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HR Practices Transformed! – Building a High Performing, Resilient and Positive Organisation

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25 Aug
9.00am - 5.00pm
Andrea Gardner
Registrations closed

This programme introduces HR practitioners to the field of positive psychology showing how it relates to the work of human resources. The key focus of the course will be identifying specific ways in which HR practices may be adapted and improved via the application of positive psychology principles. We will show how looking at an organisation and its HR practices through a positive psychology lens will identify ways to radically improve effectiveness, energy, engagement and resilience.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about their own strengths, positivity and resilience.

Who should attend the course?

All HR Practitioners seeking a theoretical and working understanding of positive psychology, and ideas and methods for applying the principles of positive psychology to the workplace

What are the learning objectives?

  • Greater knowledge of positive psychology
  • Confidence and ability to educate and convince others of the merits of adopting positive psychology principles
  • Confidence and knowledge to implement or amend organisational initiatives in line with positive psychology principles
  • Improved personal insight and personal positivity

What are the key topics covered?

  • Introduction to positive psychology
  • The rise of positive psychology and its relevance for the modern workplace
  • Personal strengths self-assessment
  • Personal positivity and resilience
  • Applications and implications of positive psychology for:
    • Recruitment & Selection
    • Induction/On boarding
    • Performance Management
    • Learning and Development
    • Engagement/Culture
    • Employment Relations
    • Change Management
    • Vision, Values and Strategy
    • Health and Safety

About the Presenters

Andrea is a seasoned organisational psychologist and human resources practitioner who loves applying her skills and knowledge to address strategic workplace issues. Andrea is very experienced and committed to leadership and staff engagement, with a track record of improving both through sound advice, targeted and effective workshops, and well thought through and executed organisation development initiatives. Andrea is an experienced manager herself, and finds this experience invaluable in working with other managers to improve their leadership practices. She is an active proponent of positive leadership and positive psychology; strength based approaches to leadership and workplace improvement.

An accomplished facilitator, trainer and coach, Andrea has worked with diverse groups of people in NZ and in far-flung international locations. She adapts her style to suit each industry but has a particular affinity for local and central government, education and academia, manufacturing and professional services. Andrea is engaging, creative and down to earth. She prides herself on her ability to design and deliver workable, effective, original and sustainable solutions to organisational challenges.

Andrea has 20 years’ experience spanning both consulting and in-house positions. Originally working for Carter Holt Harvey in Hamilton, Andrea spent several years in HR and Performance Improvement roles. Then she moved into consulting, working in Wellington for SHL NZ Ltd, a leading provider of psychometric assessment and organisational psychology tools and services, first as a Senior Consultant then as a Managing Consultant. In 2003 Andrea moved back to her home town of Christchurch to take up a role as General Manager of Hadlee Kippenberger & Partners (a division of KPMG Christchurch), leading a team of consulting and in-house human resources practitioners and organisational psychologists. Andrea then moved back into a full time in-house position spending four years as Organisation Development Manager for the Christchurch City Council. In her time as Organisation Development Manager at the Christchurch City Council, engagement increased by 21 percentage points taking the Council into the ‘Best Employers’ zone. Andrea played a key role in staff welfare after the February 2011 earthquake, implementing support and development resources to address emerging welfare needs. Andrea has been a Director of Strategic HR since 2013.

John has been extensively involved in leadership development programmes for current and up and coming staff through to Executives. He is passionate about leadership (and its impact on engagement) and in measuring consequences for the organisation, using technology to improve service delivery and in creating real change in organisations that is in line with strategic direction.
John has worked with a number of organisations to define successful leadership and run Executives through Development Centres and working with them on development plans. He has created Leadership development programmes, taking individuals from first appointment through the first five years of their leadership journey including induction, transition to management, core leadership and management skills and development of the depth of their knowledge through further study. He also facilitates Positive Leadership and Leaders Coach Programmes with Executives through to front line leaders.

John has over 20 years experience, starting his career in consulting in Health as a sole trader and then with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Management Consulting in Hamilton. He then joined SHL New Zealand in the Senior Management Team in Auckland, opening the Wellington and Christchurch offices and building these to over half of the company revenue. He then had 10 years as a Senior Manager at Airways Corporation of New Zealand, leading teams of professionals in the delivery of generalist HR as well as specialist services. In the course of his career he has delivered projects in Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Vanuatu, Venezuela, United States and the United Kingdom. He is currently Director of Strategic HR and Director of Professional Affairs of the New Zealand Psychological Society.

Reframed my view of where HR can add value to the business, i.e. thinking from a business point of view rather than just an HR point of view. It was very interesting and it motivated me to make changes. Workforce Advisor, South Canterbury DHB


HRINZ Member Non Member
Earlybird Fee* $955.00 +GST $1,275.00 +GST
Standard Fee $1,175.00 +GST $1,350.00 +GST


*Early bird (EB) price available when you register and pay before the date/s listed below:

Course Course Date EB* Date Ready to Register?
25 Aug
28 July
Registrations closed

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