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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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04

APR

2017

We are pleased to introduce a new Researcher to our team - Natalie Thompson

Convergence Partners

Natalie has over 15 years' experience in a variety of research and library roles. She joins our Research Team, harnessing market intelligence for candidate generation and market mapping...

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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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