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Making it easier to have (non) difficult workplace mental health conversations

One in five New Zealanders will experience mental illness this year.   That means that right now, you or someone in your workplace is likely to be affected. People drawn to purposeful work at not for profits are usually interested in contributing to a cause they believe in and are willing to invest in making […]

How to Cope With a New Boss At Your Organisation

    How to cope with a new boss Your boss has left, and a new one is on the way. You might be grieving the loss of your old boss, or be grateful that the new ‘relationship’ brings new opportunities for you in the workplace. Naturally there’s nervousness, expectation, hope and possibly resentment….along with […]

How to Make a Good First Impression

So, you’ve got the job. You obviously made a great first impression on the people interviewing you, but how do you make a good impression when you turn up for day one at your new job? We asked two HR experts, Lucy Boomer,  the People and Culture Advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand, and Becca Harvey, the People […]

Part-Time Perils and How to Overcome Them

There are a lot of great things about working less than 30 hours a week, as more than half a million part-time workers in New Zealand would tell you. After nearly a year as a full-time, first-time mum, it allowed me to transition back into the workforce gently, and now allows me to balance my […]

Workers of the world unite: Know your rights and why joining a union makes a difference

This week we have a guest Q&A with Erin Polazcuk, National Secretary at The New Zealand Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (the PSA), the largest trade union in New Zealand with over 63,000 members. — What is PSA all about? PSA represents everyone from physiotherapists to DOC rangers; scientists to parliamentary cleaners; […]

Avoiding Burnout

Tips on taking care of yourself Doing good can be a tough job sometimes – so if you’re going to avoid burning out, you’ll need to take care of yourself. You might be supporting young people with addictions, former refugees with post-traumatic stress disorder, rehabilitating neglected animals, lobbying for urgent action on poverty or climate […]

Ten Time Management tips for Not-for-Profit Pros

Juggling workloads in not-for-profits can often feel overwhelming. We care passionately about the larger vision our work contributes to and it is very easy to overextend yourself. You know…skipping lunch breaks, working overtime, taking work home to lighten the load the next day. We’ve all done it.  Life in non-profit world is busy. Many organisations […]

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12 Good Reads For Your Not-For-Profit Career

“The great thing about reading is that it broadens your life” –  George R.R. Martin (Author, Game of Thrones). While Game of Thrones might have added some colour (and gore) to my life, there are a whole load more books which have broadened my not for profit career.   Here is a compilation I’ve put […]

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Good skills: 30 Minute Fundraising

If you are planning a career in the charity sector, being a Jack, or Jill, of all trades is pretty much guaranteed to be in your job description. Knowing a little bit (or a lot) about fundraising can be particularly important. This week’s blog provides some expert advice from Kerri Tilby-Price. Kerri runs Exult and […]

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Sitting is the new smoking: 7 tips to move it, move it

You’re probably familiar with the trope “sitting is the new smoking”. Everything is the new smoking if you do it too long and in positions that are not ergonomic.  Sitting, standing, using devices, staring, emailing, collaborating, sleep deprivation, drinking and even smoking are the new smoking. The push for Wellness is a movement that’s here […]

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Stress management for Highly Sensitive People

Do you wish you could withdraw to a blanket-fort? Do you fantasize about switching an open-plan office for a cubicle-oasis of bliss? Do you feel like work-related criticism or bright lights seems to effect you more than your colleagues? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be a Highly Sensitive […]

Why I Refuse to Work For Free

Talk to enough people in the progressive and NGO sectors and you will find those who work more than they are paid for. There are a few ways this can manifest. Perhaps they don’t claim for the exact hours they work, don’t file for overtime, skip lunch breaks and holidays, or regularly gift their time […]

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Self-care at work

Self-care, what does it really mean and how can we practice self-care to benefit our work and personal lives.

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Why wearing a ‘uniform’ to work might just make your life better

I know what you’re thinking, dear reader, you’re wondering why anyone would wear a uniform by choice.  Fair enough, there’s a raft of complaints — ultra-conformity, creative repression, the death of the soul — that all feel very familiar to those of us who sported kilts, ties and knee-high socks in our fevered youth. Despite this gut reaction, spend […]

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First-Day Nerves: Preparing For Your New ‘Do Good’ Job

  So, you’ve found your mission, submitted an excellent CV and nailed the job interview? Congratulations! You’re starting your ‘do good’ dream job. You’re thrilled and nervous. Who wouldn’t be? New jobs offer equal measures of terror and delight (like being attacked by zombies while having dinner with Michelle Rodriguez and Benedict Cumberbatch). That’s why […]