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…

How great HR Support can really make the difference in creating an ethical business.

I haven’t read any business books for a while but over the Christmas period I read two that helped me to see the important role that HR should be playing in business. “She Said“, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and “Super Pumped – The Battle for Uber” by Mike Isaac. Both books feature rather nasty bullies – Harvey Weinstein and Travis Kalanick. What was interesting for me was that in both books the HR professionals in the organisations being discussed didn’t play an important role. HR was noticeably absent…

How to make sure your business is fighting fit for 2021!

You probably started your own business because you’re passionate about bringing your product or service into the world, and providing a much-needed solution for your customers and clients. This people management malarkey though – it’s not necessarily what you signed up for is it? Call it the bit of the job you hate if you like, but the fact remains that if you want to grow a thriving business, you can’t get away from it. You need the best people practices, procedures, and policies in place that ensure you’re hitting…

An employers’ guide to strategically managing employee wellbeing

If you take a look around at many businesses and their priorities in January, you’re likely to find that many leaders are finally identifying that improving wellbeing amongst their staff is high on their agenda this year – particularly with everything that has happened in the last 9 months! However, the cynic in me wonders whether these leaders are just paying lip service to the trend,  as the savvy business owners and leaders among you have already realised that looking after your people as a business owner is a human,…