Creating thriving business futures

By Sarah Hamilton, People Puzzles

Despite widespread economic challenges, a growing number of businesses throughout the Eastern region have been quietly thriving.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine Winter 2023|24

Human Resources: Sarah Hamilton, People Puzzles

By taking a strategic, low-risk approach to people-focused business planning, they have been accessing a highly experienced People Director who is transforming their businesses in just one day per week.

As the lifeblood of your business, people are your greatest asset – but also your greatest challenge and cost. Whether your goals include growth, consolidation, or reinvention, it is key to create empowering cultures to engage and retain your people, through aligned leadership and great communication frameworks.

Too busy ‘in’ the business to work ‘on’ the business?

Business leaders may lack the bandwidth to step back; introducing a highly commercial HR expert, such as the ex-HR Director of Tesco or BT, to work within your business can provide that deeper insight on how to proactively build a high performing, happy team. Without a longer-term view, it’s almost impossible to build the strongest foundations for growth; both for you and for your business.

The right building blocks for growth

Nurturing a business means nurturing people, but you need a clear view of where you’re going to build the right roadmap. Our ‘Discovery Process’ forms an essential part of stepping back. It shines a light on the challenges and opportunities, like employer brand, talent attraction, engagement and retention, development and training, succession planning etc, to gain a clear understanding of what changes need to be made to sustain longer-term growth.

“We are now in a fantastic position – securing the future of the organisation in the long term and attracting the best people to drive growth.”
Stuart White, Managing Partner, Barker Associates, Chelmsford

The roadmap for growth: aligning people planning with business strategy

Asking a series of questions such as, “Why does my business exist?” and “What are the key drivers to get us where we want to be in three years’ time?”, forms an invaluable part of strategic planning, often uncovering surprising insights.

“Our Discovery helped us challenge and clarify our direction of travel and gain alignment as a leadership team. It has given us more confidence that we are heading in the right direction, and an actionable roadmap to get us there.”
James Hutchins, MD, Zentura, Saxmundham

A trusted partner to share your journey

Following the Discovery, your People Director is then embedded 2-4 days per month building a 12-18 month roadmap aligned with the business strategy, helping to achieve your targets quicker. Having a strategic People Director supporting your leadership team is a smart way to remain people-centric, while helping you make difficult decisions and confidently build a lasting legacy.

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Get in touch

Sarah Hamilton is Regional Director at People Puzzles.

T: 01223 655174
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