Collection of Polaroids of the You HR team

From Good to Great

When I decided to set-up as an independent consultant in the early spring of 2009, I had no idea that my vision would become the successful, thriving business that it is today. By the Summer of 2010 the consultancy was registered as a Limited company and I wrote my first 5 year business plan – setting out a vision of what I wanted to achieve.

My Day at You HR

Interesting in hearing more about working for You HR? Here is a snapshot into the working life of one of our part-time employees, Matt: I have been working at You HR for nearly a year now and it has made me feel more confident workwise, and in talking to people. My day begins at 10.00 at You HR on Wednesdays and Thursday. Once I have looked at the jobs list I like to crack on with it. When I need a break I have a drink and have a look at what treats are available. I like the treats there are often Haribos or chocolate. I then get back to... Read More

First Day of Work Experience

My first day of work experience was a very nerve racking one as I really didn’t know what to expect as it was my first time doing anything like this. As I walked up the road to the main office I felt more confident as I thought how bad can it really be. Pushing open the door a rush of excitement came over me as it all seemed real at last. The staff made me feel welcome keeping me occupied by asking me all sorts of questions and giving me a brief of the next two weeks, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders when the other work experience... Read More

Useful Questions on Flexibility During the School Holidays

With the school holidays fast approaching You HR are often asked about flexibility for parents during the summer break.  ACAS have recently published a newsletter containing some of the most frequently asked questions about annual leave during school holidays and we thought we would share them with you.     Can an employee take three weeks holiday during the school summer break? As long as the employer agrees to the request then yes, the employer will look at the levels of staff off at any one time and they may agree to someone taking three weeks leave. However, they can also refuse this request if too many people are off.... Read More

LGBT Pride Month 2018

Known as the “Mother of Pride”, it was Brenda Howard who coordinated the first LGBT Pride march. As well as sparking the idea for a week of events around Pride Day. These events then developed into the annual LGBT celebrations held every June. Every year the LGBT community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBT people have had around the world. LGBT or Gay Pride is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people it is a way of protesting about discrimination and violence. It... Read More

Want to be part of our team?

  WE ARE LOOKING FOR: An HR Adviser that is CIPD (Level 5) qualified or equivalent experienced across the spectrum of Transactional HR, Change, Wellbeing and People Development. Someone that is refreshingly vibrant, fun and hard working to join our team in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. An HR adviser that is exceptionally organised, able to work autonomously, with strong communication and accuracy skills in numeracy and literacy. High quality standards will need to be ingrained in all you do and the ability to work to deadlines, with sound work ethics and an enthusiasm that enables effective team work.   HOW TO APPLY: If you are keen to apply and find out more... Read More

Have you got a World Cup Workplace?

In football it’s all about the people too!   With the world cup fully kicked off, we wanted to share a few tips to help you think about what adjustments you might want to make to best support your employees during major sporting events (it’s not all about football… It’s all about the people!). According to London Loves Business, 46% of workers confessed they would call in sick if England win the tournament with a further 16.4% saying that although they would come into work, they wouldn’t get much done! Office Suppliers, Viking, are estimating the world cup will cost (based on the average UK wage) businesses a staggering £2.4bn!... Read More

What Constitutes Healthy Eating

With the healthy eating week nearly done, many clients have been asking me this question, and it’s a very interesting one. You could ask a million different experts or professionals, and get an equal number of different answers. Many experts will have different approaches, or protocols, and advice tends to change over the years. Even leaving aside expert advise, we are subjected to daily stories about what we should, or should not eat, in the press, sometimes even seeing two contradictory articles in the same publications. Little wonder then that people are confused, and that around 60% of us are categorized as overweight, and 27% of us are classified as... Read More

Diabetes is decimating men

This year the focus of the week will be on men and diabetes.  Men are more likely to get diabetes, more likely to suffer complications, more likely to face amputation as a result of diabetes and more likely to die from diabetes yet the sex inequalities in diabetes have not been fully recognised by health policymakers or practitioners. More attention must urgently be paid to engaging men in diabetes prevention, early diagnosis and improving care and treatment delivery. A diabetes crisis is unfolding in the UK and men are the worst affected. One man in 10 now has diabetes and in middle-aged men the disease is expected to increase sharply... Read More

Carers Week 2018

Who is a carer? A carer can be anyone! A carer can be anyone who cares for a friend or family member who is unable to cope without support due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, and the carer is not paid. A carer could be a young person looking after a parent with a drug addiction, a middle-aged man caring for his partner who has a terminal illness, or an elderly woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer’s disease.   How do you identify a carer? It’s important to be approachable as an employer and understanding so that the carer can approach you. Signs... Read More


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