• Making the switch to self-employment

    By Phil Marsland

    Moving from a successful career in house to creating and running my own business was a huge step. Practically and psychologically.

    Practically I needed sound advice and I was fortunate to have a business mentor, who pointed me toward a trusted accountant. He helped me with the decision to either be a sole trader or to establish a limited business - I chose the latter. He also provided advice on tax,…

    • 12 Feb 2019
  • Confessions and learning points form an HR Consultant

    By Kay Heald

    I recently celebrated 13 years in business and this milestone prompted me to reflect on the highs and lows of being my own boss and operating as an independent HR Consultant. It has been a great journey, but shaped by mistakes, challenges and learning points, particularly when starting out. Here’s what I have learnt so far:

    Confession 1: I tried to do too much myself

    When I started my business, I made…

    • 1 Feb 2019
  • Building resilience, happiness and wellbeing in your workplace

    By Bibi Martin, founder of BM Interim Management, with over 10 years of expertise in the SME industry.

    How can I ask my employee to take care of customers if I am not asking him to take care of his own health? - is the question we should all be asking ourselves as managers and directors.

    For decades, employers have been focusing on employee engagement in the attempt to help people feel happy, competent and satisfied…

    • 21 Nov 2014
  • Want to work flexibly? Avoid a career in HR

    By Anna Meller   @GrownUpBalance

    > Being the change you want to see in the (working) world

    Over six million UK women work part-time – some even reaching the heady heights of senior management, although numbers drop off sharply at this level. However, if anecdotal evidence is to be believed, only a small handful of them work in HR. Once again the topic of working less than full-time has been raised in an HR group…

    • 9 Sep 2014
  • Are You Sitting Comfortably At Your Workstation?

    By Robert Stebbings, Communications Manager, Post Office Shop

    According to the Work Foundation, back pain alone costs the UK economy £7bn a year in work-related absences so the Post Office Shop decided to commission a survey exploring in more detail musculoskeletal and eye related ailments affecting Britain’s workforce.

    Our research revealed that almost a third of workers are aware that one of their colleagues…

    • 7 Mar 2014
  • TLC – Twitter, Leadership and Communication

    By Annette Hill, CIPD Charted Fellow

    As a seasoned HR and OD professional in the public sector, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised to find myself leading the 'HR work stream' for major structural change to my organisation. This is the second time in 3 years... sighs... and both organisations were/are heading for dissolution as required by government policy.

    >We tweet regularly in addition to using…

    • 6 Dec 2013
  • Men more likely to be given flexible schedules

    By Adam Sorensen, World at Work

    A new study published in the Journal of Social Issues finds that managers are more likely to grant male employees’ requests for flexible work schedules. Researchers found that managers are most likely to approve requests for flexibility from men in high-status jobs in order to pursue career development opportunities (such as professional development courses) whereas they were less likely…

    • 24 Jul 2013
  • A time travelled reward strategy; Who?

    By Ian Davidson, Consultant

    I was listening to the excellent “Dr Who at the Proms” on the radio.  The music was evocative of different times and alien terrains.   A thought struck me; what would the reward landscape look like in ten years’ time? Two alternative possibilities collided in my mind: a sort of Matrix like choice of different futures, a red pill or a blue pill? These were:


    • 24 Jul 2013