At People in Mind, we’re big supporters of spending locally so it’s great that we can participate in the Totally Locally programme – an initiative just launched this month by the Cambridge Business Chamber.

Totally Locally is about supporting our local businesses and making a difference to our town. If each of us spent just $10 extra a week in our home town of Cambridge instead of somewhere else, the flow on effect is big! When we spend local, we help create new job opportunities and more importantly we give businesses a lift and Cambridge becomes even more of a great place to live, work and play!

Our Totally Locally Cambridge offer for employers with recruitment on their mind is …..

We also like to support our local community in other ways…

• We believe it’s important that all businesses and not-for-profit organisations should have access to HR. That’s why we sponsor these amazing community organisations…
– Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
– Cambridge Swimming Club
– Cambridge Safer Communities
– Destination Cambridge
– Cambridge Lifeskills

• We offer a discount off most of our services for not-for-profit organisations.

• And this year we’ve created a summer internship opportunity for a Uni student looking for some real-world HR experience. We have welcomed Paige Frampton to our work family, working one day a week over the summer. We love Paige’s enthusiasm and here’s how she sums up the experience so far… “The variety that HR offers on a day to day basis is compelling, and I am so eager to learn more and more!”

There’s a right way and a wrong way to reduce your staffing ratios… Read more

What can you tell by the way job candidates interact (or don’t) when you contact them to book an interview?

For me, it tells a lot.

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Over the life of a business, there are a multitude of scenarios business owners and managers face… you might be starting a new business from scratch, buying or selling the business, expanding your business, changing location, and the list goes on.

Often it’s not until you are in the middle of one such scenario that you realise the value of having standard employment procedures in place.
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Winter is my favourite time of the year, but with winter usually comes the winter ills. For some businesses, managing absences can be challenging. Even trickier is managing a sick employee who comes to work when they shouldn’t!
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As we all know, there’s often time pressure when it comes to recruiting. Perhaps a staff member has resigned; you’re growing and you need someone else on your team; you’ve just won a large contract. So you need more staff.

Before you leap in and place that first advert, here are four questions you need to ask…
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Most people know I set my HR clock by the full moon. Is it some mystery of the universe, or just by pure coincidence, that when the full moon rolls around, we seem to have a few tricky workplace problems to help our clients resolve? I’m not sure why they come to the fore at full moon time; they just do.

There are a number of things that can be the root cause of employment problems but, in my 18 years in HR, I’ve found some key themes. Here are my top five, in no particular order.
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The Domestic Violence—Victims’ Protection Act 2018 comes into effect from 1 April 2019. It entitles employees to apply for leave in order to deal with the impacts of domestic violence.
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We combined our love of the Cambridge Autumn Festival and photography when we sponsored the Find the Cambridge Tree Photo Competition recently.
Our congratulations go to the winner Dot Harding for her stunning photo. Head on over to www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz to see the winning photo!