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Sherry Jacobs

HR Consultant

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Why I Do My Job

Having employees can be really daunting for small businesses and managing people can be difficult and complex.  I love being in a position to be able to advise and guide managers and give them confidence in dealing with their staff so that they can make their business successful.  Also, a lot of HR is about problem solving and I seem to have one of those brains that means I love being presented with a nice tricky dilemma and thinking about how to solve it and make everything right!  I’ve been working in HR now for longer than I’d care to admit and I can’t imagine ever doing anything else – I genuinely love it!

My Funniest HR Experience

I’ve had so many weird and wonderful experiences, and plenty that would make us all blush!  One of the more amusing ones was when I was referred to as having “certain ornamental qualities” by the husband (believe it or not!) of an employee to whom I was introduced during the adjournment of her disciplinary for fraud!  I wasn’t sure whether to be offended or flattered but the moniker stuck and I became known as “the ornamental one” amongst my colleagues for quite a while afterwards!

What keeps me going when things get tough

I always find that stomping around the block with my pooch – striving for my 10,000 steps per day – is a good head-clearer!  I also know that I have a really supportive team who I can call to talk things through and get things off my chest if I need to.  And failing that, chocolate – always helps!
Sherry Jacobs has been very engaged and supportive in our recent review of HR practices and in particular staff appraisals. She has helped us create appropriate systems and processes that everyone in the Practice is now supportive of.  Thank you.

Nigel Dyke, Director, Alec French Architects

Recent Posts from Sherry Jacobs

Costs of employment

5 ways to take control of rising employment costs

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Disability in the workplace

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Do you know what counts as a disability in the workplace?

It’s an absolute minefield and an area of employment law that all employers – large and small – really need to be aware of. And, one of the main…

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What is flexible working?

Flexible working requests from staff are something that more and more employers could be faced with.  Although it hasn’t taken off as much as expected, changes to the law back in 2014 have meant that more people than ever…

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