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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…

Are you kickstarting your business into the new financial year?

Your business is nothing without its people – they are the beating heart of any company. With everyone pulling in the same direction you have the beginnings of a winning business formula!  The ultimate goal for any business is to ensure that its legally compliant first off, and that your people are happy, healthy and engaged so that they are delivering the very best possible service to your customers or doing the very best work for your business. So, are you sure that you are legally compliant with all employment…

If you think you’ve got HR issues……………………………….

It has dawned on me in recent years that many experiences I have had over my 21 year career in HR, that I thought were simply part and parcel of being in HR, were highly unusual and unique, some slightly sad and sometimes they were funny, and I often found it difficult to keep a straight face! I realised this when I was delivering a recent workshop on Employment Law for our clients. In many of the workshops I run I share some of my experiences by telling stories, usually…

Our top tips to make sure you are only hiring the best people!

Many of you will have started the year thinking about what new hires you need to make this year to help you achieve your business goals post Covid19. But if any of you have tried to recruit recently, it’s pretty tough isn’t it? I’ve been doing my role for over 20 years and this is certainly the toughest recruitment market that I have ever seen, so you need to be at the top of your game if you want to attract the best people to your business. Here are my…

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…

It’s the year of the Ox, so make sure your business is as strong as an Ox!

Chinese New Year on the 12th of February and this year it’s the year of the Ox. The Ox symbolises diligence, dependability, strength and determination, something which we will need in abundance this year. You need to make sure your employee policies and procedures are in order to make sure your business is as strong as an Ox! Employee Policies and Procedures don’t need to be complicated and you don’t need to find yourself knee deep in piles of paperwork! With our expertise and advice, we can help you create…

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…

COVID-19: returning to the workplace

This guide will help you plan your organisation’s next steps as lockdown measures ease or following a period of furlough for an employee. The CIPD is urging businesses to ensure they can meet three key tests before bringing their people back to the workplace and Meraki HR would encourage its clients to follow these 3 same principles; Is it essential? If people can continue to work from home employers should at least consider continuing to do that for the foreseeable future. If they cannot work from home, is their work…

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…