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HR head offers insight into Generation Z HomeNews

By Nichola Middlemiss on Monday, 22 January 2018

Generation Z has just begun entering the workforce and employers in the hospitality sector are among the first to encounter the latest cohort – here, the HR head of a leading hotel chain explains what she’s noticed while managing the up-and-comers.

“One of the most prominent things that I’ve seen is that they’re really free with their ideas and are very willing to put their suggestions forward,” says Phillipa Gimmillaro, HR director for Sudima Hotels and Resorts.

Why employers should prepare for ‘sickies’ HomeNews

By HRD on Monday, 22 January 2018

Summer in Australia brings with it fine weather, festivals, cricket and perfect beach conditions - all of which provide a temptation for workers to 'chuck a sickie'.

Due to legal situations HR is sometimes scared of tackling this issue, according to Andria Wyman-Clarke, professional career expert and Job Toolbox founder.

“You can tackle it using the legal means of checking everyone’s Facebook account, and some people have been successful with that in the courts because it was very obvious that they are not sick,” she said.

How to create an employee-led culture HomeNews by John Hilton09 Nov 2017

By John Hilton on Thursday, 9 November 2017

Most organisations know the culture they want. What they are less clear on is the culture that they have currently got, according to Aaron McEwan, HR advisory leader of CEB, now Gartner.

“According to our research, a lot of organisations have a gap between where they wanted to be and the degree in which they understood the culture that they currently have,” he told HRD.

Leaders must let employees drive cultural change: Study

By HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR on Wednesday, 8 November 2017

How can leaders go about reengineering their culture to gain a competitive edge?

They can start by letting employees drive the change, according to Aaron McEwan, HR advisory leader of CEB, now Gartner.

How can firms prepare for jobs that do not yet exist?

By by Adelle Chua on Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Companies acknowledge that times are changing, and that technology, automation and artificial intelligence will alter the way jobs are created and performed.

How, exactly? Who knows?

Inland Revenue dobs in Auckland firm to credit ratings agencies over unpaid tax bill

By TOM PULLAR-STRECKER on Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The IRD doesn't have the power to warn the public, who can also end up out of pocket if firms with big tax debts go belly-up.

Men feel left out at work, even though they rule the business world

By DANIELLE PAQUETTE on Thursday, 19 October 2017

More than a third of Americans in a new national survey said they think the heightened focus on diversity at work has overlooked white men, according to the consultancy firm Ernst & Young.

Thirty-two per cent of male respondents, meanwhile, reported feeling "personally excluded" in the office.

A dairy industry scientist imprisoned for fraud

By ANUJA NADKARNI on Wednesday, 18 October 2017


A former dairy scientist charged with fraud has been sentenced in the Auckland District Court to six years' imprisonment.

Trevor Lock, owner of Nubiotics and Nu-brands, was found guilty of 18 charges under the Crimes Act and two laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) last month.

‘We literally make learning child’s play" (Amadeus IT Group)

By Human Resources Director - Australia on Tuesday, 17 October 2017


HRD chats to Sabine Hansen-Peck, global head of HR at Amadeus, about the challenges of attracting and retaining talent, and the many benefits of using gamification.

Can you outline your role at Amadeus IT Group? It’s a global role and I’m responsible for the people & culture function across 15,000 employees. I’m also responsible for branding and communication. I’ve been with Amadeus since November 2009 and it has been an amazing journey.

How to think like a futurist

By NZ Business on Monday, 16 October 2017


Futurist Dave Wild explains how to spot trends before they become disruptive; and how changing your mindset can secure business certainty in an uncertain future.

We live in a time of fast-moving and unpredictable change.

Appeal dismissed for accountant guilty of insider fraud

By NZ Herald on Wednesday, 11 October 2017

An accountant who pleaded guilty to stealing $183,000 from his employer had his sentence appeal dismissed and will receive his full prison sentence.

Sunil Prasad was charged with accessing a computer system and thereby obtaining property by deception and without claim or right after he stole $183,000 from his employer over an 11 month period.

Fed up with mobility parking thieves

By STUART WHITAKER on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A Te Puke man with disabilities is calling for more consideration from motorists parking in the town's mobility parks.

John Judson says on one occasion he walked around the town centre and noted that all but one of the mobility spaces in Jellicoe St were occupied by vehicles without mobility permits.

Mongrel Mob president sentenced to home detention

By HAWKES BAY TODAY on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A Mongrel Mob president who assaulted his nephew after he failed to repay a loan to buy cannabis has been sentenced to seven months' home detention.

Hastings chapter president Rex Noel Timu, 50, appeared in the Napier District Court today after pleading guilty to assault, intimidation and demanding with menace last month.

Christchurch grandmother Jasmine Hudson jailed for $250,000 benefit fraud

By Kurt Bayer on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A Christchurch grandmother who admitted a $250,000 benefit swindle has been jailed for nearly three years today by a judge who called those who believe benefit fraud is not a serious crime as being "misconceived and misguided".

Jasmine Kasiana Teowai Hudson, 62, ripped off the welfare system repeatedly between 2000 and 2015.

Principal censured for pursuing female teacher in drunken late-night visits

By SIMON COLLINS on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A school principal has been censured for pursuing a female teacher in drunken late-night visits.

The married principal turned up without an invitation at the home of the teacher, a solo mother, at least three times between August and October 2015, the last time at 2am.

The most important IT worker to hire

By Adelle Chua on Monday, 9 October 2017

An overwhelming 92% of Australian chief information officers plan to increase hiring of contract IT professionals by an average of 21% in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey by consultancy firm Robert Half.

Demand is strongest in IT security (34%), systems administration (34%), networking (29%) and database management (28%), software/ application development (27%) and business analysis (26%).

Business owner sentenced for defrauding government-funded trust

By Sam Hurley on Friday, 6 October 2017

A business owner has been sentenced to home detention for defrauding a government-funded trust.

Atish Narayan, 39, was sentenced today in the High Court at Auckland by Justice Mark Woolford to six months' home detention for two counts of breaching the Secret Commissions Act by corruptly giving an agent reward or inducements and one charge of obtaining by deception.

Surge in demand for contingent workers

By by Adelle Chua on Wednesday, 4 October 2017


The number of advertised temporary, contract and casual job vacancies in Australia increased significantly over the past four years, with white collar professions as the fastest-growing users of contingent hires.

According to the Contingent Job index report by fund manager Kinetic Super, there was a 43% jump in the number of contingent workers nationwide in September 2017 compared to November 2013.

Blockchain will “dramatically change” insurance

By Corporate Risk and Insurance on Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Blockchain technology will “dramatically change insurance transactions” but is often misunderstood, according to the chief risk officer at a firm which says it is the world’s first blockchain company.

The technology is about identity, data ownership and integrity, not cryptocurrencies, says David Piesse, CRO at Guardtime.

The key to staff happiness and performance

By by Laura McQuillan on Thursday, 21 September 2017

The most effective approach for getting employees to promote their workplace is by aligning their role with the organisation’s narrative, according to Dr Lindsay McMillan, lead researcher at A future that works.

It’s McMillan’s belief that happy employees with purpose and meaning in their work will be the best advertisement any company could possibly hope for.

Why employers should adopt pet-friendly offices

By HRD on Thursday, 21 September 2017

One of Australia's top workplaces has revealed one of its secrets to greatness: it allows pets in the office.

Mars Petcare Australia was named best workplace of businesses with 1000 or more employees in Great Place to Work Australia's recent announcement of Australia's best workplaces.

Advertisement Real diversity boosts business’ bottom line

By Jo-Anne Hui-Miller on Thursday, 22 June 2017

It’s time for Australian businesses to check their privilege and actively hire people from different cultural backgrounds, declared diversity and inclusion consultant Mariam Veiszadeh at TedXSydney last week.

“I’m not asking you to whack photos of people who look like me on your website to tick a box. Real diversity brings about diversity of perspective of views and thoughts,” Veiszadeh told the crowd of more than 4,200 at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.

Source: Inside Retail

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