HR – Managing the Manager’s Management?

As featured in September’s edition of Northern Insight magazine.

Hi everyone, and welcome to this month’s column. Its August already – can you believe how fast the year is going? Anyway, as always I’m here to talk to you about the latest news in the world of HR.

In a quiet evening after work one day, I was looking into the latest news when I spotted an online letter from Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper which caught my eye.

The letter was from a manager at what they said was a “large profitable company” who felt they were being burned out due to an increase in workload. This landed out Canadian friend in a bit of a pickle.

In their own words – “If I refuse to work the extra time, he [their manager] says I am not a team player, if my regular work suffers, I am disciplined by my manager.”

This is where HR comes in.

A big part of what we do here at Howe Consultancy concerns being a go between for both sides – be it employee or company. In terms of our friend from the frozen north – we would act as a neutral party in their predicament. By taking on board their concerns and raising them with their management, while feeding back the management’s thoughts.

HR, as one answer to the problem in the letter correctly states, should care about your concerns.

Interestingly, 25% of people surveyed in 2015 by the institute of leadership and management cited feeling “underappreciated” as a reason for wanting to move jobs, with 30% stating better management is what they hoped for.

Keeping staff happy and feeling fulfilled clearly goes hand in hand with management and can be a difficult balancing act with maintaining a good business.

If you need a hand consider getting in touch with us at Howe Consultancy. We will act as a business friend, managing your HR headaches while allowing you to get on with other matters.

Get in touch with us over the phone on 07921 256981 or through email at

Until next time,