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When and How to Call It Quits with a New Hire

No matter how many precautions we take when hiring staff, we still make calls that seem right at the time but turn out to be wrong – certain flaws or issues can fall through the cracks during the interview process, or the interviewer’s focus could be steered in a certain direction. Bottom line, things get missed. While talking about this article, I recalled a tricky situation he experienced while wearing his recruitment agency cap. He had placed a temp with a medical supplier, who he thought was great!…

What The Lord of the Rings Can Teach You about Recruiting a Good Team

There’s nothing like a Lord of the Rings theme to jazz up an HR article. The sly Tolkien references, a couple of dwarf jokes and you’re good to go. But when it comes down to it, there are lessons to be learnt from the team dynamics of the fellowship of the rings, and just like in every office, it is crucial to manage and promote good team dynamics. This begins early on from the recruitment stage and goes through to the management of the team…

Throwing Stones in a Glass House – Office Bullying 101

Bullying, no matter where, is exactly that; throwing stones in a glass house. Recently we’ve seen the glass house of Natalia Kills, the notorious X-Factor bully, shatter around her in the wake of her abusive comments. Her career has been shredded, and her reputation ruined across the world in response to the public incident. Unfortunately the fact is, most bullying, especially in the work place is not public at all. It’s hidden, neither seen nor heard by the majority and in turn, nothing gets done about it; which is why it is a huge problem in New Zealand, and the rest of the world…

6 Behaviours of Unreliable Candidates

When it comes to behaviour, people are habit-driven more than decision driven. This means that with a few questions and some careful observation, you will be able to predict an employee’s attitude and possible behaviour when things get tough or they are required to make a decision and carry out actions without you there to observe them. While it is impossible to know exactly what an employee will be like in any given situation, there are certain warning signs to pay attention to which may indicate a candidate is unreliable, untrustworthy or a risk to your business…

5 Start-Up Failures and the Lessons to Be Learned

We all love a good tech start-up, coming in out of nowhere, with promises they will be the next big thing. So why is it approximately 90% of tech start ups fail and more importantly what can we learn from their mistakes? I mean, not every company can succeed and with competition being what it is, that’s not surprising, but sometimes there are fundamental flaws in a company’s business model that lead to their eventual demise. So let’s take a look at 5 start-up failures and asses why it is they didn’t succeed…

Becoming ‘The Boss’ – the Move from Sole Trader to Employer in NZ

So you’ve been running things for a while. You’ve developed a solid customer base, and you’re almost keeping on top of invoices, bills and your workload. You’re proud of what you’ve achieved, and you can see where you want the business to head, but you’re feeling stretched and stressed. Like a juggler who keeps having more balls tossed into the mix, you’re aware the one bad catch could throw the whole show…

Personal Websites – Are They the Next Stage of Evolution for the CV?

You won’t find Barnaby Lawrence on Facebook. At least, not the one we talked to. In fact, if you Google his name, you will come up with very few relevant results, aside from some articles on The Pond, and his LinkedIn page. For a Millennial, who works in the digital industry, this might seem like a surprising move. We decided to catch up with Barnaby to talk about Facebook, Personal Branding and the Future of personal digital promotion and CVs…

Start-Up Companies – Hiring on a Shoe String

If you’re running a start-up company, you’re probably very conscious where you’re spending money. As your budget will likely be very tight, you’re biggest question when facing any decision is something along the lines of ‘is this cost-effective?’Thinking like this is understandable – you don’t know how your revenue streams will ebb and flow. Also, by this time you should have come to the realisation that it pays to be cautious when it comes to spending your capital…

Recruiting on a Budget – 8 Tips for How to Hire on a Shoestring. Part 2.

The cost of hiring a recruiter to fill your job needs can be a daunting one depending on your business and its setup. Sometimes we just need to roll up our sleeves and do the recruiting ourselves, and if you take the time and put the commitment into the process the results can really pay off. There are a few tips and tricks that can save you money and time along the way. The points below will have you putting on your recruiter’s cap in no time. You may even end up enjoying the process!…

Why Your Website Should Follow These Four Lessons

There’s a saying in the start-up community that if you’re not embarrassed by your first release, you’ve released too late. For our website that certainly was the case! I literally cringe when I look at our old website, and I think what were we thinking? We’ve learnt that building a good website is a bit of an art-form. There are so many elements and talented people that need to come together and incorporate good design, good copy, good layout, to engage the viewer…