Newsletter July 2005

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

Afternoon at the OPRA

OPRA is delighted to announce that Dr Geoff Plimmer (FutureSelves) will be the guest presenter at Octobers Afternoon at the OPRA. The two-hour workshop will provide you with hands-on experience in utilising the FutureSelves tool, as well as gaining an insight into its development and application in the workplace.

    News from the OPRA House

    Remember: GeneSys allows you to build your own in-house norms in as little as 10 minutes. By creating your own company-specific norm groups, you can compare how your organisation profiles against national averages. If you are not sure how to complete this process, please contact your nearest OPRA office.

    A warm welcome to Caroline Bebbington. Caroline joined the Auckland office as a Psychological Advisor late last month. Three additional staff members will be appointed over the next two months throughout New Zealand to support the continued growth of OPRA in the market. We would also like to bid a belated farewell to Sarina Johnstone, who left the New Zealand winter behind to join her partner in Darwin.

    For the sixth year in a row, OPRA has a stand at the HRINZ expo. So, if you are in the vicinity of the Wellington Town Hall late this week, please come by and say hello to members of the OPRA team!

    Earlier this month, the annual New Zealand Psychological Society Conference was held at the University of Otago in Dunedin. With this years theme being Psychology Striving for a Better World: Science, Culture and Practice, a variety of speakers presented on real-world psychological issues. This very thought-provoking conference provided the ground for much discussion around I/O issues in New Zealand.

    It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Dr Stephen Williams (Resource Systems, UK) in late July. Many of you will have met Stephen when he travelled around New Zealand to raise the awareness of the Pressure Management Indicator (PMI). Stephen will be missed not only by us here, but also worldwide for his contribution to stress management research.

    Practitioner Website for the Month

    The use of the repertory grid technique is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. The repertory grid technique is a system for identifying, in detail, what you or anyone else really thinks about an issue. Typically, this technique is applied as a tool for personal discovery, a device for team building activities, or as a problem-solving device, to name a few.

    Thats all this month,

    From the team at OPRA

Keywords: Hr, Human Resource, Psychologists, Psychology

Contact Opra

Email - none provided

Print this page

Other news and updates from Opra


Newsletter Jan 2005

The successful launch of the OPRA range of products into Australia and Asia Pacificsecuring Professor Con Stough as the closing key-note speaker at the 2004 HRINZ conference. The 2004 collection of GeneSys norms is well underway, so thank you to all organisations that have already forwarded their assessment data to us.


Newsletter March 2005

As one of the first independent studies conducted of its kind in New Zealand, this research supports the use of the GRT2 in the New Zealand market and reinforces OPRAs continued commitment to research. Drasgow Consulting Group recently conducted an independent study of the ethnic and gender equivalence of the General Reasoning Test.


Newsletter May 2005

Over the last four months there has been some internal changes and promotions within the OPRA team: Teresa MacGregor is now the OPRA South Island Manager, Dr Paul Englert is Manager, Auckland, while Simon George is the Auckland Assistant Manager and Michaela Drum is the National Client Services Manager.