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What is the great resignation?

A mysterious global social trend’s been building this year and it seems that it’s already arrived in New Zealand. Is the Great Resignation upon us?

Frances Bearne, Director of Human Focus Consulting talks with Seven Sharp.

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Frances Bearne,
named one of the Top 15 Coaches in 
Auckland, 2023 

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August, 2023

Getting the best from boomerangs. How can businesses make the most of “return” employees?

What is a Boomerang Employee?


Boomerang employees are those workers who leave the company and later return after a stint abroad or working elsewhere.


In the past, boomerang employees were fairly uncommon and not really talked about. Up until recently, you could even argue that there has been a stigma attached to being one.

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January, 2023

What to take from lockdown to keep in the workplace? 

We have all been affected one way or another by the Covid-19 pandemic – both businesses and people. While many businesses have had an extremely difficult time, some organisations and employees are enjoying the positive changes that have come out of it.

Frances Bearne, Founder of Human Focus Consulting talks more on what workplaces can take away from lockdowns.


Apr, 2022

Executives jump ship from private to NGO sector in search of more meaning

Recruiters say more executives are seeking more meaningful work, while a survey finds two-thirds of managers are considering leaving their jobs.

Human Focus Consulting director Frances Bearne is also seeing this trend unfold. She encourages people to stop and think before they jump ship, and consider what a move would actually mean in practice.

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Oct, 2021

Why lockdown will accelerate NZ’s ‘big quit’

The ‘great resignation’ or ‘big quit’ has been sweeping the United States, with a record 4 million workers quitting their jobs every month since April.

The trend has been driven by a number of issues, including pandemic fatigue, burnout and overall job dissatisfaction.

Latest Stats NZ labour data shows in the June quarter the main reason people left their jobs was due to their contracts ending, about 16,400.

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August 16, 2020

How to build resilience in the workplace

COVID-19 has really taken a toll on businesses. Many were forced to shut down in its wake, while others had to make big sacrifices.


For a business suffering pay cuts, redundancies and more, how can they rebuild resilience?

Human Focus Consulting Founder Frances Bearne spoke to The AM Show.

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August, 2023

The future of work: Building transferrable skills in age of AI

OPINION: With artificial intelligence (AI) technology advancing at a quicker rate than many expected,


Frances Bearne, internationally certified leadership and team coach and founder of Human Focus Consulting, shares her top tips for building transferable skills for the workplace.

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June, 2022

What to include in a C.V


Whether you’re an employee looking for the next big thing and you’re wondering what to include in a CV, or you’re an employer looking to find – or keep – the best staff, these are the five skills you NEED to focus on. 

"As the workforce continues to evolve, more and more employers have started to focus on seeking not just technical skills, but human skills when they recruit, promote and develop their workforces,” says Frances Bearne.

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Jan, 2022

How to hold onto your best people


In light of the so-called ‘Great Resignation’, Frances Bearne from Human Focus Consulting shares smart strategies to help business owners retain their top talent.

The changes over the past 18 months have not been easy for businesses or employees. It’s given many Kiwis food for thought, causing them to reflect on what fuels them personally, in life, and in their careers.

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Oct, 2021

How to navigate a career change in uncertain times

The uncertainty of the last 18 months many of us left in a state of limbo, stuck in a job or career that we might otherwise have abandoned. Fear, and a need to pay the mortgage has been a factor but so has a sense of loyalty to our employers during this tough time. There has been a lot of standing still, working hard just to stay afloat.

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How to handle a Redundancy


Work-life is tough at the moment. It might be about to get tougher with wage subsidies and other goodies about to be cut.

If you're not already part of a business that's restructured or soon to be, there's news all around that the economy is about to take a dive and potentially rob us of our jobs, our clients, our sales and business dreams.

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August, 2023

How can employers help Gen Z thrive in the workplace

By leading from example, employers can retain, engage and support Gen Z workers to thrive in the workplace, advocate for themselves, and set boundaries in a way that maintains good relationships with employers and peers, and ensures that the work gets done to a high standard. 

Here are some key ways employers can do this by internationally certified leadership and team coach and founder of Human Focus Consulting, Frances Bearne...


June, 2022

How to provide effective feedback and why it is so important

Today’s reality presents many challenges that affect our businesses and, as a result, our staff. Returning to the office after so long at home has impacted how we communicate with each other and has stunted the development of essential soft skills, especially for those who started their careers during the lockdown and have never had to navigate working relationships at the office or for those leaders who haven’t flexed some of their skills in a while due to remote working.

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Oct, 2021

'Great resignation' coming to NZ: More people ponder quitting
their job

About half as many people are committed to sticking with their job this year compared with 2020, a survey shows, amid suggestions that the “great resignation” reported overseas could happen here, too.

Director of Auckland-based Human Focus Consulting Frances Bearne​ said employers needed to act quickly to keep valued staff satisfied.

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July 31, 2020

Expert reveals how to actually achieve a work/life balance

So how can Kiwis manage fulfilment in both work and life, especially when the economy and news coming in from around the world is pretty grim? 

Frances Bearne, director of Human Focus Consulting, says this topic is one of the most frequent discussion points she comes across in her coaching practice.

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The Shockwaves of Parenthood with Chloe Eckhoff

Director of Human Focus Consulting and Coach - Frances Bearne

Frances and I will be chatting about 'The transition into parenthood and the identity shift we all experience'

Friday 8th July

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