5 mins with HR Revolution’s CEO Wendy Read

In 2011 Wendy started HR Revolution, an outsourced HR business with one goal in mind, to show the business world how positive, energetic and fun HR and talent management can actually be… Simply put to revolutionise the way businesses work with HR.

Wendy loves a challenge, especially one that involves creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and adds value and positivity to the workplace.

Tell us about HR Revolution

At HR Revolution we do things a little differently, we deliver bespoke outsourced outsourced HR solutions.  Of course we cover everything you would expect from your HR team, admin, documentation, policies and procedures, but these things should be a given with any HR support you receive.  However, utilising the HR expertise we have in our team, we are able to positively push the performance of our client teams to help them become more accountable, more focused and enjoy their role, which in turn helps them grow the business.

What excites you the most about the work you do?

I love nothing more than seeing our solutions make a difference and breaking the mould when it comes to how HR is seen, used and delivered in business.  People are an amazing commodity in any business and by having the right HR support for them, you can really kick start the process of growing their success.

How do you make your employees happy?

Being part of the HR Revolution team is not for the faint-hearted, we are a team of positive, driven and energetic HR professionals who love what we do and keeping the team happy is something that everyone takes part in.  Autonomy is very important in our business, everyone no matter how long they have worked with us has a say, we love ideas!  To keep the team buzzing we have an office environment that we like to think helps stimulate creativity with space to think.  We are a social team and love nothing more than challenging ourselves to a boat race or marathon!  But the biggest driver for me is ensuring we support, train, develop and grow the team and have fun doing it!

What qualities do you look for most in your employees?

The core values we look for in our employees are:

Teamwork: We work as one team and we respect, support and protect every member of our HR Revolution family.

Accountability: We take responsibility and are accountable for our clients, promises, project tasks and deadlines.

Integrity: We are genuine, open and honest.  Real people, providing real solutions, for businesses with real drive.

Energy: We drive every project with high energy and commitment.

Drive: We love what we do and it is this passion that drives us to provide the very best solutions.

Tell us about a challenge you faced in your business and how you overcame it?

Breaking the mould of traditional HR has taken a while, and we are still not quite there.  It’s a tough one because there is nothing wrong with “traditional” HR but when speaking to colleagues and clients there is a lot of debate about how we could switch it up a little and make it more valuable and utilize the true essence of what HR is all about; ‘people!’  So because of this HR Revolution was born.

Other than your own, which other businesses are exciting you right now?

Entrepreneurial businesses excite me – those that are driven to succeed in their industry.  We work with businesses of all sizes and the one thing they all have in common is their attitude.  We love working with businesses that are passionate about their success, looking to push to the next level and wanting us to truly help them do that.

What is your best piece of employee management advice?

Your people are the most important commodity you have, hire and on-board them well, manage and develop them thoughtfully and encourage them to succeed.  Your people are a reflection of you; treat them well, allow them to be accountable and you will build a strong and committed team that love what they do.

If you could employ one famous person who would it be and why?

Wow, that’s a big question, there are so many to choose from but Seth Godin, (Marketing Guru who’s outlook on life I love), Tom Peters (the guy whose book Re:Imagine helped me define what I wanted from HR Revolution); Davina McCall (TV personality, because she’s a committed business woman who loves a challenge and is always tremendously positive)… the list this goes on…

HR Revolution – www.hrrevolution.co.uk



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