New Zealand Businesses Today

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Meet Some of the Everyday People in Business

The business owners below represent some of the many companies we believe in and partner with. Their stories have been repeated up and down the country for years, but we suspect with increased regularity as time goes by. If you see something of yourself in these stories, don’t hesitate to reach out for help to put things right.

New Zealand Businesses

“I thought my first employee was such a sure bet – well presented with a great CV and I knew her mother from the tennis club. But after her 90 day trial ended she turned into someone I hardly recognized. She started turning up late for her shifts, her language and demeanor changed, she made much less effort with her personal presentation and hygiene, and probably the worst thing was the till wouldn’t balance. I felt trapped in a sinking boat and I didn’t know how to fix the problem I had created.”

Hair and Beauty Company
New Zealand Businesses

“Covid has been the biggest catalyst for change for our business since we started. And we are enthusiastic about our future! But managing staff as we change their roles, and having had two lock-downs now, has not been fun. Our people seem to know more than we do about their entitlements and our obligations. It is really taking the shine off what would otherwise have been a very exciting time.”

Soft Furnishing supply, Delivery and Installation
New Zealand Businesses

“I thought the right thing to do was let my admin person know I would need to restructure her role. She’d been with me for 14 years so I felt like I owed it to her to give her what I thought was fair warning. Plus I wanted her to be able to pursue any other opportunities that came up. I had no idea I had shot myself in the foot with the right process around making a role redundant. It was a very expensive lesson!”

Residential Plumbing Company
New Zealand Businesses

“If I knew the impact of one bad employee on my whole team from the start, I would have been clearer minded about dealing with it when it first started. He always had plausible excuses for not coming in, or spending too long on a job, or even too short on a job. But by the end of the year he held such sway over all my guys, it felt like no one respected me any more and everyone just did what they felt like.”

Group Home Builder
New Zealand Businesses

“If I’d known it would be so stressful to run my own business, I doubt I would have started. I go to sleep with a knot of anxiety in my belly because I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I think the unpredictability of my staff means I feel like I’m on a treadmill that is going too fast, and I don’t know how to get off.”

Commercial Painter
New Zealand Businesses

“I feel like I have to pay for the unfortunate personal circumstances my staff find themselves in. When they work for you, and things go wrong in their lives (which they seem to with great regularity) you are the one that has to pick up the pieces. I know a lot of business owners wouldn’t bother, but I am not like that. I want to help them, but not like I find myself doing all the time.”

Panel and Paint business

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