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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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Any time of the year brings challenges for business owners when it comes to managing a team of people, and the summer is no different. Everyone might be in a slightly better mood when the sun starts to shine, but there are potential issues that you need to be aware of to ensure the smooth running of your operations. No one likes to think about the worst case scenario, but being prepared and thinking about your plan of action is always better than being caught off-guard.

Here, we’re going to take a look at a few HR horror stories from the summer months, and explain how you can avoid the fallout in your business.

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The summer months aren’t best known for being the most productive of seasons in the workplace. With many staff members heading off on holiday, or dreaming of more exotic locations than your offices, output can often take a bit of a slide in the wrong direction. It’s not long though until we hit the final quarter of the year, so if you want to make sure that you smash your goals, it’s worth taking a little time out to assess how you can get things back on the right track.

Let’s take a look at what you can do, in practical terms, to beat the summer productivity slump…

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Opt HR is proud to be backing Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

We have recently joined so many other business owners and organisations in Coventry to support the bid which means we are contributing to the city’s effort to become UK City of Culture, a title currently held by Hull.

Rachel Wade, Founder and Director of Opt HR has been educated, lived, worked and now owns her own business in our great city.  Rachel says “I’m so proud to be part of the bid and Coventry most certainly demonstrates itself as a city with a wealth of culture and diversity which should be celebrated and recognised.  Coventry people have a true sense of community and support for each other across it’s demographics and now is a really exciting time for our city with so much development and life in the heart of the city centre and throughout the city.  We have a city to be proud of and to make our mark on the map of the UK would be incredible.”

Becoming UK City of Culture in 2021 would bring huge benefits to Coventry and the surrounding region, not only culturally, but socially and economically too.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport set a deadline of February 2017 for cities to put themselves forward and now that deadline has passed, it has revealed that Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, St Davids, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea, Warrington and Wells will be moving forward with a bid alongside COVENTRY.

Shortlisting has taken place during May/June of this year. Full and final submissions will be required from shortlisted cities by September.

The final decision on who is UK City of Culture 2021 will be announced in December.

The bid team need all of the support it can get on social media so make sure you are following @coventry2021 on Twitter and Instagram, as well as like its page on Facebook.