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Why good grammar matters

This is a guest blog from Donna McTavish who is our Editor and therefore a valuable associate of ours. This piece has recently been published in ‘Employment Today’ magazine and we thought that it might be of interest, touching as it does on recruitment and interviews. Summary A company refusing to hire people who use… Read more


Difficulty Saying ‘No’ ?

By their very nature, which tends towards being agreeable, co-operative, a team-player, courteous and conflict-avoiding, introverts can struggle with saying ‘no’ to other people, particularly those who are more dominant and assertive.  As a result they can often end up stressed through having too much work on, or feeling forced to attend events / functions/… Read more


Meaning what you mean

Over the last few months we have spent considerable time preparing competitive tenders. If you are used to this you will know that many of them do not involve any face to face engagement and dialogue and are solely based on your response to written questions and specifications. This makes them rather challenging because you… Read more


Stressed and Overwhelmed?

You are not alone! I consider myself someone who is fortunate enough to be working every day in a field I love and enjoy, working with many inspirational and motivated people. Yet I continue to see a common thread through us all…. yep it’s being stressed and overwhelmed.  Some more overwhelmed with the amount of… Read more


Lessons from a Short Week

As we all know, according to Parkinson’s Law, ‘Work expands to fit the time available for its completion’. In New Zealand we have recently had a couple of short working weeks back to back and fitting two weeks’ work into a reduced number of days has reminded me of the truth behind this Law. I… Read more