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Work. Sleep. Eat. Repeat?

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Find a better balance with these helpful hacks.

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Why closing the gender pay gap is good for business

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On average, Kiwi women earn 9.2% less than men
While the gender pay gap is smaller than a decade ago, a collection of top New Zealand business people are working hard to reduce it further. CEOs and Chairs from companies such as IBM, Saatchi and Saatchi, PwC and Vector have joined Champions for Change. Together, they're advocating for greater inclusion and diversity within their own organisation, sector, and the wider public arena. Why? Because creating gender balanced workplaces is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do.
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Business Health Check for October

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Get familiar with the flexible work legislation and take ideas from the Flexible Tool Kit.
Take a good look at your business metrics and cash flow and if things aren't looking as flash as you'd like, or expected, give your accountant a call for advice.
Check out the Headspace app for short, easy meditations on the go.
If you're committed to gender equality and creating a positive work culture, show the world by becoming accredited with New Zealand's Gender Tick™.
Thinking of rewarding employees for a year of work? If vouchers or gift baskets aren't your thing, consider saying thank you in the form of time off or flexible hours.
Get inspired by leading business people at Champions for Change.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying on any information received from this article. 
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How well are your staff performing? Do they love their job? Performance reviews, an open two-way conversation held once or twice a year, are a great way to find out. While you're not legally bound to do appraisals, they're a great tool to keep your business running smoothly.
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Property sales on IRD radar

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Buying or selling a home? You'll now need to provide your IRD number as part of the transaction process. The change will allow IRD to know who's flipping owner-occupier homes on a regular basis, and better enforce the existing law that ensures people pay tax on the profit. The move won't impact the rules around who's required to pay tax on investment property though.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying on any information received from this article. 

Agricultural apprenticeships – are they fruitful?

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A Q&A with Mike Stephens, General Manager, Primary ITO

Struggling to recruit ambitious workers? Find out how two new apprenticeships, developed by Primary ITO and Federated Farmers, could help you tackle your skill shortage.  Read more…

Health and safety: Say it loud and proud to lower the risk

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A 'she'll be right' attitude towards health and safety won't cut it. You've got to make a conscious decision to be safe and get everyone in your team thinking about health and safety every step of the way. Here are a few ways to do this effectively:  Read more…

Take stock and thrive

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Top tips for working ON your business in 2019  Read more…

Do you have an Environmental Plan for your business?

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The national goal is for every farm to have one by 2025. Now is the time to plan how you're going to introduce and maintain more sustainable practices.
Search for networking or training events in your industry over the next six months and book yourself in.
Check your farm's health and safety practices against the free WorkSafe self-assessment table online.
Interested in being more sustainable at work? Be inspired by the Ballance Farm Environment Award winners.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is of a general nature only, and is not intended to address specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Specific advice should be sought from qualified professionals prior to relying on any information received from this article. 

 

Proof you can profit from going eco on your farm

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Sustainable business practices are good for the planet and its people, but can you make money from it? Here are three of the 2019 Ballance Farm Environment Award winners, who say – yes you can.


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