We wanted to change the strategic direction of the firm and were conscious that we needed HR expertise in helping us to manage our staff and comply with the all the legislation that exists. We worked with Karen Ferris to develop the business case, manage the consultation and redundancy process and provide all the relevant documentation for compliance and formalities within the processes. Karen guided us confidently through a challenging period that was new to all concerned at the firm and her confidence when advising us was extremely welcome and reassuring in the circumstances.
Karen is now our trusted HR Partner. She demonstrates real initiative and cares passionately about providing the best outcomes for all involved. Karen is an excellent communicator and delivers pragmatic, best practice, commercial solutions to HR issues.
Duncan Morris, Director, Duncan Morris Solicitors
Karen is a supremely organised, diligent and thorough HR professional. She quickly integrated well into a small, yet fast growing business and has transformed the HR operation to a smooth-running machine! She has demonstrated an astute understanding of the specific needs of a start up biotech business and how HR can be an invaluable support in the growth phase. She has created a robust recruitment strategy; refined all on-boarding processes and delivered an HR service that exactly matches the needs of the leadership team. She quickly got to grips with the business strategy and is a valuable contributor to the shaping of the future HR strategy, as the business evolves.
Andrea McNeil, Director, True Resilience
Karen gave me some coaching before a job interview. It had been a number of years since my previous one and I felt my interview skills needed polishing!
The guidance was invaluable, it was filled with practical tips, interview techniques, advice on crafting meaningful answers to difficult interview questions and focussed my mind. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone approaching an important job interview. Thank you Karen.
I contracted with Karen to provide an expert review of the employment contract for a new employee. Karen was responsive, clearly articulated her recommendations and instilled me with confidence that the revised contract was fit for purpose.
Rebecca Kingwell, Principal Partner, St James's Place Wealth Management
We initially engaged Professionals in Partnership HR Consultancy to develop the managerial skills and performance management practices within our XP Power Engineering Team based in Essex. Karen quickly integrated with the Engineering team and demonstrated a perceptive understanding of our requirements.
Karen’s depth and breadth of experience led to her providing support in a number of additional projects, with several different teams in XP Power. These included employee engagement initiatives; redesign and implementation of new job descriptions; development of a capability assessment process; personal development plans and operational support for recruitment and employee relations processes. In addition to project delivery, Karen has mentored our managers and provided a sounding board to some of the Executive Leadership Team.
I have found Karen to be professional, highly competent and with the capability to deliver strategically and operationally. Karen is straight forward, honest and flexible. Her approach makes working with her easy and she is driven to deliver excellent results.
Richard Bartlett, VP Global Product Delivery, XP Power
Karen has been brilliant in keeping us up to date with all the changes regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme during lockdown. We really appreciate her support during this difficult time.
Alison Hesketh, Director, TimeFinders UK
I thought our session was hugely productive. It really feels as though we are making headway and beginning to put everything into perspective and operation.
I will be taking time this week to work more on the action points from all of the sessions – so wonderfully laid out in your last round up email.
Your help is most gratefully appreciated – by all of us.
Angela Gillett, MD, The Paperback Shop (PBS)
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