Collection of Polaroids of the You HR team

National Stress Awareness Day 2017

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. These chemicals give people more energy and strength, which can be a good thing if their stress is caused by physical danger. But this can also be a bad thing, if their stress is in response to something emotional and there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength. Many different things can cause stress from physical (such as fear of something dangerous) to emotional (such as a... Read More

Kairan’s Black History Month Hero 2017

My Black History Month Hero is Barack Obama due to my admiration of his leadership during his presidency. I truly believe that everybody has a responsibility to lead by example and understand that it’s not about one single person being accountable for all change but it is about one person inspiring and leading to achieve. We need to internalise this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over Senator John McCain of Arizona. Obama became the 44th president, and the first African American to be elected to that... Read More

Nichola’s Black History Month Hero

I’d like to tell you some background on my Hero before I move onto why I choose them. Born Steveland on the 13th May 1950, Saginaw, Michigan. Steveland was born prematurely, Steveland was placed in an incubator for life support. However, an excess of oxygen resulted in the scarring and detachment of his retina leading to a condition known as Retinopathy of Prematurity which resulted in his blindness. A fine harmonica, drum and piano player by the age of 10, but it was his voice that got him signed to Motown a year later. Without seeing the images would you of guessed who i was referring too? During the 60’s,... Read More

18 days into not smoking “and I’m feeling good”

Having been a smoker on and off for just over 30 years (when I was told as a juvenile teenager that it would ‘stump my growth’), I thought it was the answer I was looking for – to be ‘in with the gang’ and to stop growing – 5ft 11inches, weighing 7 ½ stone, I stood out from the crowd and I didn’t like it. Now, all these years later, I have realised that I was standing out for the wrong reasons – I have compromised by health and wellbeing for smoking… I’ve not exercised as much, yet I’ve carried on smoking, I haven’t watched my diet to ‘eat well’,... Read More

Jonna’s Black History Month Hero 2017

Nelson Mandela I’m not quite sure why I am so drawn to South Africa, I have often wondered if I descended from this beautiful country in a former life. Maybe it was following his release on TV in the February (11th) of 1990 that intrigued me, as a teenager I couldn’t quite comprehend why he had been imprisoned for speaking out… My passion for South Africa continued and I spent the best part of 2 years living there in my twenties; and they really were two years of living – like I never have done before. I followed a great deal of Mandela’s history as I explored the country and... Read More

Toni-Dee’s Black History Month Hero

At You HR Consultancy we are celebrating Black History Month 2017! As a team we have each chosen a Black History Month Hero who has inspired us. We want to celebrate these significant individuals and the impact they have had on the world. We all have commitment to Inclusion, Equality & Diversity. As a team we strive for this! We want to help you to strive for this also. Black history Month is great way to celebrate and recognise Equality & diversity and many great people who have impacted us.   Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud As a passionate reader and equality champion my Black History Month... Read More

World Mental Health Day 2017

Having searched for a while as to what is the best ‘happy’ picture to use for our World Mental Health post today, I’ve settled on this from Chibird… why? Because it simply sets the scene for what I wanted to share… Someone, somewhere will believe in you – whatever your circumstances, whatever you’re going through, and sometimes that’s all we need. Far too often we see and hear the stigma attached to ‘Mental Health’ – we all have it and need to nurture it as like any other illness, Mental Ill Health is what we need to support when ill health occurs. Nearly 15% of people experience mental health problems... Read More

Pre-launch team building day! Love what you do…

What a day, what a team. Its been a busy few months, organising new offices, a new website and taking on You HR’s latest shining stars, so we decided it was the right time to give the office a break and take it to the streets for a team day. Thankfully our recruitment is so people centric that we were a close knit team from day one, but it was exciting to see what skills lay unidentified when we got out of the office. Action packed and high adrenaline at the Land Rover Experience centre for a day, deep in the heart of the Luton Hoo Estate. There were two teams,... Read More

HR Review: Yoke talk about four key essentials to a healthy workplace

This week we have launched a whitepaper on wellbeing at work. The paper, by leading wellbeing specialists, Yoke Consultancy, talks to us about the four key essentials to building a healthy workplace: www.hrreview.co.uk/whitepapers/create-healthy-business Starting with Investors in People and the Confederation of British Industry, the whitepaper tells us about the importance of leading with a strategy and what a healthy approach looks like. We then hear from Barclays and Yoke’s expert Andrea Woodside, on why a risk based approach to wellbeing is important, especially for mental health. From here Veolia and Penguin Random House share their insight on the wellbeing and performance equation and how best to evidence and engage... Read More

CIPD News: Money worries burden one in four employees

The New Year inevitably acts as a trigger for people to face up to festive spending splurges and plan for the future. Our timely research, published today in partnership with Close Brothers, reveals that a quarter of UK employees are battling with financial anxiety and it’s impacting their ability to do their jobs. One in five (19%) are losing sleep at night because they’re worried about money and say that physical fatigue is affecting their concentration at work. To help employers promote and actively support financial well-being, we’ve produced new, practical guidance. Our guide will help you to develop a financial well-being strategy, or to refine what you’re already doing.... Read More


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