How lockdown propelled our agile working agenda

Like all HR professionals across the country, I witnessed the overnight switch to remote working brought about by the lockdown imposed on 23rd March.  Over a few short weeks I had prepared my team for the prospect of working from home for a prolonged period, ensuring everyone had laptops, that all our processes, including Payroll,…

It’s true: Laughter is a tonic that we all need right now!

Did you know that there is a laughter online university? Or that there is Laughter Yoga? or that there are so many quotes on laughter and the positive effects it has for us? What I have learnt in this stage of my university of life, is that working in the midst of COVID-19 can impact…

The road that leads to a place of no ceilings…

This week marks International Women’s Day on the 8th March and organisations across the Country will be shining a spotlight on the amazing contribution women are making to the workplace and those that have broken barriers. With the rise of social media, never before has the issue of gender equality been at the forefront of…

Recruiting with the future in mind

In an articled published in The MJ, Lesley Shore examines Local Government workforce needs to deliver further efficiencies and drive greater productivity in it’s workforce – the article tackles how should HR as a profession be leading employers to drive even further transformation and change in the workforce. Its an often over used phrase ‘start with…

Flummoxed. Why do good girls come last?

That’s what my girlfriend asked me and I thought what a fitting question for a fiction sequel. She is smart. Did everything that she was supposed to. Worked hard and juggled… have you guessed correctly that the conversation was around securing meaningful relationships? Well, this personal soul searching that took place promised something greater for…

Smashing the communication silence

In an articled published in The MJ, Rebecca Davis examines the need for communication, dialogue and trust within organisations and how pioneering programmes are developing strategies to smash the culture of silence that impedes progress. The simple act of silence, usually perceived as an act of peacefulness, can be a dangerous territory. For a senior…

The Benefits of Coaching After Mediation

As human beings we each have different levels of capability on how to change our mindset and feelings from an experience that we have been through. Some would say that they have a growth mindset with the capacity to learn and develop from a negative experience, whilst others that they have a fixed mindset where…

What’s that coming over the hill….is it a monster?

Another Monday morning, you arrive for work. Everything seems normal…. but wait, who is that sat at the spare desk? Not a new team member, your team doesn’t have a vacancy. Not an auditor, no one seems nervous enough. Not a work experience person, too old!! In fact, it’s an associate, parachuted into your organisation…

The Power of Big Data

The quest for big data has been the panacea of HR leaders for the past decade, but in the ‘twenties’ we’re going to see this ratchet up and both the opportunities and challenges around this evolve. There are three key ways in which data will provide benefits to HR professionals in the coming decade in…