Treasury’s Living Standards Framework (LSF) encompasses the ‘four capitals’ – natural, human, social, and financial/physical – which affect our wellbeing as a nation and as a citizenry.
Comment from: -Dr Troy Coyle, CEO, HERA -Dr Ganesh Nana, chief economist, BERL New Zealand is currently under the leadership of a coalition Government with a staunch focus on wellbeing, and business and industry need to understand how this focus changes the way they should assess their bottom line and their general contribution to the […]
Careful planning is essential in the phase when research and commercialisation start to overlap. Particularly due to the sharp contrast between the languages that are used in academia and industry.
Remember the computer triode? Unless you’re an early-tech enthusiast, it’s unlikely. Used as switches in the first electronic computers, these vacuum tubes consumed a great deal of power. They were unreliable and upon the invention of silicon chips, were quickly replaced. A new material has the potential to shift entire industries. Here, Kari Hjelt, Head […]
The technology itself should be a minimal part of a conversation that is dominated by understanding the business itself and its objectives.
The average New Zealand SME business uses about eight different cloud applications without seeing any noticeable improvement in productivity or profit. Technology commentator and chief technology officer at OneHQ, Warren Hughes, said that while technology is seen by many as the solution to New Zealand’s productivity problems – the latest shiny object is artificial intelligence […]
If you own or work for one of the high-flying tech businesses in our world then you need to check if you are using the technology properly or indeed actually doing any thing with it. Making things that is!
-Doug Green, Publisher. I am sure you know this and are still working out what you can do without – on a company and personal level. Simply, if we are doing well it is from the creative efforts emanating from our minds not from a robot or piece of technology. If we have four good […]
The first step is to identify and categorise different types of incidents happening onsite and establish their impacts on costs and productivity. To do this effectively, organisations should develop an incident classification matrix tailored to their work environments.
By Gaurav Sharma, Head of Industries Business, ANZ, Cognizant Employee safety remains a key concern within the oil and gas sector. The nature of tasks and activities makes it a riskier industry than others. Workers’ fatigue is another factor increasing that risk. However, the oil and gas industry is in a prime position to take […]
I mentioned before the future of work is about people, people, people. We are currently witnessing the rise of the impact enterprise and social enterprise structures, which enable meaningful work, and might I add drive a significant level of innovation.
So, I challenge you. When imaging the future of work, put people at the centre. Adele Rose – 3R Group Chief Executive What is the future of work? Is it a world filled with automation – machines ceaselessly performing tasks humans once did, never tiring, never falling ill, generating maximum profit? I believe he tangata, […]
Political and economic factors, long term or short term, cannot explain all. The subjective side of strikes is also important.
Last year, more than 70,000 workers walked off their jobs in New Zealand – the highest number of people on strike since the late 1980s. The reasons for the strike wave are political and economic. Strikes were supposedly something of the alleged “bad old days” of the 1970s. But during the first year of Aotearoa […]
The New Zealand government and the advisory sector provide practical advice and funding to help the agriculture economy to reduce their impact on climate change.
-Edgar Ludwig, consulting engineer for energy efficiency Efficient use of fossil fuel and electricity will help farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the energy bill. While fossil fuel is mainly used for the vehicle fleet, electricity is used for running equipment such as milk processing and feed processing. Each farm is different and there […]
Only through strong economic growth and a business sector that is willing to invest can many expenditure programmes be supported over the long term.
-Leeanne Watson, CE, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Perhaps unsurprisingly New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget isn’t a business budget and it’s certainly not about to transform our economy. Yes, there were pockets of funding for innovation, research and development, skills and infrastructure which will help some businesses develop at higher levels and contribute to growing […]
Ensuring the seamless transition from the production line building stage to the delivery of the line is a key responsibility of an Assembly Shop Manager.
-Andrew Stackpole, Assembly Shop Manager at Facteon Developing an efficient and polished machine building process can take a manufacturing company decades. What’s most important is that throughout this process, the focus is on building a quality production line that allows for the manufacturing of best-in-class product. Since beginning my career as a Machine Builder in […]