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HR Consultancy

Inspire Excellence HR consultancy recognises that for many companies (and particularly smaller companies), managing people can sometimes be challenging!

As a result, it is easy to find yourself in difficulties with employees rather quickly. Additionally, without an understanding of current employment law, it can often be risky (and costly) if HR policies and practices are not executed correctly. Fear not though, this is where Inspire Excellence HR consultancy can help!

With over fifteen years HR experience, our clients are in safe hands. Inspire Excellence offers expert HR support and guidance without the huge cost of a senior in-house HR professional. It is a great way for organisations to access senior expertise! Furthermore, our services can be on a one-off and/or on an ongoing basis. We work closely with our clients to ensure they get a solution that is tailored and fits their specific organisation.

Our solutions are bespoke, flexible and affordable. We cover everything from hands-on operational HR consultancy support to the more strategic HR solutions.

Additionally, we also partner with breatheHR to offer clients a great HR software solution for those looking for a HR system.

Inspire Excellence can assist with the full spectrum of HR issues.

Some of the more common challenges we help with include:

It is crucial to ensure your business has strong HR policies and practices and that your business is fully compliant with UK employment law. Most of all, if you have sound HR policies and practices, employees are more likely to be productive and engaged.

Inspire Excellence can support your business to ensure you have everything you need to be compliant. Thus, Inspire Excellence HR consultancy offers:

  • One off and/or ongoing HR Audits – making sure you have all the required paperwork and checks in place;
  • Support in updating and/or writing Employee Handbooks;
  • Support in updating and/or writing Employee Contracts;
  • Training and development for Managers and also HR personnel;
  • Updates in employment legislation and also support when you need it.

Good recruitment is vital to any organisation. Most of all, poor recruitment means increased costs and wasted time and energy! Inspire Excellence HR Consultancy can help your business attract the right people. We can support in:

  • Reviewing current recruitment policies and practices and then following up with suitable recommendations;
  • Assisting in the actual recruitment process e.g. interviewing and also short listing;
  • Training and developing in-house personnel in recruitment practices and also paperwork;
  • Job descriptions and person specifications;
  • Onboarding, Inductions and probation periods;
  • Succession Planning.

Employee engagement is key to a successful business and can often be closely linked to absenteeism and performance. Consequently, if you feel employee engagement is somewhat lacking in your business, talk to Inspire Excellence HR Consultancy and see how we can help.

We can assist with everything from surveys and audits to focus groups and also 360 feedback. Finally, it often helps to have an outside partner conducting such sessions so employees feel able to open up and say how they really feel.

Sometimes no matter what we do, things go wrong. Furthermore, formal meetings can be very time consuming and can also often have an emotional attachment (for example; if an employee is raising a grievance against their line manager).

Outside, independent support will mean an unbiased view and also helps to ensure that everything is covered appropriately. This helps to minimise risk of an employment tribunal (although it is not possible to completely eradicate all risk!). Independent support also means day to day disruption within the organisation is kept to a minimum, which allows you to get on with your work!

Inspire Excellence HR Consultancy can therefore support with the following:

  • Holding investigations/disciplinaries/appeals and other formal meetings as an independent source;
  • Act as witness and/or note taker in such meetings or hearings;
  • Mediation and dispute resolution;
  • Training Managers and other relevant personnel in conducting formal meetings professionally and appropriately.

Health – both physical and mental, is a high priority for employers due to sickness being one of the biggest costs to UK businesses.

Consequently, without strong absence management policies and practices in place, businesses often find themselves spending more. If you do not manage sickness well, costs will rise and employee engagement will reduce. If engagement reduces, so will productivity and so will loyalty resulting in further costs to the business.

Inspire Excellence HR Consultancy can help! We can support your business with:

  • Reviewing current absence/sickness policies and practices and making further recommendations;
  • Support on individual cases including both Short Term and Long Term Sick;
  • Assistance with Return to Work interviews and paperwork;
  • Support with easing employees on coming back into the workplace after time off ill;
  • Assisting with employee engagement policies and practices.

Firstly, creating high performance teams in any business is critical for growth and success. As a result, organisations who invest in developing their people and create high performing teams are much more likely to be successful and therefore, profitable.

Yet opposite high performing teams, what happens when an employee and/or team is not performing?

Inspire Excellence HR consultancy can support with the following to assist your business:

  • Probation periods;
  • Formal performance meetings;
  • Appraisals and performance reviews;
  • Skills development;
  • Training and coaching (individuals and/or teams).

Every once in a while, a project will arise that may require additional support and expert knowledge. Since most HR teams are working to capacity, outsourced HR can be the answer! Since Inspire Excellence HR Consultancy has years of experience and knowledge across the HR spectrum, we are well placed to support with any HR project requirements.

Some of the more common HR projects include:

TUPE

TUPE stands for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. It is a very complex and detailed piece of employment legislation and can be a minefield to navigate. Essentially this piece of legislation applies when a business takes over the work of another but there is a lot more to it than that. Therefore, there are many considerations to be made to ensure that all legislation and requirements are adhered to. As a result, if you do come into contact with TUPE then Inspire Excellence can help and guide you through the process, and support as much or as little as is required. Talk to us for further information!

Redundancy and/or Restructuring

Deciding to go down the path of redundancy and/or restructuring is a difficult decision to make and can often be upsetting for all parties involved. In addition to investigations and other formal meetings, independent support can mean an unbiased view and also ensures everything is covered appropriately. This means any risks are minimised. Finally, it also means day to day disruption is mitigated allowing you to get on with your work. Contact Inspire Excellence to discuss your requirements.

As a business, sometimes you just want a benchmark to see how you’re doing and where things are up to.

Consequently, Inspire Excellence can undertake a number of different audits to give your business a thorough HR health check.

Talk to us for more information and to discuss your requirements.

Developing Managers and Leaders within the business can often be overlooked or even forgotten and these are key people within the business! In addition, Managers are often promoted to Managers because they are good at their job and have never actually received any formal management training.

Furthermore, the saying goes that most of the time ’employees leave their manager and not the job’! There is much truth to this statement. Make sure you are developing your Managers and Leaders so they are confident and are delivering for your business.

Inspire Excellence can offer a number of bespoke solutions for developing your management structure, including:

  • One to one coaching sessions;
  • DiSC Training to enable individuals to better understand their own behaviours and also the behaviours of others;
  • Training sessions and/or workshops;
  • Training programmes;
  • Mentoring for HR personnel and others.
Additionally, Inspire Excellence also works with a number of highly rated training partners as and when required. This means we have the scope to provide larger training programmes if requested.

Finally, Inspire Excellence can work with your business  on a strategic basis alongside your senior personnel.

For example, this could be to create and implement a ‘People Plan’ for the business going forward. It could also be to plan future programmes such as change programmes, restructuring and/or deal with the business in some other strategic capacity. Additionally, Inspire Excellence can help with structuring and implementing CSR policies and practices (Corporate Social Responsibility).

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Testimonials

“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.”

C Bird Senior Account Manager, ITG

“Krystyna is down to earth and I have found her easy to work with through a number of challenging organisational situations including staff transfers, restructures and complex employment cases.

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”

M Huddleston Partner, OTB Eveling

“Krystyna knows how to help you get the best out of yourself. She has a calm and warm manner, balanced with curiosity and challenge. I always feel at ease when I am with her and I have found our discussions extremely rewarding.

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.”

RK Public Service Provider

“Krys is a strong HR leader, who is knowledgeable about all areas of employment law and provides clear direction and guidance to her direct reports and business partners.

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.”

K Tomlinson People Development Evangelist

“During my 3 years with the business, Krystyna played an instrumental part in helping me manage the BAU HR needs of the business, delivering pragmatic HR solutions and advice to help get the best from the operation and team.

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.”

L Cowell Operations Director

“Excellent HR consultant – has provided my companies with grounded, risk averse and effective HR policy and services. She’s helped us avoid many potential disasters by planning ahead, and when problems arise, helped us overcome potential liabilities and costs. Highly recommended – a real pearl.”

V Samios Country Manager and Director at Portanova UK Ltd

“Krystyna is a very experienced HR professional with a can do attitude and excellent employment law knowledge. She is commercially aware and works with managers to achieve the best result.”

P Pitt HR Manager

“On a recent project Krystyna was engaged to oversea operational HR in an area of the business that required excellent organisational skills as being able to support line managers with their HR responsibilities. She supported the transition of paper based HR onto a HRIS platform which enabled more accurate reporting. Krystyna is an extremely knowledgeable HR professional with a calm approach to the task in hand. She is totally reliable and executes her responsibilities in an efficient manner. She has an engaging style and I found her collaborative approach extremely helpful. I look forward to working with Krystyna on other projects.”

L Harper HR Consultant

“The year that I worked with Krystyna I have found fer to be an extremely focused and committed HR/Business professional. I have been impressed by her approach to solve business problems related to people at work. She comes up with newer perspectives and she proposes solutions that are creative as well as aimed at solving issues on a long-term basis. Another attribute of Krystyna that gives her an edge is her ability to keep her head high in challenging situations and move things forward.”

Avesh Senior Vice President, HGS

“We have been working with Krystyna for some time, she has worked closely with us to refine and develop our internal systems as well as improving our HR compliance. Krystyna has made a number of significant positive changes to how we work with our people, and has not been afraid to challenge us and question how we operate so improvements can be made to how we do things. She gives honest straight forward advice and has always been available to speak to or attend our stores. We believe we made the right move changing our HR advisors and moving the business to Krystyna.”

M Loseby Head of Retail

“Easy to work with quickly understood a very complex brief Deal with difficult employe with union representation and delivered a cast iron outcome on time in full”

D Cooper Group HR Manager - at Doric Group

“Krystyna provided HR consultancy works during a period of rapid change in the organisation, I would highly recommend her in all aspects.”

N Beedham Director at BENCHMARK MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED

“Krystyna provided HR consultancy services to our organisation on a complex change programme. She was professional, detailed, focused and customer driven in all aspects. I highly recommend her services.”

M Tasker Energy Sector Senior HR Business Partner, HR Manager, Employee Relations Specialist

“Krystyna is an absolute breath of fresh air. She has fantastic knowledge of all things HR and offers expert advice and practical solutions. She fit into our team from day one and never felt like a ‘consultant’ – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her and look forward to working with her again in the future.”

B Crook Head Of Corporate Services / Company Secretary at Pennington Choices