This Sunday will be the 6 month anniversary of the launch of The People & Culture Office.
In January of this year I was made redundant and after an appropriate period of comfort eating and laying on the lounge binging on Netflix I decided I needed to have a serious think about what I was going to do. There were literally no jobs in HR at my level, and over the preceding 12 months I had noticed a distinct decline in career friendly/ challenging positions in female oriented roles in Kalgoorlie- Boulder (has anyone else noticed this trend?)
After some market research and some imposter syndrome related discussions with my partner the conclusion was to take my redundancy payout and invest it in myself – and The People & Culture Office was born.
It’s been an interesting ride and here was what I’ve learnt so far;
SME’s are in need of risk minimisation & strategic HR solutions but don’t understand the value it can bring to their business.
My biggest hurdle to overcome & the sole purpose of this blog.
My mission is to build the capacity of small – medium enterprises through people & culture initiatives, by helping to create more successful, productive and high performance organisations. To achieve this businesses need to put their employees at the forefront of embedding their strategy into the organisation. But to do this successfully they need to create a positive culture and have the HR framework in place to ensure their strategic goals become reality. To put it simply; culture eats strategy for breakfast.
Viewing HR as an admin function only or having a series of policies that are short statements about legislative requirements is not adding value to your business and won’t cut it in the changing business environment.
Outsourcing your HR function is a very cost effective business decision my business model works on a once-off or project basis, I don’t lock people into contracts, nor do I charge an annual fee. Depending on your business needs I don’t need to stick around for months or years on end. The People & Culture Office can provide a framework for your HR needs with ongoing HR support as and when required.
Working from home has a lot of distractions
See Exhibit A
Not getting paid every fortnight is scary
It’s fricken scary man
I’ve discovered so many local businesses that I had no idea existed
I’ve also had a hard time trying to find businesses online or even an email address to make contact- if I can’t find you, how can your target market find you? Businesses such as Kalsec Creative and Pride and Prominence can manage your content for you and help you put strategies in place to reach your market.
It’s given me a platform to meet some dynamic business Owners & Managers
We have a lot of forward thinking & amazing leaders here, we just need others to jump on board and experience what they have to offer. Business is all about change; whether it’s addressing the decline in retail, making your event unique to smash attendance numbers or coaching business owners for greater outcomes. We have the resources here, there just needs to be a desire for progress and a willingness to think outside of the box.