Category Archives: Lawson Williams

Sir Paul Callaghan had what we all need – GRIT

As i write this blog the documentary Dancing with Atoms, a tribute to Sir Paul Callaghan is being released. I heard the filmmaker Shirley Horrocks speak about the making of it and about the remarkable and interesting person he was. Tragically Sir Paul passed away in 2012 and for those of us in the New Zealand food industry we are often reminded of him through Callaghan Innovation, the governments agency supporting tech innovation and its support of NZFIN, the Food Innovation Network.

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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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90 Day Trial – a blunt instrument?


The ability for companies to include a 90 day trial period as a clause in their Individual Employment Agreement (IEA) was introduced March 1st 2009 for companies with 19 or fewer staff. This was extended to all New Zealand businesses 1st April 2011.


Current status of trial periods

65.5% of respondents stated they had a trial period clause in their Individual employment agreements (IEA) for new staff; 34.5% said they did not.

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Staff Turnover data shows New Zealand – a multi speed economy?

The  National Staff Turnover Survey by Lawson Williams Consulting Group has once again produced some very interesting findings that will assist participating companies to better understand effective recruitment processes.


Staff Turnover data shows New Zealand – a multi speed economy?

Unlike previous years, both 2014 and 2015 surveys demonstrate an interesting departure from trend.

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One small step for mankind, one giant leap for your career

You know how your manager asks a question and in your head you process how you think the conversation and your thought process should go only to realise you’re not thinking in your head, you are thinking out loud… AND it’s too late to take the words back…

That’s how I now find myself in this predicament.

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Working Successfully with Recruiters

8 Ways to Successfully Work with Recruiters.

Although you will have been contacted by recruiters from time to time, you may or may not have been interested in what they had on offer. Most people should have realized by now that recruiters are not only useful when you are changing jobs but also when you are perfectly happy within your position.

Over time, your relationships with good recruiters will prove mutually beneficial as long as you nurture them.

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