Employee Engagement – ignoring it is damaging to your business.

It has been so well documented and researched that high employee engagement levels have a direct impact on the success and productivity of a company. Yet why is it an after thought when developing business growth strategies. According to a study by Gallup, highly engaged teams show 21% greater company profitability, 17% higher productivity, and 41% lower absenteeism. What’s not to like? Not to mention that employees are happier, healthier and would likely recommend their employer as a great place to work, hence supporting the talent attraction challenges we face today. Maybe it’s because there is a lack of understanding…

James Cropper Case Study

James Cropper is a world renowned and prestige advanced materials and paper products group using materials from cotton and wood to carbon fibre in packaging, digital imaging and innovation. What were the challenges: Having honest conversation’s amongst the team Developing a high performing team Building trust Moving from them and us mindset to working together mindset Having accountability at the right levels What were the objectives: Identify reasons why they are not currently high performing and develop trust Move towards a mindset of accountability and ownership Develop a feedback culture within the team and outwardly facing What were the solutions:…

The new year is a time for self reflection, says Martin Norris, Head of Recruitment

We’re here, it’s 2024 baby. New year, new start, new beginnings. Kinda. I’m not sure I’m a big believer in starting a completely new chapter. At least, not when there’s so much to be gained through introspection when it comes to self-development and growth. Academics continually recognise the importance of self-reflection, arguing that it “foster[s] human development and personal transformation and, ultimately, a better society” (Ardelt and Grunwald, 2018). Yet, in our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to neglect self-reflection. I mean, when my two-year-old is insisting that we watch yet another episode of Peppa Pig, thinking about taking the time…

Realise HR’s Managing People Programme becomes Institute Approved!

Realise HR proudly announces that its’ renowned Managing People Programme has achieved Institute Approval, marking a significant milestone in the company’s commitment to excellence in manager development. After rigorous evaluation and assessment, The Institute, a leading authority in professional development and accreditation, has officially accredited Realise HR’s Managing People Programme. This recent accreditation highlights Realise HR’s adherence to the highest industry standards in leadership and management skills development, equipping aspiring and existing managers with the essential theory, tools and knowledge to drive team performance and proactively manage their team. Realise HR’s Managing People Programme has consistently proven its value by…

University place have a significantly higher uptake among young people than apprenticeships

University places have a significantly higher uptake among young people than apprenticeships. However, according to YouGov, just 4% of Britons think that a university degree is the best way of preparing young people for the future. As a university graduate, you might expect me to disagree (only 29% of grads feel apprenticeships are the better option) but I’ve seen first-hand how apprenticeships can revolutionise the lives of apprentices and their respective businesses. Done well, apprenticeships can create sustainable talent pipelines across a whole host of specialisms – there are 844 apprenticeship programmes currently available – and can help stem long-term…

Autonomy in the Workplace

“Rosie do it” says my 2-year-old. As a doting parent, I love seeing her become more independent, and the satisfaction she takes from being able to do things for herself. With a little help here and there, she’s becoming less reliant on mum and dad, and actively wanting us to take a step back so she has the freedom to be more autonomous. If you think about it, this isn’t dissimilar to what most of us want from our workplace and our jobs. The ability to make decisions; to have control over how tasks are performed; the scope and the…

Don’t Burn Your Bridges

You’ve done it. You’ve been offered a brand-new job. Relief washes over you, finally free of the late nights surfing job boards and the blood, sweat and tears of hiring processes. You’re elated, and rightly so. There’s a spring in your step as you walk into the office, no, waltz into the office, with a shiny new job offer under your belt. What could go wrong? This is the danger zone, and the time when you need to be most alert. How you act in these final months, weeks and days is how you’ll be remembered. Did you casually brag…

Coms Engineering Case Study

COMS are specialist operations, maintenance and system engineers experienced in managing nuclear projects. They help businesses and organisations within regulated industries realise significant value from their assets, people and processes. What were the challenges: Ready for growth Drive company performance Outperform competition What were the objectives: Create a great employer brand Implement a HR system Design a recruitment process Review staff benefits What were the Solutions: Be attractive Be a great place to work Provide employment opportunities to all Do the right thing Claire Mclean, CEO at Realise HR says“Partnering with an ambitious engineering solutions company from the beginning of…

Supporting employees going through menopause

With 38% of female employees at menopausal age, we recognise the importance of breaking down barriers and supporting our workforce. Supporting employees going through menopause is not only compassionate but also beneficial for businesses as it can lead to increased productivity, retention and overall employee wellbeing. Here are some tips for businesses to better support with menopause: Education and awareness – Provide education and training for both managers and employees on menopause, it’s symptoms and its potential impact on work. This can help reduce misunderstandings and stigma. Flexible working arrangements – Offer flexible work options such as adjusted work hours…

North-West HR consultancy working with Cumbria’s top colleges to help apprenticeship employment

Cumbria’s largest HR consultancy has launched a new service in collaboration with some of the region’s leading training providers to help businesses employ apprentices. Supported by Kendal College, Lakes College and Gen2, Realise HR is working to address many of the challenges faced by apprenticeship employers including employment law, employee relations, and providing positive people experiences to help apprentices get the most from their learning and thrive. The company is hoping that by providing important complimentary services to the support already received from education partners, they can help businesses better engage with apprenticeships as well as ensuring more apprentices manage…

Do you need an AI Policy?

AI is a big deal. The global adoption rate of Artificial Intelligence now stands at 35%. And this is only set to grow, with IBM quoting that 44% of organisations are working to embed AI into their processes and applications. Whereas once the public’s interface with AI may have been largely restricted to search and recommendation engines, advanced AI tools are now becoming more widely accessible to the mass market. So, this begs the question, does your business need an AI policy? If you joined us for our most recent event with in-Cumbria last month, you’ll know we took a…
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Realise HR Bring New Training Facility to Carlisle

Realise HR are proud to announce the opening of Cumbria’s newest Training facility, ‘The Learning Pod’. Designed with versatility in mind, Realise have created a bespoke, flexible space where people can deliver training or hire the pod out as a meeting facility. Situated in North Carlisle at Kingmoor Park’s Mod Village, The Learning Pod is not your traditional training facility. It represents a new way of learning with bespoke furniture, writable walls, multiple collaborative spaces which creates an engaging, captivating environment where people can grow, develop and drive innovation back in the workplace. Realise HR , a multi-disciplinary HR and…

Mastering Management: The Key to Business Success in a Competitive Market

Managers play a crucial role in any business and have a significant impact on its success. They serve as a bridge between the organisation’s leadership and its employees, helping to translate strategic goals into actionable plans. Managers also have a key part to play in employee engagement, and if they don’t have the right skills to be able to motivate, communicate, give direction, support and develop their own teams, this will have an impact on your overall business performance. So, where and how do you start to change some of this? This is a multi-faceted challenge; there are many places to…
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How to guide on: Legally employing an apprentice

Are you thinking about employing an apprentice or do you already employ an apprentice? Then this one’s for you! Having worked with some of the region’s leading training providers, we’re aware that employing an apprentice isn’t always easy and it can be a bit of a minefield making sure that you legally employ apprentices and do everything by the book. With this in mind, we’ve created a support package (the first of its kind in the UK) on how to legally employ an apprentice and how to get the best from the experience. With the average employment tribunal costing £8,500,…

Why is Employee Happiness so important?

Health and Wellbeing: Employee happiness is closely linked to their overall wellbeing and mental health. When employees feel satisfied and fulfilled in their work, it can positively impact their mental and physical health Retention and Loyalty: When employees are happy, they are more likely to stay with an organisation for a longer duration. High employee turnover can be costly and disruptive to businesses, resulting in the loss of valuable talent Collaboration and Teamwork: Happy employees are more likely to collaborate effectively and work well in teams. They tend to have better relationships with their colleagues, communicate more openly, and contribute…
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Employment Law Update – How to make reasonable adjustments for mental health conditions in the workplace

The latest Employment Law Update by ACAS looks at new guidance on how to make reasonable adjustments for mental health conditions in the workplace. Studies show approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and is an increasingly recognised issue. Why does this matter in the workplace? Data shows that 17.5 million working days were lost last year in the UK due to mental health related absences. ACAS has published guidance on making reasonable adjustments in aims to foster a more inclusive and supportive work environment and help combat the huge rise…

Boomerang Employees

Text message. It’s the ex. Heart’s pounding. They want to talk. What do we do? Businesses are having to ask themselves this very question in 2023 amidst a wave of “boomerang employees”. The term, coined by global recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, refers to those wishing to return to their former employers and explore opportunities within their old stomping grounds. At the back end of the pandemic, businesses struggled to retain staff as employees re-evaluated what they wanted from their working lives. After 2 (long) years of disruption, home schooling and Microsoft Teams, many within the workforce felt burnt out and…

Leadership: It’s the small things that make the biggest difference

Check out our top tips on leadership: Be a good listener and create a safe space for people to have a voice. You want your team to be able to confide in you, offer ideas and support each other. Good listeners develop social and professional relationships on a much deeper level. Display the qualities you want to see in your employees, people love to be inspired. Motivate your employees to improve. Whether it be creating paths for growth or offering incentives, there’s many ways to motivate your team. Create a positive workplace culture. Work culture can affect the overall happiness and…
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Work Life Balance – What Is That?!

Work life balance…it’s not a term we tend to use here at Realise as it’s hard to define. We believe life is life and work is part of that, but we do understand many people struggle to gain a happy medium.  Are you or your employees struggling to get it right? Check out some of our top tips to help you on your way. Create Routine – time is precious. Having a routine can help keep us on track both mentally and physically which can make our days more positive and productive. Add down time to your schedule – we…
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Over 50s Working

Most employers understand the importance of having a diverse workforce. However, hiring managers can unconsciously favour younger candidates able to show how their skills are a match for modern and technology-focused working. According to research conducted by the Chartered Management Institute, while 74% of managers are open to employing those between the ages of 18-34, this number drops dramatically to only 42% actively interested in the 50-64 demographic. With significant skills and labour shortages across all sectors, it seems paradoxical that businesses would be hesitant about recruiting older workers (especially considering potential age discrimination claims) and yet easy to appreciate…

The Power of Feedback

Feedback. It’s essential for creating a positive and nurturing culture that allows your employees to grow and thrive. In providing clear and constructive feedback, you’re helping guide and motivate your team, reducing opportunities for miscommunication and boosting productivity. But it doesn’t always feel like that. As managers, we know we need to give feedback, but it can feel a bit scary, a bit uncomfortable, and can be one of the things that keeps us awake at night. Be honest, how many times have you avoided giving feedback, or brushed it under the carpet, hoping it just resolves itself or disappears…

Managers are the glue that stick employees to company success

A few months back I spoke at an event in Manchester as one of three speakers. We had never met, nor had we planned what we were going to say. Ok not great, however, as a collective, there was one common theme in our speeches – managers are key to every aspect of your business. Sadly, there was an overwhelming agreement that organisations fail to invest in developing managers and equipping them with the tools to do their job. Why do we under-invest in management skills and what impact does this have? Many managers are promoted from within, and what…

Pre-boarding – it’s a thing!

Pre-boarding, it’s the time between a new employee accepting an offer and their first day. As businesses, we all look to make sure that we deliver great onboarding experiences, but we can often overlook that bit of time between someone signing their contract and starting with us in post.

Realise invests in HR of the future

PRESS RELEASE Immediate Release: 19/12/2022 Realise, Cumbria’s biggest HR consultancy, is providing young people with the opportunity to gain experience in HR & Recruitment throughout 2023. Investing in several regional initiatives, Realise is looking to raise awareness around HR careers and entry pathways into the sector. Claire McLean, Founder CEO of Realise, said: “HR is not typically talked about as a career opportunity in school. However, as an integral part of any successful organisation, HR provides a whole host of possibilities in business management with a clear focus on people. I’m keen to make sure that HR is made accessible…
10 top tips on how to help your employees with cost-of-living crisis

10 top tips on how to help your employees with cost-of-living crisis

Are you like many other businesses struggling with how to support your employees with the cost of living crisis? Then please read our top 10 tips on how you can help and support them through this difficult time.  1. Flexible Working. Ensure employees have the option to work flexibly. This can reduce personal and financial pressure. 2. Consider Employee Benefits & Discount Schemes. Join an employee benefit scheme where employees can receive discounts on food shopping and other brands along with wellbeing advice. 3. Offer Financial Coaching & Planning. Financial coaching can help many employees uncover areas for improvement and…

5 steps to a great induction.

A well planned and tailored induction will significantly improve the effectiveness, engagement and the outputs of new employees. It’s also going to help with the Happiness-meter. Latest research points to it being more important than ever in recruiting and retaining talent and in filling new employees with confidence in their new employer, role and company knowledge, from the outset. So, what is a good induction? Here’s my 5-step approach to a great induction. Relationships: Have planned introductions and dedicated time with those people your new employees need to work closely with. This is all about starting to build relationships and…

Giving feedback in 4 easy steps.

This feedback model is called the BEEF model (Two examples:1 to acknowledge great performance and 2 to address under performance). B is for Behaviour (I need to give you some feedback on the report you produced for the team meeting or I need to talk to you about your contribution at the meeting this morning)E is for Example (Your report was very comprehensive and I particularly liked the fact that you asked people for input prior to presenting it or You didn’t interject and explain the impact on the project if we went down a certain path, which is part of your role)E is for Effect (You are a…

People performance

People performance is the responsibility of both the manager and the employee. Yes, that’s right there are two parties involved here and when I talk about “people performance” this includes great performance and under performance. In simple terms, the manager needs to share the vision, set expectations, support development, give feedback and coach. The employee needs to be committed to the job and company, be clear on their responsibilities, be willing to learn and deliver. The glue that sticks managers and employees together is great conversations. If you don’t have meaningful one to one conversations with your employees then start having…
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Find out the secrets to a successful interview.

So here’s the thing there are lots of great interview tools and techniques that have been perfected over the years such as behavioural, competency, “informal”, psychometric assessments (which all have a place I must say) but we shouldn’t ignore the fact that a lot of employers and hiring managers haven’t necessarily had the opportunity or time to have fancy interviewing training and that’s ok. Questions such as “what is your biggest weakness?” and “tell me where you want to be in 5 years time” are often asked. In my opinion there is a misconception that employers want a very specific…