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5 ways to improve value you get from your meetings

12th Jul 2017
Employee EngagementLeadership

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, meetings form a major part of work communication and management strategies.  Google currently reports results from recent surveys citing that on average 16 hours a week can be spent in meetings... Furthermore, it's with the view that four of those hours are wasted. Others report that during your career you may attend 6240 meetings and that 70% of attendees in those meetings will zone out,...

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How to be a trusted and authentic leader

15th Jun 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

Being a competent manager or having a senior position does not automatically make a leader.  A leader connects with those they seek to lead. They inspire, encourage and empower their team. Whilst there is certainly an overlap in skills needed for a senior manager and leader, it can be considered that true leaders are successful due to their characteristics, not just their skills. Authentic leadership is about the being, not...

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How to effectively manage a team

How to Effectively Manage A Team

8th Jun 2017
Leadership

Knowing how to effectively manage a team is essential to being an effective leader. The people skills you need to manage a team, drive productivity and maintain motivation and vision are key leadership skills. In 2015 MAD-HR gave ten tips on how to create the environment that is needed to generate successful teamwork: you can read those tips here. Here are eight top tips on How to Effectively Manage A Team:...

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retaining talent

Here’s why you’re losing talent from your business

2nd Jun 2017
Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

Finding, gaining and retaining talent is key for businesses to succeed, particularly in today's world. We share our top HR advice and insight into why you might be losing yours. Your recruitment process… A recruitment process that makes applicants want to work with you will not only attract the right candidate, it will also attract someone looking to develop, grow and stay with you. Make your organisation THE place to...

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value based recruitment

Recruiting for Values

2nd Jun 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

Do you appoint a new recruit based on their skills to meet the job criteria alone, or do you look at the bigger picture and take into account the applicant’s attitude, views and values? Recruiting for Values Back in 2013, the NHS introduced Value Based Recruitment (VBR) as a way of improving culture and behaviour and increase the level of care and compassion in the NHS. The message was that...

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not pulling their weight

How to deal with those not pulling their weight

26th May 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipTraining

As a busy line manager, just getting the day job done can be a challenge without the added distraction of deal with those not pulling their weight.  Wouldn’t it be great if your team took the initiative and sought to resolve some of these issues themselves? Top Tips We have created some top tips for you to pass on to your team, which will prove useful in tackling these troublesome...

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switch off the technology

France empowers employees to switch off the technology

11th May 2017
Absence Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

On the 1st January 2017, France took the radical step forward of establishing “the right to disconnect” for organisations of more than 50 employees, and whilst the UK have not yet followed suit, this proposed human right is an issue that all employers should be aware of. Work/life balance Modern day business, and life in general has a focus on technology, and specifically the ability to contact employees, and clients,...

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effective team meetings

How to Run Effective Team Meetings

11th May 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipTraining

A leader recognises the importance of an effective team meeting and focuses on the energy and benefits that it can bring.  A team meeting can result in problem resolution, idea generation, empowerment and increased staff engagement. It is just one tool you can use to develop and grow a better team . You can read more on the benefit of having a strong team here >> Ensure your meetings are...

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what does engagement mean

What does employee engagement actually mean?

20th Apr 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

Much more than a catch phrase, the focus on employee engagement is here to stay, and cannot be ignored. Employee engagement is vital to a successful business seeking growth and prosperity but what does it mean and how can you achieve it? A thriving environment A study in 2015 from Aon Hewitt highlighted that those organisations reporting the highest levels of employee engagement demonstrated a 58% higher return for their...

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business growth

How an HR consultancy can drive business growth

14th Mar 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

When you think of driving sales and focusing on business growth, which area do you think of? Marketing? Sales? Finance? R&D? How about HR? The overarching component affecting all areas within the business is HR – and a great HR consultancy can help you drive business growth in the following ways: Reducing Costs - Recruitment – think slicker, smarter, more focused, more targeted and indeed, more successful. In 2014 a report...

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smile happiness

How to encourage your employees to be happy

14th Mar 2017
Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

International Day of Happiness, on 20th March, has been recognising the importance of happiness around the world since 2013. To be happy we need to be both physically and emotionally healthy. Our physical health is relatively easy to at least be aware of and manage - even if we may choose to ignore it. Hunger, thirst, tiredness are all physical prompts telling us to eat, drink, sleep to be physically...

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deal-with-change

How to deal with change management effectively

2nd Feb 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

Just the word “change” can result in unease and stress yet, much like death and taxes, change is inevitable and unavoidable. Within business it is a vital element to allow growth and indeed survival during tough times. Yet we still fight against it. The Change Cycle® Model illustrates the six predictive stages of reaction to change: Loss, Doubt, Discomfort, Discovery, Understanding, and Integration. Within each of those reactive stages, the...

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time-management-for-senior

4 Time Management Tips for Senior Managers

2nd Feb 2017
Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

As a Senior Manager how you spend your time is ever more important as often your team will be relying on you to give them direction and be on hand to ask questions and provide feedback.  Being at the mercy of your team can be challenging as you also have work too, so here are some simple tips to help you: Remember the simple approach – a list Having a...

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interim-director

What can an Interim HR Director do for you?

1st Feb 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

Many of our clients don't need a full time HR Director, it's that simple and to have somebody that they can call on as and when they need HR support works very well. It’s a progressive way to help organisations manage change - from disposals and downsizing, mergers and acquisitions, to renegotiation of contracts or reappraisal of employee benefits, an interim HR Director can bring experience, objectivity and a determination...

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4-things-to-know-about-strategic-hr

4 things to know about strategic HR

27th Jan 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human ResourcesLeadership

A Strategic HR consultancy service can come on board on an ad-hoc basis to completely take the leg work out of taking an in-depth look at your business. They can go on to map out and implement a change programme to give your business the best opportunity to achieve your brand and growth goals, all while working in complete partnership with you. A business plan without an overt people plan...

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Why MAD-HR was the right business to extend our HR team

27th Jan 2017
Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

"It’s an exciting time for us here at Montage, being on the Growth Accelerator Programme, which helps ambitious businesses achieve rapid and sustainable growth, means that our need for solid HR support for our ever growing team is key. As a Patron of one of our clients Menta, we were aware of the outstanding service and reputation of the team at MAD-HR, so it was a natural choice for us...

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How to treat your employees and get them to thrive

18th Jan 2017
Human ResourcesLeadership

“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers” Stephen Covey (Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) Successful organisations are clear on how their customers should be treated, spending time on forming strategies, training their teams and developing customer relationships. By treating their customers well, organisations experience growth in revenue and a loyal customer base, so it stands to reason that if...

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new-year-resolution

How to achieve your workplace New Year resolutions

18th Jan 2017
Change ManagementLeadership

The chocolates have gone, that lurking brandy butter is binned, the turkey is finally finished, the children are back at school and New Year resolutions have been made – and possibly even broken... A survey by Bupa in December 2015 highlighted that over 50% of New Year resolutions are broken, or indeed forgotten, within a month, although there is probably a correlation between the dismal weather and the fact that the...

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improve team productivity

5 Tips that will improve team productivity

9th Jan 2017
Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

Does your organisation recognise that team productivity is a management responsibility, not an employee responsibility?  These top 5 tips from MAD-HR will help you introduce a culture of maximising productivity: 1.  Training A trained and developed team will take responsibility for their own actions and engage with the organisation’s strategic direction. As a result they require less supervision, freeing senior managers to spend more time on strategic issues, working on...

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Employing Family and Friends

Case Study: How MAD-HR is making a difference

22nd Dec 2016
Human ResourcesLeadership

Daniel Evans of www.smeweb.com took time out to speak to Carole Burman, MD about how MAD-HR is making a difference to businesses. Q: Carole, businesses can only succeed in today’s competitive marketplace by recruiting and retaining talented individuals. What are the main challenges businesses face in attracting these people? As it is currently a candidate driven market, it is vital that employers are aware of what makes their candidates tick....

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Brilliant service and advice from MAD-HR.   Thank you so much, you’ve made the process of taking on our first employee an absolute breeze! Highly recommended.