What it takes to create a successful business; keep showing up!
It was the world Statesman Colin Powell who once said that ‘There are no secrets to success.’ He went on to add that success ‘is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.’
As a businesswoman who gave up a high paid corporate role and started a business from my living room with no savings, I genuinely know what it is like to work hard, to spend so much time on preparation and like so many others, learning from my failures.
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness” – Oscar Wilde
This phrase is often a point of reference when people have been copied by someone else and was referred to in the famous case of Colin Vs Cuthbert. In my case, it’s my word for word content.
I have often had people copy my work, to be honest, it is expected within the profession we work in because there are similar and reoccurring themes. I haven’t really spoken about it either before, and maybe I haven’t because I feel embarrassed, or don’t want to come across as unkind. But I also realised that not many people do talk about it, especially when it’s on LinkedIn!
Coming out at work can be one of the most daunting experiences for an employee. There are no set rules around this. Who do they tell? It’s their private business after all. Although it is the individual’s very personal experience, they should not be made to feel that anyone they work with will think any differently towards them. They need to be assured that there is support from their colleagues and management. That said, there are a few important things employers can do to help.
Over the past few years, the employee experience has become a focal point for many HR departments, from creating strategies to perfecting onboarding processes, it is an extensive area to cover. But why has it become so important and is it just another HR buzzword?
We all know that an engaging work environment can promote happier, healthier, and more fulfilled employees, enhancing both innovation and productivity. Right now, more than ever these are no longer desirable elements for businesses, they’re essential. Want to retain your key talent? Enhance your employee experience; raising salaries are no longer the quick fix answer. You could pay someone a million pounds, but if they’re not happy in their work, neither party benefits, so to achieve a positive employee experience is essential if you want your business to become an employer of choice.
So how can we achieve an enhanced employee experience within businesses, and should it be led by HR?
With constant changes in employment law, increased press coverage of “bad” employers and no tribunal screening processes in place it seems like employers just can’t get it right!
In the small business arena, I network with, in some cases it can put employers off employing staff altogether. This can lead to some small business owners preferring to take on the additional stress and workload rather than run the risk of employing people with the increased risks of a claim being raised against them. Not because they’re potentially “bad” employers, but because they’re busy running a business and simply don’t need the hassle!
If you read the high-profile cases in the news it really does beg the question…