Employee Management

Six Tips on How to Reduce Stress and Beat Burnout

6 June 2017

I was having a conversation with a senior Army officer about stress and burnout the other day. At the extreme end is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He, in company with a number of his colleagues, has experienced it and sometimes gets recurrences, especially when he’s under a lot of pressure. The initial onset is […]

 

Save Thousands of Dollars by Reducing Meeting Time

31 January 2017

Most of us are getting back into work after a long break and watching our schedules start to fill up again with meetings. Are you wishing you could reduce some of them? Whether you’re in a small home-based business or part of a large multinational, you’ll probably find that time is far too easily gobbled […]

 

Alternatives To The French ‘No Email After Hours’ Legislation

10 January 2017

New French legislation is forcing companies with greater than 50 employees to negotiate with their staff about after-hours email usage. Is email usage just the responsibility of your employer, or are you part of the problem? The French are using legislation to try and reverse the trend.  But is law the only way to do this? Personally, […]

 

Top Project Manager’s Advice on Wasted Meeting Time

7 December 2016

Dr James Brown is a world-class project manager who spent many years with NASA. Much of his time there involved working on the space shuttle programme. I had the good fortune to meet him some years ago at an American conference and was delighted to reconnect in Auckland a couple of months ago. He was […]

 

Work Anywhere with Agility to Achieve Faster Results with Greater Profit

27 October 2016

At a business breakfast a earlier this year I had the good fortune to meet Peter Vile, the CEO of Augen, a bespoke custom software development house. I was fascinated to find that Peter’s firm is spread between New Zealand and Vietnam. There are many benefits of doing business in two countries, and it’s a […]

 

When Mistakes Are Okay

30 August 2016

I met John very early in my career as a time management trainer and speaker. He had put himself through university by doing casual farm work. His story about how to teach someone a new task is still as vivid as the day he told it. It was his first uni summer holidays.  John’s dad […]

 

Are You Encouraging Laziness?

23 August 2016

Laurie has mid-level responsibilities in an IT firm. It’s fast-paced, the firm is growing fast, new faces keep showing up every week, and an underlying sense of organised chaos permeates the whole firm of about 200 people. He’s one of the more experienced team members. So you won’t be surprised to hear that newer staff […]

 

Tips on How to Defuse a Volatile Situation

11 February 2013

I was at dinner at an AP/DP conference at Wairakei Resort a couple of years ago. As we chatted about time-challenging situations, angry parents, guardians and employees popped into the agenda. Slow things down Winton said: ‘I look for ways to slow things down. When someone comes at you with a head of steam I […]

 

Tea Breaks Are Good Business

I was fascinated awhile back to read in an issue of Advice Liner magazine that there’s concern in some quarters because the Government might ‘force’ employers to give rest breaks. What I can’t fathom is why employers would need to be ‘forced’ to do it! Perhaps they and many of their employees don’t know about […]

 

Dealing with Employee Mistakes

Rita returned to the corporate world as a financial manager in a chemical company. Although she had worked in business in the past, the previous six years had been spent as a stay-at-home mother. Eager and armed with a positive attitude, she worked hard to catch up from her long absence. Rita’s boss, the company’s […]

 

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