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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 20 July – 26 July

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 20 July – 26 July

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 office to form a working bee and fill them up with goodies…it’s a big job but someone’s got to do it! Speaking of events, some of the team headed to the HRINZ Wellington Branch Quiz Night on Wednesday to represent Head Office. Christine, Michelle, Karan and I all had a lot of fun and while...

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 15 June – 28 June

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 15 June – 28 June

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 sports courts. However, we weren’t there to shoot hoops, we were there for HR! After a welcome from Chris Till and a brief address by our Principal Sponsor, ELMO Talent Management Software, we were ready for our first speaker, Frank Harkin of Human Synergistics. This was the only session that...

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

My Experience Shadowing a HR Practitioner – Laura Featherstone

My Experience Shadowing a HR Practitioner – Laura Featherstone

HRINZ Student Ambassador for Victoria University, Laura Featherstone, recently took part in a Wellington Branch initiative where she shadowed a HR practitioner for a day to find out what working in HR is really like. HRINZ offers fantastic opportunities for students who have a passion for and want to pursue a career in Human Resources. One exciting program the Wellington Branch of HRINZ offers is the opportunity to ‘Shadow’ an HR Practitioner for a Day. I had the privilege to join three other HR students to Shadow HR Practitioners at HR Shop in Wellington for the day where we were taken to client offices and learnt what working in HR was really like. HR Shop offers outsourced HR services to clients who aim to build high performing teams to achieve business success. Their comprehensive packages offer ongoing support with tailored solutions for their clients that are organized around the different stages of business growth. To begin our day we were introduced to the Managing Director, Samantha Gadd and a Client Partner, Richard Westney. We learnt about the HR Shop story, growth and their clients. Samantha and Richard also told us all about their employment history and how they achieved the positions they have now. It was interesting to hear their success stories and learn about their work in HR. This told us how to put our learning into practice and the different ways of achieving our HR goals. Then, we spoke to the Advisors and Consultants and discussed the type of work typically done at HR Shop and in corporate roles. This was followed by a visit to client offices where we got to see the Advisors and Consultants in action. Here, we got to learn what the position of an HR practitioner is really like. For me, this...

posted on: Apr 24, 2015 | author: Guest post

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 9 March – 15 March

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 9 March – 15 March

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team. The office is a hive of activity this afternoon as we all prepare for Orientation Day, which is taking place here on Monday. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming around 30 committee members from across the country to our home, although it will be a tight squeeze to fit everyone in! Hopefully it will be a lovely Wellington day, allowing us to make use of our balcony space overlooking Willis Street. Debbie Dawson will be acting as facilitator, and each member of the HRINZ Office Team will be making an appearance throughout the day to talk about what we do and how we can work together with committee members to deliver excellent events and support to our members at the branch level. Head back here next week for a recap of the event, and some photos from the day. I’m sure everyone will find the networking and discussions with fellow committee members very beneficial and enjoyable! Also enjoyable, will be the NZ HR Awards Presentation Dinner which is now only a week and a half away. Tickets have sold out, so it’s going to be a full house, and, no doubt, a great night! Apologies to those who missed out on tickets, although, we did warn you all to book early to avoid disappointment. However, if you have missed out on a spot this year, never fear, as I will be busy live tweeting the whole event. Follow the hashtag #nzhrawards, to keep up with all the action as it unfolds. Photos will also be loaded to the Awards website and to Facebook following the Presentation Dinner, so be sure to check those out. Moving from one celebration to the next, earlier this...

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

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 27 January – 2 February

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 27 January – 2 February

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. The last day of January is here, meaning we’re now 1/12 of the way through the year already! We had a very exciting, action-packed week here at National Office which rounded off the month nicely and made sure we were well and truly out of holiday mode… So without further ado, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 2 February… As I mentioned in the last blog, we had some special guests visiting us at HQ including Branch Presidents, Branch Committee representatives and our brand new CEO, Chris Till. Chris came up to Wellington for the day on Wednesday and it was really great for all the team to meet him face to face and have a chat with him about how we can work together to achieve the goals of the Institute. It’s only a few weeks until he starts now, so maybe I’ll be able to rope him into writing a guest blog in the near future. Watch this space! Also visiting the office on Wednesday was the Branch President Advisory Group, aka BPAG, who spent the afternoon planning for the year ahead. The BPAG usually only meet via teleconference, so it was a nice change to them to be able to put names to faces and spend some time getting to know each other a little better. As he was already in the office that day Chris also made a surprise guest appearance, taking the chance to introduce himself to such an important group of people. Several of the Branch Presidents stayed in town overnight as Thursday was our 2014 Branch Orientation Day. 40-something representatives from branches across the country squeezed into National Office for a day...

posted on: Jan 31, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 20 January – 26 January

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 20 January – 26 January

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. Back to blogging on a Friday this week thank goodness – that whole Thursday thing just felt a bit strange! It’s the end of a short week for us here in Wellington as we had Anniversary Day on Monday. Of course it’s Auckland’s turn this weekend which makes me slightly jealous… I feel kind of like a kid at Christmas who’s opened all my presents too soon and now has to sit and watch the rest of the excitement! Nevertheless,  irrational emotions aside, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 26 January… There have been a lot of preparations underway for the visit of 15 branch presidents and 34 branch committee representatives on Wednesday and Thursday next week. There’s been a lot to sort and Tracey in particular has been a superstar organising flights, airport transfers, accommodation and catering for our guests to ensure an enjoyable experience for all. The team had a meeting on Monday to discuss the plan for Orientation Day. We want everyone to have a good time, as well as learning lots of important info about HRINZ, so we’ve come up with a couple of fun activities and have a surprise or two up our sleeve to keep everyone on their toes.  Just like when you have guests visiting at home, we’ve also had a bit of a spruce up around here with the outdoor furniture getting a water blast and the WCC kindly trimming the trees on the street that were overhanging the balcony. Actually that part wasn’t on our request, it was purely coincidence, but what great timing! It’s really going to be a week of exciting visits next week as not only do we...

posted on: Jan 24, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 13 January – 19 January

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 13 January – 19 January

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was (minus one day) at HRINZ National Office. I know what you’re thinking…it’s not Friday is it?  Well folks, unfortunately not. The week is wrapping up on Thursday for me because I’m headed off to Melbourne for the long weekend (it’s Wellington Anniversary on Monday) to enjoy some tennis and 40+ degree weather. Lucky me! Actually, I’m a little nervous about the heat, but at least I’ll only be watching the tennis rather than playing it. It’s crazy, it’s been so hot that players have had shoes and drink bottles melt on the court! Not that I’m complaining of course. I offered the task of writing the Weekly Wrap-up to others in the office, however no one took me up on it, so without further ado…here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 19 January… Of course the big news this week was the launch of the 2014 PD Programme which went live a matter of mere minutes ago. It’s the result of a lot of hard work and long hours on Emily’s part but it’s definitely worth it to provide our wonderful members with top notch learning and development opportunities. If you haven’t already, be sure to take a look at the Professional Development section of the website to see what’s on offer. I’m sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. Our lovely Office Administrator, Tracey, has been out of the office for a couple of days this week as she’s been up in Auckland attending a conference for HR advisors. What many of you won’t know is that Tracey is a budding HR professional and actually has a degree in HR, so this was a great opportunity for her to expand her knowledge and...

posted on: Jan 16, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 6 January – 12 January

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 6 January – 12 January

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. Welcome to 2014 everyone! I hope you had a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday and bounced back into work on Monday full of enthusiasm for the year ahead. No? Okay, I agree, the bouncing into work part probably didn’t happen and the first day back is never going to be great. It’s a bit difficult sometimes. You have start setting your alarm again, you have to try and recall your computer password, and not only can you no longer have afternoon naps and spend the day moving leisurely from one activity to the next, you also have to fight the attack of the 3pm sugar craving you developed from snacking on the never-ending stash of Xmas treats. I’m certain I’m not the only one with a half eaten box of Roses calling my name! Nevertheless, such hardships aside, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the first week of the year… There’s not too much to report on this week really, most of it we’ve spent clearing away the last of 2013 and focusing on getting everything in place for the coming year. Christmas decorations were put back in the box, out of office messages were turned off and fresh wall planners were pinned up, waiting to be filled with plenty of exciting events. One of the first events on the calendar for 2014 is Branch Orientation Day for new branch committee members. Membership Manager, Christine is busy putting the day together which gives new committee members the chance to meet the National Office staff and learn the ropes. We’re all really looking forward to meeting everyone here in Wellington on 30 January. Speaking of branches, Saasha has been putting...

posted on: Jan 10, 2014 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 16 December – 20 December

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 16 December – 20 December

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. The end is near. For most of us the working year for 2013 is drawing to a close and this time next week we’ll be hopefully be relaxing somewhere, spending time with family and friends, and generally enjoying the best life has to offer. However, it really is the briefest of pauses, and before you know it we’ll be back in the office full of enthusiasm and bright ideas for 2014 all the while lamenting that we’re missing the best of the summer weather! Of course endings and new beginnings always bring reflection on what has passed and I know I certainly have been thinking about my past eight months at HRINZ and everything I have learnt and experienced during this short time – it sure feels like a lot longer! I’m excited at the prospect of what we have in store for HRINZ next year, we’ve already had a really positive response about the Conference moving to Auckland and there are plenty more great opportunities coming your way. It’s been a real year of change here at HRINZ HQ, with people coming and going all over the place I completely understand it’s been a bit difficult to keep up. Of course one of the most significant departures this year was that of then Chief Executive, Beverley Main. Bev achieved fantastic results in her 15 years with the Institute, and it was, of course, sad to see her go. However, as you will have read earlier today, we now have a new face to lead the Institute into the future and will be welcoming Chris Till as Chief Executive in February next year. I speak on behalf of all the HRINZ staff when I say we...

posted on: Dec 20, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

Amendments to Employment Relations Act 2000

Amendments to Employment Relations Act 2000

This is a guest post by Tony McKone, Director of McKone Consultancy Ltd. You can view Tony’s blogs on the McKone Consultancy website. The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee (the Select Committee) met on 11 December 2013 for a report back following submissions on the proposed amendments to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (the Act). These proposed amendments were in the following areas: The duty of good faith, by clarifying disclosure requirements Collective bargaining, more specifically: Removing the requirement to conclude bargaining Allow a party to seek a determination on whether bargaining has concluded, Allowing an employer to opt out of multi-employer negotiations Extending flexible working arrangements Introducing an exemption from certain requirements, when restructuring, for small to medium sized enterprises Reducing prescription around rest breaks and meal breaks Changes to the strikes and lock out provisions Setting timeframes for the Employment Relations Authority to release determinations. The Select Committee had received and considered 13,679 submissions on the proposed amendments, 11,909 of which were form submissions with replicated content.  The Select Committee heard 163 submitters in person in hearings that were held in Auckland, Christchurch, Palmerston North and Wellington. As a result of the submissions the majority of members on the Select Committee have recommended changes to the original proposals. Over this week I will provide you with my summary of the changes arising from the Select Committee along with what I think this may mean for employers and employees alike. In this first blog, I will summarise the changes that the Select Committee have recommended to their original proposal around the duty of good faith and the disclosure of information. Good Faith and the disclosure of Information In its original form, the proposed amendments to the Act were set to provide employers with grounds to decline information requests from...

posted on: Dec 17, 2013 | author: Guest post

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 2 December – 8 December

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 2 December – 8 December

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. I feel I can safely say that summer has arrived! In Wellington, where you’re usually foolish to leave the house without a coat, I have done just that every day this week. The minute the mercury hits 20 here in the Capital we break out the stubbies and summer dresses, and flood the streets, knowing that we have to grab any and every chance to make the most of it as the sun may not make an appearance again for a while. I’m sure the rest of the country finds it all rather peculiar, but if you’ve ever lived here I’m sure you’ll know what I’m talking about. So amid sun shiny days and warm weather, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 8 December… On Monday you will have all received an email from the HRINZ Board and National Office requesting that you update the details on your member profile to help us with our new membership engagement strategy. As we explained in the email, having the correct data is incredibly important as it provides valuable insights into the composition of our membership which in turn helps us to provide the kind of services that you want and connect with you in a way that is relevant and meaningful to you. And as if that wasn’t reason enough, if you update your details before 5pm on Friday 13 December you’ll be in the draw to win an iPad mini, easy as that! So please help us to help you and update your details today. Wednesday saw Emily and Brenda head off bright and early to Melbourne to spend couple of days working alongside the team at AHRI, discussing...

posted on: Dec 6, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 25 November – 1 December

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 25 November – 1 December

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. Here we are, coming into the final month of the year this week. It seems to be the time when you realise just how much needs to be done before you sign off for Christmas. For me, the ‘to-do’ list includes organising the HRINZ National Office Christmas Cards, while Emily is looking after a little staff end of year celebration for us. It will be nice to get together with the team and reflect on the year past. However, while we’re close it’s not over quite yet, so without further ado here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 1 December… While the Awards Presentation Dinner is over there’s still been a bit of work to do on our end to review and wrap things up. During the week the videos created by the Awards finalists and winners have also been added to the HRINZ YouTube channel and they’re well worth a look. Equal parts entertaining and educational I would say. Speaking of the Awards, hot on the heels of the fire evacuation which delayed the start of the Presentation Dinner last Thursday, we had our own fire drill which sent us out onto the street right at the start of our Monday team meeting – talk about being prepared! Now that the majority of the Awards work is out of the way, Emily and Brenda have been able to focus on preparing the PD Programme for 2014. It’s shaping up to be great with some new courses, some revamped and revitalised courses and some of your old favourites back for another year. Keep an eye on the HRINZ website and in your inboxes for the launch of the...

posted on: Nov 29, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 18 November – 24 November

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 18 November – 24 November

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. Wow! What a week it has been! The highlight of which was (of course) the HRINZ HR Awards Presentation Dinner. The anticipation had been building all week and it was great to see everything come together in a wonderful celebration of excellence in human resources and people management. We have some seriously talented members out there! A big congratulations to all finalists and winners on their amazing achievements. So without further ado, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 24 November… As you can imagine, for many of us in the office much of the week was devoted to preparation for the Awards on Thursday evening or the Board meeting which is currently taking place as I write. Under the guidance of Events and Sponsorship Manager, Emily, the team worked hard to ensure that every detail of the Awards was just right so the evening would smoothly and guests would have the best experience possible.  Judging by the feedback we’ve received we got it just about right. Of course there are some factors that even HRINZ can’t control, and one of these is fire alarms. Unfortunately just as guests were just pulling up to the Great Hall at Massey University the fire alarm began to blare, sending HRINZ staff, guests, AV crew and catering staff all outside into the carpark to await further instructions. We did happen to catch some of the firemen walking the red carpet as you’ll see in the picture below… Luckily it was a lovely sunny evening outside and not blowing a gale as Wellington has been known to do on occasion! Once we were given the all clear we could re-enter the building...

posted on: Nov 22, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 11 November – 17 November

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 11 November – 17 November

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. This time next week the HRINZ HR Awards will be all over! The winners will have been revealed, we’ll have a new HR Person of the Year, and everything will go back to normal for a while in the run-up to the Christmas break. It’s the last big event on the HRINZ calendar for 2013 and will be my first HRINZ Awards Presentation Dinner which is very exciting. I love any excuse to get dressed up and dust off the fancy clothes that so often get relegated to the back of the wardrobe, waiting for an event such as this to come along. It may be a bit of a rush getting ready after work but I’m definitely not complaining! Of course it’s not all glamour and gowns around here, so without further ado, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 17 November… A fair portion of the office has been involved in Awards preparation this week, with Brenda, Tracey and I joining Events Manager Emily and getting in on the action. There has been tickets to send out, trophies to organise, seating charts to create, certificates to print… the list could go on really! On Wednesday Emily and Tracey also went on a site visit up to the Great Hall at Massey University, where the ceremony is to be held, to brief the venue manager and take a final look around before all the action takes place. It’s sure to be a great night and the team here are really looking forward to meeting some of our members in real life and celebrating the success stories of the industry with the 200 guests. On Friday, following...

posted on: Nov 15, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 4 November – 10 November

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 4 November – 10 November

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. There’s really been nothing out of the ordinary this week, it’s been just another week of business as usual in the countdown to Christmas. By the way, I don’t want to scare you or anything, but it’s just 47 sleeps until the big day…did you know? If you’re like me, then you’ll be looking forward to the 26th of December, when the relaxing can really begin! However, as usual, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, there’s still plenty of work to be done and exciting things to look forward to, so without further ado, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 10 November… On Thursday Brenda made her first trip way down south to Invercargill to deliver an accreditation workshop for a very enthusiastic Foveaux Branch. Seven of their members attended plus a member from the Queenstown Southern Lakes Branch who had driven four hours to take part in the workshop – that shows real dedication to becoming a Professional Member! Brenda reported that she had a lovely time and just like a tourist, was taken on a scenic journey by her accommodating host, Tracey Wayte, President of the Foveaux Branch. Elsewhere I’m pleased to report that HRINZ gained 27 new members this week. It’s definitely a case of the more the merrier at HRINZ and we love new members to come aboard, even though it does keep Saasha very busy processing all their applications! Board reports have also been the name of the game all round this week as they are due to Lysa by Monday for compilation into the Board papers. It has sure come around fast as it seems like only yesterday they were being written...

posted on: Nov 8, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 28 October – 3 November

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 28 October – 3 November

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. We’ve come to the end of our four-day week and it’s a bit quiet around here this afternoon with only six of us in the office. It’s been a funny old week as they often are after a long weekend, constantly reminding yourself that it’s Tuesday, not Monday, but that you have to do Monday’s tasks even though it’s Tuesday…not that I’m complaining of course! Nevertheless I do know for sure that it’s Friday, which also means it’s Weekly Wrap-up time. So without further ado…here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 3 November. The Membership Team, Saasha and Christine, have been busy with branch elections which closed yesterday afternoon. There was a great response and we thank all those who have put their hands up to be on a branch committee in 2014. The team will be following up on all nominations next week in time for branches to get their planning for 2014 underway. Elsewhere around the office Lysa and Tracey have had some changes to their roles with Lysa now acting as the ‘face’ of National Office sitting out at the reception desk and answering the main phone line, while Tracey has moved down the opposite end of the office to operate more as an events assistant and work closely with Emily.  So there’s been a bit of role shuffling (and rather a lot of office furniture rearranging) but so far so good! I even managed to score myself a height adjustable desk in the process and I’m really enjoying being able to work standing up for a couple of hours a day. It does good things for my back and apparently good things for...

posted on: Nov 1, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 21 October – 27 October

HRINZ Weekly Wrap-up 21 October – 27 October

From our desks to your screen. Here is the week that was at HRINZ National Office. I don’t know about you, but I’m really hanging out for some summer around here. All this spring changeable weather is so tiresome! Well to be honest it’s really the wind that’s getting us down at National Office and fellow Wellingtonians will know what I’m talking about. It feels like the airport has been closed more than it’s been open the last couple of weeks, scaffolding has been blown over across the road from our office and we generally arrive at work in a bit of a state of dishevelment after walking down the wind tunnel that is Willis Street! I know that wind is part and parcel of living in Wellington but this is seems rather extreme… But wild weather aside, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 27 October… As you all know, we’ve experienced quite a few changes over the last few months at National Office. You might be having trouble keeping us all straight at the moment (we understand), and just to confuse you a little more we had another new face join us this week! On Monday we welcomed Christine Clapcott to the Institute in the role of Membership Manager to cover the remainder of Louise’s maternity leave. It’s great to have Christine on board as it eases some of the pressure on Saasha and as she has previous experience in a membership organisation, she’s been able to slip straight into the role smoothly. No doubt she’ll also have some great new ideas for us! While Christine has been settling in this week, Saasha has been busy processing branch election nomination forms before elections close next Thursday. Not that she minds of...

posted on: Oct 25, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

Weekly Wrap-up 7 October – 13 October

Weekly Wrap-up 7 October – 13 October

Another wet, windy, wild, Wellington week has passed here at National Office. Yet though it still feels suspiciously like winter, the trees outside the office windows have started to sprout new green, growth, showing positive signs of spring and better things to come. So, without further ado, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 11 October. As I’ve mentioned in previous weeks, we’re busy working on the professional development programme for next year and so Tuesday saw Brenda meeting with Debbie Dawson to discuss what the HR Foundations course might look like in 2014. HR Foundations is a course suited to those starting off in their HR career or line managers who have HR responsibilities. It’s a three day workshop, held in various locations across the country, which familiarises participants with practices in a wide range of Human Resource Management functions. It’s a very popular course (the next one is fully booked) and there’s just one more opportunity for you to attend in 2013. The final HR Foundations for the year will be held in Wellington on the 2-4 December. If you’re interested, you can read more and register on our website. Brenda also made a flying visit to New Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon to deliver a professional accreditation workshop to the Taranaki branch. Professional Membership is formal recognition by HRINZ and peers that an HR practitioner has reached a high level of competence, experience and expertise in human resources management. You can read more about the process on the HRINZ website, and if you’re interested in holding an accreditation workshop at your branch or your workplace, then just give Brenda a call and something can be arranged. Elsewhere around the office Lysa gave up three days of her school holidays to come and compile...

posted on: Oct 11, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

Weekly Wrap-up 30 September – 6 October

Weekly Wrap-up 30 September – 6 October

From our desks to your screens. Here is the week that was from HRINZ National Office. October…the months are really flying by now. I read in the news recently that Christmas stock is already on display in some stores across the country because apparently it’s what customers want. Now I’m no Grinch, but personally I’d be happy if it stayed out of sight until December. If you’re the Christmas countdown type, did you know it’s only 81 days until Christmas? I’m sure some of you may find that thought a little frightening, but then it’s also only 81 days until summer holiday time! Here at HRINZ we’re flat out making our way through a particularly busy period so it seems that for us, like for many of you, that well-deserved break can’t come soon enough! Of course there’s plenty of work and exciting events between now and then, between us and the beach, so without further ado, here’s what our week at National Office looked like for the week ending 6 October… Saasha is still being our office superwoman (though we definitely have a few around here), and is working hard at debt recovery and branch elections. There have been lots of applications flowing in, and it’s really great to see that so many of our members are ready to take that step and become more involved with HRINZ by joining their local branch committee. If you’re toying with the idea but haven’t sent through your application yet, we whole-heartedly encourage you to give it a shot. You can find the form on the HRINZ Volunteers page of our website. Another person with her head down, working flat out is Events and Sponsorship Manager, Emily. There’s just so much to do with Awards, PD Programme, Conference round-up that we’ve brought in a temp,...

posted on: Oct 4, 2013 | author: Gabrielle Cus

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