Is it time to re-think your appraisals?

Many employers at this time of year will be thinking about their end of year reviews/appraisals/1:1’s – whatever you call them! Chances are, you are either dreading it, putting it off or will simply leave it until the beginning of next year, when maybe you have had a break and are ready to face the task! Recent research from PwC revealed that two thirds of larger companies are thinking about revamping their appraisals processes. The research found that businesses are becoming increasingly eager to ditch the once or twice a…

The positive impact volunteering or charity events will have on your team

If I told you that approximately 70% of FTSE 100 companies have a volunteering programme, would you be surprised? I know I was! So, there must be a compelling reason why our biggest and most successful corporates do this. After all, they have budgets and performance targets like the rest of us.  How do they justify this ‘charitable’ financial commitment to their returns-hungry shareholders?  Because they know that engaged employees make happier and more productive employees, that’s why!  Making sure you have highly engaged employees at the moment, is absolutely…

Thrive with Meraki HR

At Meraki HR, we have always been here to help and support clients with their immediate people problems. Being able to deal with these issues quickly and with the minimum of fuss and impact to your business, allowing you to get on with what you do best – running your business!  However, most of our work with clients has been around helping them create great places to work; where their people are happy, motivated, engaged and highly productive. We appreciate that there are a lot of immediate issues and problems…

Make sure stress doesn’t get in the way of your success

Six things every manager can do to make sure stress doesn’t get in the way of success When your team’s happy, healthy and engaged in their work, they’re more likely to meet their goals and help you to meet yours. More good days for your team lead to more good days for you, as well as a healthier, happier work environment. On the other hand, when people are stressed or burned out, their performance and relationships with others will suffer. So, what can you do to minimise some of the…

The importance of knowing your why to employee engagement

What’s your why? People often talk about employee engagement and will say to me that they need to “improve their employee engagement” but they don’t really understand what employee engagement is or why it’s important! Let’s start with what it’s not first! Employee engagement isn’t employee happiness! Employee engagement is defined by Kevin Kruse as “the emotional commitment the employee has to the organisation and its goals.” Employee engagement is based on trust, integrity, two way commitment and communication between a business and its employees. It’s an approach that increases…

Who wants to understand and develop employee behaviour?

Personality Profiling Meraki HR have a number of HR professionals and coaches in their team who are accredited Thomas Practitioners. We chose to work and train in Thomas pyschometrics as they are easy to use, and provide great reports that are both helpful to the manager and the employee. How was it developed? In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Dr. Thomas Hendrickson developed William Moulton Marston’s DISC theory to produce the Thomas Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) for the work place. The Thomas PPA determines how individuals respond to workplace…

3 Top Tops to Help Remote Working

It’s no secret that the number of remote workers is on the rise due to better technology, globalisation, and changing workplace culture. Add to this the recent changes to us all being asked to work from home if at all possible, it’s safe to say the number of remote workers is likely to accelerate even further. But with the scale of remote working we’ll likely see in the coming weeks and months, it’s never been more important to consider the impact it can have on your employees’ performance, development and…

Coaching for Success

Given the myriad examples of successfully coached sports teams last Summer, I wonder how many of us have taken the very large hint that it may well be very worth investing in some training for your managers to help them to become coaches? You can help your employees improve their current performance, or in the case of an already effective employee, help them become even more effective. Performance coaching is a powerful tool when managers take advantage of its usefulness. There is no doubt about it – effective coaching can…

The 7 things you need to know about managing employees

Have you built or are you building a successful business?  It’s stressful isn’t it?  Especially when you have to deal with tricky day to day employee matters. I’ve managed my own teams for over twenty years, and HR teams can be some of the hardest people to manage – I can’t imagine why! So I thought I would share my 7 tips on how to effectively manage your employees. What you should know about managing employees … So, you decided to start your own business because you’re creative, or you’re…

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    Sssssshh … its a secret! Ready to raise the bar on HR?  Then you could save yourself 15% off our HR Oxygen Service Growing a business without HR expertise is challenging at best, and a constant uphill struggle at worst. If you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue on your own, you’ll know just how stressful it can be. Between trying to manage your legal obligations, and meeting your operational requirements, firefighting can become part of your everyday routine if you’re not careful. There is always the…