Is 2020 the year ethics will become cool?

Do you feel like change is in the air? So much happened in 2019, economically, politically, it seems like we’ve kicked off 2020 with a collective “the rot stops now” attitude.

First inclination it’s not just me was reading this article by Gary Martin the head of AIM WA. In the article Gary talks about unscrupulous big bosses like those engaged in the finance industry participating the Royal Commission or those at the helm of wages scandals.

But then he drops a truth bomb, the majority of immoral behaviour comes from regular, everyday bosses.

“Ironically, much of the immoral behaviour in our workplace is driven by everyday bosses who might be beacons of best practice when it comes to personal integrity but unwittingly create workplace environments that allow the unethical behaviour of others to flourish.

Many bosses, for example, make it unsafe for workers to speak up about unethical behaviour in their workplace despite proclaiming that they have an open-door policy. 

They fail to encourage workers to report questionable behaviours and, on the odd occasion a concern is raised, find themselves ill-equipped to take appropriate corrective measures or protect a well-intentioned whistleblower.

Others mistakenly believe ethical issues are suited to post-mortem discussions only after some form of catastrophe has occurred. 

Even worse, some bosses apply excessive pressure on team members to reach unrealistic targets.”

It’s not just bosses who encourage a bit a fudging of the rules to get ahead, there’s also the bosses who turn a blind eye to bullying or other inappropriate behaviour in the workplace – or are a perpetrator themselves.

Then yesterday this article published on Inside Small Business popped up in my Facebook newsfeed.

It’s a vibe, I tell ya!

It’s easy enough for small business owners to think this isn’t about them, those articles are just about big business right, got nothing to do with me.

In a time of low unemployment and skills shortages it becomes evident who the unethical employers are.

Struggling to hang onto to staff while your peers have little disruption to staffing levels at all?

Struggling to attract applicants for vacancies when the competition next door has skilled candidates approaching them?

High absenteeism & low morale?

Are you picking up what I’m putting down here?

Skills shortage, regional living, FIFO; your up against a lot as it is, don’t let poor management practices be added to the list.

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It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE IS A KALGOORLIE BASED HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) CONSULTING COMPANY THAT SPECIALISES IN DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS WITH SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES. WE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH EMPLOYEE INITIATIVES. 

CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL GOALS.

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Take the leap

Guest post – Sharni Foulkes – Business Advisor KBCCI

Kalgoorlie-Boulder really is the best place to start and launch a new business and 2020 has never been a better time.

Your probably thinking to yourself, who in their right mind is this lunatic with a statement like that, and why now, in what seems to be an economic down turn.

Well, My name is Sharni Foulkes, I am the Business Advisor at the KBCCI. I work with a variety of businesses across different Industry’s on a daily basis. And let me tell you, now has never been a better time to step out of that comfort zone and give that idea you’ve been housing for some time a good old fashioned go.

Sharni, left, pictured with Tia Jefferies from the KBCCI

With the average age of 33, an average household income of $115k and an almost 50/50 ratio of males to females the times are changing. Millennials are taking over and that is okay. For the small business industry, this means the barefoot investor budgets, strong side hustles and the ambition to succeed. And hard work prevails, but the statistics and support that have come across my desk throughout 2019 have been nothing short of amazing.  

  • 514 face-to-face client meetings
  • 20 group sessions/workshops across 9 different topics
  • 21 digital meetings
  • 502 client action plans
  • 494 returning clients
  • 241 new clients

And with the appointment of a further two new business advisory contracts at the start of the financial year through (ASBAS) Australian Small Business Advisory Service for digital solutions and (NEIS) New Enterprise Incentive Scheme we have been able to expand on the services and topics that we can provide. ASBAS allows us to provide an outcome based service in the digital world, whether it be setting up a facebook/Instagram account or walking through the ATO’s reporting app, we are aiming to better connect our small business clients online and empower them with the confidence and understanding to utilise technology for better productivity. And NEIS has allowed us to work with an unemployed clientele, assisting them to achieve their certificate 3 in micro (home based) business, while still keeping their payments, and building their business over an intensive 12 months of mentorship. Not only is this a free service, I actually do care about you and want you to be sustainable and successful! 

Along with the services that we provide, we also maintain close relationships with stake holders and where possible get them out to Kalgoorlie to engage with the businesses in a face-to-face setting through either a networking events or workshop. 2019 provided the following services and achievements for our clients to better their business opportunities:

  • Small Business Showcase Event
  • State Government Procurement policy presentation for Aboriginal Business (attendee)
  • AUS Industries visit and meetings with 10+ clients (outcomes for over 80%)
  • Facebook workshops presented by Facebook
  • Small Business Development Corporation visit and meetings with stakeholders
  • Female Founders Grant consultation (Only regional consultation for WA)
  • Australian Tax Office educational workshops
  • Australian Securities and Investment Workshops
  • Cyber security workshop as a hosting partner through NAB

As well as attending many meetings, collaborations, events and information sessions to ensure we are equipped to the highest standard to assist and pass on knowledge for our clients.  

I am one person and in Kalgoorlie-Boulder there are many other support services offering business advisory. So now knowing what you now know, wouldn’t you agree – there is no better time than 2020 to start, grow, expand or launch your business. If you are intrigued, give us a call and come in to see me, we can asses where your at and work out the right direction for you. It’s free, thanks to some amazing government funding.

When Sharni isn’t supporting the start-up business community of the Goldfields region, or facilitating numerous business workshops, she is dynamic participant of the local business community through her membership with Goldfields Women Building Business, Rotary and of course her membership of W.A.C.K.E.D. (that’s all about networking right??). In her downtime she can be spotted on Fashions on the Field catwalks around the state, outfit on point.

You can find Sharni on Facebook here, or located within the KBCCI office.

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It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE IS A KALGOORLIE BASED HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) CONSULTING COMPANY THAT SPECIALISES IN DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS WITH SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES. WE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH EMPLOYEE INITIATIVES. 

CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL GOALS.

AT THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE YOU ONLY PAY FOR THE WORK WE UNDERTAKE FOR YOU;  NO ANNUAL OR MONTHLY FEES; NO CONTRACTS; JUST QUALITY, LOCAL, SERVICE.

It all starts here

When does a new employees’ introduction to your business begin? Day 1? Signing of the contract?

It starts when they first hear about your job and make that decision to apply. And that settling in, falling into the culture of your business process, takes about a year.

Task & skill wise it takes a new employee about 3 months to be working at capacity, but people rarely leave jobs because they can’t do the work, they leave because of poor leadership, poor communication, poor culture and poor organisation in the way the business approaches it operations.

28% of new employees will quit a job within the first 90 days, 64% within the first 12 months. In my experience you can usually tell within 6 weeks if you’ve lost a new starter or not. Sure they might still be attending work, but they aren’t “there”, they aren’t productive, a bit of a fish out of water, just not quite fitting in.

The solution?

A contemporary & structured recruitment and onboarding process (“Onboarding, also known as organisational socialisation, refers to the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organisational members and insiders.”)

Struggling to attract Kalgoorlie residential employees? I’m here to help!

One that doesn’t finish on day 1 after their induction.

According to research by Hibob, many new employees feel as though their role wasn’t accurately portrayed during the recruitment process. Whether that be tasks omitted from discussions or workplace culture being misrepresented it becomes startling evident on day 1 and the emotional disconnect commences. The process has been misleading, the excitement has soured.

More than 25% of employees say that they didn’t receive enough information about their job before accepting the offer. Only 40% of employees say that their current job completely reflects how the position was described during the interview process.

So what does this mean as an employer? It’s all about communication. Make the tasks and your expectations clear from the get go, and keep talking to your new employee about it. People thrive when they know what’s expected of them and what they are working towards.

A week— even a month — isn’t nearly enough time to grasp the complexities of a new company; understanding individual roles and how they fit into the bigger picture.

Beyond the essential information needed to do the job, onboarding is an opportunity to build connection with peers, leaders, work and the organisation. Weaving in workplace cultural elements — the vision, mission, values, norms, behaviours and rituals — in the early stages, takes onboarding beyond improving how individuals work, to strengthening the way in which people work together towards a common purpose.

As the first experience people have with the business, onboarding plays a crucial role in delivering on the promises of the employer brand, and should feel relevant with the overall employee experience.

The People & Culture Office can build your business a Recruitment & Onboarding Strategy, 100% tailored to your business, your values and your strategic goals. Contact us for an obligation free meeting to discuss how we can help you.

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It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

The People & Culture Office is a Kalgoorlie based human resources (HR) consulting company that specialises in developing partnerships with Small and Medium Enterprises. WE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH EMPLOYEE INITIATIVES. 

CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL GOALS.

At The People & Culture Office you only pay for the work we undertake for you;  no annual or monthly fees; no contracts; just quality, local, service.

But that’s how I’ve always done it

The irony of this post is that those who need it the most won’t see it.

Why?

Because their business practices haven’t kept up with the changing face of doing business, nor technology. They aren’t online, they don’t have business frameworks in place, their business was the bomb in the pre-social media days and their mindset is back there.

And I get it, in the early to mid 2000’s Kalgoorlie & the WA mining industry was booming. Skilled & unskilled workers flocked to town, no effort was required to find staff because they were walking through your door. Work was easy to get and there were very little hoops to jump through to get a lucrative contract.

It was the glory days, then it all stopped.

First the GFC, which had minimal impact on gold but hit nickel & iron ore hard. Then gold crashed, the downturn in Kalgoorlie really started to bite. Mining contractors had to cut tradies hours back, people lost their jobs, people left town.

Those that came here in the boom returned home to more stable industries.

But that wasn’t the only change, the Occupy movement had its moment and people started to look at corporations differently. Instagram dropped and suddenly the idea of posting travel & lifestyle pics for a bunch of strangers was highly appealing. People became more aware of their eco footprint, healthy living and mental health.

A high paying mining job was no longer a mark of success, instead people started looking for employers that could offer something more. Flexibility, career development, social awareness & responsibility, a great culture and the biggie – feeling like they were an integral cog in the wheel; an employer who regularly communicated where the business was at, where it was heading and how important it was that everyone helped them get there (and then got a thank you)

We also have 50% of the workforce made up by a generation who had parents or older friends impacted by the GFC and the continued downturn in business confidence. Theres nothing like being made redundant to drive home just how quickly a company will let you go when it comes to money.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Times have changed, the workforce demographic has changed and if you want to keep up, you need to change with it.

Yesterday I went to a business forum in Kalgoorlie, wandering around at the break I overheard a conversation.

“We’ve been advertising for an apprentice for weeks now and haven’t got 1 application. I tell ya kids are bloody lazy, you just can’t get them to work. We’ve spent thousands on ads on the radio and nothing”

😳

I’m 46 and I haven’t listened to the radio in a good 5 years. You’d be lucky to find anyone under 40 listening to the radio let alone the target market for an apprenticeship.

When I got home I googled the company – no Facebook, no Instagram just a webpage with an ad for the position that consisted of 2 lines.

Do you think the reason they had received no applications was because of those damn lazy millennials or because they were looking in all the wrong places?

Businesses are competing against FIFO – same pay with the City lifestyle. Competing against business who have been early adopters and are offering up flexible, lifestyle friendly workplaces. Businesses who are super professional with quality HR processes that give applicants and new employees great insight into the business and it’s expectations right from the first point of contact. Businesses who have a reputation of treating it’s employees fairly and strive to do the right thing.

Right now, the reality for many businesses is that quality candidates, or just any candidates for that matter, are hard to come by.

Whether that be because of a skills shortage, geographical location, that the vocation lacks a bit of “cool factor”, ineffective recruitment practices or the reputation of the employer; businesses approaching their talent acquisition efforts without having some sort of plan in place is an inefficient use of financial & people resources

What was working for you in the past may now no longer be relevant.

And so if you are wanting to improve your recruitment practices, or are looking for new ways to do things, here are some basic tips on recruitment, values based recruitment and considerations for your business before you post that job ad, and for something a little more comprehensive – Contact Me

Struggling to attract Kalgoorlie residential employees? I’m here to help!

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It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH PEOPLE & CULTURE INITIATIVES CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC GOALS.

The November Newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter. This month I’m taking it back to basics. I’m discussing the role of HR in your business, why buying a pack of generic policies probably isn’t adding much value to your business & how quality HR sits at the core of your business success.

I’m also looking at the challenges of attracting a residential workforce & how we can do a better job of selling Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Click to read.

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH PEOPLE & CULTURE INITIATIVES CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC GOALS.

Living & working in Kalgoorlie – Boulder

I want to tell you about my love affair with my home town, like most regional area’s we are struggling to attract skilled professionals, trades people and families. If you’re reading this you’ve probably clicked through from Instagram, something about a new adventure, a new opportunity, the ability to accelerate your career made you click to find out more.

I want to share with you photo’s and information about living and working in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to pique your interest, to prompt you to do some research to seriously consider relocating here. If you’ve clicked because you are seeking FIFO opportunities this isn’t what this post is about – but stick around because I reckon I could change your mind by the time you get to the end of the post.

Cassidy St Kalgoorlie

So a bit of background; I’m a locally based independent HR Consultant. I work with locally owned small – medium businesses to assist with creating professional & contemporary workplaces, and part of this consists of assisting with recruitment. I have my finger on the pulse of the local community, and as a long term local and business owner I want to do everything I can to promote our community and to encourage individuals & families to relocate here to enjoy the many spoils of living & working in Kalgoorlie-Boulder (in the least touristy way possible.)

The primary industry of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is mining and you may know of Kalgoorlie as being the home of the Superpit, supporting the mining companies are hundreds of locally owned businesses such as mechanical workshops, industrial retail, earthmoving, plant hire, heavy fabrication, electrical contractors and then of course feeding into that are the industries and careers that keep the town ticking; government, childcare, hospitality, retail, education to name but a few.

Right now local industry is crying out for workers – Mechanics, boilermakers, machinists, heavy machinery operators, chefs, carpenters, mining professionals, child care workers you name it. If you are great at what you do, we want you living here!

Kalgoorlie is quite unique in that our town centre is quite cosmopolitan with numerous restaurants, cafe’s and high street retail, yet, a 20 minute drive from the CBD finds you out bush and amongst nature.

My pup Roxy (she’s the one on the right 🙂 )

If you are prepared to put yourself out there and make connections through workplaces, community and sporting groups Kalgoorlie is a very welcoming community.

From the streetscaping in the city centre to the multitude of suburban playgrounds you’d be forgiven for believing that you weren’t on the edge of the desert.

The Goldfields Oasis and adjoining playing fields are home to the majority of team based sports as well as an indoor pool complex & gym. The newly constructed Ray Finlayson complex is home to soccer, cricket and the 20/20 season.

Linked by a series of bike paths weekends can be spent on lazy bike rides, or jump in the 4WD and headout to one of the numerous dams & camp sites surrounding the town.

Near Ora Banda – 40 minute drive from Kalgoorlie

The family will love Hammond Park with its lush green lawns and gardens, BBQ’s, play equipment and animals such as birds, peacocks, emu’s and kangaroos

Serviced by the big nationals such as Target, Kmart, Woolworths & Coles and joined by IGA’s, high street stores, local independent retailers and award winning beauty & hair salons theres always the opportunity to indulge in a bit of retail therapy or luxe pamper sesh.

From the Hannans Boulevard situated in the northern suburbs to the Target, Woolies and Kmart complexs in the CBD, and arts centric shops in Burt St, there is a little bit of something for everyone.

Heartwalk Street Art initiative

In recent years Kalgoorlie has seen an explosion in the local makers & artists scene.

The Heartwalk street art project has bought a new look to the city’s buildings, art trails, the annual Art Prize, markets, theatre groups, Goldfields Art Centre and the WA Museum are just a few of the experiences on offer to enrich your soul

MS Models Showcase
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize

Take a stroll down Hannan Street stopping in St Barbara’s Square to sit & soak up the sun while enjoying a coffee from a nearby cafe.

Our cosmopolitan cafe & restaurant scene is well catered for to suit all tastes & budgets. Both Hannan & Burt Streets are dotted with pubs, restaurants and cafes sure to appeal to all age groups and demographics.

Whether seeking out a parmi & a pint, Melbourne style laneway cafes, multicultural cuisine or just a great meal in a modern setting, Kalgoorlie can cater to all tastes.

Shops are open 7 days per week all year round

Housing in Kalgoorlie is a wonderful mix of heritage and modern (& the decades in between).

From the traditional old Goldfielder’s of Lamington, miners cottages of Boulder to the modern brick homes in the newer suburbs of O’Connor, Hannans & Broadwood you are sure to find something to suit your needs & style.

The Goldfields has a rich sporting history, home to a multitude of sports and state of the art complexes. AFL, soccer, touch, squash, cricket, tennis, tri’s, cycling, swimming, t-ball, motorsport, moto x, park runs, golf, water polo, pony club, BMX, horse racing, netball & basketball are all well represented

Very much a family town, the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is home to a number of state & private schools.

Primary & Upper school students are well serviced by a number of state schools servicing each suburb with a separate senior campus for year 11 & 12. Both the state and private high schools are support by the Central Regional TAFE in it’s vocational courses for VET students.

Curtin University operates the WA School of Mines (WASM) in the city centre, a world class facility, WASM delivers mining based degrees as well as those in health science, commerce and education

With Perth a short 1 hour flight away and a direct flight to Melbourne once a week, catching up with family and friends (or going to the footy at the G) can fit easily into a weekend.

Missing the beach? Australia’s best beaches are located a 4 hour drive south in Esperance.

Esperance foreshore

Seeking a bit of history? At the turn of the century the Goldfields was home to a number of bustling mining towns. With most now nothing more than a cemetary and a few relics, they can be explored in a day trip, or, take the weekend and head north to the historic townsite of Kookynie and Lake Ballard, home to the famous art installation by Antony Gormley

But you can’t talk about Kalgoorlie without talking about how much we love a party

The famous Kalgoorlie Race Round

The days of Kalgoorlie being the wild west are long gone. Nowadays you’re more likely to find the average Kalgoorlie resident frocked up for the ultra glam Childrens Charity Ball & the iconic Race Round events.

A quiet drink listening to live music in Judds beer garden or downing a famous Broady Burger at the Broad Arrow Tavern.

The Kalgoorlie Hotel

From Sunset at the Soundshell, Coffee & Cars, the Community Fair, Kidsfest, the Multicultural Festival, the lighting of the Christmas tree to the St Barbaras Day parade there is always something happening.

So how did I go? Ready to find out more? If you would like more information on housing, schools, or employment you can contact me here, if you’re dead keen feel free to send me your resume & a bit of information about what opportunities you are seeking.

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH PEOPLE & CULTURE INITIATIVES CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC GOALS.

Lets break it down

An employee planning their week in a diary

The People & Culture Office – A different kind of HR Consultant

Lᴇᴛs ʙʀᴇᴀᴋ ɪᴛ ᴅᴏᴡɴ 

Who am I & what do I do?

I want to start with my mission statement – “To build capacity of small – medium enterprises through people & culture initiatives. We aim to be the leading provider of human resource solutions in the local Kalgoorlie-Boulder area, and the wider Australian business community, helping to create more successful, productive and high performance organisations.”

So in other words, I want to build your knowledge, and improve your tools and the resources you have at hand, to help you achieve business success through quality employees and employment practices. And I will do this by embedding HR solutions into your business framework 

Buying a set of cookie cutter policies from a HR provider that has whacked your logo on there to make it feel individualised is not a HR solution – that’s an insurance policy to lull you into a sense of security should Fair Work come knocking.

Having a set of policies in a folder means diddly if you don’t understand the content, don’t follow them or aren’t being provided the support from an experienced HR professional to use them effectively in your business – someone who’s willing to share their knowledge to help you develop your skills in managing employee relations issues.

Additionally, a solution by its very definition is a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation. Are your set of generic policies really a solution?

Having trouble attracting employees? Would having a Recruitment Policy in place solve that? No, because a policy doesn’t tell you how your going to get there, just what you’re going to do once you’ve arrived.

A recruitment strategy, on the other hand, will assist with attracting employees because it’s designed as a plan of action. A recruitment strategy can identify how & where you can source candidates and what initiatives you can put in place to build your employer profile to make you more attractive to employees.

This is a HR Solution, and this is the true value of HR in your business.

And this is why when you become my client I don’t lock you into a contract, because the value I can offer over my competitors speaks for itself, and that’s why I’m a different kind of HR Consultant 

Like what you see? Click around and discover how partnering with us can give your business a competitive advantage by aligning strategy with people & culture, or, give us a like on Facebook for regular updates on industry trends, blog posts & photo’s of me having coffee at my regular haunts and / or my dog & cat disrupting my work day

It’s time for HR to move beyond policies, practices and processes, HR’s value proposition to business is to ensure HR professionals and their practices’ produce positive outcomes for key stakeholders, employees, line managers, customers and investors.

THE PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICE CAN PARTNER WITH YOU TO GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THROUGH PEOPLE & CULTURE INITIATIVES CONTACT US TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHAT SOLUTIONS WE CAN PUT IN PLACE TO DRIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR STRATEGIC GOALS.