HR Advice

HR Advice – What are company values and why are they important?


HR Advice – Values within a company are becoming more and more important.

They help to compose the rules and boundaries within your business. They help tell employees, clients and the public what you truly believe in and how you work.

Company values not only tell people what you believe in, but they also communicate your company’s brand and personality. This will help you to shine from your competitors and most importantly, make you unique and recognisable to your employees and prospects.

Take a look at the video below where I offer my HR advice and discuss how you can set up your own company values to set you apart from your competitors.

But don’t just stop at values, together with your value’s behaviours you can take your company’s personality to the next level. We have our own values and behaviours here at JMann Associates. As an example, one of our values is “To do the right thing”.

We then have behaviours to go with this value which will tell our employees what behaviours are expected to go with this value. So, for our example value, we also have behaviours, which are,

  • “Go with your gut instinct”
  • “Say no if it’s not right for us or the client”
  • “Always be honest with each other and our clients”

To summarise, company values are important as everything you do within your company will need to be aligned with your company values. This can be anything from how you recruit people to how you manage and develop people. By doing this you will be able to create a great culture and business enabling you to stand out from your competitors.

If you need any HR advice and would like to learn more about company values simply get in touch today.


HR Culture – Broken business?


Make no mistake, the world of work is changing faster than we can even comprehend.

With machines taking over jobs left, right and centre, and very, very different new generation coming through education and into the world of work, it’s fair to say that the employment landscape of 2025 will be entirely unrecognisable to the landscape of 2005, or even 2015.

And the businesses that don’t ride the wave of these changes almost certainly won’t survive.

And the other week, I was at an event, talking to some professional services business owners, and what became clear is that very few of them had given any conscious thought about how they were going to counteract the changing landscape.

I decided to put together a quick video highlighting exactly what’s changing, what the repercussions are, and what you can do about it.


HR Culture – Mistakes on a train


I’m not an eavesdropper by nature.

But the other day, when I was on my way home on the train, I couldn’t help but lean in closer to listen to a conversation between two business owners.

They were shooting the breeze, talking about their businesses, when they got onto the topic of HR.

And that’s when it became clear that one of them was making a huge, common mistake.


HR Consultant – Can I sack someone if they’re on probation?


One of the questions we often get asked as a HR consultant is, “can I sack someone if they’re on probation” the answer is yes. We get this question and questions like this all of the time.

That’s why hiring an HR consultant is really important for your company to ensure you are compliant and understand the legal implications when it comes to managing employees.

Probation periods for employees are completely normal, but before you create any probation policy’s there are some recommendations we have. Some companies have a 3-month probation period while others have 6 months. We would recommend a 3-month probation period with a 30, 60- and 90-day review period.

As an HR consultant company, we come across issues like this every day. So, in this video below we discuss some more expert advice on probation periods and whether or not you can sack someone during their probation.

One of the biggest tips we can give you when it comes to employees and probation is to talk to them. Make sure you’re having regular reviews,  talk to them about how things are going and most importantly give feedback. This way you can gauge how your employee is feeling and most importantly, they can understand if anything more is needed of them and how they are performing. As a HR consultant company, we also offer a variety of templates you may need for all of your HR needs. If you would like a copy of our review form simply get in touch today or email

If you think you need to hire a HR consultant company to help you deal with these common employee issues, get in touch today. Together we can come up with a plan that suits you and find the best solution for you and your employees.



HR Culture – Off to the worst possible start


As you know, I work with clients to help them create strong, vibrant cultures that result in workplaces that people love to work in, and companies that people love to buy from.

A lot of business owners are becoming more switched on to the importance of culture, but in truth, they only usually take it seriously when everything’s already gone wrong.

When employees are already indoctrinated into the wrong way of doing things.

When the toxicity has been allowed to take over.

And that’s why today I’m sharing with you my strategy for guiding employees into the right culture, from day one: