Everyone knows the negative employee type — it doesn’t matter what improvements you make or how much you try to listen to their gripes, the negative employee is never happy. The problem is that in many cases, they won’t actually leave the organisation. Instead, they spread their negativity like a virus around the workplace.
Stories by Kirstin Mills
“Best practice” and “benchmarking” don’t have to be nebulous buzzwords that you don’t know how to apply to your IT department.
Worried about firing a troublesome staff member? Well, be grateful you’re not in Uzbekistan. To fire someone there, you have to document several incidents of drunkenness in the workplace or show a consistent pattern of insubordination. That's according to a recent Doing Business survey by the World Bank.
There are many types of performance based pay, but have you never considered team-based pay, remuneration based on a team reaching agreed goals?
There has been a lot of talk about productivity lately. Back in February, Helen Clark told Parliament that New Zealand’s labour productivity was well below the OECD median growth rate.
For many organisations, the ability to deal with change management has become vitally important.
It’s hard to put a positive spin on getting fired. Or at least I thought it was hard until I decided to look for information on it. It seems the internet is awash with sites not only saying that getting fired isn’t so bad, but making it sound like it’s quite a positive career decision.
Staff morale can be a difficult thing to keep a handle on for many organisations, particularly as they grow larger.
Ever wanted to explore other positions within your own company — whether you’re after a promotion or perhaps a move sideways — and been told that no, you’re too valuable where you are?
Ever had one of those days at work that follows a bad night’s sleep? You sit, trying to focus on your computer monitor, day-dreaming longingly of sleep. Like some sort of addict you think to yourself, “if I could just get a few minutes’ sleep, everything would be all right …”
What happens if you believe — or are certain — your boss is taking public funds for his own use? Or that senior management is cutting corners on staff safety? Or you discover your firm is allowing a practice which is going to cause long-term damage to the environment?
Chances are you’re reading this dealing with the post-holiday blues. You might well be feeling a little slack when it comes to putting in a full day’s work
End-of-year functions can have awkward consequences
Going through CVs/resumes can be a time-consuming nightmare when you get a huge response to a job advert.
Are you the office hypochondriac? Power monger? Or perhaps you’re the Loose Cannon? Is your cubicle next to the office backstabber or the delegator? Or maybe even the office space invader?