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…

TaaDaa! Emma Browning and Meraki HR are winners of coveted Micro Business Award!

In fantastic new, Meraki Managing Director, Emma Browning, has won a coveted business award;  – she has been crowned Micro Business Award Winner at the prestigious Woman Who Awards at Coombe Abbey in Coventry, earlier this month. Emma said of the win, “My team and I won this award because my team and I put nothing less than our hearts and souls into our partner projects with our clients. We have a passion for people and our projects are all delivered with a little bit of ‘meraki’, which is a…

Is there a Doctor in the house? The HR Clinic is now OPEN

I understand that when you are running a small business, not a day goes by without an HR niggle or issue arising. It can be wearing, time consuming (hello, recruitment!)  and it can be daunting, as it is often really important to get things done efficiently as well as legally and compliantly if you want to avoid further issues down the line and keep your HR healthy. So, I’m donning my stethoscope and white coat and playing doctor, and hosting an HR Clinic in Oxford and London in July. Feel…

An Easter gift from me to you

Huzzah, it’s Easter everyone! The daffs are out, the birds are chirping and nesting, and the days are finally lengthening out. I even spy some sun. It’s a time for feeling hopeful and thankful. So, to celebrate the end of Lent nearing (this year I have decided ‘not’ to give up chocolate – it’s pointless as I know my weaknesses and I will simply fail ! ), I have hidden 6 chocolate eggs around my website meraki.smiths.studio. Find them and then unscramble the anagram and you’ll be entered into our…