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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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Would you ignore Richard Branson’s business advice?

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. With a multi-billion-pound empire that has included transport, music, and even his own private island getaway retreat, he certainly knows a thing or two about creating and sustaining huge success. With that in mind, it might pay to carefully consider his latest comments on the value of mentoring. Speaking via a recorded message to an event on mentoring hosted by Purple Cubed, he said:… Continue Reading
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The Law of Attraction

Are you attracting and retaining the key talent you need for your business to flourish?   Read on for my top examples of high-performance business thinking that will make sure you attract and retain the best talent for your business! 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. The so called ‘millennials’ have a different set of… Continue Reading
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Do you know what Employment Law Changes are coming?

Key Employment Law Changes for 2020 There are a few things that you can guarantee in life. Death, taxes, and employment law changes. As we make our way towards 2020, it’s essential that as a business owner, you know exactly what’s coming, and how to prepare for it. Now, I am sure that you don’t think you can just hope for the best and plead ignorance if you’re caught out? You need to have a good understanding of employment law and be compliant, and we’re here to help you. So,… Continue Reading
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Want to be a Highly Effective Manager?

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Are you new to managing a team and worried about what you can/can’t do or say as you don’t want to fall foul of employment law? Do you find that you keep hiring the wrong people with the wrong attitude who just don’t “fit” with your culture? Feel like you might as well just do the work yourself – its easier than having to explain it over and over? Are you an experienced manager but don’t know what you should be doing… Continue Reading
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How to Get Your Staff Back on Track After Summer Holidays

The summer months aren’t best known for being the most productive of seasons in the workplace and output can often take a bit of a slide during the holiday season!  We’ve pretty much hit the final quarter of the year now, so if you want to make sure you smash your business goals, it’s worth taking a little time out to assess how you can get things back on track. Let’s take a look at what you can do, in practical terms, to get the final quarter off to a… Continue Reading
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Want some google in your business to find great new employees?

Many of the SME businesses that I work with want to emulate other businesses that are already successful, such as Google or Facebook, as they feel that if they copy their business principles, they are bound to be successful too, right? Well to some degree, I agree with them! I also believe that every company is different and therefore needs to do things that work for them and their business. However, it’s always good to hear about great ideas and learn from them isn’t it? I have wanted to get… Continue Reading
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Dont ignore Dickie!

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. With a multi-billion pound empire that has included transport, music, and even his own private island getaway retreat, he certainly knows a thing or two about creating and sustaining huge success. With that in mind, it might pay to carefully consider his latest comments on the value of mentoring. Speaking via a recorded message to an event on mentoring hosted by Purple Cubed, he… Continue Reading
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Is your company culture getting in the way of your ambitions?

Did you know that 47% percent of people seeking a new job cite company culture as the main reason for doing so? In a Columbia Business School research study, 78% of executives said culture is among the top five things that add value to their company. It should be on your agenda too. Don’t worry though, I’ve made it easy for you – all you need to do is carve out some time to come along to my ‘Improving culture’ masterclass on 6 September in Oxford. I’m offering to lend… Continue Reading
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