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Components of a Performance Review

Set goals Setting goals is a key part of any performance review. It’s incredibly important that these goals are laid out early in the year and that the employee has a clear understanding of what those goals are and what the timeframe to achieve them in is. Conversation over Criticism The tone of the conversation … Continued

Key Elements of Strategic HRM Implementation

With 2018 almost here, it represents as good a time as any to critically examine your current HRM practices and plan for the 12 months ahead. But how exactly does a business undertake such evaluation? Whilst ultimately best practice techniques may vary from business to business, or industry to industry, the framework below provides a … Continued

Common HRM Mistakes Made By Startups

In a startup environment, it is easy to see why HRM can be so easily neglected. Long hours trying to get a business up and running, capital expenditure, talking with investors and suppliers, developing a growth strategy – the pressures can pile up and your human resources strategy can be pushed to the bottom of … Continued

Key to Business Success

There are many factors that are important when it comes to business success, however few are more important than the quality of your team. Aligning key competencies with job requirements is critical for business success – and never underestimate the significance of recruiting attitudes and behaviours to reinforce the culture of your team. There are … Continued

Is it legal to stipulate years of experience in a job ad?

When looking to bring on a new employee, it’s important that in-house and external processes are ethical and legal. To do this, it is critical to refer to the correct documents and to seek legal help when required or unsure. A recent discussion in the office resulted in the question being asked, ‘does stipulating that … Continued

Contractors solve both short-term and long-term problems

This is both a fact and a trend.   Fact: – In 2017 OCG has seen a steadily increasing demand to provide professionals on fixed term contracts in the following disciplines to address issues ranging through:     Finance & Administration: Accounting Management to accounts payable & Payroll specialists Supply Chain: Inventory Analyst, Procurement, S&OP … Continued

Be wary of outsourcing Reference Checking

An industry – and Human Resources tactic has grown up around outsourcing Reference/Background verification. There is growing evidence suggesting that by outsourcing reference checking from the end-to-end recruitment process entrusted to the recruitment consultant is fraught with risk. Separating background checking from the recruiter’s responsibility may independently verify work history, education & training credentials but … Continued

Lessons from the trenches – Advice to myself if I had to do it all again.

This week we’re welcoming Kevin Nestadt with a guest blog. Kevin has been both a customer and a contractor with Options Consulting Group. As a Management Consultant, I thought I knew everything… until I bought into my client’s business. After some eighteen years of consulting, working mostly with manufacturing businesses, I was pretty confident and successful … Continued

A Clearer Message

How can a one-word change emphasise a clearer message? In our case the change from ‘and’ to ‘through’ significantly sharpens the focus on Options Consulting Group’s guiding principles. Our positioning statement was Facilitating Growth in Business and People since 1990 Which has been amended to Facilitating Growth in Business through People since 1990 So why the … Continued

What's hiding in your CV?

We had a curious situation in the office last week. A candidate submitted their CV for a role we’re currently advertising. While reviewing the candidates, we realised that when we viewed it straight off our database, someone else’s name was coming up. We contacted our database management helpdesk to see if the mix-up was happening … Continued