Newsletter October 2020

Newsletter October 2020

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Life’s Short so Surround yourself with the Right People

Welcome to our October 2020 edition!  It’s great to finally be back in Level 1 here in Auckland to join the rest of NZ.  Getting out to enjoy daylight savings and with summer just around the corner, we are feeling hopeful as we head towards the end of what has been an eventful year for us all!

Hasn’t it been an adjustment through the levels?!  Flexibility is the key word for 2020.

We’ve been working with some career coaching clients lately whose roles were disestablished due to Covid. While it’s been a difficult time for those involved, the businesses they worked for have without hesitation, courageously supported their people by investing in outplacement support.

That’s where Fraser People stepped in to offer career coaching to assist them as they transition back into the job market. Providing encouragement and the tools to put their best selves forward for a new role, we have been thrilled to see them being offered great new roles.

In our last Newsletter issue, we offered free CV reviews – and you responded!  We really enjoyed being able to give back in some way. With a crowded job market  it’s key to have a CV that stands out!

Is the job market on the mend?  We are seeing encouraging signs nationally, and heartened by discussing new roles with our clients.   Watch this space.

Have a great weekend and go the All Blacks!

Carol Fraser

We were so looking forward to an evening of wine tasting hosted by Sir John Kirwan (JK).  It was our first big outing post the first lockdown and what an uplifting evening it was (and not because of the food & wine which was great!) His generosity and warmth captured our hearts.

His stories were so inspiring, he really made a genuine connection with us al!  Check out our smiles, don’t we look happy with ourselves!

Fraser People with Sir John Kirwin

7 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

Every year in Aotearoa, we focus on Mental Health Awareness . There is no escaping that 2020 has created some huge challenges for us all, right across our daily lives.

This year’s theme, “Reimagine Wellbeing Together” – He Tirohanga Anamata, encourages us to reflect on the big and small actions we’ve taken to take care of each other this year.

Sometimes it’s hard to reimagine what wellbeing looks like.  We all have mental wellbeing and it can mean different things for us all. It’s a timely reminder to embrace the simple things we can do each day to really help strengthen our wellbeing, that can help us through the tough times.

There was a new theme each day – beginning with “Recharge with others” – Whiria te muka tangata.

Check out the Mentemia website where they have lots of daily activities, talks and tips for the week of Mental Health Awareness.  Tiny yet thoughtful gestures that make the world a better place.


7 Ways to brighten someone's day

A positive, ethical work culture where we can thrive is what we all want – right? How do we assess this when interviewing for a role?  Read the article here


6 Signs of a Positive Company Culture

Here’s a throwback to a time before lockdowns, bubbles and hand sanitiser, and it was only February this year! We were proud to support C U Later Yachting in their epic adventure in the 2020 Round North Island yacht race. 

The Boys sent us some drone footage taken approximately 100 nautical miles off the West Coast of Aotearoa, the calm before the storm during leg 2 to Wellington.

It looks so tranquil, but it’s such an isolated location for one of the smallest and more extreme boats in the fleet. Inspiring stuff indeed. 

Check it out if you want a little mindfulness break today.

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This was our first opportunity to escape Auckland after both lockdowns.  A much needed break to reflect, reconnect, relax and plan together. It certainly left us feeling re-energised and refocused for the rest of the year.

Fraser People Funny
Newsletter June 2020

Newsletter June 2020

Newsletter June 2020

Life’s Short so Surround Yourself with the right People

We hope you are doing well as life starts to gets back to some sort of “normality” after lockdown.  We are back together! It’s so great to have my sister’s smiling face back in the office – Izzy thinks so too!

After seven weeks apart it’s great to be back on track. We nailed the remote working challenge and going forward will continue to include this flexibility. The catch phrase “I think you are on mute” and “can you see my screen” will continue!  More importantly, the physical connection is so good for our mental health, especially when we all need motivation and support in these uncertain times.

We are relieved to have some of our roles back on and being able to offer something positive to discuss with our candidates, many who lost their jobs since NZ went into lockdown. Something that has resonated with me from these conversations is the amazing outlook people have – many have said it helps that they don’t feel alone in this. Inspiring stuff indeed! 

If you or someone you know is currently looking for work, as a show of support we would like to pay it forward and offer a CV review to assist you in your search.

Have a great weekend and enjoy all the sport on offer!

Carol Fraser | Fraser People Newsletter June 2020

Fraser People Carol and Leila back together in office
2020 Finalist RCSA Industry Awards

What a huge day for Fraser People. Absolutely delighted, proud and humbled to share we are a finalist in the RCSA Australia and New Zealand Industry awards for 2020 – for “Excellence in Candidate Care.”  To be acknowledged again this year as a small business is still sinking in and a real boost in these times. Candidate care is a topic very close to our hearts and something we are passionate about – it is very special to be acknowledged in this category.

To all our amazing candidates, clients and partners we get to work with – you inspire us – it’s all about you after all!  Congratulations to all the finalists, it’s a little different this year with virtual awards – look forward to celebrating on the 26th June.

Fraser People cupcake
Carol, Russell and Leila

Cupcakes are also back in level 1! 🧁 So great being able to get out to see the team at NZ Rockshop and celebrate Russell’s first week as Financial Controller.
A recruitment process we started as we went into lock down, all of us adapting as we moved through the levels to get this great result.  Congratulations Russell Wakeling– great working with you – exciting times ahead.

It’s been a challenging time for us all. We are excited to get out to see all you good people doing good things – not to mention that much needed social interaction. Let’s get out there and support all our amazing local businesses.

Work from Home scrabble board

Once we got to level 2 the inevitable conversations started happening for many about transitioning back to the office. Working remotely or flexibly has been a hot topic for some time – from our experience it is one that is raised more often than not during the recruitment process.

Will the results of this enforced WFH change the way we work in future? Many organisations were already embracing flexibility – how can the positive elements change the conversation for the others?

There were some surprising and positive benefits reported when AskYourTeam surveyed 20,000 New Zealanders working from home during lockdown. They included:

  • Better communication from management and teammates despite working remotely
  • Feeling more trusted to work at home and get on with it
  • Managers recognising everyone’s personal situation is different and being flexible in how they manage their work and family commitments

How is your business approaching a return to the office? Many clients I’ve spoken to are continuing to #WFH where they can for now, others have a staggered approach. Are you straight back into the office – will you continue to work remotely at all – what is your preference?

Have you got some work from home team mates of the four legged variety? Mine seem to have great timing and feature regularly in my video calls.  We caught them today trying to sneak off early ……

Water dropping into puddle

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.  Why did you spill the coffee?

“Because someone bumped into me!!” Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.
Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea. Whatever is inside the cup is what will spill out.
Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It’s easy to fake it, until you get rattled.   So we have to ask ourselves… “what’s in my cup?”
When life gets tough, what spills over? Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?
Anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions? Life provides the cup, YOU choose how to fill it.
Today let’s work towards filling our cups with gratitude, joy, kindness and love for others.

Joke re office

Newsletter March 2020

Newsletter March 2020

Read our E-Newsletter March 2020

Welcome to our very first e-newsletter! Firstly I hope you are all safe and doing well. Congratulations on making it through week one in what is such a surreal time for us all!

Thank you for playing your part to stay home and save lives, let’s stay united to beat this. In what is a challenging time for us all, there is one thing I am certain of –  we will be here to support you in whatever way we can. Whether you are looking for work or wanting some support with your people processes, we are here, so give us a shout if you’d like to connect.

We are very excited to launch this newsletter which we hope will inform and inspire you on a regular basis. You are receiving this because you are in our database.

Are your pets loving having all the family at home in their bubble as much as mine are?  Lots of extra walks and treats for us all.

Carol Fraser

….And then we were two

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A huge welcome to Leila McIntyre as my new Client Services Manager.  Some of you will know Leila already, as she is in fact my sister. It is very humbling and motivating that Leila believes in my business and has joined me to continue this epic journey.With her strong background in PA and customer focused roles – she is the perfect addition to the team.

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Izzy the office dog thinks so too!

This Too Shall Pass

by Leila McIntyre

In our own way each of us will be coming to terms with how Covid-19 has affected our lives. Who would have ever known that 2020 would become such a nightmare?

Two weeks into my role as Client Services Manager for my sister Carol, and we had to say goodbye to each other not knowing when we would see each other again in the flesh. We are so lucky that in 2020 we are able to to stay in touch virtually, during this imposed lock down, and how we are now turning inwards and realising the importance of staying in touch with those nearest and dearest.

Yesterday was yet another glorious sunny day and my husband and I took the opportunity to walk around the neighbourhood. Never have we had so many greetings, or waves from complete strangers. We then came home feeling energised and our social contact tank topped up. Later that day whilst I was pulling weeds in our driveway, each person who walked by greeted me.  With the lack of noise pollution from vehicles, I was able to hear conversations never heard before. I found it entertaining being given an insight into other people’s lives and again made the isolation a little more bearable.

I know that eventually this will pass and life will go on, but I like to think that this new way of being aware of each other will remain.

Round North Island Race 2020

The Round North Island yacht Race kicked off in Auckland on 22 February. Fraser People was proud to sponsor CU Later yachting on their epic adventure.  The race was created by Sir Peter Blake back in 1976 and is raced every 3 years.

Thirty eight yachts took on what can be considered a crazy challenge – circumnavigating the north island.

Logan and Nico had a great result completing the race on 9 March with an overall 2nd on line and 2nd on handicap in their division. As one of the smallest and most extreme yachts in the race we were delighted to support their dream. 

CU Later Logan and Nico
CU Later in RNI Race

Things to be grateful for whilst working from home

  • Here’s an opportunity to restore some balance in your life
  • Less commuting time means you now have more time to spend with your family
  • There’s also the comfort that comes from being in your own space, with your own things, and wearing what you like
  • It’s easier to stay on top of household duties like putting on a load of washing or letting meals cook while you work
  • You might find it simpler to schedule in exercise or just take a break by going for a walk around the block
  • The way you work could be more streamlined – a meeting might become an email; or a quick video check-in
  • Your breaks can also involve things you couldn’t do at your workplace, like playing an instrument or cuddling your pet.
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