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Tips, resources, thoughts and good old fashioned business advice!

Julie Rowlands

NZ's Significant Skills Shortage is Serious Business

August 17, 2018
Almost 50 per cent of businesses across the workforce are struggling to find staff, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This shortage in skilled managers and workers is a growing problem for New Zealand, and it needs attention.

Holiday Pay - Don't let it slide

June 28, 2018
Bunnings has announced it will back pay staff $11 million as part of its efforts to comply with the Holidays Act. The critical point is that it shouldn’t be just major companies considering this, every company with employees should be.

Will 3-day weekends become the norm?

June 28, 2018
How far are you willing to go to improve the performance, engagement and well being of your employees?

Managing People on the Farm

June 8, 2018
There are huge amounts of research that show if you manage and lead people well, they will perform, which couldn’t be more accurate in the farming industry.
Filed under Business \ Farming

The Golden Triangle - Sustainability, Employee Engagement and Business Results

March 16, 2018
Business leaders would have to have their head firmly in the sand not to see that today’s consumers are increasingly voting with their wallets, and choosing where possible to support brands operating with a higher purpose.

Psychometric tests for Selection and Coaching

March 15, 2018
Psychometric tests are designed to reveal details about behavioural traits and personality which often don’t come to light within the interview process. They are also useful tools to identify and develop talented leaders, build employee engagement, and ensure business results. For most people, there is a gap between who they think they are and how others perceive them.

The Power and The Passion - How to Create Effective Teams Through Giving, Sharing and Celebration

December 12, 2017
You would think that teams are everywhere; we use that word so freely in workplaces so we must be teams, right? The reality is we mostly work as groups, not as teams. In a truly successful team we give all we can to the team and to each other. Julie uses the National Women's Rugby Team The Black Ferns as an example of a successful team.
Filed under Business

Assertiveness in the Aviation Workplace

December 5, 2017
Being assertive is not easy. It’s often easier to be aggressive or passive. So how does someone without natural assertiveness, learn the skill? And why is it important for aviation safety?
Filed under Business

The Psychopathology of Office Politics

September 18, 2017
Office politics play out in every business and it is human nature and basic sociology to have power dynamics within a group. But do we really want to go to work feeling like we have to slay dragons?
Filed under Business \ General

Changes to Parental Leave

June 16, 2017
A positive change to parental leave has taken effect this month. Find out how this change will benefit your flexibility around parental leave payments and returning to work. 
Filed under Business
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