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.
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.
The bench marking of Staff Turnover against other New Zealand companies in the same sector provides a baseline indication of the success of recruitment, induction, retention, performance and organisational culture. The improvement of staff turnover is a competitive opportunity New Zealand employers have, in an increasingly talent and skills short market.
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.
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.