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.