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

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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.


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HR Culture – Setting people up to fail

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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.


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HR Support – Is your business model broken?

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The working world is always changing, mostly for the good, however, it can sometimes feel as if our industries are moving faster than we can keep up with.

Technology is becoming more and more involved with our day to day activities and roles. Sadly, the rise in technology has also been at the hands of some of our jobs. We have a brand new generation finishing education and entering the world of work who are and will work very differently to the existing workplace generations.

I think it’s fair to say that the employment landscape in 2025 will be completely different in comparison to 2005 or even 2015. However, the key point I must make and I cannot stress this enough is to ride the wave. More often than not, the business’ who are left behind and not embracing the changes almost certainly won’t survive.

So, I’ve put together this video to give you some HR support. Below I highlight exactly what is changing within the working world, what the repercussions are and what we can do about it.

As an example, it’s become very apparent that the traditional working model is becoming outdated. Where someone would start at a workplace and stay on there until they become a partner or so on is likely to soon be a thing of the past. This is because the new working generation doesn’t want that, they want to come into a company, learn, grow, develop and then move on.

This is why business’ must review their workplace culture and model in order to survive in the ever-changing climate. Business owners who choose to ignore these changes will likely fail to make it in the future.

Do you think you need to review your workplace culture and model? You could benefit from our HR support to stay in touch with the ever-changing working world. Simply get in touch today.


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HR Adviser – How do you communicate values?

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To follow on from our last blog, this blog will continue to discuss company values but most of all, how to communicate those values.

It can be hard to stick to company values within a business and this struggle more often than not comes from lack of communication. As we already know, values are very important as they form the basis of your company culture. So, it is important that you are always communicating them and involving them in everything your company does.

Take a look at the video below where I, as an HR adviser, describe in more detail how you can better communicate your company values.

There are some key areas in which you can instantly improve the communication of your company values. All you need to do is ask yourself the following questions.

  • Are your values clearly displayed on your website?
  • Do you recruit against your values?
  • Are you cross-referencing values when you are performance managing people?
  • Do you have a theme for your values?

However, the most important thing company values need in order to improve communication is a leader. As a business owner, you need to be living those values and constantly talking about them.

If you think you could benefit from an HR adviser on how to communicate your company values or any other people issues for that matter. Maybe you’ve got a question about a staff issue? Get in touch today and together we can help you stay safe, legal and compliant.


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

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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.


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