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2021. The year that reminded us Rome wasn’t built in a day.

17 December 2021

As I reflect on the year that has been, it seems again we have a year of 2 parts: before August and after August. Or otherwise known as before Delta, and after. Lockdowns have frustrated many since… Read more ›

How to kill Rosemary and save employee retention

15 October 2021

I have my moments where I am caught pondering various topics and thoughts staring out the window.  I have just finished listening to Jim Collins – Good to Great.  So many great concepts and… Read more ›

Industry Update: Immigration NZ Employer Accreditation

1 July 2021

Do you like you are the only one feeling overloaded by all the employment changes? I’m here to give you comfort in knowing that you are not.  Many clients our team are working with are feeling… Read more ›

The pace of change

26 January 2021

When to make a change and how quickly to move  The January blog about cadence generated quite the response.  My thoughts seems to have given many…

Are you an Avocado Leader?

4 December 2020

I love avocadoes. They are great on toast with tomatoes and ground pepper, or whizzed up in a chocolate mousse. But did I ever think they would be used to describe the new type of leadership? Um… Read more ›

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 ›

Is your bucket heading for burnout?

25 September 2020

I love people watching.  I catch myself staring and watching others wondering what conversations are about when waiting in a queue.  With friends in my younger days we would make up stories… Read more ›

Have you filled your bucket lately?

8 September 2020

One the weekend I received a well timed invite to a BBQ.  I was solo parenting that weekend and a chance to relax with like-minds while the kids played sounded perfect.  When I was leaving the… Read more ›

Learn how to be open to making changes and restructuring

13 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 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…

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Flexible workplaces – do you have what it takes to stretch?

27 July 2020

There are no simple answers when it comes to designing flexible workplaces or deciding how and when people work. Do you know why? Everyone is different and so are our businesses. Heard of the… Read more ›

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…

What’s the potential HR value in contact tracing apps?

27 May 2020

Yesterday I checked into a cafe. It was my first time, I was going to stay. The sun was out and I was going to bask in it with a coffee while I wrote my blog. No takeaway coffee. The process of… Read more ›

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 ›

Minimum Wages

2 March 2020

On 18 December 2019, the Government gave 250,000 (that’s a quarter of a million) workers notice that they would be getting a pay rise on 1 April 2020.  If you are a SME employer, you may have… Read more ›

7 essential attributes to look for when recruiting new team members

10 February 2020

As you’re getting your head back into work mode this year, it’s time to contemplate on areas in your business you would like to develop further over the next 12 months. What areas would like… Read more ›

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 ›

The 4 seasons of business planning

31 August 2019

August is the last month of winter and WOW what a wet dreary month it has been! Sorry you haven’t heard from us in a while.  We got distracted with a few re-organisation projects on the… Read more ›

The importance of consolidation after change

8 July 2019

I talk a lot about reflection and review.  That’s because it is hard to know where to go if you don’t know where you have been or what you have learnt along the way.  I push for… 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 ›

Building time into your day to have fun and laugh in the workplace

12 May 2019

Many took advantage of the Easter and Anzac public holidays to take a break and get some distance from work.  Threes weeks later and all of this may seem like a distant memory now.  … Read more ›

How to prepare for the minimum wage increase

4 March 2019

minimum wage increase: What does it mean and how to plan for it As at 1 April 2019, the minimum wage increases to $17.70 per hour. That equates to $708 for a 40-hour week. This is the… 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 5 – People planning summed up

21 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 ›

Workforce Planning – Part 4 – Got your salary/wage budget sorted?

19 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 ›

Workforce Planning – Part 3 – Capability and Expertise

17 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 ›

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 ›

Workforce Planning – Part 1 – Preparing for Change

11 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… 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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