There are minimum obligations that you need to meet when you take on staff, whether they are contractors, casual employees, part time employees or full time employees. You need to ensure you know these minimum requirements. But if you want motivated, loyal staff who will help you grow your business you need to do more than meet the minimum requirements.  

Browse this page for our tips, resources, services and training opportunities aimed at assisting you in managing staff well.

Where to Start

Managing staff is all about people; and people are complicated, so there is no ‘one formula’ for all. However, generally, employers that genuinely care about their staff usually do better than those that treat their staff as production units.

Other keys to being a good employer include supporting your employees, finding a way to grow mutual respect, and learning what motivates them to succeed.

Free HR Resources

If you know of other free HR resources that would be useful to North Canterbury businesses please send us the link for our consideration. 

Local HR and Employment Services

If you are looking for local HR and employment services we encourage you to view our list of Business Service Partners. These are businesses that have partnered with Enterprise North Canterbury and offer specific HR & Employment services for businesses in North Canterbury.

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People is our speciality so we are here to work with you as a plug in HR manager, or to provide additional support to your own HR team, to ensure you manage, lead and grow your team well. We will step you through the tricky stuff and make sure you have access to triage support when you need it

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North Canterbury Business Services

North Canterbury Business Services Ltd is aimed at providing the local help and support you need to succeed; letting you focus on what you do best, supporting your customers with products and services that are your expertise.

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Corcoran French

Local lawyers offering effective solutions and peace of mind.

Our focus is on the small to medium business sector in NZ.  Corcoran French has strong ties to the North Canterbury region, having been part of the Kaiapoi community for 125 years.

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Saunders Robinson Brown

Saunders Robinson Brown is one of Canterbury's leading law firms, with offices in Christchurch and Rangiora.

Staff.  Your greatest asset, but employment law is complex and wide-ranging, ready to trap the unwary.  Do you know all your legal requirements?  Ask us how we can help you.

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Success Factor

Dealing with staff, managing people and supporting employees can be complex. Support can be provided to help with recruitment and selection, interviews and performance reviews, to ensure you engage the right people and get the best from your employees.

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NPower Business Solutions

We offer a comprehensive HR support system that suits your business requirements. Complete, compliant and cost-effective, it’s like having your own legal counsel and HR manager on-call, 24/7, backed by the technology, expertise and legal protection you need for total peace of mind.

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Essential HR

We’re here to help you, your business, and your employees, succeed in today’s complex employment environment.

We provide quality strategic HR advice, procedures, documentation, legal compliance and the like. The result - your employees feel cared for, and we save you time, stress and money.

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To find out about becoming a Business Service Partner please view our Business Services Partners page or contact Miles Dalton.

HR, Management & Leadership Training

Enterprise North Canterbury provides a wide range of HR, Management and Leadership training and also has connections with other local and national training providers as well as one-on-one business coaches.

Your business may also be eligible for subsidy vouchers through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. These reduce the cost of training or coaching by up to 50%. Our NZTE vouchers page outlines the criteria, and our Business Support team can assess whether you are eligible.

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If you would like to be informed of upcoming courses by email please join our mailing list.

Other HR, Management and Leadership Services

If you offer a North Canterbury based HR or employment service and would like to be considered for the above list, please contact us.