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As the second half of 2018 begins, you can’t help but reflect on your successes (and setbacks) as you think about what lies ahead.

When all has gone well, your next steps are clear. Double down on what’s working and get implementing towards that next milestone. But what happens if you’re falling short of targets, are struggling to get profitable, and are stuck with outdated systems and methods that aren’t taking you forward?

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I have a BIG frustration with my industry (perhaps you feel the same way about yours!)

But after a lot of thinking, I’ve decided this is a good thing. After all, frustrations lead you to ask different questions. They inspire you to look at a situation with fresh eyes. They provide the gateway to breakthroughs, new ways of working, and ultimately transformation.

So while this particular frustration has stuck in my throat for a long time, my mind has been working overtime trying to figure out a new way forward.

Sometimes you need to give ideas time to brew – and this has undoubtedly been the case with what I’m sharing with you in this article.

I’m all for rapid action and quick implementation. Sometimes that’s absolutely the right way forward.

But when you move into business transformation, you need to give yourself the time and space to let your thoughts incubate.

That way you can be sure that you’ve hit upon the right outcome – when you find it.

So what was this big frustration?

And why does it matter to you?

Let me explain…

The box doesn’t fit anymore

As a seasoned HR professional who’s worked nationally and internationally and for big businesses and small ones, there’s not a lot I haven’t encountered when it comes to HR.

In fact, I’ve been inside interview rooms where I’ve heard things that would make you squirm, make you blush, and even make you angry at the injustice.

But that’s the real beauty of this role – it’s ALWAYS different. No day is the same.

However, despite my love for an industry I have a deep passion for, I do get frustrated that most people fail to see the enormous potential HR holds for their business.

You see, most people push HR into the box of compliance, legislation, and tick boxes.

And while HR fundamentals are about ensuring things are watertight – for you and your staff – there’s a whole other folder waiting for you to open.

And once you’ve got the fundamentals nailed, this other folder presents opportunities for business growth and personal development that can blow your mind.

And that’s what frustrates me!

Apply HR as an enabler, and your business can transform – in all kinds of ways. From improved attendance, to staff development, to implementing significant changes that rock your world.

Leverage this aspect of HR and it does become a game-changer.

And I want to create the space and opportunities for more of that to happen.

Here’s how I’m going to do it…

Three stands – three ways to change your world, your business, and your team’s success

Opt HR Consulting: There is and always will be a demand for HR advice and consultation.

Get your HR wrong and you can get into all sorts of rough water. From tribunals to fines to getting tied up in red tape, you’ve heard it all before! So don’t worry… you can rely on us to help you navigate the waters.

You can rely on us to help you get compliant, stay compliant, and troubleshoot any ongoing or ad hoc issues and challenges. Everything from grievances to absence, to behaviour management, our team of highly skilled, highly knowledgeable experts will help you get on top.

But that’s not all…

Opt HR Connections: Working in HR can be lonely – especially when you’re lumped under the compliance label! As a result, there is a ton of unlocked potential hiding in organisations and consulting companies across the country.

I want to create a space that unlocks that potential and gives HR professionals an opportunity to connect, network, and share best practice. I want to build a community of high-performing individuals who want to change the perception of HR and help businesses use this knowledge base and skill set to leverage growth, transformation, and change.

That’s why I’m launching HR Connections – through monthly meet-ups, hot seats, mentoring, and best practice shares, we’re working to inspire and empower a new breed of HR professionals who can bring more and add more value to ambitious companies.

It’s the most powerful way I can imagine to change the perception of HR (and what it can do for your business), AND inspire excellent people to enable transformation in their workplace.

Opt HR Coaching: I’ve been coaching my entire professional career. From front-line staff to top-level management, I love helping people work through hurdles, achieve their goals, and show up as their best.

Specialising in supporting HR practitioners and business leaders who want to harness the potential of their team to transform their business, I’ve launched a series of coaching packages.

Focusing on skills development, mindset, and strategies to achieve goals, this coaching opportunity offers accountability and will help high-achievers keep pushing forward.  

To me it’s clear…

Change the perception of HR in business and we can unlock a raft of skills, expertise and knowledge that businesses and managers can leverage to embed and navigate change.

I love the New Year.

For me, it represents a blank slate and the potential to achieve something significant in the year ahead. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be filled with optimism and plenty of exciting plans for 2018.

But don’t make the mistake of running before you can walk!

I understand that you’re itching to get started.

However, sometimes you need to slow things down before you can pick up pace – and that’s especially true when it comes to your staff.

Without the right policies, procedures, and management in place, you risk scuppering your plans before they even get started.

Your team is your most valuable resource.

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With Christmas rushing ever closer, I’m sure you’re busy turning your attention to the festivities, parties, and downtime with the people you love.

But before you down tools for the year, can I encourage you to reflect on the time that’s passed first

Looking back to see what went well (and what didn’t) is vital in business.

If you don’t learn from the past you risk repeating the same mistakes unnecessarily.

And if you don’t identify what worked well, you can’t embed these insights into your 2018 plan.

Of course you should reflect across your entire business, but as well as focusing on the financials, remember to spend some time reviewing your HR.

Remember, your employees are critical to the success of your business.

And to help you do your HR review productivity, here are some resources and ideas to help:

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Four Checklists, all in one handy booklet,  to help you ensure your HR strategy is fit for

purpose and encourages employees to focus on business success with you.

Download our HR Checklists here

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