The Way we Leave the World – a review of Gareth Hughes’ biography of Jeanette Fitzsimons

This article, The Way we Leave the World, was the lead story on the day of the book launch. It is best read on The Spinoff here.   Greens-adjacent writer Anissa Ljanta on A Gentle Radical: The Life of Jeanette … Read More

She is Not Your Rehab: A book that’s a roadmap for the hard work of healing

Better read on The Spinoff here   I grew up in Samoa and South Auckland. A daughter in a long line of sensitive alcoholics. Two of my classmates wore their father’s fingers bruised into their flesh. I was just growing … Read More

Good Work Story: From the Boardroom to the Beach. Josh Borthwick.

An interview with Josh Borthwick, CEO Sustainable Coastlines Ever been for a walk on a beautiful beach, only to find the moment ruined by cigarette butts, or worse? Water safety warnings have been in the news again this summer. The … Read More

Redundancy – from whoa to go.

Let’s face it, being made redundant sucks. In the Grief Indicator chart put out by the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, loss of a job and being laid off rank high. As with all grief, everyone will feel this … Read More

Good Work Story: From Hair Stylist to Earth Care Advocate

An interview with Sonja Urban, Conservation Officer at Conservation Volunteers Aotearoa Sonja was a hairstylist for years. In the salon she was known for having conversations with clients around sustainability, environment and politics – not your salon usual! It came … Read More

Bring your volunteers out of the shadows – Do Good Jobs Employers

Without volunteers, New Zealand would falter. Especially the do-good sector. Volunteering New Zealand states 21.5% of Kiwi’s volunteer and the value of formal volunteering is estimated at 4 billion dollars annually. That’s about 159 million hours of formal volunteer labour … Read More

Good Work Stories: Rhiannon Robinson-The People Powerhouse

The Do Good Jobs team has grown recently, so this month we’re featuring Rhiannon Robinson, the new Do Good Jobs Business Development Manager. Rhiannon lights up explaining why she loves her job. Which, of course, is what Do Good Jobs … Read More

How to field curveball interview questions like a pro

Every interviewer has their favourite curveball interview questions. They’re often preceded by a glint in the interviewer’s eye and a pause before they strike. You know the ones. Some we’ve come to expect, like asking what our greatest weakness is, … Read More

The eight magic ingredients for a thriving team – Do Good Jobs

I was on a webinar last week and one of the presenters referred to an organisation or business as a cake and the employees the icing. I disagreed vehemently. Our people are the cake itself. They bring the components of … Read More

Five steps to save time in your job search – Do Good Jobs

Looking for work can feel like a part-time job in itself. My advice is to approach your job search like you would any chunk of work and manage your time well. I have three words. Strategise. Streamline. Systems. 1. Get … Read More

My group interview was awkward -Stuff

  It was a perplexing phone call. My job application had been successful and they had narrowed applicants down to 12 from more than 100 applicants. I was excited about the role. So this was good news. Would I care … Read More

Why I refuse to work for free -Do Good Jobs

  Talk to enough people in the progressive and NGO sectors and you will find those who work more than they are paid for. There are a few ways this can manifest. Perhaps they don’t claim for the exact hours … Read More

How to go from volunteer to paid employee -Do Good Jobs

Being a volunteer is a fabulous thing. It allows cash-strapped organisations to extend their reach and do more good work. And it gives volunteers a chance to make a difference in their communities and gain valuable experience and brownie points … Read More

It’s time for your mid-year check in -Do Good Jobs

We’re halfway through the year. Yikes! I am not quite sure how it’s been six months since Christmas but here we are. It’s a good time to dust off goals and intentions from the New Year and reflect on the … Read More

Getting kids to love gardening -NZ Herald

  Kids love seeing their little garden grow before their eyes and, chances are, if they grow it, they’ll eat it. Think of the best gardener you know. Chances are they had a mentor – a parent or grandparent – … Read More

How to protect your staff from burn out -Do Good Jobs

We can’t wrap staff in cotton wool, but we can do our darndest to create a healthy work culture to prevent AND put systems in place in case employees tip off the edge of high productivity into the depths of … Read More

How to get the best job applicants -Do Good Jobs

Nothing sends an enticing message to prospective employees like a great recruitment process – and that all starts with your job listing. A clear recruitment process saves your time and that of your prospective applicants – sending a clear message … Read More

Five easy tips for mid-year reviews -Do Good Jobs

We’re six months into 2019. Not quite sure how June snuck up so quickly but here we are. June is the traditional mid-year review time. Below we list some ideas around how to make these go smoothly, but who says … Read More

Four ways to support staff to flourish -Do Good Jobs

Link to original article on Do Good Jobs HERE Learning new skills and ways of looking at the world keeps us engaged and alert. Humans are wired to learn. Remember that old saying, ‘Use it or lose it’? Turns out … Read More

When your new job is meh -Do Good Jobs

You’ve started a new job. You were excited to start but the reality is just, well, meh. What do you do? Say you’re going for a coffee, then make a break for it? Call your girlfriend in tears from a … Read More

Ten Time Management tips for Not-for-Profit Pros -Do Good Jobs

Juggling workloads in not-for-profits can often feel overwhelming. We care passionately about the larger vision our work contributes to and it is very easy to overextend yourself. You know…skipping lunch breaks, working overtime, taking work home to lighten the load … Read More