A Kiwi-Style workplace

All countries can have slightly different ways of working and New Zealand also has its’ own ‘style’.  One thing your employer and work colleagues will be looking for is the positive, ‘can do’ attitude.  New Zealanders are known for simply getting on with the job and finding solutions. This means combining traditional ways of doing things with new ideas. In most companies across New Zealand, all employees are allowed to contribute ideas and feedback.  Kiwi businesses are always looking to improve and if you have a good idea that will help, you will be encouraged to let them know.

One thing that has a big impact on our particular way of working is the size of our businesses and organisations. A huge number of New Zealand businesses average under 14 employees. Even our big businesses are small by international standards and what we call SMEs (Small to Medium-sized Enterprises), businesses with less than 20 employees, account for 40% of the country’s output.

If you’re just starting your career, New Zealand may well give you a jump start, providing experience and opportunities you might not get for years back home. And; if you bring your own management experience, your ability to help train and show New Zealanders new techniques will be of great value.

Why You Should Be Upskilling Every Year

The world is changing rapidly with technology leading the evolution. Now more than ever it is crucial for professionals and companies to stay in touch with the changes that are taking place in their industries to remain on top of their game.

The world and the modern workplace is in a state of flux. IT, healthcare, government, hospitality, automotive, design, farming - regardless of your industry one thing is for sure: at this very moment, your occupation and work environment is being affected by technological changes in varying degrees. According to the global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company:

"...The development of automation enabled by technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence brings the promise of higher productivity (and with productivity, economic growth), increased efficiencies, safety, and convenience. But these technologies also raise difficult questions about the broader impact of automation on jobs, skills, wages, and the nature of work itself..." 

Technology continues to transform the way individuals work. Automation, robots and artificial intelligence are replacing jobs that were once laborious and the work of humans. Productivity and efficiency is optimised by technology which in turn maximises the bottomline. Online social media outlets and web communities are enabling professionals to dictate the terms of their own employment through a more empowered form of freelancing, and job hunting and networking sites such as Linkedin, Seek, and Monster provide job seekers with a wider scope to look for work.

The divide between low- and high-skilled jobs is growing, with technology in the centre of the divide. In order to become indispensable in today's global economy, one must be prepared to evolve and grow with the times. Upskilling or professional development is the best way to safeguard the future of your career in a world where traditional jobs are becoming increasingly dispensable. 

 

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Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road
— Stewart Brand
Labour's Promise to Increase the Minimum Wage

In a dramatic turn of events, the National Party and Bill English found themselves ousted from the Beehive and saw the end of the their government's nine year seat in power. Labour, NZ First and the Greens emerged in a victorious coalition and have vowed to be a government of change.  In the last twenty-four hours, new government policies have been announced and are set to be implemented in the coming months.

High on the list of changes is Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern's proposal to increase the minimum wage from $15.75 to  $16.50 by April 2018 with a targeted increase of $20 per hour by 2021.  The announcement poses a concern for the Employers and Manufacturing Association, members of the association have voiced their concern over the  wider economic implications of a policy and warned that the economy could come to a 'grinding halt'. Ardern points out that a higher minimum wage means Kiwis who are living on low wages will get extra income in their pockets and enable them to survive, and that the extra income will ultimately be invested back into the economy. Higher wages is a major concern for small New Zealand businesses with many business owners questioning the negative impact of such changes on business sustainability. Ardern acknowledges these concerns as valid ones and is open to adopting a lower-tax model for small businesses. 

 
We are a low wage economy. There are people living on a minimum wage that cannot adequately live on the level of that wage.
— Jacinda Ardern | New Zealand Prime Minister and Labour Party Leader