Tips / Payroll & Leave Management

5 reasons why leave management is important

When it comes to managing and recording employee leave, it might be easy to take the “she'll be right” approach. But there are some really good reasons why you should diligently manage, track, and pay leave.


Getting employment agreements and HR compliance right

For many small and medium-sized companies, ensuring all your HR processes and documentation are in order and meet your legal obligations can be a tough challenge.

Insider / Performance Review

Boosting performance at Max Fashions

When it comes to doing performance reviews, there's nothing worse than being bogged down by a process that focusses on filling out screeds of paperwork instead of having meaningful conversations with your people.

Tips / Performance Review

7 common performance review mistakes

For many people, the term performance review conjures up a lot of negativity and even anxiety. This has become a such an issue that many HR pundits have been writing about the death of the performance review and how it is time to put a stop to them, once and for all.

Tips / Performance Review

10 strategies for motivating employees

Everyone agrees it's far better to have a team of motivated, engaged people at your workplace. The business will be more productive and more profitable.


90-day trial periods - Changes are coming.

UPDATED MAY 2019 - From 6 May 2019 this is the law. If you have 20 or more employees you cannot use the trial period.”

Tips / Performance Review

Why performance reviews are important

If you did a quick whip-round of business-owners, managers, and employees, you'd be hard-pressed to find many fans of performance reviews.

Tips / News

Top 5 employee benefits and perks

We spend a good proportion of our waking hours at work. Smart employers have realised that making your workplace an enjoyable, comfortable place to work makes great business sense.

Tips / Employee Retention

Top 5 reasons why employment retention strategies are so important

Some businesses treat employees as if they are as easily replaceable as cogs in a machine: lose one or two and there are always plenty more to take their place.

Insider / Employee Retention

Retaining key people while your company is growing at 175%

Epicurean Dairy are a New Zealand-based gourmet dairy company, marketing their products under The Collective brand.

Tips / Employee Retention

8 effective strategies for retaining skilled staff

The success of your business relies on the skill of your people.  Your top performers are the ones who make your company hum. Not only are they exceptionally capable and productive, they develop in-depth knowledge of your business, can fix things when they go wrong, and serve as examples to other employees.


Preparing for the Coming Wage Rises

All employers will be affected in some way by the coming rises to the minimum wage, not just those employing minimum wage workers. Planning and budgeting should be commencing now as there will be a knock-on effect for most NZ employees and employers.