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Creating a positive business culture

Posted on Feb 14, 2019 by admin

Business culture is a reflection of what your company stands for, it’s your voice. Employee relations are what establishes this voice and can always be improved. A work environment that everyone enjoys can help to improve performance and productivity. Here are some ways you can help better the culture of your business Vision:For a business culture to be established, as the employer you must first decide what that voice will be. Having a clear direction for your business practices is common but for community in the office, a vision for your business culture will help the process. It is your […]

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What we can learn from ‘introverted’ people

Posted on Feb 7, 2019 by admin

Most of us fall somewhere in between the introvert-extrovert spectrum but our concept of a great leader often looks to someone who exudes characteristics we often associate with ‘extroverts’ – including being charismatic, confident, and courageous. While these traits are indeed admirable and can be essential to motivate and drive your team, recent research surprisingly suggests ‘introverts’ tend to be better CEOs. In light of this research, we look at some often overlooked traits to expand your concept of great business leadership. Taking the time to be introspective:Ensure you don’t underestimate the value of taking the time to self-reflect on […]

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Does your business idea have potential?

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 by admin

Successful entrepreneurs capitalise on the right ideas at the right time. However, working out if your idea has potential is easier said than done. Assess the quality of your business ideas with this checklist. Does it solve a problem?Start-ups that provide a solution to market problems will succeed. Whether it be efficiency, customer service or the quality of a product, your idea should improve something in your industry. Does it fill a gap in the market?A brilliant idea will never be successful in practice if there is no demand for it. Find a demographic whose needs are not being met […]

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Hiring high potential staff

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 by admin

Your business is only as good as your staff, which is why you want to hire high potential employees. You may find it hard to spot a high potential candidate in an interview. Our tips will tell you what to look for and ask when you are recruiting. High potential employee traitsA common set of characteristics can identify high potential employees. These candidates will: Have leadership qualities Take on extra responsibility Be team players Think outside the box Solve problems Have a passion for their industry Spotting high potential employees in an interviewIn an interview, you can identify an employee […]

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Benefits of standing meetings

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 by admin

Stand-up meetings boost productivity and workplace cooperation. Here are some benefits of holding your meetings standing up. Improves efficiencyStand-up meetings improve efficiency. The mentality of standing up encourages urgency and alertness. A seated posture can lead to a relaxed mindset that can inhibit productivity. Studies have shown that standing up at your meeting can decrease meeting times up to 34 per cent. Strengthens focusStand-up meetings eliminate digital distractions. When your employees are sitting down they are far more likely to answer emails in meeting lulls, be distracted by your staff’s online messaging service or check personal messages. When your meetings […]

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Personalising your business brand

Posted on Dec 14, 2018 by admin

Personalising your business brand attracts new customers by establishing authenticity and a point of difference. Follow these tips to improve your marketing and create a unique brand true to yourself. Put a face to the nameThe best way to add a personal touch to your brand is to be human. Adding a team graphic to your website, business cards or advertising will share your business’ personality with your potential and current customers. For small business customers, seeing the people behind the good or service they are consuming builds trust and intimacy that can set you apart from your competitors. Engage […]

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Working from home productivity tips

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 by admin

Flexible working arrangements pose challenges to productivity due to the mix of personal and professional in your work environment. Follow these productivity hacks to make sure you reap all the benefits of working from home, without the quality of your work suffering. Create a separate spaceIt might sound simple, but a designated workspace in your home can make all the difference in eliminating distractions. At the very least, set up a corner equipped with a desk and office supplies, so when you sit down you have a focused mindset. Follow a schedulePart of the appeal in working from home is […]

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How small business can compete with major corporations

Posted on Dec 7, 2018 by admin

Small businesses should not feel intimidated by their corporate competitors as they have many unique advantages that can help them gain a sizeable market share. Small business owners should focus on specific areas, so they can go head-to-head with large companies with more resources. Customer serviceSmall businesses have the opportunity to build a stronger relationship with their customers through the delivery of friendly and personal customer service. Businesses that provide superior customer service to their corporate competitors will build a loyal customer base and grow their business through word of mouth. Tap into niche marketsSmall business owners are directly involved […]

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Keys to success for new hires

Posted on Nov 29, 2018 by admin

Helping your new hires succeed is within your business’ interest to maintain productivity and reduce the costly and time-consuming processes of recruitment. Here are some tips to make sure your new hires excel in your office. Provide adequate trainingA new hire may have all the talent in the world, but without the relevant training, they will not be a valuable addition to your workplace. Your onboarding and chain of command are vital in this process. Set clear expectations and give high-quality training to your new hire, so they are empowered to achieve excellence. MentorshipA good mentor can make all the […]

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Mental health tips for small business owners

Posted on Nov 29, 2018 by admin

Small business owners are constantly under stress and pressure, which is why it is important they look after their mental health. The following tips will help you manage your mental health as a small business owner. Have a reliable support networkFriends and family are vital to anyone’s functioning; however the unique challenges small business owners face means they may benefit from connecting with like-minded thinkers. Consider joining a small business owners groups on Facebook or LinkedIn. These networks are helpful as the members can relate to your problems on a deeper level. Both business groups and your nearest and dearest […]

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Garry Hughes has been the Orewa North accountant for the past 17 years. The key to this long association has been the efficient manner in which Garry has performed his preparation of our accounts. It has been a pleasure to deal with someone whose working relationship has been friendly and exceptionally flexible when fitting in with the school needs and the ever changing Ministry of Education regulations and reporting requirements. It is good to know that sound financial advice and guidance is only a phone call away.
Bruce LawsPrincipalOrewa North Primary School

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KiwiSaver benefits

Posted on February 7, 2019 by BDS Hughes

A KiwiSaver account is a great resource for compiling and saving for your retirement and future security. It is a voluntary, government-run initiative designed to help you financially plan ahead, but what exactly are the benefits? Here are a few ways having a KiwiSaver account would aid you throughout your life. Member Tax Credit:This credit depends on how much you deposit into your account each year. The government will pay 50 cents to every dollar up until you’ve reached the maximum government payment of $521.43.The government will help you save by making an annual contribution to your account as long […]

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