HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 12th December, creating a culture of kindness

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Can you believe that we are actually halfway through HR acts of kindness? It seems that December is passing us by and it is often the case that at this time of year, whilst our intentions are good, kindness can often be overlooked through the chaos.

In short, today is not a challenge or task based one, it is about creating a culture of kindness and how it can make all the difference to the environments that we are exposed to.

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HR acts of kindness advent calendar; 11th December

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“You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.”
Renee West

Many people leave their jobs because they may feel undervalued and unappreciated in their current jobs, and how can we, all do our bit to help to boost morale, recognition and overall atmosphere in our workplaces? There are so many ways in which we can show appreciation and gratitude towards our colleagues and peers, and today’s task is all about showing them that you appreciate them.

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The HR acts of kindness advent calendar is here! Time to open door number 1

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Today is the 1st December and is officially the beginning of advent, and as we count down the days until we pop open the Champagne and give gifts to our loved ones, now is the perfect time to spread some festive joy!

In the spirit of HR acts of kindness, I thought it’d be a great idea to launch a virtual advent calendar to get you all in the festive mood whilst putting smiles on people’s faces; so each day up until Christmas Eve, I will be setting you all one simple challenge a day.

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I’m in the 2019 UK Blog Awards!

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Wowsers what a year it has been and with only 6 short weeks left of 2018, for me it is now all about 2019!

I am really excited and privileged to be nominated at the 2019 UK Blog Awards for my humble little HR blog and I couldn’t be more proud; it is all thanks to your support that I am here in the first place so a big thank you to you all.

If you enjoy reading my HR musings, then please do take a moment to nominate me, there are to forms to fill in, you just click the link here and press the vote button, and it is as easy as that!

Wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed!

embRACE at CIPD ACE #cipdACE

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I was attempting to have a more creative title for this particular post, but last night at the embRACE event at The Midland Hotel Manchester was an event that spoke for itself.

One word to describe last nights event – pride. This meant so much to people in the room and you could truly feel it, everyone was truly proud of who they were and interested in how we could all do our bit to embrace inclusion.

embRACE is a group set up by the CIPD which is designed to create a safe space within the CIPD for those who wish to discuss racial diversity. This has always been a taboo subject that people don’t feel comfortable approaching and this event was designed to change attitudes towards this; why are we not discussing racial diversity more within our workspaces. A point I raised with a couple of the attendees was that employers often say “we are an equal opportunities employer” just to be clear, diversity and inclusion is not a tick box exercise to satisfy your equal opportunities policy,  the conversations just need to simply take place; it is about truly embracing diversity.

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