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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

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

3 Tips to Manage Remote Employees (Tradies)

Posted by NextMinute on Dec 12, 2018 5:26:00 PM


 It’s really hard to keep track of the remote employees when you run a small business and have so much to do by yourself. 

Really, after all the hectic paperwork, managing invoices and quotes accurately, providing the right information to the staff to get the job done and having a personal life - you most probably would not have the time and energy to manage remote employees.

So you think, “are my remote employees really working?”

“How do I make sure they’re doing their job?”

Managing all your team and subcontractors at once can be difficult because they’re probably on different job-sites. 

You could have workers situated at different sites across the city at any one time - it's complicated to keep tabs on their whereabouts and progress, right?

Fortunately technology has enabled us to better manage workers across jobs and across sites. But you cannot manage remote staff in the same way you manage your regular staff.  Hiring remote staff brings a unique set of challenges.

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Topics: Remote, Employee, Hiring, Staffing