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Blog 2017-09-20T11:36:01+00:00

NZ Health and Safety Legislation; Fostering Wellbeing and Resilience

With the recent changes to Health and Safety (H&S) legislation, New Zealand employers need to ensure that they are taking all practicable steps to ensure both the mental and physical well-being of their employees [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The 360 Story – Introduction to 360s

360-Degree surveying is a popular way for organisations to evaluate performance, assist employee development, and support talent management processed. By one estimate, multi-source feedback such as a 360 surveying is used in 90% of Fortune 1000 organisations.

By | September 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Leaving Value – Exit Interviewing as a Strategic Intervention

A common complaint from organisations is that exit interviews are a waste of time, effort, and money. The reason for this is that they are simply done as part of the checklist for any exiting employee. Box ticked. Job done. But therein lays the problem.

By | September 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Ethics in Our Profession – Finding More Questions Than Answers

Today, guidelines defined by the established professional bodies such as the Australian Psychological Society (APS), British Psychological Society (BPS), and the American Psychological Association (APA) are referred to as the benchmark for ethical practice in psychology.

By | July 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Data Is An Ingredient Not the Meal: 5 Key Things to Think About to Begin Turning Data Into Information

While data has value to solving organisational problems, it is not a solution in and of itself. This point is lost on clients who think that just by having data that the solution to problems such as retention, selection success and training evaluation will somehow reveal itself.

By | July 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why HR Doesn’t Count – The Touchy Feely Side of Human Resources

A hallmark feature of high-performing businesses is the commercial value that the Human Resources department contributes to the organisation. In such organisations, HR has a seat at the boardroom table and even junior HR personnel [...]

By | November 4th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Myth That Criterion Related Validity Is a Simple Correlation Between Test Score and Work Outcome

Criterion validity is far more than the simple correlations that are found in technical manuals. Validity in this sense is more appropriately described as whether an assessment can deliver a proposed outcome in a given setting with a given group.

By | June 28th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Outplacement: What are ‘Employers of Choice’ Doing in the Face of Job Cuts?

With the current downturn in the mining industry, management are making tough decisions regarding asset optimisation, cost management, risk management and profitability. Naturally, head count is being scrutinised more closely than ever. What isn’t [...]

By | May 13th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments