Following the annual Government review, on 1st April 2017 the adult minimum wage rate rose by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour. The starting-out and training wage rates also rose by 40 cents to $12.60. If you are an employer paying staff minimum wage rates, ensure you have updated your payroll and employment agreements to…Details
Jennifer Wyatt Sargent of Wyatt Sargent & Associates Ltd shares her advice for young employees starting out in the workforce. This article is written specifically for youngsters who are starting work for the first time. Boring? Maybe. However, after I had spoken to a few people, written the article and read it through, I realised…Details
Jennifer Wyatt Sargent of Wyatt Sargent & Associates Ltd describes how animals have taught her some valuable management skills. What’s the most important attribute needed to successfully manage people? Listening skills? Tact? Understanding? Good communications? They are all important, but to my mind, a knowledge of psychology beats them all. My many years of learning…Details
In response to the forecasted high demand for New Zealand Residence Visas, the Government will be bringing in changes to the New Zealand Residence Programme for the next two years. The planning range for the two year period from 1st July 2016 to 30 June 2018 will be 85,000 – 95,000 (down from 90,000 –…Details
Jennifer Wyatt Sargent of Wyatt Sargent & Associates Ltd explains the major changes for New Zealand employers brought into effect by the Employment Standards Legislation Bill. One bill – the Employment Standards Legislation Bill – gave rise to five amendment Acts, which all came into force on 1st April 2016. They are intended to address…Details
Jennifer Wyatt Sargent of Wyatt Sargent & Associates Ltd provides advice on how to avoid discrimination and stay lawful during the recruitment process. So you need to recruit someone. Are you aware that hiring managers tend to recruit people who are most like them? You might think the organisation would benefit from employing a string…Details
Whatever business you’re in – manufacturing, professional services, health, hospitality, whatever – everything you do depends on people. No matter how fantastic your product is or how innovative your ideas are, your company success is directly linked to the performance of the people who create, produce, market and deliver it. Of course, the term “people”…Details
Jennifer Wyatt Sargent of Wyatt Sargent & Associates Ltd advises on how organisations can make the most of employee training. This is the time of year when many organisations undertake their strategic planning, and one of the areas that often comes under the microscope is training. Unfortunately not all organisations have had positive outcomes with…Details
Business.govt.nz, at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, has developed a new online tool to help small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) calculate the cost of employing staff. The online calculator estimates the cost of hiring new staff, including fixed costs such as salary/wages, ACC levies and KiwiSaver, and discretionary costs such as recruitment, training…Details
Jennifer Wyatt Sargent of Wyatt Sargent & Associates Ltd explains why attitude should play a major role in the recruitment process.
Wyatt Sargent & Associates is a human resources consultancy, not a recruitment agency, and yet I often write and talk about recruitment. Why? It’s because much of our work results from employers making bad recruitment decisions they have no idea how to resolve.
Listen to managers talk about their “problem” employees and it’s clear that often it isn’t a person’s ability to do the job that is the problem – usually it’s their attitude, hence the saying: “managers recruit for skills and experience, and fire for attitude.”Details
The start of a new year often coincides with firms hiring new staff members. A key step when employing staff is to provide them with a formal and effective induction process. Induction is the process whereby a new employee is introduced to their employer.
Depending on the size of the firm, induction can cover up to four levels:
- Induction into the firm
- Induction into the department
- Induction into the work team
- Induction into the job itself