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Covid- 19 Vaccine in the Workplace

With the rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations well underway in NZ, employers need to be aware of the implications for their workforce. The vaccination programme offers light at the end of the tunnel, and business leaders have a critical role to play in encouraging uptake within their organisations. Current indications are that 70 per cent of the population will need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. This article provides an overview of the recommendations on how to approach Co...

February 24, 2021

Minimum Wage Increases Alert!!!

The minimum wage is increasing form $18.90 pr hour to $20.00 per hour from 1 April this year So before that date please make sure you have; Checked whether you have any worked that are affected by thisMade the appropriate changes in your payroll system so that this is actioned on 1 April 2021Informed all your workers who are affected that they will be receiving an increase For more information check out this link from Employment NZ , and if you need to check out if you’re meeting your obl...

February 24, 2021

Possible Changes to Sick Leave and Holiday Act

The government is currently considering a number of changes to the holidays act. These include:Increasing sick leave from 5 days to 10 daysAllowing employees to take bereavement leave and domestic violence leave form their first day of employmentExtending bereavement leave to include more family membersRequiring all employees to receive payslips that included information on their leave entitlementsGiving new employees 1 days sick leave from their first day of employment and then accruing their s...

February 24, 2021

Life in Our Zero Carbon Future

Wherever you live and work, your life will be impacted by the Climate Change Commission's low-carbon blueprint.  You need to read this article if you’re a: TeenagerCar driverBlue-collar workerOffice workerFarmerFirst Home Buyer https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/124161285/compact-cities-lowmethane-sheep-and-evs-life-in-our-zerocarbon-future?cid=app-iPhone...

February 24, 2021

Keeping Your Business Safe

The Employment Relations Authority has ordered a small Snell’s Beach Cafe business to pay its workers $136,800 for incorrectly dismissing their staff due to the Covid-19 lockdown, even though they had a clause in their employment contracts that said they could dismiss their staff if the business was “interrupted by unforeseen events beyond its control” including a heath pandemic! That’s a big payout for a small business, so it’s important to understand where they went wrong! ...

February 10, 2021

New Covid-19 Short Term Absence Payment

The government has just announced a one-off payment for businesses to pay their employees when that have to stay home while they wait for Covid-19 test results. The payment of $350.00 can be claimed when an employee: Needs to miss work to stay home while waiting for Covid-19 test results (in line with public health guidance)     AndCannot work from home The payment can be claimed once in any 30-day period, unless a health practitioner instructs an employee to get another test. It ...

February 10, 2021

Boost Your Productivity & Happiness

Have you noticed that the standard answer to the questions ‘how was your day?’ or ‘how are you?’ is no longer ‘fine/good’, rather, it’s invariably ‘busy’.  Some wear their busy-ness like a badge of honour, some thrive on being busy, many are constantly chasing their tales. Regardless, the simple truth is Life. Is. Busy. In our household we have two adults who work full time and two teenagers at school.  We’re all busy.  We never get it all d...

January 29, 2021

Management & Leadership – let’s keep talking about this…

In our first newsletter of the year we challenged you to think about whether 2021 would be the year when you decided whether you would be a manager or a leader – which really was an unfair question because we then went on to say that to be successful you actually need to be both. This is a theme we want to hold on to in 2021 because for many of our clients we see a lot of investment and effort put in to the development of leadership competencies, and we see business not paying enough attention...

January 21, 2021

Bring on 2021!

With reminders every day of how lucky we are to be living in NZ - some say Godzone and who are we to argue with New Year’s celebrations just like they were last year, music festivals going ahead and of course all those gatherings where we didn’t have to worry about headcounts! But for many, including most of the rest of the world, 2021 hasn’t started with the burst of optimism most had hoped.  Close to home there has been tragedy with a road toll in double digits and water fatali...

January 14, 2021

Changes to Temporary Work Visas

From mid-2021 Immigration New Zealand is introducing a new 3-check visa application system and replacing six temporary work visas with one.  Under the new system an employer will have to be accredited to hire any migrant worker.   The changes are intended to improve the temporary work visa system, put emphasis on employing and training more New Zealanders and ensure foreign workers are only recruited for genuine shortages. With the disruptions in 2020 to immigration, we urge ...

January 14, 2021

Is 2021 the Year to Decide Whether You’re a Manager or a Leader?

Actually, we’re being a bit misleading with that question – the truth is, those who are truly successful don’t choose – they are both.  Yes, there is a time and place for each, the trick is in knowing when to step out of the management role and into the leadership one.   Of course there’s no single ‘right answer’ to when management stops and leadership starts, but we thought this article was a great summary on the differences between the two, and when each is im...

January 14, 2021

Getting Your Life Back On Course

For many of us, once the madness of Christmas is over, the ‘summer holiday’ period is a time to catch a breath, catch up with friends and family, and reflect on the year that’s been and the year ahead.  And some of us even go so for as to set some goals for the coming year– call them new year’s resolutions if you like.  I don’t know about you, but my resolutions are almost always the same, and are almost always out the door by about 15 January.  I came a...

December 18, 2020

Mondayisation – What Does it Mean for Your Business?

This year Boxing Day and the 2nd of January both fall on a Saturday and are ‘Mondayised’.  You need to understand what this means for your team members and your business – the answers generally lie in when a team member normally works.  For many of you who have rosters that vary, and therefore ‘normally works’ is a pretty fluid concept, this can be a bit tricky to work out.  Check out this link from Employment New Zealand to help you understand how to...

December 18, 2020

E + R = O

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor.  His equation E (Event) plus R (Response) = O (Outcome) is an easy way of helping us understand that events in and of themselves don’t dictate the outcome, how we respond to them plays a critical part in determining what happens. Like all good psychoanalytic theories, this one states the obvious and gives us a foundation to ‘hang’ discussions and analysis on.  Our challenge to you as we come to the end o...

December 8, 2020

Time to Meet Maja!

Maja (said Maya) has joined the No8HR team as our newest Consultant based in Te Awamutu. Maja is originally from Serbia, coming to New Zealand after working in UAE for nine years.  Maja’s background includes international experience in the airline, construction and the finance industry. Her MBA from Anglia Ruskin University, along with this varied experience means our clients and their teams are enjoying the diversity of thinking that Maja brings into their businesses.Sinc...

December 8, 2020

10 Forgotten Truths to Help You Get Through Hard Times

We came across this simple list, and in this year of all years, thought it more powerful – and more important – than ever.   The article really rings true for us (so much so that we’ll be sharing it with our teenagers) so for more insights and to really ‘get it’, we suggest you click through to the full article, but here are the 10 pearls… Pain is part of life, and it helps us growMindset is half the battleYour biggest fears don’t really existYou are growing thr...

November 27, 2020

Spring Sheep Milking Company…The Story Continues

We love to see businesses succeed, particularly NZ businesses who we have relationships with.  A business who we think is particularly exciting is Spring Sheep Milk Co – they are an innovative, customer-focused New Zealand business that is growing rapidly through clear execution of strategy.No doubt this contributed to their recent success at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards Central Gala Dinner last week, where they were announced as the winner of the Best Emerging Business Award...

November 27, 2020

So You Do More Than Recruitment?

Twice in the last 10 days we’ve had clients who have approached us about recruitment express surprise when they found out that we’re ‘more than a recruitment company’.  So we figure we better spread the word!   We work with a number of business in the ‘HR’ space…of course we do all the normal compliance stuff well, but what really makes us successful is how much we care about our clients’ businesses, and how important it is to us to be alongside these bus...

November 27, 2020

Have You Met Beverly?

Beverly joined our team in February….just weeks before we went into lockdown!  But she didn’t let that stop her – she hit the ground running, supporting clients with a range of Covid-19 related issues right off the batSince then she’s been busy building leadership capability, recruiting for a wide range of roles, and supporting clients as they deal with a range of people challenges.  You can read more about Beverly’s professional qualifications and extensive ex...

November 27, 2020

Payroll Plus!

Are you looking for a team that advises, provides great management information and doesn’t just ‘data enter?’ One of the reasons clients from the farming and non-farming sectors alike are increasing their use of our payroll services is because we do more than just ‘process the pay.’  Our in-depth knowledge of payroll legislation (as it is now and as it will change), and the nuances of non-standard rosters, changing employment patterns and worked hours, mean that our experts give y...

October 23, 2020

Are we asking ourselves the right questions?

As the scramble to find short term solutions to the COVID induced migrant workforce issue in New Zealand agribusiness keeps hitting home, the medium term question is how do we bridge the labour shortage gap over the next 10 years?  And after that, the real question is how does agriculture position itself for a new normal with increased technology and reducing operational workforce needs. Check out the article written by our very own Lee Astridge (and she pulls no punches!), recently pu...

October 23, 2020

Labour Shortage…is it the same in your industry?

Isn’t it ironic that with all the Covid-19 related job losses, we’re still facing a massive labour shortage, with the primary sector in particular facing a critical worker shortage as a result of border closures?  We thought these two articles, both relating specifically to the hort industry and the challenges in getting fruit off trees/vines we were well worth a look at, and raise different issues (and potential solutions) for the fruit picking industry.    https://www.s...

October 23, 2020

June 2021 Will Be Here Before You Know It

Yes, you read that right…time to start thinking about next season!  Chances are your farming business is in the middle of mating and you’re thinking about spring fert, round lengths and silage, but now is the time to be starting conversations and exploring options for next season.  We’re already in conversations with a number of people on both sides of the business-to-business arrangements, with farm owners starting to ask questions about who’s out there looking,...

October 23, 2020

Business starts to have their say about the government response to COVID-19

For some insights for some key business leaders on how the government has responded to Covid- 19, Stuff recently published a great article on the issue, clink on the link to read more https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/122945479/covid19-business-leaders-weigh-in-on-governments-coronavirus-response...

October 23, 2020

What Does the Election Result Mean for Your Business?

Now that the election is over and we have a result, here is a summary of the pre-election promises that the Labour Party made, that may come into effect in the future.Fair Pay Agreements Fair Pay Agreements are between unions and employers and set minimum terms and conditions of employment for all workers in an entire industry or occupation. Labour promised to introduce Fair Pay Agreement legislation for competitive industries, to set the minimum content that must be included in each Fair Pay Ag...

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