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Practical strategies for dealing with overwhelm

For years now, busy has been worn as a badge of honour, although recognition of the importance of nurturing our hauora, our wellbeing — both in and out of work — seems to be on the rise.

The ethics of using social media to recruit

Social media platforms are now being used by employers to assist them with their recruiting and hiring, However, before jumping in, it is important to understand the legalities and risks of social media screening.

Four ways to support staff to flourish

Learning new skills and ways of looking at the world keeps us engaged and alert. Humans are wired to learn. Remember that old saying, ‘Use it or lose it’? Turns out that applies to neural pathways too. The old-fashioned way of learning as an adult is to pay money to an expert and go off […]

Self-direct your learning to advance YOUR career, for free

“I’ve had too much professional development”, said no one ever in the do-good sector. A common theme I hear is that your organisation lacks a dedicated professional development budget and aren’t investing in you. While this mentality definitely needs to change in the do-good sector, the good news is that today, if you want to develop […]

Developing a better work culture

Organisational culture is much more than the values written in the employee handbook or on the poster outside the HR office. This is highlighted by one of my favourite quotes by Torben Rick that ‘Culture is the organisation’s immune system’  Whilst non-profits don’t always have the same budget for staff activities as large corporations, this doesn’t […]

‘Do good’ schmoozing: how to network with maximum integrity.

‘Do good’ schmoozing: how to network with maximum integrity

Is ‘do good schmoozing’ an oxymoron? Liz doesn’t think so. She believes that integrity is at the heart of all good networking. If you reckon networking has to be fake and unscrupulous, this post might be the push you need to get out there.  Until recently, I had a BIG issue with professional networking.  My issue […]

Employers: five easy tips for the mid-year review

We’re six months into 2019. Not quite sure how June snuck up so quickly but here we are. June is the traditional mid-year review time. Below we list some ideas around how to make these go smoothly, but who says you have to stick with tradition? June is a great time to bring your team […]

It’s time for a mid-year check-in

We’re halfway through the year. Yikes! I am not quite sure how it’s been six months since Christmas but here we are. It’s a good time to dust off goals and intentions from the New Year and reflect on the year so far. Or in gardener-speak, do a bit of weeding and pruning, and feed […]

How to get the best job applicants

Nothing sends an enticing message to prospective employees like a great recruitment process – and that all starts with your job listing. A clear recruitment process saves your time and that of your prospective applicants – sending a clear message that your organisation is respectful and efficient. Ever been baffled by jargon in job vacancy […]

5 things you should know before working at a not for profit.

Five things you should know before working at a not for profit

The satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made a real difference? That’s hard to beat. Working at a not-for-profit (NFP) can be absolutely amazing, but it’s not always going to feel like laughing-while-eating-an-organic-salad. Sometimes, working at NFP can feel like being trapped on an island filled with dinosaurs.  While I’m not trying to dissuade you from working […]

14 questions to ask your candidate’s referees

Checking a potential employee’s references is crucial for any role. It can provide a good overview of the candidate’s suitability for the position. It may give insights into levels of ability and, depending upon questions asked, into things such as work style and ethics. It can also highlight any potential red flags or areas where an individual […]

Ask an expert: Job reference FAQs

This month we are focused on a crucial part of the job hunt, which is often unfortunately out of your direct control – reference checks. I’ve pitched a few frequently asked reference questions to recruitment expert, Kirsty McLaren, Director of McLaren Associates – a recruitment firm who specialises in not-for-profit recruiting throughout New Zealand.  Kirsty […]

How to protect your goodies from burnout

We can’t wrap staff in cotton wool, but we can do our darndest to create a healthy work culture to prevent AND put systems in place in case employees tip off the edge of high productivity into the depths of burnout. Protecting your staff from burnout isn’t just about one person, the effects ripple out […]

Let your life speak: why forcing yourself to ‘do good’ can do harm

Between quitting one job and starting another there is a crossover, an overlap, a natural period of contemplation, in a Venn diagram it’s your work and life. This crossover is an ideal opportunity to look back at your work-life and reflect on why one job fit like a glove, while another job fit like a mitten hand-knitted […]

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