HR Fundamentals Workshops

Covering all the keys areas of HR

Our HR Fundamentals workshop is a 2 or 3 day face to face workshop, that runs in Auckland and Wellington, three times a year. The 2 day workshop runs on Tuesday and Wednesday, and you can add on attending Employment Law on the Thursday too.

As always with Elephant we run outcome based learning so you will leave with ideas to use back at work. Make sure you book your place today!:

Day 1: Fundamental Processes

9am – 10.45am: The challenges of working in HR – to start you’ll uncover what the different roles in HR are responsible for, the skills you will need as your start your HR career and grow into a more senior role, and different ways to build your skills. We will also discuss the different challenges you will face in an HR Administration – Coordinator – Advisor or Officer role, and how you can overcome these.

11.15 – 12.45pm: Recruitment and Resourcing Next we will work through understanding how you can add value to your organisation in recruitment and resourcing. You’ll learn effective ways to job scope, source candidates, manage applicants, test for skills and coordinate multiple vacancies.

1.30pm – 2pm: Onboarding and Induction – you’ll cover the processes you can use to help onboard and induct new employees.

2pm – 3pm: HR Reporting and Metrics – different HR reporting that you can run for your business and why it’s important to measure each metric. Where to start if your company doesn’t do metrics, through to how predictive analytics work.

3.20 – 5pm: Understanding and advising on HR Policies – lastly we cover the issues that can occur with different HR policies, and what you need to look out for and understand. We also discuss how to advise managers on different policies.

Day 2: Driving Performance

9am – 10.45am: Performance Reviews, Remuneration and Learning and Development – in this first session you’ll cover how several key HR areas fit together and what type of responsibilities you may have early in your HR career around performance reviews, salary review and bonus processes and development plans and training.

11.15 – 12.30pm: Diversity, Culture and PX – next we will work through different ways you can be involved in growing diversity and inclusion in your business, building your culture and understanding the different factors that make your People Experience.

1.30pm – 3.15pm: Communications & HR Advice – in this session you’ll find learn the different communication styles in the workplace, how you can communicate effectively with others in your HR team and with your managers, and how to deal with difficult managers.

3.45pm – 4.45pm: Health, safety and wellbeing – last but not least, we cover the key points of understanding the Health and Safety at Work Legislation, and what responsibilities you may have. We also discuss the HR challenges and some case studies of wellness and wellbeing programmes.

4.45 – 5pm: Your Action Plan – we now discuss actions you can take from Day 1 and 2 of the workshop.

Day 3: Essential Employment Law

You can also choose to add a third day onto HR Fundamentals with our Essential Employment law workshop which runs on the Thursday following HR Fundamentals.


We run our Auckland workshop in February, August and November each year. We run our Wellington workshop in May, July and October each year. Specific dates are in the registration form.


Early Bird (4 weeks before): 2 days $1,295 5 + GST |3 days $1,995 1+ GST  Full price: 2 days $1,595 + GST | 3 days $2,395 + GST

Residential option is also available which includes breakfast and accommodation and is $295 + GST per night.

Meet our team:

We have a team of awesome facilitators, who are all HR and employment law experts. They will share real life examples of what happens in HR, answer any curly questions you have and make sure you have a great time learning!

What people say about attending:

“For me the whole course was useful to embed my knowledge – it was an excellent course.”

“Learning about justifications re some of the case law – good to know why a decision was made, course was awesome thank you”

“A fantastic course overall. The fact that I came away with some essential knowledge relating to fixed terms contracts and trial periods (amongst everything else!) meant I could come into work and confidently make a few changes to our IEA’s the next day.”

“The seminar was interactive and although professional, was still quite a relaxed environment. The Elephant team really know their stuff and are happy to answer every little niggling question I had during the breaks.”

“I enjoyed the real life examples of what could happen, the different ways people can react and strategies to work with that”.

“Great case studies. The presenters were willing to answer questions and give examples. They involved the group and kept everyone on course.”

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