Job Retention Scheme Extension 1st December 2020 – FAQ’s

Thank you once again to Beverley Sunderland at Crosslands Employment Lawyers for their excellent support and advice during these last 9 months! These FAQs deal with the mechanics of furloughing workers under the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) now in place until the 31st March 2021. The JRS was first put in place to provide employers whose operations had been affected by coronavirus with wage assistance from 1 March 2020. It was originally intended to close on 31 October 2020; however, was extended as a result of the Government’s decision 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…

FFS – the re-introduction of Furlough in all its forms!

Further to our brief update on Monday 2nd November, after the Boris announcement on Saturday evening, which totally ruined my Strictly Come Dancing viewing, the Government has now made major changes to their proposed way forward and seem to have scrapped the Job Support Scheme, at least for England. The furlough scheme paying 80% of wages capped at £2,500 per month is going to be in place until 31 March 2021 but the employer contribution (currently employer’s NI and pension) will be reviewed again in January – I would expect…

Valentine’s Offer

    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…

Is your company culture getting in the way of your ambitions?

Did you know that 47% percent of people seeking a new job cite company culture as the main reason for doing so? In a Columbia Business School research study, 78% of executives said culture is among the top five things that add value to their company. It should be on your agenda too. Don’t worry though, I’ve made it easy for you – all you need to do is carve out some time to come along to my ‘Improving culture’ masterclass on 6 September in Oxford. I’m offering to lend…

Has your successful business started going wrong?

Are you a successful business that’s growing and things are just beginning to go wrong, and you don’t know why? Read on to find out what has gone wrong and why – and most importantly how to put it right! If you run a successful business that’s growing but things are just beginning to go wrong, but you can’t put your finger on why, it is likely to be something to do with your people. The good news is that I can help you reach your full potential – all…

Is your business summer-ready?

Forget the beach body, did you get your business summer-ready? Never mind being beach body ready (because let’s face it, mine never will be), I’ve been focusing on toning my business abs into a six pack for Summer. Have you? Traditionally, summer can be a quiet time for businesses. But if you think like I do, then you certainly won’t see that as an opportunity for taking afternoons off with a ‘99 and a flake! In fact, I am sure you’re probably busy planning ahead, as you know how much…

Raise your leadership game

Six ways to raise your leadership game this year   Think that becoming a better leader involves attending intensive courses, gaining years and years of experience, or getting your head stuck into a textbook? Well, not necessarily. These things can all have their place, but it’s very possible to raise your game this Summer, by making just a few manageable changes.   If you’re ready to step up to the challenge, then read on. We’re going to look at six practical game-changers that you can get to work with right…

Are you attracting and retaining the key talent you need for your business to flourish?

Be more savvy A 9-5 working week, 4 weeks holiday a year, and a corner desk were once considered perks to a job, creating satisfaction and loyalty. Not anymore. Today’s businesses need to be much more savvy if they want to attract and retain key talent. The so called ‘millenials’ have a different set of expectations; these days potential employees are searching for more of a work/life balance, and a greater sense of fulfilment from their jobs. They are more discerning. The structure of work has broken down and shifted,…

Meraki HR Managing Director, Emma Browning, welcomed to the Board of the Values Academy as a Trustee

Meraki HR MD Emma Browning has been announced as Trustee for the Values Academy, an independent special school which operates two schools, one in Birmingham and the other in Nuneaton. The schools, both recognised as Good schools by Ofsted, provide an alternative to mainstream education for young people aged 11-16, who are at risk of social exclusion due to a co-morbidity of disorders or social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Emma, has over 30 years business and board experience and is the founder and Managing Director of Meraki HR, an HR…