Do you want to get £5 return for every £1 you invest in your people?

Consider for a moment, the findings of research conducted by Deloittes that states that for every £1 invested into Employee Wellbeing, you will receive a £5 return – that’s a pretty impressive return on investment. When you take the time to show your people you care – in a variety of ways – they are going to be happier and healthier, more engaged in their jobs, and more productive. The bonus is that when your staff are happy and well, this typically leads to better customer service, too. And who…

Lend a hand – why workplace volunteering is a win-win

If I told you that approximately 70% of FTSE 100 companies have a volunteering programme, would you be surprised? Corporate volunteer activity days, giving employees time off to volunteer in their local communities, and sponsorship matching are just three examples of popular schemes adopted by some of the top FTSE companies. Waitrose, for example, donate some 75,000 paid employee hours a year to volunteering. So, there must be a really compelling reason why our biggest and most successful corporates do this . . . After all, they have budgets and…

How to get your staff back on track as Lockdown eases

Is your business at sixes and sevens as people have worked from home for the last 15 months and perhaps felt disengaged from the business?It’s worth taking a little time out to assess how you can get things back on track. Here’s how to get it back on track and firing on all cylinders as we return to a sense of normality and perhaps go back to the office. Get your team re-engaged with your Vision and Values Many things have changed over the last 15 months and as a…

Five Steps to Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture

Here are some surprising statistics that show the importance of workplace culture and how adding this to your agenda this year, will make sure you are able to achieve many of your business goals. 47% of people seeking a new job cite company culture as the main reason for doing so. 75% of employees say they’ll stay longer at a company that listens to their feedback and actually acts on it. 78% of senior executives said culture is among the top five things that add value to their company If…

Why do you want to work in HR?

Over the years, I have had people asking me to mentor them because they want to work in Human Resources. I love to mentor, but I like to do it for the right reasons. So, in response to being asked to be a Mentor for someone, I have usually asked the question: “Why do you want to work in HR?” More often than not the answer goes something along the lines of “I love working with people, developing them and helping them”. To which I usually respond: “If that’s what…

Want to join our HR Influencers Club?

The HR function has been evolving since the 1990s and is now firmly established and well understood.  What is perhaps less well understood is what it takes to be an exceptional, high performing HR Business Partner. What are the skills, knowledge and attributes of the best? In our experience many organisations find that there is still a way to go before the role of HR Business Partner is operating as they would like. These are some of the key challenges we hear from our clients about the challenges they believe…

The 10 most common HR Issues facing businesses today

Last year will go down as one of the most infamous years of our lifetime. But we know that when there are tremendous challenges, there is tremendous learning to take from these challenges. In Meraki HR fashion, we set out to understand the biggest learnings from 2020 that will impact HR and Business owners or leaders in 2021 and help them prepare for what’s next. Maintain flexible work  Before, offices played a crucial role in company culture, and for many, productivity was partly measured by how often you were seated…

Our Guest blogger, Rebecca Mander, shares her 6 tips on how to “Bounce Forwards”

The 16th of February is Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Lent begins, when people would traditionally use up all their fat and eggs by making pancakes. Lent allows Christians to remember Jesus’s fasting in the desert, and how he avoided temptation. It is a time of giving things up and a test of self-discipline. You could see this as an opportunity to overcome setback or adversity.  Rebecca Mander who is one of our fabulous coaches here at Meraki HR, shares her 6 tips with you…

Five questions to ask your Employees this week to show them how much they mean to you………

14th February is Valentine’s Day, the annual celebration of love is the day when we take the opportunity to tell the people we love just how much they mean to us. Now I consider my valentine to be my husband, but we are distanced from many people we love, so maybe you could tell your loved ones how much you miss them and love them, I think we all need to hear this at the moment! You could also show your employees how much they mean to you and how…

The five things you should know about managing change

1.Why change? Many years ago Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution put forward that only those species that were able to change and adapt to their environments would survive. This is true of not only nature but of businesses too, as those businesses that fail to change and adapt to the ever changing business environment that we are in, are failing to succeed or even exist. There are some good examples of businesses who have failed to change. If you think back to just 10 years ago, Kodak, were the dominant…