“All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey…”

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits”

Samuel Butler

Autumn is by far my favourite time of the whole year, cozy jumpers, hot coffee, leaves falling in the crisp air, and nothing beats a hot stew from the slow cooker after an walk outdoors with my dog Bron!

A lot of people experience the blues after a glorious summer, but to me, the Autumn season brings a whole new kind of energy, filled with optimism and opportunity.

After completing my final CIPD exam at the end of September, it is time for me to complete the final pieces of outstanding coursework for my Level 7 and bring the focus back to the blog, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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Thomas Cook, what happens to the employees?

This morning, we are waking up to the sad news that Thomas Cook has entered compulsory liquidation and has ceased to trade, leaving 21,000 employees without their jobs.

The collapse of Thomas Cook to most is surprising, but after several consistent profit warnings over the past few years, and having experienced the process myself, to me, it only seemed like a matter of time.

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How to create a positive workplace culture

“Positive culture comes from being mindful, respecting your colleagues and being empathetic.”

As the world of work and business continues to evolve, attracting, retaining and developing the right employees has always been an important factor for business success, but why has it become the latest “trend” in the HR world?

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Questions you should ask in a job interview

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure”

Colin Powell

Have you ever been in an interview and been stuck when the interviewer asks you “have you got any questions for us?” we are often so focused on saying the right things in the interview itself that we often forget that we are also seeing if their role and company is the right career move!

With a buoyant recruitment market, it is becoming increasingly important for candidates to not just demonstrate what they can do, but what other qualities they bring, for example, when I speak to clients, it is mostly focused on motivational factors and drive to achieve a job well done.

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Celebrating 700 blog views!

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come”

Dwayne Johnson

Cannot quite believe that I am writing this but with any significant milestone, I wanted to celebrate and thank you all for your support with my little HR blog.

Yesterday I had an incredible 700 visitors to my blog! If you were one of them, thank you so very much, I hope that you are enjoying my HR musings.

When I started the blog just under four years ago, never did I think I’d get even 100 people viewing my blog, but recently you may have noticed that I have a lot more content and that is only set to increase over the coming months. I have enjoyed writing this blog so much and with highlights like HR acts of kindness and the CIPD qualifications Q&A as well as being a finalist at the UK Blog Awards 2019, this blog has not only introduced me to many new connections, it has also presented me with so many incredible opportunities by reaching a worldwide audience.

So without being soppy, this is a post to thank you for your support and I look forward to writing many more posts for you to enjoy.

How can I make time to study my CIPD qualification whilst working full time?

“Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.”

Martin Luther King

Following my announcement last week, the first video is here! So far I have received a number of questions relating to CIPD qualifications and how you can achieve your goals.

One of the questions I get the most is how can you achieve a CIPD qualification when you have the busyness everyday life? Hopefully this video will help some of you with this very question.

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How to create a successful onboarding experience

“I truly believe that onboarding is an art. Each new employee brings with them a potential to achieve and succeed. To lose the energy of a new hire through poor onboarding is an opportunity lost.”

As part of my CIPD studies, I recently wrote a piece about the importance of the onboarding process and how crucial it is to get it right.

Have you ever started a role full of excitement and potential, only to find a few weeks or months later the spark just wears off? Well research suggests that without adequate support or a comprehensive induction, employees often don’t end up staying with the company past four months if the onboarding process isn’t thoroughly carried out.

For employers, a failed onboarding process can be equally frustrating, time consuming and not to mention expensive!

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