A current issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources includes a new paper from New Zealand researchers on workplace bullying. The researchers surveyed 1700 employees in 36 New Zealand companies. The employees identified a number of effective tactics to combat workplace bullying, including: encouraging open communication; resolving conflicts quickly; developing a complaints procedures; developing a bullying policy and encouraging appropriate interactions between people.

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The Protected Disclosures Act 2000 – also known as the Whistleblowers Act, came into force on January 1, 2001. It seeks to afford protection to employees who make disclosures about serious wrongdoings. For a quick guide to the Act AND some issues to be aware of BEFORE you put the whistle in your mouth, check out: http://flatrock.org.nz/topics/money_politics_law/whistleblower_checklist.htm



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Franchises have an edge over non-franchise businesses and organisations when it comes down to operating systems and processes. Before a franchise chain opens its doors for the first time, every process and system in their operation has been mapped, documented, flow-charted, tested, refined, tested and fine-tuned to perfection. The result is simple, effective, standardised, time efficient systems that anyone can follow. This makes for effective training of personnel and a fast uptake on how the organisation functions.

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Research has shown unconscious behaviours cause self-sabotaging behaviours, which is one reason why people resist change. The difficulty is when people try to use technical solutions to solve adaptive challenges. In essence, individuals need to learn to be more adaptive and the only way to do this is to make a mind shift. To read a more elegant summary, check out: 



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Ashley Balls tackles this topic in New Zealand business magazine Dec 2011/January 2012 edition http://www.nzbusinessco.nz/ He found proof New Zealand isn't over-regulated or overtaxed. To see the latest research, go to http://www.doingbusiness.org/ and download the report entitled Doing Business in a More Transparent World (published by the World Bank). Ashley's article entitled ‘The Consequence-Free Society' is well worth reading.

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Bad debt costs businesses big time. Regardless of the size of your business, you need to have sound credit management policies. At the very least, ensure you have a formal credit policy and detailed credit terms that you share with all customers. Undertake credit checks on new customers and monitor existing customers to see if they can still pay their account. Take every action to trace customers who vanish with debts. Engage specialists to help you find them and don't just write off the debt.

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