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Training your employee’s for the future of AI.

In a world full of new AI tools employers and employees are frantically trying to keep up with the speed of innovation while working out which tools are best for their business and role.

A recent survey from Hyland shows that 95% of employees feel confident in their usage and understanding of AI tools.  Interestingly of this 95%,  98% are looking to develop those skills and want training on how to best use and utilise them in the workplace.

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Company size matters! – The New Zealand 2023 Industry Salary Survey

The Lawson Williams/NZIFST 2023 Salary Survey results present very clearly – the smaller the company the higher the % of salary increases since 2021 in New Zealand.

Larger companies have seemingly managed to mitigate the impact of salary increases more effectively.

At first glance, this might appear to be a risky approach.

It’s important to recognise that offering competitive salaries is crucial in retaining employees.

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Large number of open vacancies are hurting New Zealand businesses.

Skills Shortages and the Cost of Vacancy (COV)

The reality of skills shortages is a hotly debated and politicised topic in New Zealand.

The 2022 NZ Staff Turnover and Employment Survey canvassed organisations on the impacts of current skills shortages.

In 2022, 72% of businesses reported they had positions that they were unable to fill. This was an increase from 64% in 2021.

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Why CEO’s want to know about Staff Turnover

Company boards and CEO’s have become more focused on the costs of staff turnover in the last decade as business competition increases, there is a drive for cost reduction and skills are in short supply.

The New Zealand Staff Turnover Survey has been operating for 14 years and provides many New Zealand Boards of Directors an important measure of business success

Staff Turnover is a measure of a company’s recruitment, onboarding and retention capability.

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What’s your story?


If you have been active in the job market recently you will have heard about Behavioural interview questions or experienced them in a job interview. They usually start with “Tell me about a time when you…” or “Give me an example of when you…”.

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Interview Coaching

Have you applied for or seen a role that you’re really interested in but not sure your CV is up to scratch or you’re lacking interview confidence?

Whether you’re just starting out, new to New Zealand, looking for your next role, being considered for an internal promotion or contemplating a career move, there’s a lot to consider and getting a job that ticks all your boxes is about looking at so much more than just the job description!

The team

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Interview success – Can you tell a story?

Can you remember a time when you were listening to someone speak and somehow, they engaged you? To this day you can remember most of what they said or at least the message they were trying to convey?

It’s more likely than not the person told a story, they made you feel something and that’s why you remember.

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What does your employer need you to be? – more innovative

A recent survey of New Zealand business leaders by  journalist Diane Clement asked, what was their number one interview question. Almost half of the respondent’s questions focused on change and innovation. This is no surprise with all we know about the current world of work and with what we are being told to expect.  

We will all need to look at doing things differently even challenging the status quo with ideas or solutions.

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