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HRNZ Awards!

The 2024 HRNZ Awards are approaching; but what initiatives and organisations are we celebrating? Read here for a full summary of the themes and initiatives of the Award submissions!

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90-Day Trial Periods

90-day trials are back for all employers. What does this mean for your organisation and hiring practices?

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Perry v The Warehouse Group Ltd [2023]

The Employment Relations Authority has recently instructed the Warehouse Group to pay a former employee almost $50,000 after he left his job due to intense stress and burnout.

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Recovery at work provides a sense of purpose

Taking time off work after an injury can be a demoralising experience, as work is often a core part of a person’s identity. Being away from the workplace and disconnected from work colleagues can create feelings of isolation and impact wellbeing.  Research shows that a recovery in the workplace is better for the injured person and supports improved mental health. Employers play a key role in making the recovery a success.  For injured employees who’ve had a good recovery experience, staying connected to work was vital. Mayu Tanigaito, a Principal Dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), explains that staying in touch made all the difference.  “Connecting with work means connecting with people. Even not talking about your injury, just casual chatter with people, having coffee with them. Those things help get you motivated, and you feel like you're still living your life.”  After suffering an injury, Mayu went on a recovery at work programme involving ACC, the RNZB and health providers. The ballet company organised alternative work duties for Mayu while she recovered, including visits to retirement villages where she taught movement programmes to the elderly residents.  Carl Perry, a teacher from Waikato, was also on a recovery at work programme after snapping his Achilles. With the support of his employer, the programme meant he could coach from the sidelines and teach his classes for most of that time.  “Being able to work in some capacity enabled me to feel like I was still completing tasks. It gave me a sense of purpose while I was injured.”  ACC explains that the sooner an injured person gets connected to work, the better it is for their mental and physical recovery.  For employers, recovery at work can mean retaining skills and expertise and saving on recruiting and training new staff. It also helps build a positive work culture and shows a commitment to employee wellbeing. ACC offers support and resources for employers to help them understand their role in recovery at work. This includes online quick guides on topics like compensation payment, finding alternative duties and understanding medical certificates. Templates to help develop a workplace recovery plan are also available.  To support better recovery at work at your workplace, check out ACC’s online recovery at work hub.  You can also watch Mayu and Carl tell their recovery stories. 
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Fair Pay Agreements Act Repealed

Information provided as to the next steps for employers and employees from the 20th of December (effective date of the FPA repeal)

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6 Ways HR Can Help Prevent a Data Breach

New Zealand companies face a growing number of cybersecurity incidents and data leaks. Fortunately, human resource professionals can oversee employees and enact policy changes to help the information technology (IT) department prevent breaches.

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HR Trends 2023 - HRNZ Member Survey

This year’s survey followed the format of the 2022 questionnaire to focus on performance and development needs in the evolving post-Covid environment. It is anchored in the HRNZ competency framework which addresses the key HR domains of knowledge and capabilities.

The survey was distributed in October 2023 and received 304 responses, up from 138 last year.

 

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HRNZ as HR for HR

Human resource professionals are the experts when it comes to workplace concerns. However, there is a gap when it comes to HR professionals navigating problems within the workplace. Who do HR professionals go to, and how can they be better supported?

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What to Expect after the Elections: An Immigration Update

New Zealanders have clearly expressed their desire for change through the recent election, granting a fresh mandate to a new government. Immigration policies will undoubtedly take centre stage, and we should anticipate further changes to policies and the introduction of new ones.

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Use Virtual Reality to Innovate Your Recruiting Process

Virtual reality (VR) is an innovative technology, so it stands to reason it could positively change the recruitment process. If the HR team knows how to implement it, they could vastly improve their current methods.

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Artificial Intelligence in HR – Threat or Opportunity?

Our quick survey “AI in HR – Threat or Opportunity?” was open from 1-12 September 2023 and received just over 100 responses from HRNZ members and other HR professionals.

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Remote Work – Future or Past?

We’ve seen recent media coverage about some high-profile Companies particularly in the tech sector getting their employees back to the office.

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