Neurodiversity In The Workplace: Embracing Differences

When we think of diversity in the workplace, we often focus on factors like race, gender, and age. But what about neurodiversity? What is neurodiversity? Neurodiversity refers to the natural variations in how our brains function, including conditions like autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. As more and more people are diagnosed with these conditions, it’s becoming increasingly important for workplaces to

9 Onboarding Best Practices To Maximise Success

Nine onboarding best practices to maximise success in your workplace. Onboarding is the process of integrating new talent into an organisation. Smooth and seamless onboarding is a foolproof way of increasing retention rates and job satisfaction within the workplace. Companies aspiring to attract new hires and hold onto them shouldn’t underestimate the power of a stellar onboarding. It’s no secret

Menopause at Work: A Guide for HR

A Guide to Handling Menopause at Work Do you know someone silently struggling with menopause at work? Perhaps it’s your mother, a close friend, an aunty, or even yourself. The reality is that ‘around 4.4 million women aged 50-64’ are going through the menopause transition and simultaneously trying to juggle their career. What’s startling about this statistic is that while

How to Maintain a Successful Hybrid Working Approach

In this feature Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment looks at how to maintain a successful hybrid working approach and what makes it such a popular choice in 2022 and beyond… In 2020 Covid-19 thrust the world into chaos, bringing about unprecedented challenges for people and society. Businesses were especially hit hard by the pandemic, from supply chain issues, colossal financial worries,

How To Maximise The Apprenticeship Opportunity Event

Earlier this month Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment and Michaela Reaney, of The Opportunity Group, welcomed HR professionals from across the region to participate in an event titled – How To Maximise The Apprenticeship Opportunity. Headquartered in the north east, The Opportunity Group is an apprenticeship provider run by Michaela and co-founder Kate Temple-Brown. Having found themselves frustrated at the lack

How To Attract The Best Talent NOT on the Market

Are you struggling to attract top talent to your company? Maybe you feel like the best candidates are comfortable in their job or have already landed their dream role? Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is true. According to Linked In ‘80% of professionals are open to hearing from recruiters, even when not actively looking for a new role’

5 Ultimate Job Searching Tips

As a specialist HR recruiter, I know that it’s people like YOU that make businesses work. This is why I created these 5 Ultimate Job Searching Tips to help you find the valuable, inspiring, fulfilling role you deserve. Packed with honest advice and encouragement, this blog will help to simplify the job hunting process so that you can shine in

I’m Running The Great North Run in Aid of Smart Works Newcastle

Hello, September! This month marks the official start of autumn and while I can’t wait for snug evenings relaxing in the house, I do have one fairly large hurdle to overcome before I can properly get a taste for all those seasonal delights. In a matter of days I will be taking part in the Great North Run, aaaah. As

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Event

Bathed in warm light and abuzz with positivity, Hope Street Xchange’s state-of-the-art enterprise suite played home to some of the region’s best HR professionals one summery day in June. Industry specialists gathered for Sarah McKenna and 50:50 Future’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion event – a 90 minute session providing an overview on how to avoid tick-box narrative and embed inclusion

Candidate Case Study: Louise’s Story

Sarah worked closely with Louise Robinson to help her secure her new role as an HR Assistant. Here’s what she had to say about her experience. Can you tell us a bit about your background? I spent a good 7 years in the third sector supporting financial initiatives from the DWP New Enterprise Allowance for new start-up businesses, to Welfare

Team Mindset for Safety and Success: How to ensure psychological safety in your workplace

In light of the past year or so, companies around the world have had to completely redefine and adapt the ways in which they work and their overall workplace culture. The shift to home working due to the ongoing pandemic has resulted in many employers not seeing or communicating with their employees on a face-to-face basis. Meaning many may now

Case Study: Amanda’s Story

Amanda Simmons worked with Sarah to secure her new role as a HR Manager. Here’s what she had to say about the experience. Hi Amanda, thanks for agreeing to share your story – can you tell us a bit about your background? I’m a generalist HR Manager with over 18 years’ experience in HR. I started out at officer level and

Case Study: Emma’s Story

Emma Winter worked with Sarah to secure her new role as an HR Project Director. She kindly took the time to answer a couple of questions about her experience. Hi Emma, first question, how did you come across Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment? I’ve worked in HR for a long time so heard about Sarah through the industry grapevine as she

Partner Spotlight: Smart Works Newcastle

Smart Works Newcastle helps some of the most vulnerable women from across the region regain their self-belief to succeed at job interview and move on with their lives. They help at a critical point in their lives, when they have a job interview, often after a long period of unemployment, when confidence and morale are very low. The volunteer run

Partner Spotlight: Beyond Partners

Maxine and Sally from Beyond Partners are joining me for my next online event on 1st December around people, purpose, and culture. I asked them to tell us a bit more about them and their own business so that you can get to know them before the webinar. Thanks, Maxine and Sally for taking the time! Tell us a bit

The new role of HR, championing diversity, & the ideal size of an HR team

I read a lot of HR-related emails and articles, and sometimes I strike gold. Here are the top five articles of the many I’ve read over the past couple of months or so. Please do let me know if any of these spark inspiration, make you think twice, or teach you something new. Experts reveal HR’s role for ‘Lockdown 2.0’

HR Has Been Reignited In 2020 – Here’s Why

2020 has witnessed a new dawn in employment where HR and internal communications have taken centre stage. Everyone, whether a CEO or an apprentice, has adapted to home working and a whole new approach to the workplace. So the functions of HR have never been so important. During the first Covid-19 lockdown, employees had to multitask working at home productively,

HR Tips: How to Provide the Best Support for Working Parents

I’m feeling enlightened after my latest event with Helen and Lindsay from Parent Scheme last week. We chatted about how Managers and HR teams can support parents in their return to work as schools reopen for the first time since the start of lockdown way back in March!  Parent Scheme supports working parents, so as you can imagine, the business

HR: The Key to Post-Covid Business Success

I’ve seen so many fantastic stories of HR teams stepping up and leading with positivity throughout the pandemic that I thought I’d explore how this is going to continue. People Management found that a fifth of employers are reopening workplaces from September and a third will ask employees to come in for a certain number of days a week unless

HR, Recruitment, Diversity and Parenthood: My July Article Round-Up

Here’s my latest round-up of HR-related articles that I thought I’d share with you. I hope you find them as useful as I did! UK job applications rose 32% in June As is to be expected, competition for jobs is huge at the moment. In fact, in June it was reported that there were 106% more applicants battling for jobs

What’s Keeping Women Out of the Boardroom?

What a fantastic session we had with Donna and Cheryl from Now Is Your Time! It was all about what’s keeping women out of the boardroom. If you’d like to watch, click here for the full recording – it really was such an uplifting session. Donna and Cheryl have been described as motivating and down to earth, and this is

Diversity, Innovation, and Learning From the Pandemic

Here’s my weekly round-up of HR-related articles that have inspired and educated me over the past 7 days. I hope you’ll get some useful tips from them just as I did. Diversity in the workplace In this article, Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman at QI Group of Companies, talks about the importance of diversity in the workplace. “Business has the transformative

Onboarding During a Pandemic: How Do You Do It?

Today Jen Tait from Rise Learning Group joined me to deliver a webinar about onboarding during the pandemic. It was a great session and we all got a lot from it, so for those that couldn’t make it, here’s an overview. Although there’s been a huge shift in the way the majority of businesses are working, many do still need

Culture, Remote Working & Leadership: This Week’s HR Reading List

People seemed to enjoy my round-up of articles from last week so here I am again. This is going to be a regular feature on my blog from now on, so if you’re like me and subscribe to far too many HR newsletters, use this as your weekly shortcut! Here’s a quick overview of some of the articles I enjoyed

HR Advice Articles & Events I’ve Been Loving Recently

It was International HR Day last week which put me in a bit of a reflective mood, thinking about why people choose to work in the industry. HR is so important to businesses, and I think that’s why I love working in the field so much. By definition, HR puts people first, but that can often be taken for granted.

Webinars: Talking HR, Running a Business & Parenting During Lockdown

I’ve recently been invited for a chat on a couple of great webinars and podcasts about all sorts of things! I thought I’d share them if you fancy a listen. The common theme running through both of these discussions is that everybody’s human and we all have our ups and downs but that’s perfectly ok. I hope you enjoy watching/listening!

A New Day is Dawning: Post-lockdown Pointers to Get You and Your Staff Back to Work

After the government announcement on Monday, I spoke to HR Consultant Maxine Henry from The People Place HR to get her thoughts on getting staff back to work post-lockdown. Things are very much still ‘up in the air’ for a lot of us at the moment but I hope you’ll agree that Maxine’s insights in this guest blog really are

Diversity and Inclusion Tips from 50:50 Future

I’m still feeling very inspired after my last event with 50:50 Future on ‘Demystifying Diversity’. Co-founders Lyndsey and Lynsey delivered an amazing session with tons of takeaways for the room. They covered so much, but I’m going to try and condense it down and highlight the best bits for those that missed it! One thing that was obvious from the

Onboarding with Jen Tait – Top Tips from an Expert

It was my first event of 2020 this week and we couldn’t have asked for a better speaker! Director of Rise Learning Group, Jen Tait, came along to share her knowledge on onboarding and improving employee retention. There were some absolute gems of information in her session that spurred on some great discussions, so I thought I’d share some of

Employment trends and changes to look out for in 2020

If you work in HR you’ll know that there are constant changes in the industry that you need to keep up with! When it comes to things like employment trends, legislation wellbeing initiatives, and everything else that comes with it, we’re expected to know it all. 2020 will be no different, so I’ve decided to share some of the things

Workforce Planning – Is it the secret to business success?

Natalie Henson is a Senior HR Practitioner with experience in people and project management, generalist HR workstreams, and delivering key business transformation projects in both the public and private sectors. And she’s also now a guest blogger for Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment! With the new year prompting many businesses to plan their year ahead, Natalie has shared her knowledge on

Merry Christmas from Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment!

Hi, everyone, it’s Sarah here, I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas already, but here we are! As we’ve just celebrated the business’s 3rd birthday and everyone’s getting into the festive spirit, I wanted to say thanks to everyone that’s supported Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment this year and do a quick recap of some of my favourite bits from 2019. Thanks

Meet Our Clients: Rise Learning Group

Rise Learning Group is a learning and development consultancy run by founder, Jen Tait. Jen and her team deliver engaging, current learning programmes to support continuous professional development. Jen came to Sarah McKenna HR Recruitment looking for help to hire an experienced Learning Specialist. She kindly agreed to share her experience of working with Sarah to find her new recruit,

5 Things We Learned at Our Employee Engagement Breakfast Seminar

What a fantastic morning we had at Hope St Xchange in Sunderland talking all things employee engagement! Yes, there’s that buzzword again… But in today’s breakfast seminar Ryan from Hive brought a new dynamic to the conversation as we delved into the science, and ever-growing amounts of data, behind engagement in the workplace. Ryan took us through his thoughts on