Newsletter Jan 2005

By: Opra  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Hr, Human Resource, Psychologists

Welcome to 2005!

Welcome to the inaugural newsletter for 2005 from OPRA, which will now follow a new six-times-a-year format. With every new year comes the opportunity to celebrate the past years accomplishments, to review any setbacks, and to take what lessons we can from these. 2004 represented some considerable leaps ahead for OPRA, with all the signs indicating that this trend will continue. Some successes that we are particularly proud of include:

  • the successful launch of the OPRA range of products into Australia and Asia Pacific
    securing Professor Con Stough as the closing key-note speaker at the 2004 HRINZ conference
  • a total of 78 people trained to administer the OPRA range of psychometric tests and 84 people trained in test interpretation
  • nineteen public training courses in the OPRA product range delivered across Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch
  • twelve Afternoons at the OPRA on such topics as Psychometric Testing, Emotional Intelligence at Work, Assessment Centre Delivery, and Win-Win Communication, OPRA financial sponsorship and/or data-collection support for eight postgraduate students at Victoria, Auckland, Massey, Canterbury, and Lincoln Universities


Thought for the Day

HR is often thought of as a place where people can "get started" in their career and staff recruitment is often seen as a way to "break into" the profession. Have you ever really thought about what this means? Putting inexperienced (but well-intentioned) folk in charge of the most critical function in an organisation: staffing human capital? Hiring is not an area where you want to take chances or use anything except best practices. Poor quality control is unacceptable in production, and it should be the same in HR. (Dr. Wendell Williams, October 2000).

What's Hot

A warm welcome to Sarah Roberts, who joins us in a Receptionist/Helpdesk role in the OPRA Wellington office.

The next GeneSys administration and interpretation training course is booked for 7-10 March in Wellington.

The 2004 collection of GeneSys norms is well underway, so thank you to all organisations that have already forwarded their assessment data to us. We are aiming to have the data consolidated and distributed back to GeneSys users by early March, so will be back in touch closer to this time.

Don't Forget

  • Ensure that you are logged in to Windows as the usual GeneSys user
  • Exit GeneSys

Once you have reopened GeneSys, the new reports appear in the list of available reports and are named:

  • 15FQ+ OPRA (OPRA Profile Chart)
  • 15FQ+ OPRA (Std Profile Chart)
  • 15FQ+C OPRA (OPRA Profile Chart)

Thats all this newsletter,

From the team at OPRA

Keywords: Hr, Human Resource, Psychologists

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