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Kathryn Rodgers – Newcastle

Kathryn is a chartered CIPD member and workplace mediator with over 20 years’ experience across a variety of sectors. She knows that what really makes the difference between tick-box “personnel” and flexible, people-oriented HR is communication. For Kathryn, the overarching solution lies in a very simple formula: do what you need to, but be human, constructive and compassionate.

Kathryn’s clients value the fact that she lives this in her business every day. Her main aim is to help small businesses to grow, to take the fear out of people management and employment law, and to provide friendly and accessible HR support with empathy and humour. She doesn’t do corporate politics or red tape. She doesn’t frighten her clients into buying with horror stories of tribunals, or make them jump through endless procedural hoops.

Kathryn brings the curiosity and expanded horizons gained during seven years as an expat in Dubai to her dealings with people in her business today. Her clients benefit from a true understanding of what makes people, well, people; and being naturally interested in what makes them tick, Kathryn will approach their problems from every perspective – legal and commercial, ethical and personal – in order to find a solution. Her client relationships don’t end on the last page of their employee handbook.

Back on home soil, in the North of England, she feels privileged to have been able to travel, work, and have fun all over the world – Malaysia, the Maldives, Hong Kong and China – but also deeply appreciative of her place in the small business community here. If you’re a growing business based in or around Newcastle and want to find out how Kathryn can help you get better people results, just click the contact button below and she’ll give you a call.

To find out more about how Kathryn can support your business, call 07946 330025

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I recently appeared on the ‘Why Small Business Matters’ podcast as part of the ‘Help to grow management programme’ run by Northumbrian University, where we delved into the critical role of communication in HR. In our discussion, I highlighted the pivotal importance of effective communication strategies in fostering a positive and productive workplace culture within small businesses.

Recently, I had the pleasure of joining the ‘Business Stuff Podcast’ as a special guest. We dove deep into payroll, exchanging ideas and unearthing fresh perspectives that I believe listeners will find invaluable. If you’re curious about payroll, or looking to expand your knowledge on the common pitfalls of payroll and HR, I highly recommend giving our conversation a listen.

Take a moment to read my latest article featured in ‘High Life North’ as I explore strategies and practices employers should adopt to fully support their pregnant employees.  Click on the image to view.

As a qualified mediator, Kathryn is trained to facilitate constructive communication between parties, helping them navigate conflicts and reach mutually agreeable resolutions.

Kathryn Rogers - HR consultant face2faceHR Newcastle

FREE HRCheckup

Not sure if your policies and procedures are up to date? Our HRCheckup service is for small and medium-sized businesses and is free to those without in-house HR support.

We’ll review all your current HR policies and procedures, provide a full written report and then discuss where your current documentation should be modified and suggest additional policies to ensure you are meeting your legal obligations at the very least, but also help you understand and address any HR vulnerabilities.

FACEforward: Empowering your people, elevating your business

FACEforward is a comprehensive HR audit for small and medium-sized businesses, aligning HR strategies with broader business objectives. We thoroughly assess current HR procedures to enhance business goals and engage with your workforce to understand organisational culture and employee sentiment.

Fixed fee packages

If you’re looking to control your costs and don’t want the worry of your bill going up every time you have a query, you could take advantage of one of our fixed fee packages.

Our first employee package is for new employers to ensure they have all the basics in place for the new staff member.

Our redundancy package is for small business owners needing to make fewer than 20 redundancies.

Visit our fixed fee package page for more information on the above:

FACEit HR support service

FACEit is our annual retained service, providing peace of mind and unlimited access to expert advice and support from a named consultant who will be with you from day one and throughout the length of your agreement. FACEit is provided on a per employee, per month fee structure, which makes it very affordable to even very small employers.

Learn more about our FACEit service or download the FACEit brochure here:

Ad hoc and projects

If FACEit isn’t what you need immediately but you have an urgent HR concern, we can deliver advice via our ad hoc service. Even if you’re not sure you have an issue or are worried something could develop into a problem, we can advise on any number of concerns that come with being an employer. You’ll have access to a named consultant and advice is charged at the consultant’s standard hourly rate.

We also offer a full consultancy service on a range of employment matters from undertaking a TUPE transfer to implementing an employee benefits package. This service can also be provided on an ad hoc basis but for more specific, time-dependant activities, a project-based quote will be prepared by a named consultant.

Check our ad hoc and projects page for more information on all things people management related:

Working with Kathryn is an absolute pleasure. She is knowledgeable about HR and how to support our business, all while being incredibly patient with my questions! She helped us migrate 35 staff on to Breathe HR and RTA which has hugely improved how we communicate with staff, as well as ensuring smoother onboarding for new team members. Having Kathryn at the end of the phone is a huge help and takes the pressure off staff issues that may arise as you know she’ll be able to take you through it and how to proceed. Kathryn is also great with our GMs offering them support as we grow and they learn how to handle basic day to day HR issues. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kathryn to anyone else looking to add external HR to their business."

Sarah Kilby – Group Operations Manager, Scream for Pizza

People issues have inevitably cropped up more regularly as our company has grown, and trying to find the right balance between nurturing our team whilst also making the best decisions for our business can be tricky at times. face2faceHR Newcastle help us to be sure that we’re acting legally and ethically, AND they’ve made managing our HR admin super easy by implementing Breathe. Don’t waste your time on the ACAS website, talk to Kathryn or Nic instead."

Alex Chatwin – Director, LX PR

As a fast-paced tech start up, our business needed an HR Consultancy with a professional, knowledgeable and progressive approach to people management – and that’s what Kathryn brought to the table. She translates legal standards and requirements into jargon-free, practical language which suits our agile environment AND shows compassion and understanding for our diverse team. She will breathe life into your organisation, with an innovative approach to introducing or developing your HR processes. If your senior team is missing the HR expertise needed for you to realise your growth plans, Kathryn will bring this in spades. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend."

Jo McGovern – Chief Operating Officer, Marra

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