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Is there a Doctor in the house? The HR Clinic is now OPEN

I understand that when you are running a small business, not a day goes by without an HR niggle or issue arising. It can be wearing, time consuming (hello, recruitment!)  and it can be daunting, as it is often really important to get things done efficiently as well as legally and compliantly if you want to avoid further issues down the line and keep your HR healthy. So, I’m donning my stethoscope and white coat and playing doctor, and hosting an HR Clinic in Oxford and London in July. Feel… Continue Reading
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Is your business in a period of structured growth? If so, read on

If your business is in a period of  growth and expansion, you probably know that your future success will heavily rely on making  significant changes to your people strategy; be it recruitment, employment processes, training, lines of internal communication, management structure and such like. Specialist stuff. Ideally, you’d pass this all on to your own specialist HR Director to take care of for you, but at this early stage of the growth game, the costs of recruiting your very own permanent HRD are pretty inhibitive. So, it’s jolly good news… Continue Reading
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Thank you guys!

Rewarding employee success and achievement Your staff are your lifeblood. They get up every day. They come to work. They give you their absolute best.  They hit all their targets and look after your customers -always with a smile. And in return, they don’t ask for much. But what they do want is success, recognition, and all the perks that go along with being the best. Not too much to ask, is it? Unfortunately, a lack of engagement and a lack of recognition for the work they put in, are… Continue Reading
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Kick a habit (or three) this month

Tobacco is one thing, but have you ever stopped to think about kicking some bad HR habits that could be having a seriously negative impact on your business? May is a good month to think about kicking some bad habits, be they personal or professional. 31st May is world no tobacco day – a world health organisation initiative to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco. The 2019 campaign focuses on the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.  As an employer,… Continue Reading
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The Recruitment Race – Kerry Bain’s five ‘hot tips’ to get you first over the finish line

It’s the eponymous Grand National on Saturday – and the runners and riders are meticulously prepared and trained to qualify for the notoriously unpredictable, four mile long ‘People’s Race’. It looks like last year’s winner, Tiger Roll, and their support team have hit upon a magic formula – as bookies and pollsters are tipping them as a ‘jolly*, and likely to do the impossible in 2019 and win again. I’m tempted to put a monkey** on it to win, before it becomes a steamer***!! So, what are you doing to… Continue Reading
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Creating your brand story in the war for talent

STOP PRESS…STOP PRESS….LAST FEW FREE TICKETS REMAINING FOR MY WORKSHOP Even in a buoyant recruitment economy, leading businesses know that if they want to excel, they need to ensure that they’re recruiting and retaining the very best people for their roles. In trickier economic times, attracting and keeping the best people becomes exponentially more important. And when companies attempt to sell an inaccurate or inauthentic brand to potential employees, it could cost them in both the long-term and short-term when it comes to talent attraction, employee engagement and employee retention.… Continue Reading
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An Easter gift from me to you

Huzzah, it’s Easter everyone! The daffs are out, the birds are chirping and nesting, and the days are finally lengthening out. I even spy some sun. It’s a time for feeling hopeful and thankful. So, to celebrate the end of Lent nearing (this year I have decided ‘not’ to give up chocolate – it’s pointless as I know my weaknesses and I will simply fail ! ), I have hidden 6 chocolate eggs around my website www.merakihr.com. Find them and then unscramble the anagram and you’ll be entered into our… Continue Reading
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How to deliver a killer 121

If you manage people you should be having regular 121’s with them. End of. Full stop. No debate. I won’t be shifted on this matter! What 121s aren’t are project review meetings – they should not be about status updates on projects and tasks. There are plenty of other places to talk about those things. The 121 meeting is all about the team member; their needs, their frustrations, their feedback, their ideas, and career growth are the topics of discussion. I cannot emphasise enough how terribly important these regular sessions… Continue Reading
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