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20

JUL

2020

5 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is the Future of Work

Via Entrepreneur

With the world of work now becoming more virtual, diverse and dispersed, Emotional Intelligence and its impact on how we work will be significant moving forward...

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16

JUL

2020

Time for New Zealand's Privacy Act to change

Via PrivacyNZ

If you collect, store or use personal information about your employees and/or customers, here's a short video outlining the upcoming changes to the Privacy Act which comes into force in December. Now's a good time to check you're doing the right things with your people's data...

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23

JUN

2020

What Great Listeners Actually Do

Via Harvard Business Review

Has there ever been a more important time for leaders everywhere to listen?

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19

JUN

2020

How to Find a (Great) Job During a Downturn

Via Harvard Business Review

A recommended read for anyone currently looking for a job - by approaching your job search in a disciplined way, you can increase your chances of success in these challenging times...

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11

JUN

2020

Convergence Partners' Specialist FMCG Recruitment Team

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners is a long-standing recruitment specialist in the FMCG industry, holding enduring client partnerships with many iconic FMCG brands and organisations...

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10

JUN

2020

Recruiting during Covid-19

Lara Devereux

For most of us recruiters, we don’t do this job to put bums on seats. If you are going to last the distance in recruitment, your heart must be truly in it; and as Lara Devereux explains, in unprecedented times like this, the heart comes to the fore...

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08

JUN

2020

ZERO active cases in NZ

Convergence Partners

A significant milestone today and a huge achievement - well done our team of 5 million!

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26

MAY

2020

This Is What The Future Of Work Looks Like

Jacob Morgon

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed every aspect of business. Futurist and leadership authority, Jacob Morgan, puts the spotlight on some of the major changes we are seeing and will continue to experience over the coming months and years - rethinking technologies we use to work, how we design workspaces, where employees work, how we lead, and even what “work” means in general...

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18

MAY

2020

The Lockdown Field Guide - Episode 6: Gratitude

Via Capability Group

Here is the final episode of The Lockdown Field Guide Series - "Gratitude". If gratitude hasn’t been on your radar for the past few weeks, you are are not alone. Finding ways to express your gratitude, nevertheless, might be the best way to have a positive impact on our mental and physical health right now...

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12

MAY

2020

Now Is an Unprecedented Opportunity to Hire Great Talent

Via Harvard Business Review

An interesting article from HBR examining why right now might be the best time for companies to hire. It highlights talent capture techniques leveraged over the years by leading firms and gives food for thought on what the future of the job market could be like for organisations and employees...

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08

MAY

2020

The Lockdown Field Guide - Episode 5: Resilient Thinking

Via Capability Group

Resilience matters now more than ever. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it, with many people experiencing anxiety, negative thoughts, loneliness and hardships. Regardless of your baseline level of resilience, you can boost it to become more resistant to setbacks. Episode 5 of the animated Lockdown Field Guide series - "Resilient Thinking" - shares small ways to build resilience in the face of this crisis...

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07

MAY

2020

Virtual Onboarding in a New World of Work

Convergence Partners

As more businesses look to new and different ways of working, and embrace remote and distributed workers, we are seeing the challenges they are facing to transform important in-person realities to creative digital experiences...

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06

MAY

2020

Coronavirus: Sealord staff and their back-to-work solutions

Via Stuff

As we move down the Alert levels, more businesses are having to find new ways of operating. One of our client's, Doug Paulin and his Sealord team, are tackling this with some great back-to-work initiatives and solutions...

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01

MAY

2020

The Lockdown Field Guide - Episode 4: Compassion

Via Capability Group

With the move into Alert Level 3 earlier this week, there has no doubt been many people facing a wave of change and uncertainty once again. This may drive us to check in with others to see how they feel about this change. Showing compassion to others makes us feel good, and yet we don't often show it to ourselves. Episode 4 of the Lockdown Field Guide series - "Compassion" - asks you to think about how you can show yourself the same level of compassion that many of us readily offer to others...

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30

APR

2020

Reshaping and Empowering the Procurement Role

Via Raconteur

Procurement has always been at the heart of operations, managing complex supplier relationships and driving efficiencies. Now more than ever, the role of the procurement function is central to survival in the COVID19 crisis and maintaining business momentum...

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28

APR

2020

Working From Home - Tip #4

Convergence Partners

Your own learning and development doesn’t need to take a pause...

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23

APR

2020

The Lockdown Field Guide - Episode 3: Connect

Via Capability Group

Here is episode 3 of The Lockdown Field Guide series - "Connect" - a great reminder to ensure you remain connected to your family, friends and teams, to check in with others, embrace new technologies and have fun...

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21

APR

2020

Working From Home - Tip #3

Convergence Partners

Try the Pomodoro technique to help you focus...

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16

APR

2020

The Lockdown Field Guide - Episode 2: Breathe

Via Capability Group

Here is another great animation from the The Lockdown Field Guide series, offering weekly tips and practical strategies to maintain effectiveness and calm through Lockdown. This episode is called "Breathe" and is a timely reminder to practice relaxed breathing to help counter the stress response this uncertainty can cause...

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15

APR

2020

Professional Outplacement & Career Transition Services

Convergence Partners

We understand the ongoing strain being placed on organisations and talent, and are here to support you in supporting your people...

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14

APR

2020

Working From Home - Tip #2

Convergence Partners

Seek out social interaction to stay happy, healthy, productive and sane...

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06

APR

2020

The Lockdown Field Guide - Episode 1: Circle of Influence

Via Capability Group

Our friends at Added Insight have shared with us a newly created animation series called The Lockdown Field Guide - weekly bite-sized bits of practical information to support you while you adapt and roll with whatever is thrown your way during this lockdown period. Enjoy Episode 1: "Circle of Influence"...

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03

APR

2020

What the $12.1b COVID-19 support package means for your business

Via SEEK

COVID-19 NZ Business Continuity Package - here is a good summary of the key points your business needs to be aware of...

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03

APR

2020

Working From Home - Tip #1

Convergence Partners

Structure your day the same way you would in the office, and stick to it...

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25

MAR

2020

Here at Convergence Partners it's still #BAU

Convergence Partners

Whilst our physical offices are closed, we remain available to support you and your business however we can...

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18

MAR

2020

COVID-19 Response: Virtual or phone interviews only

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners will be conducting all our candidate interviews virtually or via the phone...

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16

MAR

2020

Another terrific week with our group of students from Kelston Girls' College...

Convergence Partners

We coached our group of students from Kelston Girls' College through real life one-on-one mock interview scenarios, focusing on first impressions and talking through the reasons why they're the best candidate for the job...

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26

FEB

2020

Week two of the Graeme Dingle Foundation Career Navigator programme was a great success...

Convergence Partners

We created an interactive and fun session for students from Kelston Girls' College, coaching them through mini interview situations which focused on the importance of first impressions - body language, gestures used, eye contact and various other soft skills...

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20

FEB

2020

Convergence Partners are delighted to be partnering again this year with The Graeme Dingle Foundation

Convergence Partners

We are once again part of their fantastic programme, Career Navigator (Kaiwhakatere mahi) which helps by assisting young Kiwi people with valuable information, options and guidance around work and life choices. Our goal is to help students gain skills and confidence in their ability to make suitable career and subject choices...

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17

FEB

2020

Work in the 2020s: 5 essential skills to succeed

Via Financial Times

Global connectivity, intelligent machines and new media are reshaping how we think about work and what constitutes work. What skills and mindsets will matter most for work in the future? How can you future proof yourself? Here is an interesting assessment...

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05

FEB

2020

One Answer to the Longevity Challenge: Make Flexible Working Smarter

Via Mercer

In a relatively short space of time, flexible working has gone from being rare employee perk to a default policy in multiple companies. This represents a huge shift in the employee-employer relationship and a change to the way a company thinks and works. Here are five considerations if your company is thinking about creating a policy for flexible working...

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28

JAN

2020

The little things that make employees feel appreciated

Via Harvard Business Review

When it comes to our professional and personal happiness, there are simple, universal elements that hold true - one of which is the fundamental need to feel appreciated and valued. Here are some simple and effective techniques on how to show your employees appreciation, and why it's important that you do...

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27

NOV

2019

Changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

Via New Zealand Immigration

If you are interested in the recent changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa, follow this link for updates and information. It is relevant to both employers and applicants.

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04

NOV

2019

How to embed inclusion for All within the employee journey

Via Felizitas Lichtenberg

What is your organisation doing for inclusion in the workplace? This article offers a useful visual representation and some concrete initiatives that are designed to engage employees at all levels...

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18

OCT

2019

Career spotlight on Barbara Salazar

Young Women in Finance NZ

A great article from Jennifer Chee who puts the career spotlight on the inspirational journey of Barbara Salazar, one of our recent appointments into the NZ Super Fund's Direct Investment Team...

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07

OCT

2019

Research: Men and women need different kinds of networks to succeed

Via Harvard Business Review

Networking is an important part of our professional lives; but research suggests there are differences in effective networks among the genders - one difference being that women need access to key kinds of information that men don’t. And how can they get it? By having a tight-knit inner circle of other women who can share career advice and experiences...

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26

SEP

2019

EVENT: NZ Food & Grocery Council Conference 2019

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners is delighted to be partnering with the NZFGC Food and Grocery Council as a sponsor of their November 2019 conference in Melbourne...

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20

SEP

2019

Challenges and opportunities in a multigenerational workplace

Via Medium.com

According to Statistics New Zealand, approximately 2.72 million people aged between 15 and 65 years now make up our workforce - five generations working side-by-side for the very first time. How can you cultivate a generationally diverse workforce and harness this multitude of strengths?

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26

AUG

2019

The future of leadership belongs to the brave

Via The Sydney Morning Herald

What do you believe is the single most important quality that leaders today need to survive the future of work? According to research professor, Brené Brown, in an ever-changing, disrupted and uncertain future of work, we need braver leaders and more courageous cultures...

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16

AUG

2019

EVENT: Change without Fear - CAANZ and Marty Wilson

Convergence Partners

Earlier this week, Convergence Partners proudly partnered with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, to sponsor their lunch event with international guest speaker, Marty Wilson...

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09

AUG

2019

Survey says: Corporate culture is worth more than a big salary

Via Fortune

The message from Glassdoor's 2019 Mission and Culture Survey is loud and clear - a compelling company mission, culture and values are critical to attracting and retaining top talent and can differentiate employers. How does your organisation stack up?

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01

AUG

2019

Congratulations to our candidate - Debbie Lowe - Marketing & Comms Executive of the Year 2019

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners would like to extend a big congratulations to our candidate, Debbie Lowe, Executive - Marketing & Communications at Crombie Lockwood. Debbie has been awarded the highly anticipated Marketing & Comms Executive of the Year at this year’s Women In Insurance Summit. Well done on this huge achievement - here's to many more successes!

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25

JUL

2019

How to promote emotional intelligence in the workplace

Human Resources Director Magazine (HRD)

The term "burnout" has made waves recently, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently recognised burnout as an occupational phenomenon. Work-related stress can be experienced by all, but there are ways that business leaders can provide a supportive and positive environment at work for both themselves and their workers...

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16

JUL

2019

The evolution of the CFO

Via McKinsey Strategy & Corporate Finance

Traditionally, CFOs had domain over the finance function alone, focusing on dollars in and dollars out. Not anymore... They're leaders, they're strategy executives, they're big picture thinkers and they're enablers for growth. Tune into this McKinsey Strategy & Corporate Finance podcast to learn more about how finance chiefs can balance the traditional responsibilities of their role with the new CFO mandate...

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25

JUN

2019

How to show candidates you’re diverse

Via Glassdoor.com

Conversations about diversity and inclusion are becoming commonplace in an interview. If you don’t have a strategy to address and embrace diversity both in the interview process and in the workplace, you’ll lose top talent. It's not enough to just tell candidates that your company is diverse and inclusive - you need to show them. Here's how...

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25

JUN

2019

Convergence Partners are excited to be partnering with The Graeme Dingle Foundation

Convergence Partners

We are part of their fantastic Career Navigator Programme which helps get high school kids ready for the world of work - and we’re fired up about using our experience as recruitment specialists to help out. See what we have been up to with Kelston Girls' College...

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13

JUN

2019

The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation

Via McKinsey Global Institute

The inevitability of automation in the workplace has long triggered fears of human redundancy. But the McKinsey Global Institute has recently released a report finding that while the march of automation and AI will both replace and create jobs, it suggests that women could be at risk of being left behind...

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30

MAY

2019

The importance of culture in crisis

Via The People Space

As an organisation continues to expand, sooner or later it will be challenged by a ‘crisis point’. But this crisis will include opportunities for change. Whether or not you make the best of these opportunities will depend on your culture...

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14

MAY

2019

We are pleased to introduce a new Partner to our team: Michelle Elsley

Convergence Partners

Michelle brings 16+ years' recruitment and talent management experience gained across Professional Services, Supply Chain, Finance and IT. She will be working alongside Bobbi Ryan, specialising in Supply Chain, Operations & Procurement recruitment...

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02

MAY

2019

Want to keep your young talent motivated? Then build a culture of belonging

Via The People Space

Want to keep your young talent motivated? Learn why a company culture that promotes community and a greater sense of belonging is a key element to attracting and retaining Millennials...

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05

APR

2019

How to create a strong employee experience

Via Forbes

Employee experience will be one of the most important differentiators for organisations to attract, retain and engage talent in 2019. Creating an engaging and inspiring employee experience is now the new baseline expectation for employees - the new social contract between employer and employee...

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22

MAR

2019

HR Professionals and the Christchurch Tragedy

Via HRINZ

HRINZ - Human Resources Institute of New Zealand have shared some helpful, practical advice for supporting others after the Christchurch attacks...

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18

MAR

2019

Patty McCord: 8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for

Via TED Talks

Do you care about the culture of your organisation? Are you actively trying to shape or improve it? If you answered 'yes' to either of those questions, then take 5 minutes to watch this TED Talks video with Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix. Patty shares the 8 lessons she learned from building a company where people want to work...

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08

MAR

2019

Celebrating International Women's Day 2019

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners are proud to empower women, not just on this one single day, but at every stage of their careers - 365 days of the year...

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07

MAR

2019

Implicit Bias - Claire Ellis from Convergence Partners looks beyond the “culture fit” to focus on “culture add”...

Claire Ellis

A strong diversity and inclusion strategy can help your organisation attract top talent, yet implicit bias continues to underline so many decisions. As our own Claire Ellis explains, nowhere is this more prevalent than within the context of recruitment...

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01

MAR

2019

Why mentoring & sponsoring are important, particularly for women

Via Center for Creative Leadership

In the lead up to International Women's Day 2019, we share this article which puts the spotlight on why sponsorship, more than mentoring, is the critical differentiator in helping talented, motivated women advance. If senior leaders are willing to put their organisational 'capital' on the line to help the next generation of talented women leaders succeed, it benefits everyone...

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26

FEB

2019

We are pleased to introduce a new Researcher to our team: Roslyn Howard

Convergence Partners

Ros brings 14+ years' recruitment and talent acquisition experience gained across a diverse mix of sectors. She joins our Research hub, harnessing market intelligence for candidate generation and market mapping...

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30

NOV

2018

Adopt a family this Christmas

Convergence Partners

As the year draws to a close, the situation for many NZ families to provide even the basic necessities this festive season becomes dire. Convergence Partners is delighted to be partnering with The Salvation Army again this year in their annual Adopt a Family for Christmas programme...

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13

NOV

2018

Women in the Workplace 2018

Via McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Co and LeanIn.org's annual Women in the Workplace report reveals that women continue to face significant barriers in the workplace and that progress has stalled. This report shares insights into the challenges women face across many industries and sectors, and identifies how companies can turn good intentions into concrete action...

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06

NOV

2018

Making Flexible Working Work

Via The Wellbeing Pulse

Many businesses have an appetite to work differently but are inhibited by a fear of stepping into uncharted territory. This paper helps businesses to look at the risks, benefits and challenges of 'work-life integration' from the needs of both employee and employer...

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14

SEP

2018

EVENT: Career Conversations - Wednesday 24th October 2018

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners is proudly partnering with Young Women in Finance (YWF), INFINZ & New Zealand Financial Markets Association to sponsor their upcoming Couragous Conversations event on Wednesday 24th October 2018...

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26

JUL

2018

Jobs lost, jobs gained: What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

Via McKinsey & Company

With the rapid advancements in robotics and automation, there is much public concern and debate about what's going to happen to the workers. Here is a good, researched based summary of the impact across sectors and in different geographies...

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17

JUL

2018

These are the 10 things workers need the most to succeed

Via Inc

As this article explains, most of the key factors related to how successful and happy your employees are fall into the category of their “social” experiences at work. Build the lasting relationships that will make your team feel supported and cared for and they will be more likely to support and care for your organisation in return...

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03

JUL

2018

Six ways leaders can humanize an organization

Via HR People + Strategy

Today, the workforce has been empowered to set their own terms. Financial compensation alone is not enough to motivate people to work hard, as professionals are seeking humanized work environments - where their voices can be heard, and where collaboration, camaraderie, inclusivity and transparency are upheld. Read more...

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29

MAY

2018

A spotlight on employee wellness

Via Thrive Global

Progressive organisations now recognise that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to health and wellbeing; whether the gears are already in motion at your workplace or you’re looking to start a wellness initiative from scratch, here are key health trends to look out for...

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17

MAY

2018

They love the sound of breaking glass

Via NZ Herald

Women’s under-representation in senior roles and board positions has persisted for many years in NZ; but networking groups like Young Women in Finance (YWF) are banding together to reverse such trends, providing high quality professional development, networking opportunities and access to valuable career insights. Convergence Partners recently partnered with INFINZ and YWF sponsoring their Fireside Chat event with Victoria Ransom...

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10

MAY

2018

Strategies for creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace

Via HR Daily Advisor

Increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace takes true commitment from the entire team to get it right - top to bottom and everywhere in between. This article offers some concrete initiatives that are designed to effectively engage and involve employees at all levels..

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01

MAY

2018

Warehouse Management - Bobbi Ryan from Convergence Partners explains why it's an underrated career path...

Bobbi Ryan

Warehouse management is a managerial career path that often goes unnoticed and unheralded, but it can offer an attractive pathway into higher executive roles, and deserves more attention from both job seekers and employers...

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10

APR

2018

Career planning for the 'twilight' of your careers - Dave Rees from Convergence Partners outlines what you should do...

Dave Rees

Even excellent candidates can struggle to advance as they approach the 'twilight' of their careers. To ensure a satisfying working future, they should start planning in their early 40s...

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03

APR

2018

EVENT: INFINZ Fireside Chat with Victoria Ransom - Wednesday 4th April 2018

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners is proudly partnering with INFINZ to sponsor their upcoming Fireside Chat event with Victoria Ransom: Wednesday 4th April 2018, 5.30pm-7.30pm, ASB Cube, Wynard Quarter, Auckland...

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23

MAR

2018

What if you never saw your colleagues in person again?

Via BBC - Capital

Remote working is one of the fastest growing trends in the modern work landscape. Like with any other evolution, remote work doesn’t come without its challenges alongside the good stuff. Explore how this transition affects the way we think and the way we work...

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27

FEB

2018

Brand Power: Alistair Comyn from Convergence Partners explains how it might persuade passive top talent to make a move...

Alistair Comyn

As consumers, we all know the power of a great brand. This brand power extends to the workplace too - it's your brand that might persuade passive top talent to make a move...

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16

FEB

2018

What's happening on the employment front for older workers? Chris Palmer from Convergence Partners explains...

Chris Palmer

The employment lifeline of older workers is often a shift to a contract or interim role. Experience is worth hanging onto, so if organisations want to tap into this skilled workforce, they need to modify their thinking...

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26

JAN

2018

Identifying High-Potential Employees

Via BusinessMirror

Study after study shows stronger financial performance in companies that make proportionally greater investments in identifying and developing top talent. But what are the markers of high potential? A concise but great read on the three key markers of high potentials...

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19

DEC

2017

Warehouse Management - An Underrated Career Path

Bobbi Ryan

Warehouse management is a managerial career path that often goes unnoticed and unheralded, but in the latest issue of FTD Magazine, Bobbi Ryan explains that it can offer an attractive pathway into higher executive roles, and deserves more attention from both job seekers and employers...

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30

NOV

2017

Women In The Workplace: What's Really Happening?

Via Employment Today

Earlier this year and in collaboration with MPOWER, we released a summary of findings and recommendations from a national Women's Careers and Aspirations Survey. With diversity getting a lot of press these days, Employment Today has compiled a snapshot of the interesting findings from this survey in their recent issue...

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23

NOV

2017

Convergence Partners Have Moved!

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners are excited to announce that our team has moved to a new and bigger location. We continue to grow and as a natural step of that growth we need more space. We look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our history...

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19

OCT

2017

Facing Uncomfortable Truths

Via Spark NZ

In line with our Manager's Guide to Cultural Intelligence and Diversity released late last year, Sparks Managing Director, Simon Moutter, has recently shared excellent commentary on his challenges in creating a diverse and inclusive workplace...

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21

SEP

2017

Are you giving your team what they need to stay engaged?

Therese Lardner

As a leader, it is your responsibility to give your team all the support and resources they need to stay engaged. It's then up to them to use these tools. Are you giving your team what they need?

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05

SEP

2017

Leading the Way - How a healthy workplace starts from the top

Via CEOWorld Magazine

Want your team or employees to be more engaged with physical and mental health and wellbeing? Communicate your commitment and get yourself and senior management involved...

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25

AUG

2017

Succession Planning: the lessons from politics

Bobbi Ryan

Leadership change in politics can be messy and it’s usually very public. But what can business learn from succession planning - or the seeming lack of it at times - in politics?

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22

AUG

2017

Workplace Incivility

Via IMNZ

According to recent studies, rudeness at work is rampant, and it’s on the rise. Often dismissed as an inevitable but inconsequential side effect of the daily pressures of working life, is it really so trivial or is there something deeper and more troubling taking place in NZ workplaces?

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18

JUL

2017

What's really happening with women in the NZ workplace? A summary of findings and recommendations

Convergence Partners

In collaboration with Massey University’s People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) Group, our national survey of NZ women’s career aspirations and experiences has revealed that many women feel they are lagging behind in terms of career growth >> DOWNLOAD our Women's Careers and Aspirations Survey - A Summary of Findings and Recommendations here:

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27

JUN

2017

Gender Equity

Via RemNet

Closing the gender pay gap is a top priority for many NZ employers, but ensuring you are compliant, objective and transparent is no easy feat. Here, one remuneration specialist offers several approaches that have successfully been used to address differences in pay arising between roles of similar complexity...

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23

MAY

2017

The End of Culture Fit

Via Forbes

With diversity, inclusion and belonging being the hot buzz words of 2017, the term “culture fit” is starting to fall out of favour. Why?

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16

MAY

2017

What does workplace flexibility mean in 2017?

Via Mashable Australia

Top talent is more selective than ever when it comes to prioritising workplace flexibility. Companies must now offer more innovative ways of working and evolve along with the changing habits and needs of their employees. This interesting article sheds light on the elements of flexibility that are fast becoming the norm...

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09

MAR

2017

We are pleased to introduce a new Partner to our team: Alistair Comyn

Convergence Partners

Alistair is our IT recruitment specialist, bringing 12+ years global experience, recruiting at an executive level across a variety of sectors...

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03

MAR

2017

Growing calls for digital and social media marketing skills

Erin Kirk

While the digital and social media phenomenon races ahead, many marketers have failed to keep pace and are lagging behind with the skills needed to work comfortably in these new marketing modes…

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27

FEB

2017

We are pleased to introduce a new Partner to our team: Claire Ellis

Convergence Partners

Claire brings 14+ years recruitment experience with specialist knowledge of the Accounting market...

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13

DEC

2016

Survey shows more work needed to support women's careers

Convergence Partners

In conjunction with Massey University, our recent national survey of NZ women’s career aspirations and experiences has revealed that many women feel they are lagging behind in terms of career growth - here are the key findings:

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22

NOV

2016

Warehousing management - the Cinderella of management training

Bobbi Ryan

Warehouse management is rewarding in many ways with excellent opportunities for individuals to develop their leadership skills. Employers have to start thinking differently about the function, and graduates need to see that it can be an attractive option...

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31

OCT

2016

Survey Invitation - Women's Career Aspirations and Realities Survey

Convergence Partners

In conjunction with Massey University, we invite women from all walks of life to participate in the following "Women's Career Realities and Aspirations Survey"...

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25

OCT

2016

A Manager's Guide to Cultural Intelligence and Diversity

Dave Rees

We’re all familiar with the notion of a workplace “culture” - often defined as “the way we do things around here” and based on the institutional values and behaviours present. But our definition of culture in the workplace must now be broadened to encompass the aspects that arise from the ethnicities and nationalities of the people present...

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13

OCT

2016

Candor, Criticism, Teamwork... and designating a Jedi Master!

Via Harvard Business Review

Some experts suggest that forthrightness within a company should not only be encouraged, but required. Yet getting employees to buy in and trust a systematic shift toward candor can be difficult. This article offers 3 techniques to help colleagues at all levels work more effectively and directly...

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13

SEP

2016

Why leadership training fails - and what to do about it

Via Harvard Business Review

For years, companies have lavished time and money on improving the capabilities of employees and on nurturing new leaders. However research shows that the ROI is failing to deliver expected returns. Why?

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23

AUG

2016

Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management

Via McKinsey Quarterly

It has been a busy couple of months for performance management in the media and blogging world - but this particular article from McKinsey offers an interesting perspective, arguing that companies should change the way they make rewards decisions and disconnecting pay from performance...

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11

AUG

2016

People analytics reveals three things HR may be getting wrong

Via McKinsey Quarterly

McKinsey demonstrates the unique insights HR analytics can offer, pointing out that there are things that HR may be getting wrong right now, like recruitment and attrition...

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09

AUG

2016

Resilience is about more than bouncing back

Via Ilana Nathan

The economy, the way people want to live and work, and a whole host of other factors are changing the way work gets done. To cope with today’s on-the-job stressors, why not incorporate the equivalent of ‘mini holidays’ into your daily or weekly routine?

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22

JUL

2016

Challenges and opportunities of NZ's ageing workforce

Via Commission for Financial Capability

What does the looming demographic change mean for workers and businesses? The implications of NZ's ageing workforce are now beginning to hit home. Here is a recap of the key themes and insights from a recent forum discussing the issues surrounding older people in our workforce...

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21

JUL

2016

A Flex Life - “insider” perspectives on flexible working

Via Savvy Network

One of the keys to ensuring diversity in the workforce is to allow for flexible working. Meet a key member of our Convergence Partners team who has been working flexibly for 4 years and was recently profiled by the Savvy Network...

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12

JUL

2016

NZ could become a regional talent hub

Via Mercer NZ

While Auckland and Wellington have experienced a drop in the living-cost rating according Mercer's recent annual Cost of Living Survey, it has meant that NZ has become more attractive for global talent - find out why...

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24

JUN

2016

Personality focus boosts staff retention

Dave Rees

Employee engagement is paramount for retaining and attracting today's top talent. One such company that is investing substantially in their human capital is Fisher & Paykel Finance - discover how their recruitment and HR strategies are integral to fostering engagement and commitment in their workforce...

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15

JUN

2016

FMCG businesses will have to think outside the box!

Lara Devereux

With structural challenges causing the candidate pool to dwindle, Lara Devereux explains New Zealand FMCG businesses need to get creative...

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30

MAY

2016

We are pleased to introduce a new Partner to our team: Alexander Hyndman

Convergence Partners

Alexander brings over 10 years recruitment experience spanning Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Investment Research & Management, Corporate Development, Performance & Planning, Strategy, Relationship Banking & Product and People & Capability...

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05

MAY

2016

Kiwi women missing in manufacturing

Bobbi Ryan

Women are an untapped source of talent for manufacturing, but they need to be attracted to the industry...

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19

APR

2016

Introducing Interim Talent

Convergence Partners

We are pleased to introduce a new identity for our executive contracting service, Interim Talent. While it's a new look, it's the same powerful formula - Interim Talent is a trading name only and will operate as a division of Convergence Partners:

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14

APR

2016

How Gen Z focused is your organisation?

Via Switch & Shift

Ready or not, here come Generation Z and Millennials into the workforce, and they have different expectations and drivers than the generations before them. So why focus on a group that is for the most part still in high school?

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24

MAR

2016

Employment trends to watch in 2016

Dave Rees

We weigh in and share our thoughts on several key job market and recruitment trends to watch this year...

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04

MAR

2016

Managing talent in a digital age

Via McKinsey Quarterly

A new wave of digital tools can help companies to focus not only on hiring but also on managing, retaining, and developing employees...

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23

FEB

2016

The Future of Work - an analysis on the technological and sociological drivers of employment

Via World Economic Forum

The recently released WEF report on ‘The Future of Jobs’ validates the accelerating impact of technology on global employment trends and highlights serious concerns that job growth in certain industries is still very much outpaced by large scale declines in other industries...

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07

FEB

2016

Commercial property's boom-bust cycle catches up with lawyers

Mark Simpson

Law firms are struggling to keep up with the booming commercial property market, with signs of skill shortages emerging...

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14

JAN

2016

Talent drain needs creative solutions!

Lara Devereux

New Zealand FMCG businesses need to get creative to tackle structural challenges that are costing the sector talent...

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15

DEC

2015

Size doesn't matter!

Dave Rees

But what about a small business competing for the very best talent against big brand multinationals?

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25

NOV

2015

Kiwis heading off younger on OE

Dave Rees

More young Kiwis are leaving after high school, without degrees and landing better roles more quickly nowadays. Likewise, more and more Kiwis living overseas are starting to consider moving back home for a number of reasons; and these expats are of a "very high calibre"...

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02

NOV

2015

Our special milestone!

Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners is turning 5... and we would like to say thank you!

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12

OCT

2015

Competing for the best

Lara Devereux

To support you in finding the best, you need to work with a recruitment provider that moves with market changes...

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15

SEP

2015

Employers screening for online ranters

Bobbi Ryan

Social media screening is becoming increasingly important in the hiring process as employers look to avoid online meltdowns...

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27

AUG

2015

Restructuring rise drives contracting demand

Chris Palmer

A rise in reshaping organisations has led to increased demand for executive contracting, which is focused on specific skill-sets including change management...

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06

AUG

2015

Online searches miss ‘invisible’ candidates

Bobbi Ryan

Businesses that rely solely on online recruitment could be significantly shrinking their candidate pool...

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10

JUN

2015

Redefining talent management to improve company performance

Via HC Online

Recent studies released by Gallop, AON/Hewitt and Deloitte all point to employee engagement and talent retention as top concerns for most organisations. Overall company success can only be assured when key employee’s roles are aligned with a well-defined business strategy. And with good people so hard to find these days, effective goal alignment is one strategy you can’t afford to ignore...

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31

MAY

2015

Is it time to rethink the performance review?

Via Reuven Gorsht

Rethinking how to approach the performance review is an important part of solid talent management. This process needs to be reinvented in order to propel people and business forward. Here's what one company did to change it up and bring meaning back to a process that is otherwise broken...

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