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Sarah Dowzell, Assoc CIPD


The biggest HR challenges faced by growing companies

By | Business, Human Resources

There is no universal threshold a small business needs to reach before starting to build an in-house HR team, but 50 employees is a typical benchmark. At this point, it becomes clear that standardised, formal HR processes are necessary to avoid the chaos that can ensue as more new people join the business. Whereas previously an organisation may have hired a part-time HR practitioner or consultancy, a permanent HR professional is now needed to build an internal HR operation that can support the next phase of the company’s growth. When the business reaches between 150 to 200 employees it’s likely…

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From back of the hall to Best Stand #cipdACE17

By | Events, HR Software, Natural HR

At Natural HR, we’re preparing for our favourite event of the year – CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition! I cannot describe how excited I feel for this event, even though I’ll be up at the crack of dawn and standing up for 2-days to showcase our HR software, I love it…in fact I’m in my element! Rather than post a boring and generic exhibitor blogpost in the hope that you’ll visit our stand (it’s G54) and pick up some freebies, I thought I’d share what it is about this event that’s so special to me personally and our journey at…

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#CIPDMAP17 – are you joining us?

By | Events, Human Resources

This weekend, we’ll be returning to the annual CIPD Midlands Area Partnership (MAP) event held at Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire. The event brings together HR and L&D professionals from 9 regional CIPD branches including: Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, Hereford & Worcester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Shropshire – combined they have 15,000 members! The theme for this years’ event is “Developing Capability for Shifting Times” with high performance being the focus to start the day; The 8:30am breakfast session will see Russell Deathridge, Principal Consultant at LHH Penna present on delivering high-performance with an agile workforce in…

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CIPD People Skills #FutureWorkIsHuman

By | Events, Human Resources

Last week I had the pleasure of joining a workbench event; CIPD People Skills Programme. The evening discussion was part of two days CIPD spent in the Midlands engaging with local businesses, entrepreneurs, HR professionals and working communities with the support of Jericho Chambers and Impact Hub Birmingham. Joined by @JerichoChambers & @CIPD today @ImpactHubBrum for #FutureofWorkisHuman, start of 2 days of events on the future of work. pic.twitter.com/fsbFw8jukX — Imandeep Kaur (@ImmyKaur) September 19, 2017 To start the evening Peter Cheese, CEO of CIPD and Senior Public Affairs Officer, Paddy Smith shared some key findings of a recent CIPD…

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Networking – 3 top tips for avoiding small talk

By | Business

Sarah Dowzell, Assoc CIPD, COO and Co-founder of Natural HR and busy mum of two reflects on a recent CIPD event she attended. Earlier this week I attended the CIPD London Future of Work Conference – and my first thoughts? What a welcoming branch! The thing that struck me most about this event was how open everyone was to networking. I attend many events in the Midlands across the year from Business Networking to CIPD events to Technology events, some which specifically promote business networking. I usually leave questioning if it was actually a good use of my time and…

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