By TRACEY ROXBURGH
A Canterburgy-based HR consultancy firm’s using its experience post-earthquakes to help Queenstown businesses struggling under the weight of Covid-19-induced pressure.
Brannigans opened the doors to its new Queenstown office, at Mountain Club’s Beach Street co-working space, last week, with long-time Queenstowner and HR professional Kim Arnold at the healm.
Led by business partners Nick Carter and Sally Wynn-Williams, Brannigans hopes by expanding its services in the Otago and Southland employment market they’ll help support
communities in growing capability and retaining talent in the south.
Wynn-Williams says the team’s keen to use their experience dealing with the devastation of the Canterbury earthquakes a decade ago to help Whakatipu businesses battling as a result of the global pandemic and tourism shut-down.
‘‘Having been through tough times ourselves post-earthquakes, we understand the challenges and disruption that organisations and communities face when the unthinkable
occurs and just how exhausting it is,’’ she says.
‘‘But it made us stronger.
‘‘Safety and wellbeing were our top priorities and we took a one-team approach to solving problems, really focusing on creating innovative people solutions for a sustainable future.’’
The scale of the problems many are grappling with — like immigration issues, plugging gaps in capability, supporting employer and staff wellbeing and retaining local talent to scale up once Covid is a thing of the past — likely feels ‘‘understandably daunting’’.
‘‘It’s a lot for people to get their head around and try to solve when they’re struggling to stay afloat personally and professionally.
‘‘Particularly if they’re a small business with no HR person.’’
Wynn-Williams says that Arnold will be the company’s ‘‘dedicated resource on the ground’’ to support businesses of all sizes and industries, from small-to-medium enterprises to
She’ll be backed up by the Christchurch team.
‘‘Ultimately, our goal is to add value wherever we can, provide wrap-around support and help people get back to spending time doing what they do best,’’ Wynn-Williams says.
Brannigans is also planning to expand its quarterly speaker series to the south, by bringing in ‘‘thought leaders’’ and business strategists to share their war stories, insights and experiences.
Those sessions will be free for any business wanting to attend.