delighted to have you along. We’re also pleased to confirm that Drake New Zealand will be continuing their generous sponsorship of HR Connect events around the country, so the free coffees and catch-ups will continue! Speaking of catch-ups, HRINZ CE, Chris, will be heading to Hawke’s Bay Branch to talk about the current status of HRINZ; plans and current initiatives for 2015; NZ HR trends; the orange world; and there will, of course, be a candid question and answer time. This is a free event for members so if you are in the area on 10 February, 5.30-7.00pm please come along. More details can be found on the HRINZ website. Did I also...

posted on: Jan 30, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap up 19 – 25 January

HRINZ Weekly Wrap up 19 – 25 January

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. Welcome to 2015 and to the first Weekly Wrap-up of the year! It’s great to be back. Although the HRINZ team started work again on 5 Jan, I decided to give the blog another couple of weeks off, until we really got into the swing of things. The majority of people seem to be back in the office now as well, with the streets filling up once more with suits and ties rather than jandals and t-shirts. It can be a sad moment as you prepare for that first day back to reality, but it doesn’t take too long to settle into routine, the summer holiday fading to a distant memory. Of course it’s positive too, as the New Year is also traditionally the time for new beginnings and a chance to start over, putting troubles of the past behind us and looking forward to a better and brighter future. I’m not really one for resolutions, but I think most of us like to take a moment to reflect on the year past, and to consider what we’d like to achieve over the next 12 months. 2015 will hopefully bring some great things for HRINZ. We have a lot of initiatives and plans in the pipeline, and I look forward to sharing them with you in the blog over the course of the year. So, without further ado, here’s what the HRINZ Office Team have been up to over the past week… We enjoyed a day off on Monday for Wellington Anniversary, however after a reasonably quiet first two weeks, things kicked up a notch for the remaining four days of the week. Of course the NZ HR Awards is the first...

posted on: Jan 23, 2015 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 15 December – 21 December

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 15 December – 21 December

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. Well, here we are at the final Weekly Wrap-up for 2014, and what a year it has been! Starting on 6 January, over the course of 44 blog posts I’ve shared with you all what we’ve been up to in the HRINZ Office week in and week out. Whether you’re a regular reader or just pop by every now and then, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this little insight into the engine room of your professional membership association. Each Friday I email the team to find out what’s been keeping them busy that week and if there’s anything interesting for the blog. I’ll admit that it’s not always easy to find something to share with you all, because the work behind the scenes here is not often glamourous or obviously exciting at first glance. However, each week I also surprise myself with just how much we get through in five days, and looking back at these posts is a great way to realise just how much has happened this year. Of course, there were many highlights including the Branch Orientation Day in January, hosting the APFHRM in April, the NZ HR Summits and Members’ Forum in May and June, the HRINZ Membership Engagement Survey in July and of course the NZ HR Conference and Expo at the fabulous Viaduct Events Centre in September. There were also some exciting developments and announcements such as MoUs with the Institute of Directors, CA ANZ, AHRI and HRPA as well as our new professional accreditation arrangement with CIPD. In February 2014 the HRINZ Office Team also gained a new leader in CE, Chris Till and it’s been wonderful having Chris on board with us for the past...

posted on: Dec 19, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 08 December – 14 December

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 08 December – 14 December

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. The countdown is on! Not to the holidays, as you might expect, but to the NZ HR Awards! It’s only 13 sleeps until the man in red starts on his merry way, but more importantly it’s just 104 until we announce the deserving winners at the Awards Presentation Dinner. We are absolutely delighted to have received such a large number of entries this year and we are looking forward to hearing all about the fantastic initiatives that individuals and organisations across the country have been working on. The Supportive CEO Award, in association with Strategic Pay, looks as though it will be one of our most fiercely fought categories this time around, and this is really great because it reflects that many leaders are now recognising the value of excellent people practices, and the importance of a healthy and happy workplace. Even if you haven’t put in an entry this year, don’t forget that you can still join us at the Presentation Dinner in March. It promises to be an evening of glitz, glamour and inspiration, as we reveal who takes out the top prizes. Tickets are available for purchase now on the Awards website. Numbers are limited so get in early to secure your spot. Adding a touch of glamour to the working lives of the HRINZ Office Team this week was our festive high tea at the Amora in Wellington. We each paid our $25 and received a table laden with dainty and delicious treats. After we had sampled the delicacies and sipped our tea with raised pinkies, it was time for our Secret Santa gifts to be unwrapped. Well! Father CHRIStmas did a wonderful job and we all received well thought out, carefully selected, personal gifts. We clearly know...

posted on: Dec 12, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 1 December – 7 December

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 1 December – 7 December

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…well around the HRINZ Office it is anyway! You might think that Santa’s elves have been hard at work, when it was in fact Office Administrator, Beth, who brought the festive season cheer to our workplace. Tinsel, tea light candles (electric of course for safety reasons) and trees are dotted about the place, and even Gordon is getting into the spirit of things. Can you spot him in the photo below making a special guest appearance as a Xmas bauble? It’s hard to believe that there are only 12 working days left for us in the office, especially when it seems as though there’s more to do than ever! First off I’d like to say thank you to all those members who have been in touch recently to express their pleasure at the recent signing of the tripartite agreement with AHRI and HRPA. It has now been announced in all three countries and has been very well received by each. You may have seen it featured in several HR news publications this week. Several of our wonderful milestone members have also written to us over the past few days expressing their gratitude upon receiving their ‘thank you’ gift. Have a look in the latest issue of HumanResources (which should be arriving in your letterbox today) to find out the names of the special members who are celebrating 20 years with HRINZ in 2014. Of course, HRINZ appreciates all members and so new members who join between now and Christmas will also receive a little treat in their new member pack! Another group of people very important to HRINZ are our branch committee members. As you know, we’ve been...

posted on: Dec 5, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 24 November – 30 November

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 24 November – 30 November

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. It seems that poor people practices have been all over the news this week with stories of employee wages being docked at petrol stations, supermarkets behaving badly and restaurant owners facing fines. I for one have been shocked by some of these revelations, and it seems as though these organisations could do with some advice from an experienced HR practitioner. HRINZ regularly receives calls from people who feel they are in an exploitative employment situation, and hearing of such terrible experiences makes all of us here in the office pleased to work for an organisation that represents ethical and professional practitioners who abide by our code of conduct. However, rather than just focusing on the bad, we want to celebrate the great, and that is what the NZ HR Awards are all about. Entries opened earlier this week and a number of members and non-members have already applied in a range of different categories. We’re really looking forward to hearing about the fantastic work that is taking place, and to celebrating the successes of the profession with you all. If you’re thinking about entering, you have until Monday, 8 December at 5.00pm to get your application in. That’s not far away, so don’t delay and get onto it today! Another highlight of the week was the announcement of the tripartite agreement between HRINZ, AHRI and HRPA in Canada. As mentioned in the email to our members, this agreement is the first step toward a closer working relationship between the three organisations and signals an ongoing commitment to building connections and strengthening the profession through global networks. HRINZ anticipates this MoU will bring a number of benefits for all parties involved in potential...

posted on: Nov 28, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 17 November – 23 November

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 17 November – 23 November

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. As summer holidays draw ever nearer (it’s 4.5 weeks until Christmas for those who are wondering) the last major event on the HRINZ calendar has been ticked off and it’s time we started thinking about what to buy for the office secret Santa. The $10 price limit doesn’t provide a lot of scope, however, as we’re always told, it’s the thought that counts! Those who attended the HRINZ Research Forum in Wellington yesterday were delivered an early Christmas present, in the form of a truly fantastic event. It was a shame not to see a few more people there to take advantage of this great learning and networking opportunity. After all it’s not often that academics and practitioners get together to discuss the latest research and talk about the kind of studies that would be useful for the future. The day included four presentations of research papers, each one followed up by a HR practitioner discussing the practical application of the paper and then questions and answers with the audience. There were also three panel discussions focusing on hot issues in HR/workplace research, influencing research, and how to prepare the HR practitioner of the future. Brilliant debate and discussion occurred on all topics, and in many cases the panel chairs had to reluctantly take final questions/comments and wrap up the session quickly to ensure that the day stayed on schedule. There was a brilliant atmosphere of support and collaboration and some excellent ideas and actions were suggested during open and honest conversations. Watch this space for some new initiatives to bring the academic and practitioner communities closer together. I highly recommend that you consider attending the Research Forum when it returns in 2016 and on behalf...

posted on: Nov 21, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

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