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The 7 things you need to know about managing employees

Have you built or are you building a successful business?  It’s stressful isn’t it?  Especially when you have to deal with tricky day to day employee matters. I’ve managed my own teams for over twenty years, and HR teams can be some of the hardest people to manage – I can’t imagine why! So I thought I would share my 7 tips on how to effectively manage your employees. What you should know about managing employees … So, you decided to start your own business because you’re creative, or you’re… Continue Reading
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Valentine’s Offer

    Sssssshh … its a secret! Ready to raise the bar on HR?  Then you could save yourself 15% off our HR Oxygen Service Growing a business without HR expertise is challenging at best, and a constant uphill struggle at worst. If you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue on your own, you’ll know just how stressful it can be. Between trying to manage your legal obligations, and meeting your operational requirements, firefighting can become part of your everyday routine if you’re not careful. There is always the… Continue Reading
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6 Common Myths about Equality & Diversity that could be putting your business at risk

Are you doing all you can to ensure that you promote diversity and equality in your workplace? Most employers are keen to play their part in ensuring that everyone has a fair and equal chance, and can recognise the benefits of ensuring that their business really delivers when it comes to such provisions and initiatives. The problem is though, there is a lot of information out there that you might have come across that isn’t entirely accurate. As is the case when you’re dealing with the complexities of human behaviour,… Continue Reading
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The Five things you should know about recruitment

Before you even think about employing someone, make sure you write a clear job description outlining theKey Responsibility Area’s (KRA’s) of the role that also details the Key Competencies or Skills needed to perform in the role effectively. A good way to test whether the job description you have written makes sense, is to ask someone else to read it. If they can tell you what the person will be doing in their role and what skills they need, then you have written a good Job Description. If they can’t… Continue Reading
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What makes an inspiring leader?

So, I hear you chorus, why do I need to be an inspiring leader? What’s wrong with just being a great boss??!! It’s a fair question, with a simple answer;  because inspired employees are more than twice as productive as satisfied employees, that’s why.  As Simon Sinek said in his TED Talk, ‘no one follows a leader for the leader. They follow a leader for themselves. They don’t require motivation to act because they’ve been inspired.’ In reality, the title of “boss” only signifies power over others. To be called… Continue Reading
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Engage for success

We know that healthy, happy workers lead to healthy, happy and successful organisations. Are your people delivering the results you need? Is your business performing as expected? When was the last time you asked your people what they loved about their job? If your employees feel unhappy or unappreciated, you can be sure as eggs is eggs that they won’t be giving their all to the business that employs them. Just as in life, being engaged with something leads to so many great things including high energy, happiness, motivation and… Continue Reading
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Are you ready to take the advice of Richard Branson?

I talked about mentoring and coaching recently and for many of us, when you think of influential people from the world of business, Richard Branson is a name that’s likely to feature pretty high up on your list. He has talked many times about mentoring and recently quoted at an event hosted by Purple Cubed, ‘I am often asked what the link between a promising business person and a successful business person is, and mentoring always comes to mind. Giving people advice on how to achieve their goals is often… Continue Reading
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Are you attracting the right people to your business?

This week I am talking about recruitment. A 9-5 working week, 4 weeks holiday a year, and a corner desk were once considered perks to a job, creating satisfaction and loyalty. Not anymore. Today’s businesses need to be much savvier if they want to attract and retain key talent. These days prospective employees are searching for a better work/life balance, and a greater sense of fulfilment from their jobs. They are more discerning. The structure of work has broken down and shifted, and small business owners must take note of… Continue Reading
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Managing Employee Performance

At Meraki HR we work with lots of clients on what I call proactive HR. That’s helping them to design and implement a people strategy that helps them create great places to work which in turn means their people deliver great business results. But life isn’t always rosy, and we are dealing with people and things can and do go wrong – that’s life! I would say that in my experience, the most common problem that I am asked to help my clients with is underperforming employees.  I’ve not only… Continue Reading
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Engage for success

Are your people not delivering the results you need and your business not performing as expected? Consider for a moment, the findings of research conducted by employee services provider Personal Group, which revealed that almost half of UK workers are unhappy with their job. The same survey showed that happy employees are a massive 12 per cent more productive than those unhappy with their work situation. Hands up anybody who would like to see a 12% increase in productivity in their business this month?! So, if your employees feel unhappy… Continue Reading
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