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The Future of Management Training in NZ Blue Paper #1

Here at Elephant we believe that NZ companies have the potential to be the best in the world – through better HR and management.  Our mission is to help companies achieve this. One of the ways we do this is to conduct research into New Zealand Human Resources and management practices and share these results with our community via our blue papers.  

In September 2013 we conducted a survey to research what companies were currently doing and planning to do with management training in New Zealand and had over 110 companies respond, from SME’s to large corporate’s.

Key Findings:

If you’d like to participate in future research surveys and get a copy of our next blue paper just sign up for our Elephant HR Newsletter by emailing us. In this we’ll let you know about upcoming surveys.

Angela’s articles have been published in a variety of magazines and websites. Here is a selection of her work.

Employment Law Around the World - During 2012 and 2013 Angela has written a series of articles comparing employment law from New Zealand with Australia, South Africa, the UK and more. Published in   Employment Today magazine, so far she has looked at:

So you want to work in HR? Published during 2011 in Employment Today, this series of articles explores why you would want to work in HR, and some different options for your career path. The articles cover:

It's lonely at the top Article in Herald on Sunday in March 2011, about Angela's new book and HR being a lonely role. To read it, click here.

Grow your HR skills Published in December 2010 issue of HR Magazine. To read it, click here.

Managing in High Heels Published on the Breeze's website in August 2009, find out lessons Angela learnt about being a female manager by clicking here.

Tackling Poor Performance Published in the NZ Herald, NZ Plumbing, NZ Business and more in July 2009. To check it out, click here.

HR that makes managers jump for joy!  Published in the June 2009 HRINZ magazine. To read it, click here.

Employment Law Quiz! Published in the May 2009 Employment Today magazine. Test whether you're up to date with new legislation changes by clicking here.

The best HR blogs

HR Continuous Improvement Written by our own Lisa Hunter.  Lisa has a background in both HR and CI and sees them as being closely linked. To have a read click here.

Upstart HR Ben Eubanks writes the ‘Upstart HR’ blog, reporting on HR from the trenches. Some great articles in here including one on what relationship HR has with their CEO - can be the ‘office spouse!’. To have a read click here.

Angela’s articles

Up the Down Escalator Wrritten by Richard Westney, an HR Director based in NZ.  He shares his sometimes controversial thoughts about HR!  To have a read click here.

HR Management Bites Angela Atkins shares extra thoughts about HR and management that she couldn’t fit into either of her books! To have a read click here.

Evil HR Lady All HR people are evil, it's in our job description. Or at least, that seems to be the prevailing theory. In reality, there's just more going on behind the scenes than most people know. I'm here to demystify your Human Resources department and tell you just why you worked your tail end off all year and still got a 1.7 percent bonus.  To have a read click here.

HR Minion Shauna Moerke has been blogging for 6 years often about the stupid things that happen in HR. Often hilarious, very real. To have a read click here.

HR Gem Gemma Reucroft from the UK blogs about some really challenging parts of HR. To have a read click here.

Blue Papers

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Office 106,

The Zone,

23 Edwin Street,

Mt Eden, Auckland

Postal Address:

PO Box 5723,

Wellesley Street,

Auckland 1141


09 3652522  




Other great HR articles HRM online report on the latest in HR trends, cases and opinions. To have a read click here.

Adjusted Development Perry Timms is out to disrupt HR. He brought together the HRGC London event in 2014 and shares his thoughts on how we need to adjust what we’re doing. To have a read click here.

101 Half Connected Things HR blogger extraordinaire David D’Souza presented at the HRGC in 2014 and writes both serious and rather funny posts on all aspects of HR! To have a read click here.

Christopher in HR Based in Austin, Texas, Christopher Demers not only writes interesting and varied articles but also picks out the best blogs of the week. To see what he’s picked and to have a read click here.

Know a great blog that we’ve missed?

Just email us and let us know

and we’ll add it to the list

Other groups to join If you want to discuss HR issues, then there are some great groups on LinkedIn. Search for HR.

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