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Hi there and welcome to my HR articles / Blog page!

Writing HR Articles and/or blogs can be challenging; Firstly, what do you write about? When everything is so easily accessible on the net and there’s so much information out there, how do you write something unique and interesting? How do you get your points across in a way that will (hopefully) resonate?

Here you’ll find an ever growing collection of HR articles and blogs written by me, on subjects I feel are relevant and with the hope I may be able to assist and guide others. I promise to try and make the articles interesting, informative and I will even add a healthy dose of humour where I can!

I’ll also try to retain a sense of simplicity when approaching some of these subjects. All too often I read articles and attend seminars where the subject matter is made to be so much more complicated than it actually needs to be (note to self: perhaps that is an article in waiting!). Consequently, I hope to break some of the information down for you in these HR articles and keep it as simple as possible!

Finally, I may also add HR articles and/or blogs by other people. Mainly if I come across something I feel will really help and inform others. Hopefully you will enjoy reading the HR articles / blogs and will find them useful. Enjoy!

Christmas is Coming!

Ahh, Christmas party time is on the horizon – a time of festive cheer, office parties and… a headache for some organisations! A Christmas party is an obvious place for things to go wrong. Often held outside of the workplace, with drinks flowing, people relaxing (and losing inhibitions) and then the problems start. Typical complaints […]

Virtual & Homeworking

In today’s digital world, the institution of a 9-5pm working day in an office is slowly dwindling and in its place, Companies are opting for a more agile view. Adopting the latest tech available means a more flexible approach to working hours and location are fast becoming the norm. Wellness is a key ‘people agenda’ […]

Year of the Woman & Equal Pay | Gender Pay Gap

http://www.theexecutivemagazine.com/7448/year-of-the-woman-equal-pay/ Published by the Executive Magazine, February 2018 Krystyna Petersen, Founding Partner at Inspire Excellence writes for The Executive Magazine on the ‘year of the woman’ and the gender pay gap / equal pay. It’s a really interesting time at the minute and it certainly feels that there is a shift-change in the air. With […]

My Take on GDPR!

So, it’s a new year and GDPR comes into force this year – May 25th, 2018 to be exact! I thought I would write an article on the dreaded GDPR! I’ve read a lot around GDPR, been to various seminars and it’s interesting to hear the different interpretations. It’s also interesting to see how some […]

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“Krystyna has worked with me over the last six years on a variety of focus areas. Initially she offered HR guidance, often on a day to day level helping me become the best version of myself. She gave advice and shared techniques to allow me to develop myself personally which in turn lead to success in my career.

Following on from this, I really trusted her and felt I could open up a bit more which then lead to her helping me with some more personal issues. She helped me open up and see the root of some of my feelings and challenges and over different types of sessions helped me deal with and work through them rather than just hiding them away.

She helped me understand myself better and find clarity in areas I had struggled with for a long time. Our most recent journey together involved her support initially on a HR guidance situation, however as always, she goes the extra mile and also became a personal support giving me additional perspective on the situation helping me work through it in the best possible way from start to finish.

I would happily recommend Krystyna to anyone looking for support on anything HR related to those looking to work on themselves or others for personal and professional development too.”

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Krystyna achieves commercial outcomes and hasn’t been afraid to do things a bit differently in order to achieve the right business result, showing effective balance between real world HR, employment regulation, and commercial business interests”

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Krystyna helps me to identify what my priorities are and how I can address them, and she’s also a great sounding board. Krystyna has a deep and extensive knowledge of HR & employment legislation and has always provided me sound and realistic advice.

Krystyna has supported me through significant life and career decisions, and I now class her a trusted friend. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone.”

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She is well respected by all levels of management for her personal expertise and the coaching approach that enables her to bring out the best in others.”

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Krystyna’s council was both sought, valued and trusted as an HR specialist, enabling me to ensure that the business operated in a legally compliant way, providing sound guidance for a range of HR issues and considerations.

Further to delivering BAU HR into the business, I worked closely with Krystyna on a number of strategic projects aimed at enriching the culture and developing the talent within the team. Krystyna always impressed me with her top down thinking approach whilst working on these projects; able to clearly see the big picture, the desired outcomes, and work backwards from those to identify the key actions needed.

More than all these however, Krystyna’s key strength for me, lays in her ability to make HR work for the business that she’s in and it’s that ability to apply her wide generalist HR knowledge to fit the business operating model, that truly sets Krystyna apart from all other HR Professionals I’ve worked with over the years.”

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P Pitt HR Manager

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