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The shifting employment landscape

16 February 2023

My time away from the office in January was a well-timed escape from the grind of the weekly work and home routine. Travelling to places like Auckland, Nelson, Hawkes Bay, Christchurch, and… Read more ›

Leave entitlement quiz – are you on the right track?

1 September 2021

With most of the country entering level 3 on Wednesday, but many still unable to return to work or working reduced hours from home, we thought now was a good time to test your knowledge on annual…

Changing of the guard and creating a space for something new

4 November 2020

When you recruit and employ a new person for your team, you are changing the way your team will work together and the culture.  If this new person is coming in to fill a vacancy, this signals that… Read more ›

The work is always there but the people don’t have to be

12 August 2020

When leading a business you have to adapt and roll with whatever comes your way. Sometimes you can anticipate and have a plan. Other times you may not. But one thing is for sure tomorrow is always… Read more ›

The Employment Journey eBook – let’s choose your HR adventure

4 August 2020

Sometimes running a business can feel like your own Indiana Jones movie, full of unexpected ‘adventures’, pots of gold and dangerous pirates lurking around every corner! We know that negotiating…


That dirty c-word

20 July 2020

Recently while driving I heard an advert and I cringed because there are many other words I would rather use than “Covid”. I’ve said it a few times and I won’t be saying it again. I now cringe… Read more ›

Subcontractor or employee? Which one is best for your business?

11 June 2020

It’s frustrating figuring out what to do with your recruitment strategy when there is so much uncertainty about the next 6-12 months. Have you considered engaging a contractor instead of an…

How to improve productivity in your business

11 May 2020

This month’s blog hasn’t been an easy one to write.  I find my writing and creativity is shocking when I have been stuck in the detail of something.  But I am committed to doing a… Read more ›

How to stay positive and flexible in your business during Covid-19

2 April 2020

I’m trying to stay positive and be adaptable and flexible in such trying times while working from home in my new temporary office space, but it can be pretty difficult. If we think about where we…

It’s real people – let’s make a plan

24 March 2020

Alert level 3 to Alert level 4 – It’s real people. If your people can work from home.  Great.  If they can’t, well they are on the subsidy and using annual leave to top up wages.  The… Read more ›

COVID 19 subsidies explained

18 March 2020

Check out our latest video below for details of the government’s stimulus package announcement from Tuesday. Feedback is that businesses and sole traders applying, are receiving speedy application…

Our Top HR Tips for Surviving the Silly Season

12 December 2019

Tis the Silly Season where silly things can happen and do happen! Summer holidays are so close but we still have two weeks to go … unless you are secondary school teachers ? This is the… Read more ›

5 Leadership Lessons Taken from Grey’s Anatomy

5 November 2019

It has been a while since the last blog post. Suffice to say we are quite happy to see the back of September and to a lesser extent October.  These months saw us fire-fighting in our… Read more ›

Performance Reviews: Pause, Reset & Act

11 June 2019

As I write this on a gloomy Saturday afternoon, I look out my office window only to see grey clouds and leaves furiously flying around. It’s easy to feel down and overburdened by whatever hard… Read more ›

Domestic Violence Leave – another tool for your employer toolbelt

27 March 2019

Upon hearing that employees are now entitled to receive paid domestic violence leave was your first response “Why?”. It was? Then hold on a wee sec as I’m going to tell you why you… Read more ›

When is casual employment REALLY casual?

17 January 2019

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely young lady, who I will call, Jane.  Jane had applied for a full-time permanent role but was offered and signed a casual… Read more ›

The Employment Guide to Surviving the Christmas Rush

10 December 2018

The weeks leading into Christmas can be difficult and strained Deadlines are a plenty, but time and patience are few.  We currently have clients distracted with petty issues taking centre… Read more ›

Welcome to the era of Talent Shortages: 5 tips for employee retention

18 September 2018

We all know – it is hard to find good people.  It is also just as hard to keep them. The employment market is tight.  People with good technical and people skills are a hot… Read more ›

Case Study – Getting creative when you can’t find everything you want in one candidate

29 July 2018

Two years ago, a local business owner was referred to Stapleton Consulting because they had an employment challenge.  Their challenge – recruiting the right person for a job that included… Read more ›

Workforce Planning – Part 2 – Using Employee Performance Reviews for planning

13 June 2018

The start of winter heralds a time of reflection and planning.  Businesses are setting budgets, reviewing the year that has been and considering what is ahead.  Your employees will be doing the… Read more ›

Intro Series Part 5 – What can we offer you and the value?

11 June 2018

This time last year I created a website for Stapleton Consulting. At the time I had the intention of producing interesting updates and sharing information on all things… Read more ›

Intro Series Part 4 – What makes us different? Why come to us?

11 June 2018

This time last year I created a website for Stapleton Consulting. At the time I had the intention of producing interesting updates and sharing information on all things employment related.  As… Read more ›

Intro Series Part 2 – What is HR? What type of work do we do?

11 June 2018

This time last year I created a website for Stapleton Consulting. At the time I had the intention of producing interesting updates and sharing information on all things employment related.  As… Read more ›


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