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HRNZ is offering reduced-rate recordings of some of this year’s webinars:

  • $10+GST each for members
  • $15+GST each for non-members

Just email with the webinar recordings you would like to access, and upon payment of the invoice, you will receive a temporary link good for one week to view at your convenience, plus a copy of the slides and any handouts.

All webinars are available until 30 November.

  1. How to Manage Remote Working with Kids at Home (6 April)
  2. Boosting Your Resilience and Ability to Respond (7 April)
  3. How to Help Staff Manage Stress in the Lockdown (8 April)
  4. HR Guide to Managing Staff Working from Home (17 April)
  5. The Virtual HR Catalyst – Better HR service in the New Normal (20 April)
  6. Managing the Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic (21 April)
  7. Get Smart with Online Recruiting (22 April)
  8. Building the Case for a New Normal after Lockdown (28 April)
  9. The Interplay between Mental Health and Employment Law (30 April)
  10. Improve your Workplace Response to Domestic Violence (6 May)
  11. Getting your Workplace Level 2 Ready (7 May)
  12. Practically Building Empathy into the Redundancy Process (27 May)
  13. Dealing with Uncertainty (12 June)
  14. The Gender Leadership and Pay Gap and What To Do About It (24 June)
  15. Simplifying Wellbeing and Resilience at Work (1 July)
  16. Triangular Employment (22 July)
  17. Bullying: Complaints, Investigations and Resolution (5 August)
  18. Holidays Act Headaches (9 September)


1. How to Manage Remote Working with Kids at HomeGillian Brookes (6 April)

Gillian Brookes is the Founder of My Kids Village and also runs her consultancy in building flexible workplaces. Join Gillian for an interactive webinar where you'll explore how to manage your new normal (or the new normal for lots of your employees) of working remotely with children permanently at home.

Note: This webinar used breakout rooms a few times (recording goes quiet during this time) but the folder does include the chat transcripts of all the ideas that came out of those breakout rooms.

“I came away with lots of golden tips and a new way perspective on working from home with kids.”


2. Boosting your Resilience and Ability to RespondLauren Parsons (7 April)
In the face of the covid-19 pandemic, we face rapid change, uncertainty and radically changed working conditions, creating fear, stress and anxiety for staff.

Now more than ever, leaders need to remain resilient and equip themselves and their teams to cope with the added pressures of the current climate.

In this session you'll discover:

  • How to boost your resilience so you can respond rather than react
  • The fundamentals to ensure you remain in peak physical condition to underpin your ability to perform
  • Keys to a resilient mindset and avoiding negative thinking traps
  • Daily practises to keep you resilient and strong
  • How to integrate these practises in your life for maximum results

“Well presented, interesting, good stories relevant to resilience, good take away tips.” – Helen, Human Resources Manager


3. How to Help Staff Manage Stress in the LockdownMichael Hempseed (8 April)
Are you concerned about the welfare of your staff at this time? The Coronavirus pandemic is a time of significant stress and change for many workplaces around NZ.

  • Learn the ways that different people cope with change and how it affects everyone differently
  • Learn effective, evidence-based ways to manage stress and worry
  • When does excessive stress become a workplace hazard?
  • How do you help a colleague or friend who may not be coping at the moment?
  • Learn the signs and symptoms that someone is not coping and when they need professional help.

Participants will gain a comprehensive knowledge about the ways that stress affect people, they will understand what are normal reactions to stress and when should you be concerned about an employee or a colleague. You will learn exactly how to help an employee who may be struggling.

“Interesting to learn from other specialists” – Jacinta, Recruitment Team Leader


4. HR Guide to Managing Staff Working from HomeJulia Shallcrass (17 April)
Find out how to effective manage workers from home during the COVID-19 lockdown, while complying with lawful requirements.  This webinar will focus on how to consult with staff about working from home, manage health and safety obligations, and create workplace policies for best practice.

We will discuss tips on how to work effectively from home that will assist during the lockdown and beyond. There will also be opportunities for attendees to share their own best practice remote working tips.

This webinar is useful for anyone who is would like to ensure they are complying with lawful requirements. This webinar is designed for anyone who has not previously attended training with Julia from KiwiBoss about how to effectively manage staff working from home.

“Great way to spend a lunch hour, information presented was highly relevant, but also practical, with real action points” – Linda, Team Lead


5. The Virtual HR Catalyst – Better HR service in the New NormalCallum McKirdy (20 April)
Now more than ever business needs a steady hand to provide a sense of calm and clarity – not simply to steady the ship but to serve, lead, coach, support, and partner all leaders, teams and cultures through chaos – that steady hand is HR.

Leaders right now require HR practitioners who are a mix of strategist, generalist and opportunist who can quickly navigate the complex issues those leaders and their teams are facing right now. I call these savvy operators HR Catalysts.

Join me in this webinar to learn five approaches to your HR practice to help you navigate the change and complexity to best serve your customers in the climate of 2020.

“This is a good foundation for younger HR professionals and a refresher for more experienced HR.” Jenalyn, Senior HR Business Partner


6. Managing the Mental Health Effects of the PandemicJulia Shallcrass and Michael Hempseed (17 April)
Many people are coping well during the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown. However some workers’ mental health has deteriorated.  If left undiagnosed or untreated, mental illness can significantly impact on their ability to do their job.

This webinar is an introduction on how to manage mental illness during the COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand.

We will answer the following questions:

  • What are your lawful obligations to assist staff with mental health?
  • What is a normal stress response and when does it turn into a mental illness?
  • What are the signs of depression, anxiety and PTSD?
  • What can you manage yourself and when do you need to call in the professionals?
  • What should you do if someone has a mental health crisis?
  • How should you approach staff with mental health issues?


7. Get Smart with Online RecruitingDebbie Dawson (22 April)
As the world increasingly shifts toward an online environment we have the opportunity to pause and consider whether our current and commonly used practices are optimal for getting us the best people for the roles we offer. The very first step in recruitment is being clear about the position we have to fill and who is most likely to be successful at it. Unfortunately many of us get this first step wrong which means the rest of the process is compromised from the beginning. If our requirements are too tight we may miss some good candidates, and if they are too woolly then anyone will do. Carefully describing the job to be done and the behaviours that will deliver on the job is a skill worth developing because it makes the job easier for us and it’s also better for the job seekers.

If we get the recruitment part right we end up with a pool of suitable people and will be ‘spoilt for choice’, and while this requires us to make a decision, it is definitely the best position to be in. And yet we still need to be on our guard because research shows that some of our favourite selection methods in New Zealand such as reference checks and interviews are very unreliable. Resourcing our organisations is not only time-consuming; if we get it wrong we waste a lot of our own time and resources. Recruitment and selection methods will be assessed for their effectiveness and how others can be implemented well particularly in an online environment.


8. Building the Case for a New Normal after LockdownGillian Brookes (28 April)
Every organisation has had to adapt over the last few weeks and will continue to do so for many months ahead. One observation from the Kaikoura earthquake was anecdotal evidence that there were new practices emerging while people were away from the office environment that people wanted to keep hold of. But we didn't collect the data to tell a compelling story and so many organisations missed the opportunity to adapt and change as a result.

In this webinar you will explore how you can lead the work in your organisation that will create a new normal in life after lock-down. You will explore how to measure and learn from what everyone is experiencing and build an evidence base that can springboard your flexible work practices to a higher level of maturity, with benefits for both your people and the business.

Note: This webinar used breakout rooms a few times (recording goes quiet during this time) but the folder does include the chat transcripts of all the ideas that came out of those breakout rooms.


9. The Interplay between Mental Health and Employment LawLiz Coats (30 April)
Employers and employees alike are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of mental health in the workplace. In the world of employment law, mental health issues can arise in several different contexts and introduce significant complexity to employment processes. This webinar will cover:

  • Common situations in which mental health issues may arise and ideas of what to do/what not to do
  • Relevant employment and health and safety law considerations
  • Managing mental health as an incapacity issue

Attendees will gain a broader awareness of how to manage mental health issues within New Zealand's employment and health and safety law framework.

“Great knowledge, covered relevant topics with examples” – D’ani, HR Coordinator


10. Improve your Workplace Response to Domestic ViolenceHolly Carrington (6 May)

This webinar discusses some of the myths about domestic violence that lead to common pitfalls of employers’ response to domestic violence. You’ll be walked through some of Shine’s key essential recommendations from the DVFREE Guidelines on Policy and Procedures for employers’ domestic violence staff programmes, which cover policy, procedures, information for staff, training for key staff, and awareness raising for all staff. To illustrate points, Holly will share experiences of DVFREE Tick partner organisations and trainees and stories from former Shine clients.

“Valuable and timely topic which all workplaces need to get a good understanding about.” – Sally, HR Advisor


11. Getting your Workplace Level 2 ReadyMatt Jones (7 May)

With goal posts and expectations changing daily it has become difficult for business leaders to identify what good looks like. Matt Jones of Advanced Safety produced a free 'Return to Work' checklist at the beginning of the Level 4 lock-down to help navigate this new territory. Since then over 2500 businesses have made use of the tool and Matt has been providing his expert guidance to online audiences throughout New Zealand. 

This webinar will enable the audience to plan for the move to Level 2 with a greater sense of confidence and will also ensure that valuable time and resource is directed toward that which matters most. You’ll learn about the practical aspects of getting the workplace ready for Level 2.  Including, what needs to be in place to ensure physical distancing and how do you manage shared spaces within the office environment.

“It was very reassuring to have attended this webinar to ensure we are ready for Level 2, have covered all bases and have fulfilled our legal obligations.” – Vanessa, Client Engagement Support


12. Practically Building Empathy into the Redundancy ProcessStephanie Love (27 May)
It’s been said before, and it will be said again. We are currently facing unprecedented times. Due to this uncertainty, organisations are making fast, impactful decisions to help minimise the effect COVID-19 is having on their ability to operate.

As HR people, we know that labour is usually the largest cost to an organisation, and in financially tight times, people are usually the first to go. It is likely almost every company in the world is looking at reducing cost through reducing its workforce, and if you are in HR, this is likely a topic that has already been discussed at your organisation.

It is recognised that fast decisions are needing to be made to save many organisations, but that doesn’t mean that empathy in the redundancy process needs to be overlooked. This webinar will present practical steps to build empathy into the redundancy process to ensure people leaving the organisation leave through a positive experience.


13. Dealing with UncertaintyMaya Nova (12 June)
Due to COVID-19 pandemic all of us are living with varying degrees of uncertainty. The shift to Level 2 and beyond is bringing new challenges and a new wave of uncertainty. We worry about the future, the safety of our loved ones, and about our own safety and security at this time. Uncertainty brings up fear and generates anxiety.

Maya will explain what happens in our brain when faced with uncertainty and she will share some simple, evidence based mindful strategies to help you to reduce stress and calm the nervous system. Mindfulness teaches us to respond calmly to situations and stressors, to recognize our unhealthy mental and emotional habits, to become more patient and tolerant, less judgmental and kinder to others and ourselves.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what happens in your brain when faced with the stress of uncertainty
  • Understand the difference between anxiety, worry and stress and learn practical tools and techniques how to manage them
  • Learn about mindfulness and how it can support you at this time by helping you to stay calm, focused and present.
  • Learn simple breathing techniques to help you self-regulate and calm the body and mind by activating your parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Learn how you can support your people during this time

“I thought the Webinar presented an important topic in a clear, practical manner with some applicable takeaways.” – Claire, Recruitment Specialist


14. The Gender Leadership and Pay Gap and What To Do About ItDebbie Dawson (24 June)
Why is it that despite all the good intentions and the increase in diversity and inclusion strategies by HR that women are not better represented in our top leadership positions? Not only are there fewer women in positions of formal leadership the evidence shows that they are also paid less and this is not likely to improve any time soon.

Many of the strategies and policies we introduce to address these disparities are essentially superficial and do nothing to challenge our fundamental beliefs about work that drive our everyday practices. The barriers to progression for women in the workplace are primarily psychological making them somewhat harder to resolve. One of the most effective interventions we can initiate is to challenge our definition of effective leadership. We need to be prepared to genuinely change the rules of the leadership game so that women can bring their talents to the workplace and be rewarded for them.

Participants will gain insights from recent research about leadership relative to gender and the implications for HR practice as it relates to recruitment and selection, performance management, the attraction and retention of talent, reward and remuneration. The webinar will consider how to mobilise current HR intelligence such as the awareness of unconscious bias and dynamic coaching approaches to address these leadership gaps.


15. Simplifying Wellbeing and Resilience at WorkKathryn Jackson (1 July)
HR teams are often consigned to leading the design and delivery of wellbeing programmes - and sometimes, deciding how to start and where to go can be like planning a journey without a map (or even a destination) To avoid the short term fixes or multiple solutions which many organisations are defaulting to, Kathryn would like to introduce a simple framework for consideration; The Three E's of Resilience.

This webinar will help you understand the Three E's of Resilience, consider how to design a more comprehensive and long-lasting wellbeing programme and explore some of the latest wellbeing science to support the implementation of programmes at work.


16. Triangular EmploymentPaul McBride and Frances Lear (22 July)
This webinar will cover the new Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Act, which recently came into force in July 2020. That allows employees to raise a personal grievance against not only their employer, but also any “controlling third party” who has control or direction over the employee’s work. Secondment arrangements may be impacted, as well as organisations who engage temporary workers/contractors from labour hire companies (as well as the labour hire company itself).

Participants will gain an understanding of the key issues and risks, and potential strategies for dealing with those.

“Clear, precise and to the point. Case studies presented helps you understand variations of the law.  Questions were answered after the session too.” – Liesle, Business Manager


17. Bullying: Complaints, Investigations and ResolutionLiz Coats (5 August)
Bullying is an insidious issue that affects many workplaces, often only rising to the surface after having been an issue for some time. With WorkSafe issuing its bullying guidelines, bullying has been given fresh attention and the spotlight is being shined on employers whose processes for dealing with bullying are not "up to scratch".

This webinar will focus on the process for dealing with bullying complaints - from when the complaint is received through to different forms of resolution. It will also cover WorkSafe's approach to complaints about bullying, and consider recent relevant cases.

Attendees will gain a more detailed understanding of WorkSafe's guidelines for workplace bullying, ideas for internal policies and procedures on bullying, and confidence in implementing bullying investigations.

“Regardless of how well you may know the subject, there's always a little nugget of information you can take away.” – Trish, HR Advisor


18. Holidays Act HeadachesLiz Coats (9 September)

The Holidays Act has caused serious trouble for many employers in both the public and private sectors. This webinar addresses:

  • reasons why the Holidays Act is complex to apply in practice
  • common problem areas
  • issues to "watch out" for
  • likely legislative reforms

Attendees will gain a detailed understanding of:

  • the Holidays Act and potential areas of compliance risk for their business
  • possible changes to the Holidays Act and ideas for how to prepare in advance of those changes

“Fantastic presenter, for what is a complicated topic. It was truly excellent.” – Helen, HR Services Manager