October 24, 2012

Bullying policies lack bite

There’s something wrong with managers’ handling of bullying in our workplaces, if new research from Leadership Management Australasia (LMA) is to be believed.

A new L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Employment and Direction) survey by LMA shows more Australian and NZ organisations now have policies to deal with bullying. Yet incidences of bullying remain as high as they were six years ago.

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Gap managers needed

Employers and employees are poles apart when it comes to understanding what each other want, according to new research in The Great New Zealand Employment Survey.

Conducted by Clarian HR and in association with Massey University, the survey shows half of all Kiwi employees see having ‘fun and working with great people’ as the most important factor in their employment. Then, it’s great pay, benefits and career development.

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Kiwis’ confidence climbs

New Zealand businesses are feeling more confident than they were six months ago and their positive sentiment outshines that of their counterparts in many other corners of the globe, according to the latest Regus Business Confidence Index (BCI).

The NZ index has climbed 17 points (from 103 to 120) since April 2012, with 66 percent of Kiwis saying they’re happy with current government strategies supporting local business.

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Pulse Utilities tops Deloitte Fast 50

A 2637 percent growth in its revenue has hoisted Pulse Utilities NZ to the number one ranking on this year’s Deloitte Fast 50.

The annual Deloitte Fast 50 index, announced at simultaneous events in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, ranks businesses according to their revenue growth over the past three years. It sets the benchmark for high growth businesses in New Zealand.

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Risky business

Many NZ companies are paying lip service to risk management strategies rather than making them a core management function.

So says Murray Chandler, partner for accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton, who bases his findings on the latest Grant Thornton

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Technology transforms CIO role

Cloud computing, mobility and the consumerisation of IT are profoundly changing the role of CIOs, according to the latest Hudson ICT Leaders Series report – Cloud, BYOD & Teleworking: Mastering the skills mix for today’s IT function.

Roman Rogers, executive GM for Hudson NZ, says user-driven technologies such as flexible working, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and social media, combined with technology developments and increasing business demands are driving transformational change. 

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Watch your tongue

Inappropriate language tops the list of unwanted ‘workplace issues’ in new Leadership Management Australasia (LMA) research.

When asked, leaders, managers and employees all picked problems with how people spoke with, and to, each other as their number one gripe. 

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