HR Advice

HR Advice – How To Recruit, Inspire And Retain The Right People


I have been giving HR advice for many years and time and time again the same frustrations bubble to the surface.

One of the main frustrations I come across is business owners struggling to recruit the right people. If you’re struggling to meet your business goals it may be because you’re not recruiting the right people. This means you could be suffering from something I like to call ‘People Disease’. People disease can be things like absence problems, high staff turnover, performance issues and lack of passion.

In this video, I explain how you can cure people disease and recruit, inspire and retain the right people.


During my many years working in HR, I can tell you that if you’re suffering from people’s disease, don’t panic, so are many other business owners. In order to get to the bottom of peoples disease, I conducted a survey asking business owners what people problems they were facing in their business. My survey identified three core problems.

Problem number one, struggling to employ the right people. Now, recruitment is very costly and it often takes up a lot of time. Which means that sometimes when you’re in desperate need for someone, you recruit anyone which can later result in employee dismissal, time and costs. So definitely recruit against your values and wait for the right person, it will be worth it in the long run.

Problem number two, employees not doing things the way the business owner would like them done. As a business owner, this can be really frustrating when you’re having to spend your time putting things right. The best advice I can give to you is to communicate, tell your employee what you want from them and set up formal procedures for everyone to follow.

Finally, problem number three, employees not having the same amount of passion as their business owners. In order to grow you need a team of passionate people who fit into all of your values and are really motivated, people who will go the extra mile without being asked.

The good news to all of this is that there is a cure to people disease and it’s called culture.  If you need HR advice and would like to find out more about workplace culture and recruiting, inspiring and retaining the right people, get in touch today.


HR Consultancy

HR Consultancy – The importance of a great induction


I was recently at an event giving a talk on HR consultancy and culture and we got onto the topic of inductions.

Inductions are very important when taking on new employees. Unfortunately, inductions are not something that is usually given much thought to. An induction would typically just include a quick tour of the office, quick introductions and some fire safety points. As a HR Consultancy firm, we urge you to do things a bit differently here. In this video, I explain what you can do differently during your inductions and why they are so important.

Employees at JMann Associates get a four-week induction, and during those four weeks, they are given a timetable. This timetable highlights all of the processes and all of the things that they will learn to help them with their job during that period.

However, one of the key things we do, where the majority of business owners do not is talk about values. We talk about values from day one and we talk about how those values fit into the business. We also talk about the behaviours we expect to see with those values, and we talk about these every single day from the beginning of our employee’s induction linking everything back to those company values.

Our company values are our key meaning our inductions are key to your people foundations. With a good induction, you are able to show and tell your new employees what your business is about and how they can fit into your culture. Our advice would be to create a robust process, set out a timetable, ensure the employee knows exactly what their induction is going to cover. Make sure your values are heavily included as opposed to your usual walk and tour of the office.

If you would like to know more about recruiting, inspiring and retaining your employees. Get in touch today.



HR Culture Fit – Merging and Acquisitions


Are you looking to grow your business? Great! An effective way you can achieve this is by merging businesses or acquiring another. However, there are a few key points you will need to consider from a HR point of view.

One of the main factors to consider is culture. If you’re looking to grow by acquiring another business you need to ensure there is a good culture fit. Unfortunately, this is something that is not considered enough or at all by business owners.

It’s important to have a good culture fit to ensure that once you have merged your businesses are able to not only continue but to flourish and grow. There are unfortunately far too many statistics out there which show just how many businesses fail once they have merged. This can be up to 80% of failures lasting up to only 5 years.

In this video, I explain why it’s so important we focus on the people side when merging businesses and why you need to be looking at including culture in your due diligence.

Firstly, you need to look at what the values are of the company you have acquired or merged with and see if that matches up with your current business’ values. Consider things like, how does that business make decisions? What are their core beliefs and aims? How do they reward and treat people? All of these things will have a massive impact on how your business is going to continue in the future.

It’s the small things like this that are really worth considering, as they can often cause problems further down the road. So my advice, if you’re really looking to merge or acquire another business you must look at the culture and make that a top priority.

If you would like some more HR advice on how you can grow your business and make it last get in touch today.


HR Culture

HR Culture – Setting people up to fail


One of the things that I talk about a lot within HR culture is progression.

It’s great to have a plan in place for your employees to progress not only for you and your business but also for them. Giving employees aims and incentives such as promotions will always help retain employees and increase their productivity and appreciation.

However, progression and internal promotions are only great if you actually take the time to give your employees the necessary training to do the job as expected. Otherwise, you are setting your employees up to fail.

Below I explain how I witnessed a past colleague be set up to fail through an internal promotion first hand.

When I used to work in manufacturing I had a colleague who was exceptional at his job. So good in fact that the company I worked for decided to give him a promotion and made him manager of his engineering department. However, he was set up to fail, he was not given the proper training to develop his management skills. As a result, he failed, became depressed and didn’t want to come to work.

The bottom line is, always offer progression and promotions in your workplace. It’s a really good value to adopt for both you and your employees. However, just make sure you are backing the promotion up with the proper training and skills required. Without this training, you will be putting your employees under added pressure and can actually result in losing them meaning you have to go through the entire process again.

Our advice would be to develop a proper career path plan for your employees. Tell them exactly what they have to do to achieve these goals backed up with the required training. If you would like to know more about HR culture and employee training, get in touch today.


HR Services

Why some businesses think they don’t need HR Services


HR services are not just for businesses who need help when they have problems.

This is a common misconception that we come across quite a lot within our industry. Business owners often believe that if they don’t have any problems when it comes to employees then they simply do not need HR services.

However, they couldn’t be more wrong, HR is not just there to help you when you need to get out of a sticky situation or put out any fires. HR can help you as your strategic partner and support businesses who are looking for growth, recruitment, and retention of staff.

If you want to grow your business you need HR practices which will support you as you grow, in the video, I explain exactly how this is done.

HR services can provide you with a partner to work closely with when you want to focus on your business model or your business culture. Your business values and culture are very important in the ever-changing workplace industry if you wish to grow and even survive.

Most importantly HR can help you retain your staff meaning you will have more employees who are likely to have been with you for a number of years and who are fully competent at their job through their training and experience within your company.

If you would like us to help you and your business grow, recruit and retain employees get in touch today. Together we can partner up and help you develop your business model and values within your company.