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6 Handy Tips to Work With Your Spouse

Posted by NextMinute on Jun 14, 2019 2:45:46 PM

First, you signed the marriage certificate, now you signed the employment agreement.

Working with your spouse is completely different from working with someone you barely know.

So is it a dream come true or a mistake?

Well, it depends on how you handle things. We've compiled a list of 6 tips that'll help you become the power couple at work. 

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Hiring, Staffing, Small Business

5 proven strategies to improve staff productivity (that you can use now)

Posted by NextMinute on Jun 7, 2019 8:36:00 AM


How productive are your employees? 

Because you'll spend a large chunk of your revenue paying salaries to your employees, it's really important that you manage the team effectively and get the right return on investment. 

As a business owner, it's ultimately your responsibility to take necessary steps to increase staff productivity. More productivity means more revenue, happy customers, well-paid employees and, last but not least, the opportunity to expand your business and make a name for yourself.

Keeping that in mind, here are 5 proven strategies to improve staff productivity:

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Management

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Trade Staff

Posted by NextMinute on May 7, 2019 9:47:00 AM

When you run a small trade business, you're not just the boss; sometimes you have to be an  accountant, an office manager, a HR manager, a salesman and even a barista - if the situation demands.

Out of the all roles mentioned above, managing employees can prove to be one of the most difficult challenges. Getting your tradies to finish their work on time and keeping all of them happy is no walk in the park. 

That's why we present to you, the Ultimate Guide to Managing Trade Staff. It's a comprehensive guide that will cover what you need to know to ensure that your business runs smoothly. 

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Management

How to motivate and reward your tradie team

Posted by NextMinute on Apr 1, 2019 4:24:29 PM

Ask yourself: what steps are you taking, as an employer, to make sure your employees look forward to come to work?

Fact is, trade jobs can be physically and mentally tiring, hence, it's really important that you do all you can to keep your team motivated.

Here's how you can motivate and reward your employees:

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Topics: Employee

5 Metrics to Measure Your Team's Performance

Posted by NextMinute on Mar 29, 2019 11:12:00 AM

Your team is the most important asset of your business. A large amount of your financial resources will be spent paying out salaries to your employees.

But how do you calculate the return on investment (ROI)? Do you need to reduce expenses? Or do you need to hire new staff?

It can be really frustrating to understand why business is stagnant and what needs to be fixed. That's why calculating employees' value is really important.

Here are the employee ROI metrics that you can use to measure you employee's performance:

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Topics: Staff, Employee

Tradies - Let's Talk About Mental Health

Posted by NextMinute on Mar 21, 2019 11:12:07 AM

On 15th March, 2019, something happened in Christchurch that changed the course of history forever and New Zealand will never be like it was before.

In these tough times, we need to unite and address any mental health issues that might arise in our homes or workplaces. 

Being a tradie is no walk in the park. Sometimes, you might find yourself fixing a power line at 4:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning, other times, you could be building roads under the hot Kiwi sun.

Not to mention competition, cash problems, workplace disputes and angry customers.

All these events might leave you mentally exhausted. In fact, according to a research, around 47% of New Zealanders might experience mental health issues at some point in their lives. That's almost half of the population.

Other research claims that 1 in 5 Aussies experience mental health problems.

As a trade business owner, managing employees with mental health issues can be a daunting task. If not managed efficiently, these issues can affect your employee's capability to perform their daily tasks.

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Staffing

Getting The Most Out of Contractors (Tips For Tradies)

Posted by NextMinute on Feb 27, 2019 10:43:00 AM

Let's say you have got a construction project on the go, but the project scope also includes landscape design, which is not really your area of expertise.

Hiring a permanent employee for a short-term or one-off project doesn't make sense, but that's when contractors can add real value.

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Topics: Employee, Hiring, Staffing, Contractor

The 6 Golden Rules for Managing Trade Staff

Posted by NextMinute on Feb 23, 2019 10:39:00 AM

Running a trade business can be tiring sometimes.

Not only do you have to meet the clients' expectations to reduce clashes, but you also have to do all the paperwork, admin tasks and manage your trade staff, who could be at different locations.

But the question is: can you handle the jandal?

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Topics: Employee, Job Management, Time Management, Management

5 Things To Know When Hiring An Apprentice

Posted by NextMinute on Feb 9, 2019 5:39:00 PM

If you run a trade business, you’re more likely to come across the term ‘apprentice’.

Indeed, you’re shaping the future of this country by training the eager juniors into competent professionals.

Not to mention, you’ll also have some extra help with lesser costs.

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Hiring

4 Quickfire Tips for Small Businesses Managing Paperwork

Posted by NextMinute on Feb 2, 2019 2:42:00 PM


Your small trades business is up and running, you’ve got a decent number of employees working for you and business is growing steadily – but as your business grows, so do the demands of everyday paperwork and admin tasks.


This is a situation that many tradies find themselves in after a few years in business, and it can be increasingly difficult to keep on top this while still doing the job you love, and putting in as much time and effort as possible into your business.

We have compiled a list of a few simple tips to help you get that stack of paperwork under control and relieve a little bit of pressure, so you can put your energy back into your business and the people that work within it.

Here's how to manage paperwork at work:

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Topics: Admin, Employee, Job Management