Each and every company, however big or small, needs some HR support at some stage. Many do not have the needs or the finances for a dedicated HR professional whilst others need on occasions a set of skills that they do not have readily available within their HR teams.
About our HR Consultant
Karine Lipinski is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (MCIPD) and has 10 years’ experience in Human Resources at all levels. Her approach to HR is very much driven by commercial goals and as such operates in the mindset of a true HR Business Partner.
She has supported a number of well established organisations and is comfortable evolving in post-merger and acquisitions environments with all the challenges that they bring. As a person, Karine is highly organised, pragmatic, passionate, approachable and transparent which makes it easy to relate to her.
Karine provides a bespoke HR service to fit your business’ objectives, culture and values. With the right knowledge and expertise, she can help your business deliver in a way that works best for you. You can contact Karine by email on Karine@additionalresources.co.uk
Employment Law / Employee Relations
When dealing with sensitive employee matters or when having employee issues, it is always best to make sure that you follow the necessary legal requirements.
If you’re experiencing issues with employee behavior, absence or performance, Karine can assist with performance management, capability and disciplinary. Support can be provided for any process that you may need to go through, from running an independent investigation during a grievance case, through supporting your managers in chairing formal meetings, all the way to a potential dismissal of staff and appeals.
When going through more complex scenarios around restructure, redundancies, necessary changes to contracts of employments or TUPE for example, she can assist to make sure that you have the relevant project plan to work to and the appropriate coaching of your managers together with any necessary documentation that you may need to issue. She can also take a more hands on and face to face approach with staff during individual or collective consultation meetings should this be required.
Policies and Procedures
Any organisation needs to follow a reasonable amount of policies and procedures when dealing with its employees. The number and complexity of these may vary based on the size of the organisation and the work environment that staff evolve in. With the law changing regularly and taking just a few seconds to think about all the changes around maternity, paternity and shared parental leave or flexible working in the last year alone, it is understandably taxing for businesses to keep track and create or update their documentation. Good news, Karine can help and can also tailor employee handbooks to be relevant and make sure that your contracts of employments cover you for what it important.
Karine is a strong believer of the value of informal meetings and processes so can assist with those and make sure that they are compliant too and enable you to meet your business objectives.
Karine will ensure that she understands your business, what your goals are and add to it her HR expertise in order to formulate possible solutions and HR strategies to you. She will focus on longer-term people issues, matching resources to future needs, concerns about organisational structure, culture, values and engagement. Some example of work could be to formulate the HR needs of your business together with a Roadmap breaking down actions to take to achieve the goal or the need to develop managers for the changes that will be happening in your business. Other examples could be to develop strategies to reduce employee turnover or absenteeism for example.
Engagement & Performance
Once you have the right talented employees in post, the main focus is to keep them. Karine can help by designing and analysing relevant employee surveys with you and looking at, for example, compensation and benefits.
She can also make sure that high levels of performance are sustained through the design of relevant annual reviews and the setting of objectives that drive your business forward.
Learning and Development
To help your employees and therefore your business perform to the best of its potential, training is sometimes required.
Karine has experience in designing and delivering training to a wide range of employees and skills on business skills, on the job training, and managerial development. Sessions are normally bite size, two to four hours in length to ensure maximum impact in a minimum amount of time. In small businesses particularly, losing a team member for days simply isn’t an option so she caters for this.
The sessions are run in the format of workshops to embed the learning and make the sessions practical and relevant with the introduction of tools that can be used after the training.
She offers the same service as other training providers around evaluation with the added benefit of an additional report sharing the results with aggregated and anonymous feedback for each session. As with an internal HR professional, you can also rely on Karine to feedback anonymously any insights that may be relevant for the company to be aware of.
Karine offers a variety of ways that you can work together to help your business, the most popular of which are listed below. If you'd like to discuss your requirements or even simply discover what she can offer your company then contact Karine@additionalresources.co.uk for a free initial consultation.
Ad hoc support
Isn’t it nice once in a while to be able to tap into someone’s time and skills to complete a specific piece of work? Whether you require help with a difficult employee situation, to review your policies to ensure they're up to date with current legislation, or anything else related to HR, you can be assured that Karine is there to help. Ad hoc support is priced per hour and you remain free of any ties. Let her know what you need and she will estimate the work to be done. It’s totally flexible.
Some larger pieces of work require extra resources. Whether you already have a very busy HR team or need specific skills for a particular project, this option may be the right solution for your business. Some examples can be setting up an internal HR team, delivering an HR strategy and roadmap for your business, developing some bite size managerial training, running an employee satisfaction survey or managing a consultation process. This list is not exhaustive so please don’t hesitate to contact Karine if you have a project that needs doing.
Projects are scoped and priced upfront and delivered to meet your desired outcomes. Once the project is completed there's no further commitment, although she’ll aim to impress you so that you’ll want to come back!
If you know that you need regular HR support but are not sure, you may use the retained services. This enables you to pay a set monthly fee for the number of hours that you think you need and any hours worked above these will be invoiced separately.
This service is perfect for companies going through a period of change and who do not have an HR resource internally, or which may need regular additional help for their existing HR team. It works out cheaper than paying the standard hourly fee and guarantees you some level of HR support throughout the period.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to know more about this service.
If you’d like to discuss your requirements please contact Karine on Karine@additionalresources.co.uk