Keeping Culture Alive
Nov24

Keeping Culture Alive

  About 920,000 New Zealanders are unhappy in their job, research conducted by Seek found in 2014.  That’s roughly 40 percent of the country’s workforce, and probably 40 percent too many, because no matter how great your idea or business model it’s people who bring your company to life. There’s much to be said about the correlation between employee happiness and productivity. The majority of research suggests that the most likely...

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Christmas Communications Survival Guide – Tips and Tricks to Ensure these Holidays Give You a Reason to Celebrate
Nov24

Christmas Communications Survival Guide – Tips and Tricks to Ensure these Holidays Give You a Reason to Celebrate

  People love to spend during the silly season. When Christmas comes around, a switch tends to flick, and all of a sudden people realise how much they want need an item. Crowds of people flock to shops, rush to malls, and wait for their favourite websites to host a sale. In fact, in December 2015, kiwis spent a whopping $6 billion shopping! It’s important that your business is at the receiving end of this increase in wallet...

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Crunching Your Own Numbers – The Pros and Cons of DIYing Your Small Business Accounts
Nov24

Crunching Your Own Numbers – The Pros and Cons of DIYing Your Small Business Accounts

  Every small business person has this dilemma: Do the books yourself, or contract a professional bookkeeper? Lisa Martin from bookkeeping firm, GoFi8ure, examines the pros and cons of the DIY approach versus the professional contractor approach. PROS Pro: It’s cheaper. You don’t have to pay anyone. You do it yourself – often at night or on the weekends, but hey… at least it’s cheaper. Pro: You can lodge and file the...

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Lost Opportunities – Do Your Staff Keep Losing Customers?
Nov24

Lost Opportunities – Do Your Staff Keep Losing Customers?

  How many customers does your business lose a day? I am sure every business owner/manager hopes the number is zero. The reality is that it may be much higher than you might think. When I established my business, I contacted five web design companies, eleven insurance brokers and five employment lawyers. Out of the 21 companies that I contacted just two replied; one lawyer and one insurance broker. I was amazed by how few...

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Hiring 101

If you’ve ever fretted about the hiring process, you’re not alone. Finding the candidate that will best thrive in the role, as well as affirm with company culture, is not a task to be underestimated.  Thankfully, there are steps you can take to smooth the hiring process. Before you even advertise the position, the Ministry of Business suggests you take the time to consider the following: Which type of employee you should get, e.g.,...

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Advice for New Managers
Nov24

Advice for New Managers

  Are you a new manager, or hoping to be one soon? Unfortunately, most new managers are left to sink or swim when they get promoted into a leadership role. The data is concerning: 40 percent of new managers don’t last 18 months. Why do so many companies tolerate the lost time, lost opportunities, lost money, and of course the inevitable heartache that comes with dealing with a new manager who does not perform (or who was not...

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