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More Complex Restructuring Decisions

Getting your selection criteria right when the restructure in your business means that your selection pool for redundancies is wider than just one person is one of the more complex parts of a redundancy process.  As more and more business’ come to grips with making some tough decisions, don’t let a process mistake mean you’re at risk from an employee claim. Much is being said about an increase in employee claims in this post COVID environment, but it kind of follows that this wil...

July 20, 2020

58% of farmers attribute stress and stress related symptoms to their most recent injury!

Often Research serves to re-enforce what we intuitively already know, and so it was with the research findings from Farmstrong into the causes of injuries.  As we head into the busy season on farm, if you haven’t already seen this Farmers Weekly article, make sure you take a break, get some sleep, connect with others and have a read….we’re all in this together!  https://farmersweekly.co.nz/se......

July 20, 2020

Regional Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme

The Regional Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme could help you... A $40m Regional Apprenticeship Initiative funded by the Provincial Growth Fund is designed to support up to 1000 new apprentices and their employers in regional New Zealand.  This is a great opportunity for our sector with up to $40k per apprentice on offer!  Whether you are a large or small employer, take a look and see what you can do to help yourself and help others join the rural revolution! https://www.growr...

July 20, 2020

Changes to Paid Parental Leave

Paid Parental Leave extended to 26 weeks from 1 July... From 1 July if an employee meets the ‘six month test,’ that is they’ve been employed by you for at least an average of 10 hours per week for six months or more) then they are now eligible for 26 weeks parental leave.  For employees who meet the 12 month test you are required to provide 52 weeks.  The ‘keep in touch’ allowance has also changed.  Find out more at:  https://www.business.govt.nz/news...

July 20, 2020

Great Business, Great People, Great Results...

Once again, No8HR is enormously proud to be associated with the Dairy Business of the Year Awards.   This year’s Supreme winners were Richard and Nadine McCullough from McCullough farm Partnership in the Waikato.  As well as the Supreme Award, Richard and Nadine scooped the Lowest Environmental Impact Award and Best Waikato Farm Performance Awards.   With a 6.2% return on assets and a 44% profit margin, the McCulloughs indeed proved that that excellent business re...

July 20, 2020

Great Places & Great Citizen Moments…

Some shout outs to people making a difference, big and small Tinopai on the Kaipara Harbour There’s a little place called Tinopai on one of the gentle arms of the Kaipara Harbour in Northland.  At Tinopai at some point in the past the community got together and decided to build a wharf that today is used by local and visiting fishing fans alike.  As I walked this wharf on a recent trip north I was inspired by what this simple act of planning and community spirit had achieve...

June 23, 2020

Get Inspired

If you’re up for some personal development and are prone to ‘overthinking’ then this is a good one…..be like Houdini! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ICREZm9CtE...

June 23, 2020

Team Size, Friend Numbers and some simple leadership sense

Reading this article from leadership Guru Charles Handy reiterates some of those intuitive principles we all know as leaders…with numbers comes complexity and the requirement for new thinking…or is it simply a case of ‘breaking down the numbers in the group?’  We think this is worth a read…  https://www.strategy-business.com/article/The-wisdom-of-Charles-Handy?gko=6b365&utm_source=itw&utm_medium=itw202004604&utm_campaign=resp...

June 23, 2020

8 Steps Programmes Coming Up –Virtual and Face-to-Face!!!

Following our success with facilitation in the enforced ‘on-line’ culture of lockdown, we’re instigating a virtual 8 Steps Programme.  And because it’s the first time this full programme will be presented on-line in this way we’re applying a special discounted rate…and we’ve programmed it in the evenings so that it will work for those of you with busy lives.   Monday          6 July Monday          13 July M...

June 23, 2020

Under Pressure

Getting It Right Before You and Your Business Are Under Too Much Pressure We all know that calving is tough.  There’s the long hours, increased complexity and the knowledge that what you do now significantly impacts your business’ performance next year. You can’t afford to go in to calving with things at anything less than 100%.  So if you’re struggling with any team member issues, work productivity or just feel like the farm is  ‘not where you want it to ...

June 23, 2020

Great Jobs....

Great jobs available now and year around… More and more we’re seeing a shift in recruitment in the dairy sector away from its traditional focus on 1 June.  We support this for a number of reasons: It makes us really think about what jobs we need doing on farm when, and maybe having three full time team members all year around isn’t the right answer – there are lots of great ideas on alternatives out there and there are lots of people looking for ‘non-traditional’ farmi...

June 23, 2020

Leadership & Resilience

COVID has tested our leadership strength, but it is an immutable truth of life and leadership that every person’s strength can also be a weakness.  This article from Adam Bryant published in PwC insights is particularly good in helping us understand the downsides or resilience and ‘going it alone.’ https://www.strategy-business.com/blog/The-downside-of-resilient-leadership?gko=4823b&utm_source=itw&utm_medium=itw202004521&utm_campaign=resp...

June 11, 2020

Unconscious Bias

I, along with most of the world, remain aghast that racial violence and bias remains so prevalent in the world today.  The killing of George Floyd in the US is yet another reminder that as human beings we need to continue to strive to simply be better people.   Conscious bias is simply not acceptable but here I want to focus on unconscious bias.  Unconscious bias is a mindset we all suffer from and I want us to challenge ourselves to bring our unconscious bias into the l...

June 11, 2020

Kick or Pick the Lockdown Habit

I wish we could say we came up with this expression, but we didn’t, it’s from the Government's Get Sorted programme but we liked it, and the sentiment behind it, so we want to share it with you. Like lots of families over lockdown we created some new habits and at our extended family zoom meeting last Sunday we talked about the things that we wanted to ‘stay changed’ even though we were out of lockdown.  The range of responses was interesting: Eat less takeaways Travel less See...

June 11, 2020

Alert Level 1

Focus on recovery...but don't forget to celebrate! Kiwi culture is notorious for its understatement.  And whilst we are often quietly proud of our successes we seldom shout them from the rooftops.  Our success with COVID-19 is another example of this.  We are letting the world ‘find out’ about our success story by ‘looking at the numbers’ and monitoring our media; we don’t want to appear smug when so many others are still suffering; we know we are privileg...

June 11, 2020

Bursting (Out of) Your Bubble

Is it just me or did everyone look a little bit different…better? After nearly eight weeks of only seeing people outside my bubble over ZOOM, facetime or some other pixelated medium we, I suspect like most of the country, had an extended family dinner last night (following all the rules of course and I’m happy to report only eight as Mum and Dad decided to keep to their bubble for another few days).   And as I looked around the table and we shared our highlights and lowlights ...

May 15, 2020

We Like Data...

And we thought this analysis by Newsroom reporter Farah Handcock published yesterday (Thursday 14 May) was a great summary of how NZ has navigated the COVID19 crisis as told ‘by the numbers.’  As we said in our last newsletter – something for us all to be proud of… https://www.newsroom.co.nz/covid-19/2020/05/13/1101216/covid-19-in-nz-the-numbers ...

May 15, 2020

Budget 2020

Today we, like most businesses, are analysing what the budget means for us.  There’s lots in it and there is a focus on business and, not surprisingly, the health sector.   Below are a couple of links to help you negotiate what this budget could mean for you and your business.   https://treasury.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2020-05/b20-wellbeing-budget.pdf https://treasury.govt.nz/publications/budgets/budget-2020...

May 15, 2020

Are You Proud?

If you’re not you should be.  Look at what New Zealand has achieved through the luck of timing (sometimes it’s good to be at the end of the world), decisive action and a culture that has demonstrated kindness, tolerance, tenacity and support in equal measures over what is arguable the start of the toughest economic challenge we’ve ever faced. As I stood at my gate at 6am on ANZAC Day I joined so many New Zealanders in recognising and celebrating bravery in the face of adversity a...

May 5, 2020

Pivot Your Career to the Food & Fibre Sector

We all know there’s going to be unemployment, but we all also know that there is a continuing ‘war for talent’ so that our businesses can perform at their best, particularly as many pivot in ways previously unthought-of to not only survive but also to thrive in a post pandemic New Zealand, potential Australasian bubble, and across the globe. We work with primary sector business, both on and off-farm,  who are looking for talented team members now.  Over the last mo...

May 5, 2020

Learning that Matters

Learning that matters...and keeps your business 'on course'! We’ve been working hard over the last couple of weeks to make sure that our popular ‘Eight Steps to Increasing Your Productivity’ management programme is ‘Zoom Fit’ and ready to deliver with no loss of quality or emphasis for participants on implementing the ‘how to’ of good management practice in their business. Not to be confused with a webinar (information download), facilitated discussion (listening to other people’...

May 5, 2020

Great Citizen Moments

Some shout outs to people making a difference, big and small The aforementioned bugle players on the morning of 25th April 2020… Much, quite rightly, has been made of our healthcare essential workers, but we also want to recognise our other essential service providers who have kept the rubbish off our streets, the water in our taps, the electricity in our power lines and the wastewater treated.  How much worse would isolation have been without you! You for the neighbourly t...

May 5, 2020

Keeping Your Team Together

Keeping connectedFocusing on personal and business resilienceBuilding and maintaining teams Many of you know that this is stuff that we do well….and it’s never been more important.  Normally we run sessions like this in your business, working with you as the business leader to work out what your objectives are and then formatting a programme.   We’ve been working really hard on ways to deliver this ‘remotely’ and are now ready to go….and the first five ...

April 2, 2020

Minimum Wage Increase

The minimum wage increased on 1 April to $18.90 and if your employees are working then you must pay them a minimum of this hourly rate (except if they are on the starting out and training wage) for all work that they do. If your business is affected by COVID-19 and is not receiving any revenue then you may be exempt…take a look at Employment New Zealand’s advice on this in the below link, and if you have any questions give us a call https://www.employment.govt.nz/leave-and-holidays/othe...

April 2, 2020

Great Citizens Moments

This month our ‘shout outs’ are to people who can help us make a difference, big or small Salvation Army and Countdown making a difference through a new ‘food bank’ process https://www.foodbank.org.nz As I queued at my local Pak n Save in Te Awamutu for groceries yesterday (yep, queuing for groceries, who’d have thought) the store sent out one of their team members with bottles of water to help us all keep hydrated whilst we waited in the sun….Good ...

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