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Jonathan Rice

Jonathan Rice

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Uber Enters the Staffing Game

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Oct 16, 2019 4:47:09 PM

I'm keen to share a recent post from JOYN Co-Founder Sean Walters this week, writing about Uber's foray into the staffing industry with their new app Uber Works.  

It had to happen eventually, although it does seem like they are still having to engage with pesky human beings, like their drivers in the original Uber, but in this instance with good old fashioned temp agencies in Chicago.

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Topics: Recruitment, Technology, Flexible Working

Recruitment Fee for new Christchurch City Council CEO Deemed "Obscene"

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Sep 3, 2019 3:23:12 PM

I've worked in the recruitment industry for almost 15 years now and the one thing that has been an ever-present factor is the lack of understanding, from people outside of the industry, of what actually goes into a proper recruitment process.

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Topics: Insider, Recruitment, Agency, Cost

JOYN Recognised for Excellence in the Auckland Westpac Business Awards

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Aug 21, 2019 3:25:53 PM

Last week I went along to Okahu in Orakei, Auckland, to attend a networking evening where they would be announcing the Finalists in this year's Central Auckland Westpac Business Awards.  That's me, above, with my wife Jayne (the original inspiration for what became JOYN back in 2012 when our kids were tiny and she was looking for flexible recruitment work).  That's also the back of Michael Barnett, Chief Executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and also MC for the night.

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Topics: Recruitment, Human Resources, Flexible Working, Awards

Keeping Interview Questions on the Right Side of NZ Law

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Aug 20, 2019 3:16:14 PM

Providing "unbundled" recruitment services for businesses is one of JOYN's greatest attractions for our clients, particularly the smaller ones who only have the need and budget for support around specific parts of the recruitment process.  This agile approach enables us to deliver value without breaking the bank.

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Topics: Insider, Recruitment, Human Resources, Learning, Interview

Black Holes and Candidate Rejections

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Aug 8, 2019 3:59:33 PM

It seems like an eternity since the New Zealand school holidays happened but there are some things I still remember from the blur of work, kids, events and meetings all bundled into one exhausting mess.

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Topics: Insider, Recruitment

Amazon Usher Staff Towards the Future of Work

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Jul 23, 2019 12:41:38 PM

Amazon are proving to be an increasingly regular name  cropping up around developments in the future of work.  I recently blogged about the gamification of their warehouse workers' roles, literally turning their work into video games to boost productivity and increase engagement.

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Topics: Future Of Work, Technology, Gamification, Learning

What Your Recruiter is Really Thinking and Doing

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Jul 12, 2019 12:40:25 PM

Our JOYN COO Sean Walters wrote a post for our sister company Rice Consulting this week and I thought it could be apt to share it here.

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Topics: Recruitment, Agency

The Kiwi Companies Making Waves in the Sharing Economy

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Jun 25, 2019 4:53:26 PM

Did it escape your attention that last week was Global Sharing Week?  It did mine, I must admit, but after hearing about it from this article I thought I'd take a closer look at how us Kiwis are engaged in the so-called "Sharing Economy".

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Topics: Gig Economy, Sharing Economy, Remote Working, Flexible Working

The Lure of the Gig Economy

Posted by Jonathan Rice on Jun 11, 2019 11:05:41 PM

The Uber Driver's Tale

JOYN is on a road trip to Sydney this week and my early morning Uber ride to the airport was with Adam, a pleasant, chatty guy from Palestine who had recently returned to New Zealand after spending some time in Melbourne and Western Australia.

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Topics: Future Of Work, Gig Economy, Freelancing

Gamification of Monotonous Work: Genius or Sinister?

Posted by Jonathan Rice on May 29, 2019 9:20:12 AM

Back in my England schooldays I had a "Saturday job" at Boots the Chemist.  There I was, every Saturday, with my classmates Vinny and Flibba (Paul and James to their parents), decked out in a pair of scratchy blue trousers, roughly-ironed white shirt, blue tie and name badge, bleary-eyed but ready to serve the public their chemical needs.

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Topics: Future Of Work, Technology, Gamification

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