Why reviews with your team don’t have to be a chore (or a bore!)

The frequent check-in. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? So why is it so difficult to achieve and how can you make it a reality? In this month’s blog we look at what the businesses who have got it right, are doing.   The businesses seeing the most success from their review process tend to adopt four key approaches; 1.They build from scratch One of the most common mistakes we see, is a business introducing an appraisal or review process without employee or management input or buy in to a new…

Why appraisals don’t have to be a chore (or a bore!)

The frequent check-in. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? So why is it so difficult to achieve and how can you make it a reality. In this blog we look at what the businesses who have got it right are doing.  The businesses seeing the most success from their review process tend to adopt four key approaches; They build from scratch One of the most common mistakes we see, is a business introducing an appraisal or review process without employee or management input or buy in to a new process.…

Want to know what keeps people at your company?

Sounds obvious doesn’t it – just ask them – but you’d be surprised by how many employers don’t! We’re all familiar with exit interviews as a chance for employees to openly share their experiences working with an organisation as they make their way out the door. While this is a vital tool in gathering data to assess what prompts an employee’s exit, it’s too late at that point to retain them. Enter the stay interview — an opportunity to engage in a one-on-one conversation to ask current employees, “what keeps…

Improving People’s Performance is as easy as 123….

If you want to achieve big improvements in performance, you just need clear and effective processes in place to help you to get there! Improving People’s Performance is as easy as 123! Ok, maybe it’s not that easy! But it doesn’t take an HR expert to tell you that if you want your company to thrive, you need to make sure that your staff are really performing at their best. But when it comes to the tricky business of managing people, this can be much easier said than done. Your…

Want to learn some new skills? Here’s our up and coming FREE Zoominars

At Meraki HR, we love to help our clients develop their leadership and people management and for the last 7 years we’ve run informative and practical workshops to help you or your team develop their skills. We now run a number of FREE Zoominars each year based on what our clients tell us they would like to hear from us about, so here’s a snapshot of what’s coming up!  We’d love for you to join us for one of our up and coming Zoominars! Bring a cuppa, get comfortable and…

What Does it Take to Succeed in HR?

If you’ve got someone in your business working in HR or responsible for HR, is their work helping you achieve your business goals? If not, it could be that you haven’t got the right person with the right skills and experience supporting you, or perhaps their job description doesn’t reflect what you really need in your business from HR? Having spent over 20 years in HR working in start-ups, scale ups and working for some blue chip corporates too like Porsche Cars and Harley-Davidson, I know what it takes to…

What does it take to succeed in HR?

Here’s what some of today’s HR Influencers think you need to succeed in HR: “My perspective is relatively simple. You need to have extensive experience on the ground working in the field of HR – any functional area of HR but the more experience you have, the better. Those that have never dug the trenches CAN’T possibly have the perspective to truly influence an industry. They’ve never lived in the shoes they are trying to influence so in my humble opinion, their credibility is absolutely nil. This may be harsh…

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…