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In this world of continuous technological advances and globalisation, there is increasing pressure to replace old ways and traditions with updating and upgrading towards the new. But is this the best attitude to adopt in HR? Gary Brewer, head of reward, organisational development and HR Asia at William Grant & Sons Ltd, discusses.

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Do you adopt mindfulness in everything you do? Gary Brewer, global head of reward & OD at William Grant & Sons, shares his takeaways from a recent trip where he discovered that ‘living in the moment’ will create a healthier and happier workforce – and a more productive one too.

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Lifting HR spirits

10 Dec

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      What happens when HR professionals get jaded? How can you renew your enthusiasm tank? Gary Brewer looks at how you can give your spirits a lift.  Read the rest of this entry »

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      How can we make the work environment enjoyable, energised, inclusive and engaging for all? Gary Brewer, global head of reward & OD at William Grant & Sons Ltd, reflects on what he learnt from attending the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival and how this can be adopted in the world of HR.

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      Events this week past have turned my thoughts in the direction of the concept of the team. From the Economy Minister in France resigning because of a disagreement on the direction of national economic policy to the fall-out from the Rosberg and Hamilton clash at the Belgian Grand Prix, it seems like an opportune time to reflect on the responsibilities that accompany being part of a team.

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      Celebrating the ordinary

      09 Jul

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          One of the most enjoyable roles that I fulfill outside the world of employment is that of Awards Scheme Judge (be that with Employee Benefits or Pay & Benefits magazines, or as Chair of the Scottish judging panel of the National Training Awards in the past). I always find inspirational examples of great practices and ideas that I’d like to ‘adapt and adopt’ (steal is too crude a word!) for my own main employment. Read the rest of this entry »

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          My role within William Grant and Sons has changed recently and I now have HR responsibility for the Asia region of our business. One of the most striking features of my recent visit to Asia (where I had the good fortune to spend some time in China, Taiwan and Singapore) was the pace at which each country is tackling many of its infrastructure challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

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          I’ve been watching with interest the negative attention given to business jargon recently. I would have said ‘watched with amusement’ but use of terms such as ‘demising’ is far from funny. I won’t rehearse the usual suspects; we all know who and what they are.

          But one of the less offensive, albeit less current terms is that of ‘operating outside one’s comfort zone’. This one resonates with me personally. It represents a sense of challenge and it has a focus on personal responsibility: ‘I define what constitutes my comfort zone; I determine what action I need to take and consequently, I determine how far out of my personal zone I choose to travel’. Read the rest of this entry »

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          At this time of the year, change is on the minds of many as they contemplate the New Year ahead. Some of the most common things considered at this time of year are:

          • A commitment to weight loss and wellbeing (a recurring challenge for myself at this time of year)
          • Consideration of career options
          • The adoption of a new hobby or leisure pursuit
          • A change in hair colour (a favourite of my beautiful wife – currently a combination of pink, purple and silver for those who are interested in such matters!)
          • House sale or purchase.
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          ReinventingHRI’m fortunate to have a job that combines specific responsibility for reward with OD and generalist HR partnering for particular countries. In that context, I visited our teams in Mexico and Colombia in October and as is always the case with William Grant & Sons, I came away energised and impressed by those that I met.

          In Colombia, I attended the Latin America Regional Meeting and delivered a short presentation on our learning and development plans for our wider brand ambassador population – we have some brilliant brand ambassadors incidentally who are the living embodiment of our tremendous brands.

          Meeting global staff

          What was so striking was the knowledge, passion and genuine expertise of the entire team, from Chile to Brazil to Colombia, covering the entire geographical region and functions like commercial (sales), marketing, finance, HR, etc. The organisation of the event was very professional but warm and welcoming, with a strong focus on our business and what it would take to make us even more successful, while not missing the opportunity to allow those attending to meet and be together in a fashion that bodes well for the future, no matter what challenges lie ahead. I’m grateful to Philippe and Maria Lucia in particular for their kind hospitality, leadership and their flexibility in ensuring that a non-Spanish speaker fully comprehended all that was going on throughout the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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