<![CDATA[KEANEHR.CO.UK - Blog]]>Sat, 15 Jun 2024 05:08:31 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[Do you have a bucket list?]]>Thu, 06 Jun 2024 13:58:58 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/test

Creating a bucket list is a great exercise, not just for personal growth but for professional development as well. If you don’t have one, have you thought about the benefits?

A bucket list can provide clarity and help you to prioritise what truly is important to you. By writing it down, it helps us to keep focussed and acts as a reminder of what matters to us the most, whilst also helping us to keep a track on our progress!

Bucket lists are a great reminder to balance our professional goals with personal fulfilment.

A close friend of mine and I have a bucket list of walks we'd like to do. The Morecambe Bay walk is one that's been on there for a while and was successfully crossed off on Saturday! Life gets in the way, so we don't catch up as much as we probably should. Our bucket list gives us the chance not only to achieve personal goals but also to catch up and put the world to rights!

In our business lives, the principles of bucket lists are equally powerful. Just as a bucket list provides a vision for personal goals, strategic planning in business sets the direction for longer term success. Defining clear business objectives and milestones ensures that every team member is aligned and working towards common goals. When was the last time you checked yours? Do you even have one?

So, whether it's climbing a mountain, launching a new product, or expanding into a new market, remember the bucket lists. They really are more than just a collection of dreams, they can and will support growth.....both personally and professionally.

Do you have a bucket list? What’s on it?]]>
<![CDATA[April 15th, 2024]]>Mon, 15 Apr 2024 15:22:36 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/april-15th-2024What's your ideal work setting.....🏢

I am a big advocate of flexibility – whether it's working from home, a coffee shop, the garden or a shared workspace. As long as the environment enables you to concentrate and 'get the job done', I believe the location is not a major concern.

However, I came across an article suggesting that working from a pub might be a more cost-effective alternative to renting a hot desk...........and I'm unsure how I feel about that.........

What's your view? 🪟👁️

Have a read yourself 👇


#flexibleworking #remoteworking #workfromapub]]>
<![CDATA[Employment Law Changes - 2024]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2024 08:27:51 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/employment-law-changes-2024]]><![CDATA[Youth Mental Health First Aid]]>Mon, 18 Mar 2024 08:05:25 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/youth-mental-health-first-aidDo you have youngsters in the house?🏠

I'm now officially a 'Youth Mental Health First Aider'. Despite not working in childcare, schools, or directly with children and young people, you may be curious about why I've done it 🤔

Well.....my motivation stems from being a parent of two teenage daughters. Although my profession has involved various mental health training sessions over the years, the increasing pressures on our young people today are different from when I was young. My aim was to be well equipped to support and guide my daughters and their peers in a positive way if ever the need arises.

The stats on the state of mental wellbeing in our youth population are staggering:

*In 2022 18% of children aged between 7 and 16 years had a probable mental disorder
* In 2021, 212 people aged 10–19 died by suicide
* About 18% of students aged 12–17 report self-harming at some point in their life

If you have young people at home and the opportunity to become a Youth Mental Health First Aider raises its head, I'd encourage you to get engaged. The more people who understand how to support and nurture the brilliant minds of our future leaders, the greater the impact⭐🤞

#youthmentalhealth #makeadifferencetoday #positiveimpact]]>
<![CDATA[People Basics.....]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:21:48 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/people-basicsHave you got the people basics right to support the growth of your business?

Scalable systems, processes and infrastructure is a critical piece to getting the basics right.

These basics also include (but aren’t limited to!) recruiting the right people, effective onboarding, performance management and succession planning practices. Put yourself ahead of the game and pro-actively address the needs, you’ll be in a much better position to sustain the growth trajectory and adapt to market conditions 

#businessgrowth #peoplematter #strongfoundations]]>
<![CDATA[Small Business support]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2024 15:39:49 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/small-business-supportAre you a small business owner thinking about taking on your first employee or your first few employees?

I offer a small amount of my time a week as a volunteer mentor for small/ scaleup businesses and the trepidation at taking on that first or first few employees is real! Here’s some guidance to help:

🤝 Building Your Dream Team:
Start with Purpose: Reflect on your business values and mission. What kind of team do you want to create? Look for individuals who align with your vision.
Skills and Attitude: Look beyond the CV! Consider both skills and attitude. A positive, adaptable mindset can transform challenges into opportunities.

🌟 Onboarding Magic:
Warm Welcome: Make their first day memorable. A handwritten note, or a virtual coffee chat—small gestures matter.
Clear Expectations: Set expectations early. Explain roles, responsibilities, and development paths. Transparency builds trust.

🌐 Navigating Legal Waters:
Contracts and Policies: Make sure you’ve got an employment contract and basic policies and that you understand the contractual benefits
Payroll and Taxes: Understand your obligations. Payroll systems and tax compliance are crucial.

🌈 Creating a Team Culture:
Open Communication: Create an environment where everyone feels heard. Regular check-ins, team huddles, and an open-door policy
Celebrate Wins: Whether it’s hitting a sales target or launching a new product, celebrate together. Small victories matter.

🚀 Growth Mindset:
Learning Opportunities: Encourage continuous learning. Invest in training, workshops, and skill development. And don’t forget there’s lots of free stuff out there too!
Adaptability: Be open to change and innovation.

🙌 Supporting Well-being:
Work-Life Balance: Lead by example. Encourage breaks, flexible hours, and mental health awareness
Team Bonding: Team lunches, virtual game nights, or volunteering together—strengthen those bonds.

Remember, you’re not alone. Reach out to fellow business owners, join local business networks, and learn from each other. Your small business is a seed that’s growing into a mighty oak. 🌳]]>
<![CDATA[Embracing the 4 Day Working week]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2024 19:49:39 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/embracing-the-4-day-working-weekThe traditional 5-day working week has come under scrutiny, as its relevance is being questioned. The 4-day working week has emerged as a promising approach to redefine the work-life balance landscape.

Benefits of a 4-Day Working week:
  • Increased Productivity - Studies indicate that a shorter working week can boost productivity levels as employees are more focused and driven with fewer office days
  • Improved Employee Well-being - An extra day off allows employees to rest and engage in personal activities, leading to enhanced mental and physical health
  • Enhanced Job Satisfaction - A 4-day working week can increase job satisfaction by showing employees that their time is valued, resulting in lower turnover rates
  • Environmental Impact - With reduced commuting, the 4-day working week contributes to lower carbon emissions, making it an eco-friendly option
How Companies Can Support the Initiative:
  • Flexible Scheduling - Let employees choose their day off to ensure seamless business operations
  • Efficiency in Operations - Streamline processes and meetings to align with the condensed schedule while maintaining high productivity
  • Invest in Technology - Use technology to automate routine tasks, enabling employees to focus on more creative work
  • Employee Training - Provide time management and productivity tools to help employees adjust effectively
  • Monitor and Adjust - Regularly assess the impact of the 4-day working week on business performance and employee well-being, making necessary adaptations.
The 4-day working week represents a shift towards a sustainable and rewarding work culture and by embracing this model, companies can enjoy the benefits of a happier, healthier workforce, whilst contributing to a greener planet.]]>
<![CDATA[Why are strong people foundations important in a business.....]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/why-are-strong-people-foundations-important-in-a-business1432721Here's how you can make sure you have strong foundations in place to support Employee Engagement and Retention 🔥

1️⃣ Clear Communication - Transparent and open communication channels across all levels is essential. You can do this by regularly sharing company updates, encourage two way communication and by making sure that employees feel heard

2️⃣ Meaningful Work - Help employees understand how their contributions impact the company's goals and provide them with opportunities for growth and development

3️⃣ Supportive Leadership - Strong and supportive leadership is crucial for employee engagement and retention. Leaders should inspire, provide guidance and foster a positive work environment. Are you making sure your leaders are approachable, provide constructive feedback and recognise employee achievements?

4️⃣ Development Opportunities - Invest in employee development and progression. Provide training programmes, mentorship opportunities and options/avenues for progression. Supporting the development of your employees not only boosts engagement but also demonstrates your commitment to their long term success

5️⃣ Positive Work Culture - Foster a positive work culture where collaboration, respect and diversity are valued. Encourage team work and a culture of innovation and continuous learning

Prioritising employee engagement and retention requires long term commitment to creating an environment where employees feel valued, supported and motivated to contribute their best!

<![CDATA[Why are strong people foundations important in a business.....]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/why-are-strong-people-foundations-important-in-a-business7650496You wouldn't build a house on sand?! The same applies to a business. The empoyees of a business are the most important asset, which is why getting this bit right will ultimately reap rewards later on and when you need it most.

Today's blog talks about some of the things you should concentrate on putting in place to get the Culture and Performance right.

1️⃣ Clear Purpose & Values - Define your company's purpose and core values and make sure you're communicating them regularly and consistently. When your employees understand the 'WHY' and how their work aligns to the values, they become more engaged and committed 👍

2️⃣ Effective Leadership - Strong and confident leadership sets the tone for the whole organisation. Leaders should inspire and guide their teams, promoting open communication, trust and accountability. Investing in leadership development and coaching and mentoring programmes can pay dividends in team performance ✔

3️⃣ Transparent Communication - Make sure you have open and transparent communication, where employees feel comfortable sharing ideas, concerns and feedback. Regularly provide updates on company goals, progress and changes, to keep everyone informed and engaged. 121 and team meetings can help to create a feedback culture, in addition to employee surveys and feedback forums 💬

4️⃣ Employee Development - Make sure you're supporting the growth and development of your teams. Provide training opportunities, coaching and mentorship programmes and career advancement prospects. When employees feel invested in, they are more likely to invest their best efforts back into your company 👩‍🎓

5️⃣ Recognition - Acknowledge and celebrate achievements. Recognise employees for their hard work and contribution, both big and small. A culture of appreciation motivates individuals to strive for excellence and creates a positive work environment 🤝

<![CDATA[Why are strong people foundations important in a business.....]]>Tue, 04 Jul 2023 08:43:36 GMThttp://keanehr.co.uk/blog/why-are-strong-people-foundations-important-in-a-businessYou wouldn't build a house on sand?! The same applies to a business. The employees of a business are the most important asset, which is why getting this bit right will ultimately reap rewards later on and when you need it most.

If you haven't given it much thought, todays blog talks about some of the things you should concentrate on putting in place to get the Talent Acquisition pillar right. 

1️⃣Attracting top talent: Are you in a position to showcase your company's culture, values and opportunities? Being able to do this helps attract the best candidates who align with your business vision and mission

2️⃣Streamline the hiring process: What's all this 6 and 7 stage interview process I keep hearing about 🧐 Creating an efficient and structured hiring process is critical in making sure the best candidates don't lose interest. Clearly define roles and responsibilities, use standard evaluation criteria and utilise technology where you can!

3️⃣Enhance Candidate Experience: An efficient and positive candidate experience is essential for attracting (and retaining) top talent. A seamless candidate journey will leave applicants with a favourable impression of your company, even if they aren't successful in being offered a role!

4️⃣Diversity & Inclusion: Make sure Diversity and Inclusion are built into your talent acquisition strategy. Proactively seeking diverse talent, ,creates a more innovative and inclusive environment, leading to better business outcomes!

5️⃣Future Proof your Business: Getting this right, lays the groundwork for future growth and success. As your business evolves, you'll be well prepared to attract, hire and retain the talent you need 🚀