The Capital Letter

October 2020

Welcome from our Group President

Kia ora koutou,

Your GMT’s focus this month has been on Team member movements, in and out of the Team, as well as swapping over to other roles. 

Our heartfelt thanks to Jenny Porter, for her wonderful support as Admin Officer this past year, as well as Vice-President prior to that. Jenny will continue in her Central Regional Leader role, on which she wishes to focus her attention.

Emma Washer has stepped away from the Finance Officer role and will continue to support GMT as a general member with projects, events and fantastic ideas.

I’m pleased to announce that after requesting expressions of interest from our membership, Nicole Green has been promoted from Newsletter Editor to Finance Officer. Congratulations to Nicole on her new appointment! But wait, it doesn’t stop there. We are still seeking interest from members for our two remaining vacant GMT roles: Admin Officer and Newsletter Editor. Please email me if you’re curious as to how you can boost your career potential.

One member recently shared that she was told her current and prior role applications were successful because of her active involvement in giving back to her professional community, by being an AAPNZ GMT member.


Whoops! Apology to Sherie Pointon, Admin Advantage

Our sincere apologies to Sherie Pointon. Our article last month referred to Sherie as starting up a Virtual Assistant business, which was incorrect.  Sherie has very successfully built Admin Advantage - her training, development and consulting firm. We apologise for the misunderstanding, which was rectified as soon as it was brought to our attention.

October Group Meeting

Wellbeing in the workplace

Psychological safety and the importance of calm and mindful leadership

Our guest author, Gerard Hoffman is a Registered Social Worker, Counsellor and Organisational Wellbeing Consultant. He spoke to members about maintaining our wellbeing during the time of COVID-19, at our September Group meeting (see below). Here, Gerard explains psychological safety and the importance of calm and mindful leadership.

A strategic focus on Workplace Wellbeing within organisations is increasingly being seen as a non negotiable priority and the experience of Covid 19 across NZ has put into a spotlight again the importance of organisations looking after the emotional wellbeing of their employees – especially during challenging times where anxiety, uncertainty and organisational change is apparent.

A holistic model of organisational wellbeing focusses on three key areas of strategic focus: Strategies that enhance individual wellbeing and resilience, build leadership capacity to create psychological safety and take a whole of organisation perspective: me, we and us. Examples of these would include encouraging work life balance practices for employees, training people leaders in mental wellbeing promotion and in compassionate conflict resolution and developing a whole of organisation wellbeing strategy.

Gerard Hoffman

What's been happening...

September Group Meeting

On Thursday, 17th September we were treated to drinks and nibbles, a tour of Urban Hub's superb facilities, and a lively, engaging presentation from Gerard Hoffman.

Gerard talked to us about the impact of Covid on our lives, work and wellbeing;  the 5 stages of stress; the importance of recovery and how to develop an optimistic mindset. He gave us loads of advice, providing strategies to protect our wellbeing, motivation and optimism. Several members agreed we could've listened to him all night!

Gerard generously offered to share his PowerPoint presentation slides to our members who couldn't make it. You can access the slides in the members-only section of our website here.

New AAPNZ Trading Name?

As Angie mentioned in her Welcome, the National Executive Team (NET) are considering creating a brand (trading) name for the Association. 

Feedback from potential members and businesses has highlighted that the term "administrative professional" is restrictive (e.g. people in accounts or HR roles may not see themselves as administrative professionals but are doing admin roles), old-fashioned and not aligned with what businesses use to refer to the roles.

NET wants to hear from you - our members - your views on two things: potentially changing the brand/trading name of AAPNZ and if this is something wanted, views on the suggested name. Ideas for other potential names are also welcomed.

The legal name of the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand would stay the same.

Go to the poll page...

Member anniversaries

We wouldn't be an Association without our members. Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to AAPNZ and the Wellington Group.

23 years

Eth Lloyd

15 years

Ali McKessar

14 Years

Debbie Warnock

4 Years

Marion Pahl and Suzanne Tromp

Last Group meeting of 2020!

November Group Meeting

Networking Event

with In House Catering

We are also excited to celebrate the Wellington Member of the Year award/s!
          • 18 November
          • 5:30pm kick-off
          • Willeston Conference Centre

Thank you to our Sponsors

We couldn't do it without you!

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