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What’s Making Our Phone Ring?

Recruitment is in full swing! We are certainly seeing a later season this year. We know this as our phone is ring hot with good quality Contract Milkers and Farm Managers reaching out and farm owners looking to get their ducks in a row for next season.If you’re a Contract Milker or Farm Manager looking for someone to talk to about your career and what’s available, reach out to one of the No8HR team for a no obligation discussion about the current market and what you can expect as you look to...

February 8, 2024

The cost of burnout

Back on NZ shores, in January Stuff reported on a former Noel Leeming employee being paid almost $50k after he left his job due to intense stress and burnout.  The scale of the payout for hurt, loss and humiliation is at the top end of these sorts of payments and the employer in this case didn’t do enough, soon enough concerning the employee’s situation.  There is a requirement for employers to be proactive in dealing with employee health and safety (including wellbeing) matters th...

February 8, 2024

What’s Making Our Phone Ring?

The phone is ringing hot since we have been back and several of our customers are seeking us out to support right sizing of their business, specifically around remuneration reviews and restructuring.These are really important parts of your business to look at regularly as they help set the foundations and ensure you are well positioned for success.StructureHere are a few things to think about if you are looking at a potential restructure:Understanding your business needs is really important, tak...

January 16, 2024

Legislation Repeals Update

The Government has passed legislation bringing back 90-day trials for all employers.The bill was the same as the 2011 one.  What does this mean for employers?Employers will be able to dismiss employees under a 90-day trial period, where the employment agreement has a valid trial period provision. Section 67A(2) sets out the legislative requirements which must be met for a valid dismissal under a trial period. If a dismissal is valid, an employee will not be entitled...

January 16, 2024

The Winners of 2023

For those that managed to great a break in, we hope it was revitalising and has filled the tank so you are ready for what will surely be an opportunity rich year ahead!This time of year is always a great time to reflect on the last twelve months. We work closely with business leaders to drive performance in their workplaces and these are some of the trends that we believe drove strong outcomes in 2023:Workplaces that walked the talk when it came to making real changes. The key? understanding how...

January 12, 2024

How to prepare for anything

It was impossible for me to walk past this heading in an article in the latest PWC Strategy and business e-newsletter.  What secrets would it contain? What amazing insights could I learn?  What silver bullets would there be to solve all my problems?  Of course, nothing really secret, amazing or even silver-bullet’ish….what the article reminded readers was that in an increasingly uncertain future the most important thing we can do for ourselves and our teams is how to deal with...

December 15, 2023

Your People - Cost or Investment?

In many businesses we see that ‘people maintenance and development’ doesn't get its own line in the budget. Given the number of business leaders who will make comments like ‘my people are my biggest asset’, why do we see this lack of investment? We think it could be the result of some or all of:Recruitment costs don’t always come every year, and nobody plans to lose staff·       A lost link between staff turnover and employers ongoing investment...

November 16, 2023

What's making our phone ring?

We posted a blog a few years ago that shone a spotlight on the dangers of under-management; sure, no one likes to be micro-managed, and certainly no-one wants to be seen as a micro manager.   Unfortunately what we’ve seen recently is a run of similar challenges across a number of businesses that could have been nipped in the bud if they had been managed well and early.   Whether it’s a fear of being seen as a micro manager, avoiding conflict, or just not seeing ...

November 16, 2023

Understanding the 90 day trail clause

As we approach the 90-day mark post 1 June, we have had a number of dairy farm employers checking in with us about their new team members who aren’t working out for a variety of reasons, with questions about how easy it is to use the 90-day trial clause.This question always comes with a bit of a ‘self-check’ moment around whether this is truly a case for letting a new team member go, or a knee-jerk reaction to a one-off incident or concern.  More often than not there are genuine reaso...

August 14, 2023

Employment Legislation Updates

Fair Pay AgreementsMBIE has approved five applications from unions to start bargaining for Fair Pay Agreements (FPA):Early childhood education industryCommercial cleaner occupationHospitality industrySecurity offices and guards' occupationBus transport industryIn addition, applications to start FPA bargaining for Waterside worker's occupations and the Supermarket and Grocery Store industry are still being considered by MBIE.What do employers need to do? If you employ people in an occupation...

July 18, 2023

What’s making our phone ring?

Maybe it’s something in the air, but we’ve had three calls in the past week or so asking about employers’ obligations and rights around parental leave.  Or maybe it was something in the air about six months ago!?  Either way, here’s a summary of the questions we’ve been asked, and the discussions we’ve had with these clients…We’ve just employed someone on fixed term to help us out over calving for a couple of months and then we’d hoped she’d stay on relief milking o...

July 18, 2023

Let’s all go home safe every day

In our business we are farmers, mothers, fathers, siblings, aunties and uncles, friends, coaches, business partners, clients, team mates, daughters, sons, and generally good gals and guys…and it’s critical to us that our team and yours all go home safe and well every day. We are proud to sign Safer Farms’ Farm Without Harm pledge.As it says on the Safer Farms’ website (Safer Farms), Farm Without Harm is a bold, system-wide strategy and action plan which has been developed by&nb...

July 18, 2023

Staying Strong

Financial resilience is a well versed topic in NZ’s primary sector. This isn’t our first rodeo facing volatile markets while managing climate variability and a workforce skill shortage…. Our mission at No8 is to help grow communities and a part of this is supporting NZ’s primary sector to foster resilience in their businesses. We know that effective people management practices and compliance are vital components in achieving long-term success. In these times where budgets are tight,...

June 8, 2023

What's making our phone ring?

While we’re on the topic of new season and new team members, we thought we’d share some insights into the kinds of things that our farmer clients are asking us about at the moment…What salary should I be paying my (insert job title or titles here)?  We get this question a lot, and from our point of view this is a good thing – businesses recognising the importance of meeting the market when it comes to salary packages.  The answer will generally depend on  a number of facto...

June 8, 2023

Start as you mean to go on

It’s the start of the new season and hopefully all is going well and your new team members are settled and fitting into their new role(s).  We highlighted back in April the importance of having a good process in place to help your staff settle into their new job and posted the link to the Dairy NZ Orientation resource, which we know some have found useful.  But don’t worry if you haven’t managed to get to it, it’s never too late to engage and get things started, especially as y...

June 8, 2023

What’s making our phone ring?

Our phones are ringing hot, and recently we’ve seen a number of businesses considering changing their staffing structure or levels, generally as a result of the financial climate we’re in.  With increased costs, higher interest rates, and a dropping payout, our dairy farming clients, are seriously considering all their costs. The most common scenario we’re seeing at present is farm owners ‘coming back’ onto farm – that might be something as simple as doing all the relief mi...

April 26, 2023

Big News!

 Following our social media reveal last week, we thought it would be a great idea to tell you a little more about our new GM, Nick Coster, and what’s happening in the No8HR team.As some of you will know, Toni has been seeking an opportunity to increase her focus on client work and, as a result, Nick has joined us to lead the team and business and help us scale to even bigger heights.Nick comes from a Waikato farming background, having grown up on a sheep and beef farm in Waitomo. He bring...

April 24, 2023

What's making our phone ring?

This is a new segment we thought we’d introduce to our newsletter – each month we’ll pick out the most common (or problematic) people related question that we’re getting, and share some insights.  For our farming clients, there are often ‘themes’ in the questions that tend to follow the season.So what are we getting asked at the moment?  One thing that we are coming across a lot lately is a whole lot of rhetoric and questions around ‘renewing contracts’ for dairy farm e...

March 27, 2023

How Hard (or Easy!) Is it to get Employment ‘Right’?

You may recall that in the last issue we were asked about the value we bring to the recruitment process…well, in a similar vein, we’ve found ourselves working through some challenging employment relations issues recently.  Clearly we can’t go into details here, but we have recently come across a couple of articles that highlight the risks and costs involved in getting this wrong.The first article describes a ‘landmark judgement’ and highlights the risks and potential penaltie...

February 28, 2023

People trends we’re seeing this quarter

As people specialists we’re dealing every day with issues that are coming up for our clients.   This enables us to have early insights into trends within the people sector as they impact small to medium sized businesses.  Below is a quick summary of the trends we’ve seen in the last three months: Salary queries – a lot of employers looking for up to date market remuneration data, as they’re renegotiating with existing team members and want to make sure they’re compe...

December 6, 2022

Potential recession and the implications for the labour market

This month we’ve decided to tackle the talk of a potential recession head on and discuss what some of the implications for the labour market may be.  As your people specialists we think it’s important to have full and frank conversations about what’s on the horizon and how this could impact you.The below information is from an article from XPG Insights, specialists in the staffing sector from the USA. Economists have been discussing the possibility of a recession for months....

December 6, 2022

Make time to Reconnect

We’re constantly dealing with people under all sorts of unhealthy stress and pressure, and we see the impact that is having…it’s Mental Health Awareness week, and we’re right behind this year’s theme of RECONNECT.  For our farming friends and clients in particular, who often have physical isolation on top of the pressures they’re feeling, it’s especially important to Reconnect – with the people and places that lift you up. There’s a whole lot of good information ...

September 29, 2022

Measuring up for success!

What are the right things to measure when it comes to people in my business?When there is a tight labour market and your investment in your people is under the microscope we’re fielding a lot of questions from our clients around how do they measure their performance when it comes to people, and how do they measure the value we’re getting out of our people.  Here’s a few key measures that every business should calculate around their people…because knowing your numbers means...

September 22, 2022

Small group coaching reaps dividends

No8HR’s Lee Astridge recently completed a small group coaching session with a team from a Hamilton Building Company.  Participants said the small group size and incremental sessions was like ‘having access to our own expert who encouraged us to identify and face into the things that were challenging us.’ We’re about to kick off our next coaching group …if you’re looking for a ‘shot in the arm’ for your leadership and would enjoy sharing and learning with a small nu...

September 22, 2022

Fair Pay Agreement Update

The Fair Pay Agreements Bill has an overarching policy objective to enable employers and employees to collectively bargain industry-wide or occupation-wide minimum employment terms. At present, New Zealand’s employment relations and employment standards regulatory system only allows for collective bargaining at an enterprise level (i.e. between individual employers and unions). There is no mechanism for parties to co-ordinate collective bargaining across enti...

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