Archive | September, 2014

Helping your business review its Occupational Health Needs.

30 Sep

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Brett Edwards former Managing Director for Corporate Health the Occupational Health charity established in 1947, Operations Director at MASTA Occupational Health and Operations Manager for Active Health Partners is engaging with Occupational Health providers or businesses with In-House OH services to offer Consultancy and Interim Management solutions on either a full time, part time or project defined basis.

Brett has worked for a number of organisations and their clinical teams as both and consultant and interim business leader delivering Absence Management and Occupational Health services to companies across the UK. Some of his experience includes developing technology and interfaces for both the customer, admin and clinicians, reviewing and implementing new operational processes, restructuring operations, developing full customer journey solutions and partnerships with other industry experts, implementing remote case management solutions, developing sales and marketing strategies and winning new business.

It is this experience and Brett’s passion for the industry which has led him to launch his new website www.fresh-track.co.uk promoting consultancy and interim management services to the sector.

Quite often those providing Occupational Health don’t have the time to look at the technology and operational procedures they could adopt to be more efficient or they lose sight of how to provide a better service to users of the service. It may also be the case those involved in the business find these elements are not one of their core skills and don’t know where to start. Brett’s logical approach and hands on experience can help.

In such a competitive market those providing OH case management services need to ensure they are meeting the needs of the customer, it is this relationship which will become even more important as competition from the new governments OH initiative starts to kick in, raising questions with current customers “could I get the same information for free from the new service”.

No two OH providers seem to be the same and all will without a doubt have specific projects which need to be delivered. Interim Management can either work on delivering the project or cover the workload of your own team member who is expert in the business releasing them so they can work on leading the project to competition.

As an OH provider how often have you challenged the way you work or if there is technology which could help improve the service or reduce your overhead. Consultancy can help you focus on these areas looking at the detail for or with you and giving open honest feedback, developing a plan and providing a solution.

Finally for those businesses who use OH providers and are either going through procurement or would like to change who they use, but the thought of doing so and work involved stops them dead in their tracks Fresh Track can help manage and support the scoping of your requirement and Procurement Process, drawing upon clinical expertise should it be required.

If you would like to know more about Brett’s background or need Interim Management,Independent Consultancy Services or Procurement advice from and industry expert then please visit www.fresh-track.co.uk

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How to know which side your petrol cap is on?

24 Sep

How many times do you drive to the petrol station and forget which side the petrol cap is on (Gets worse as you get older). Even more of a problem when you are in your hire car and don’t know which side to pull up at the pump. My usual trick was to press the petrol cap open button just as I pull into the petrol station and look in my wing mirrors.

However today I learnt a new way, much easier I must admit. Next to the little image of the petrol pump on your fuel gauge is a triangle, and yes it points to the side the petrol cap is on. Genius perhaps I missed that part of the manual!

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How do you find an Interim Manager when you need one?

24 Sep

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So, you have decided an Interim Manager is what you need, perhaps for the reasons identified in my previous post  ‘Is an Interim Manager What I need?. The next question is how do you find them? Assuming you don’t want to wait months, spending weeks going through a selection process and waiting for them to finish an assignment, finding the right person may not be that easy

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Interim Recruitment Agency – If you Google interim recruitment there are several large and a number of specialist interim recruitment companies you could go to, they have access to a network of consultants and will know who is available quickly providing you with a list of available candidates. They will come highly recommended by the agency who will normally have used them on previous assignments.

But wait! Whilst the above is the traditional method, could you use your network to find someone they have worked with or know? There is nothing better than a personal recommendation and you have potentially thousands/millions of connections who might be able to help. Its also another excuse to raise your own and company profile within your network.

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Use your Network – I am a firm believer that Linkedin will become the central point for connecting recruiters with job hunters in the future, cutting out the need for the hundreds of job search websites we have access to (once they get their pricing model right and build in some of the job site functionality recruiters and jobseekers need). So finding an interim on Linkedin; is it possible? The answer is yes.

We all look at our network/connections and often think it’s actually not very big but it doesn’t need to be. I have just checked my LinkedIn and even though I don’t have a huge number of direct connections those connections can potentially link me with 11 million other professionals, so how do I do that?

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  • Share with your LinkedIn network that you are looking for an interim? Make sure you say how long for, location, sort of skills they need, maybe even the role and how quickly you need them. This is not a job advert as such but you asking your network for help. Ask can they recommend anyone or share your request with groups they are connected to (Ask them to share or like your post as part of the message. If you don’t ask you won’t get and most people are happy to do so if asked!), let’s face it if you were at a networking meeting or dinner with business colleagues you would think nothing of just asking if they knew a good Interim Project Manager for example! People like to help others and a request to your network for recommendations quite often throws up some interesting results.

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  • Join LinkedIn Groups and then post your request to the group directly. It’s very easy just post an article as normal, but to get a greater reach ‘share’ the article with the groups you are members of. The benefit of this is that it will be visible to hundreds or thousands of group members you are not directly connected with and will then appear in their daily, weekly and monthly digest alerts (just in case they miss it). This is a great way to get a message out to people who are in the skills area you are looking at ‘project managers group’ ‘Interims groups’ even down to ‘specialist skills groups’ but not directly connected to, it really does work. Remember to join groups wisely, look for groups that have good membership numbers and seem active.

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  • Post a LinkedIn Job Ad and pay for 30 days listings around £180, not as many people use the job search element as they do Job specific websites as yet but I am convinced that over time LinkedIn, if it can get the search element right and pricing we will see more senior roles being posted.

If you have other methods or any great success or failure stories please do share them.

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Brett Edwards 

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Leadership and Management Support for Occupational Health Providers

16 Sep

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Brett Edwards former Managing Director for Corporate Health the Occupational Health charity established in 1947, Operations Director at MASTA Occupational Health and Operations Manager for Active Health Partners is engaging with Occupational Health providers or businesses with In-House OH services to offer Consultancy and Interim Management solutions on either a full time, part time or project defined basis.

Brett has worked for a number of organisations and their clinical teams as both and consultant and interim business leader delivering Absence Management and Occupational Health services to companies across the UK. Some of his experience includes developing technology and interfaces for both the customer, admin and clinicians, reviewing and implementing new operational processes, restructuring operations, developing full customer journey solutions and partnerships with other industry experts, implementing remote case management solutions, developing sales and marketing strategies and winning new business.

It is this experience and Brett’s passion for the industry which has led him to launch his new website www.fresh-track.co.uk promoting consultancy and interim management services to the sector.

Quite often those providing Occupational Health don’t have the time to look at the technology and operational procedures they could adopt to be more efficient or they lose sight of how to provide a better service to users of the service. It may also be the case those involved in the business find these elements are not one of their core skills and don’t know where to start. Brett’s logical approach and hands on experience can help.

In such a competitive market those providing OH case management services need to ensure they are meeting the needs of the customer, it is this relationship which will become even more important as competition from the new governments OH initiative starts to kick in, raising questions with current customers “could I get the same information for free from the new service”.

No two OH providers seem to be the same and all will without a doubt have specific projects which need to be delivered. Interim Management can either work on delivering the project or cover the workload of your own team member who is expert in the business releasing them so they can work on leading the project to competition.

As an OH provider how often have you challenged the way you work or if there is technology which could help improve the service or reduce your overhead. Consultancy can help you focus on these areas looking at the detail for or with you and giving open honest feedback, developing a plan and providing a solution.

Finally for those businesses who use OH providers and are either going through procurement or would like to change who they use, but the thought of doing so and work involved stops them dead in their tracks Fresh Track can help manage and support the scoping of your requirement and Procurement Process, drawing upon clinical expertise should it be required.

If you would like to know more about Brett’s background or need Interim Management,Independent Consultancy Services or Procurement advice from and industry expert then please visit www.fresh-track.co.uk

Is an Interim Manager What I need?

15 Sep

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  • Interim managers are experienced business leaders with specialist skills, experience and a track record of making a difference.
  • Interim managers can quickly fill gaps or take on strategic roles. They can be with you anything from 4 weeks to a year and some are even happy to provide 2-3 days per week services to your business.
  • Interim managers are brought into organisations to strengthen capabilities either on a short term or longer term basis. They lead transformation and change; getting projects in place – quickly and effectively.
  • An interim managers continued success and employment is based on them delivering results, they have no long term career aspirations with your business just a focus on delivering what was agreed as part of the assignment.
  • With no interest in internal politics or carving a career in your business they will speak openly and highlight what a company should do to achieve its goals.
  • Interims give businesses across the UK access to talent, as and when they need to tap into it, interims are normally open to working anywhere in the UK or abroad giving you a wider pool of skills to draw into your business.

Availability

Interim managers are normally available immediately. Typically it could take a minimum of two to four months to hire a permanent member of staff, and then they may have to serve out their notice period, typically 3 months.

Value for money

ROI on your interim is a must but often not obvious, employing permanent employees may seem like the most cost effective solution but its not always the case. Businesses should consider agency fees, Cost to the business whilst you work through cvs, interview and wait for the new employee to start, typically 3 months later. It can be 6 months before you see if the hire was a successful one. Don’t forget employee’s come with Sick pay, NI, Pension, holidays and other benefits. Once the project is over or the gap has been covered there is no redundancy or difficult exit exercises to complete with an interim.

Immediate results

Interims have the experience to walk into a business and start delivering quickly identifying quick wins and taking control of the project. Unlike a permanent employee who is typically given a honeymoon period to settle in.

Experience

Its not unusual for an Interim Manager to be over experienced for the role they fill this allows them to deliver results and not need the mentoring you may expect for someone less experienced. Having worked on interim projects before they quickly build relationships identify the requirement and get on with it.

Interim managers offer instant experience and a capability, which is almost always one rank higher than the job requires.

What does it cost

They say that a good rule of thumb is to work on the interims day rate being 1% of the Salary you would offer for the role, so a £70k position would cost around £700 per day, however longer assignments can help reduce this cost and with no add ons, recruitment costs or loss in productivity to the business  during recruitment the case for hiring an interim can be a strong one especially if you only need the experienced resource for a set period to fill a gap or complete a project.

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Networking Uncovered – Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

11 Sep

A new style networking event held at Hilton Terminal 5 this morning. Thanks to Gavin from the Chamber and the Hilton team, what a great event format, venue and breakfast. I hope all those who attended  enjoyed it as much as I did. I look forward to the next event in November ‘Company Vision Uncovered’. Limited numbers so book up early I guess.

 

 

Interim Management Role

1 Sep

Experienced Managing Director, Operations Director and General Manager looking for my next interim project or permanent role. If your organisation or you know someone who needs an experienced people manager and leader please do get in touch http://www.fresh-track.co.uk

Uk or Overseas Opportunities covered.