Providing outstanding Human Resources support to small and medium size businesses.

Russell HR

Welcome to Russell HR

Our Services


Recruitment is an essential yet time-consuming process, and in its initial stages, it may not always be an effective use of your 

Let Russell HR take the lead in the recruitment process by working with you to create job roles and person specifications, adverts, applicant screening systems (including psychometric testing - see below) and candidate assessments. We can then present you with your top applicants for final interviews.

Retention and Staff Engagement

Your people matter. Once you have recruited the best, you need to make sure you keep them!  Knowing what makes your people tick and how to motivate, recognise, and reward them in a way that works for them is crucial. 

To improve employee engagement, you need to understand your starting point. A simple way of achieving this is through a staff survey. 

We can help you work with your employees to understand how they are currently feeling within their roles and the organisation, and to put an action plan in place to maximise the engagement of your people. 

Reward and Recognition

Are you paying your people a fair wage? How do your benefits stack up with others in your industry? Do your people feel valued, fairly treated and recognised for the work they do?

We can work with you and your people to find out what they really think of their pay and benefits packages, and how recognised they feel within their role. 

Having completed an audit of your current pay and benefits package, we can make recommendations within your budget, to maximise the benefit gained from well- motivated and rewarded employees.


Successful businesses change when required and there may come a time when your current structure is no longer fit for purpose. 

We can work with you to understand your future aspirations, and then look at how to best structure your business to achieve these goals.

We can help to future proof your business in the best possible way, ensuring any changes you undertake are legal and made with both the best interests of the business and your people in mind. 


Performance appraisals are one of many performance management tools that aim to ensure an employees’ performance contributes to business. 

A badly designed and hastily introduced appraisal system operated by untrained and poorly motivated managers will damage relationships and provide no benefits. 

We can help design and implement an appraisal system that suits your business and works for you and your people.  

Employee Disputes and Terminations

Sadly, despite all efforts to prevent such situations, employee disputes do arise.  We are very experienced in handling such situations, not only legally but with empathy considering the emotional impact such situations have on all parties involved. 

We can help ensure matters are resolved, where possible to the satisfaction of all parties, in an efficient and cost- effective way. 

If you are experiencing or anticipate a disciplinary or grievance dispute arising, please get in touch and let us help you. This will either be in an advisory manner, or on site where we will oversee and manage the whole situation on your behalf. 

We are also able to advise and/or manage potential redundancy situations, capability, and settlement agreements. 

Absence Management

Do you know how much absence is costing your business? Not only in hours lost by those absent, but the negative impact absence can have on other team members if not managed effectively?

An affective absence management policy will promote engagement and attendance, and therefore help to reduce absence.  Creating a positive working environment means employees are less likely to wake up and think “I don’t feel like going in today”.

It is also about supporting employees suffering with ill health to stay in or return to work. 

We can help you put systems in place to monitor your staff absence, work with your people to improve attendance and support them pastorally when appropriate. 

Job Profiling

Job profiles create clarity for both employees and the employer on what is expected from each member of the team. 

This not only enables people to know how they should be performing in their own role, but also allows insight into what other roles within the organisation may require. 

Job profiles can also improve productivity by reducing repetitive elements within and between jobs. 

When considering performance, a comprehensive job profile will offer a solid foundation for any appraisal system and will allow managers to easily identify those that are over or under performing.  

We will work with you to create clear and comprehensive job profiles tailored to your business. 


Documentation is necessary in any business environment, and making sure you have the correct paperwork, policies and procedures in place is key, not only for your employees, but it is also a legal requirement. 

We can provide you with the necessary documentation for you to stay compliant, and show your people that you care about providing a good workplace for them to work and grow in. 

Documents can be provided ad-hoc when needed such as employee contacts, staff handbook or template employee letters. 

Alternatively, we can provide a small business package at a fixed price that will provide you with a standard set of employee documents that can be tailored to your business.  

Support Packages


For a fixed monthly fee you can have the comfort of knowing we are on hand to provide support when you need it. There is no limitation on what this support can cover, from simple day to day queries to complex employee disputes.

The time included in your package can be used for email, phone or onsite support (dependent on package chosen). You will also benefit from our retained rates for any additional time needed. 


Psychometric Testing

Joanna Russell, Principal Consultant is a licensed practitioner for Thomas International Personal Profile Analysis (PPA), General Intelligence Analysis (GIA) and High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI). 


The Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) provides an accurate insight into how people behave at work, answering questions such as: What are their strengths and limitations? How do they communicate? Are they self-starters? What motivates them?

Thomas' behavioural assessment through PPA provides an accurate insight, giving you a greater level of certainty when recruiting, identifying where to maximise your learning and development budget and finally, understanding where to boost morale to reduce staff turnover.

It will also enable you to spend less time managing your underperformers and focus more time on those who will truly drive your business forward. Thomas PPA takes only 8 minutes to complete online. We are then able to provide you with an initial profile detailing a person’s strengths and limitations, their communication style, their value to the business, what motivates them, their basic fears and how they behave under pressure.

Once a PPA has been completed, you have instant access to 18 additional reports that enable you to match people to jobs, sift CVs, manage, coach, develop and train your people.


The General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) provides an accurate prediction of the time it will take someone to get to grips with a new role/regime. By gauging their capabilities, you will be able to keep your people engaged in their work and your organisation with appropriate challenges suited to their strengths. The GIA will also enable you to identify potential leaders, those that can think on their feet and the people better suited to methodical problem solving. 

GIA gives you a prediction of a person's potential to grasp a new role or respond to training. It will help you to identify your high flyers and future leaders and give you the tools to understand how to develop them through training.


The High Potential Trait Indicator (HPTI) helps identify leadership potential by exploring a person’s personality traits and provides an insight into how suited they may be for a given job role or position. For example, a senior executive leadership role. 

The assessment is easy, and by completing the test, you'll gain a comprehensive report into the individuals potential. By understanding someone’s personality and how this interacts with a specific task or role, you can work with them to develop their strengths and areas for improvement. The intention is that they reach their full potential in work within a role they are well suited to. 

HPTI gives you an insight into a person’s personality traits and how suited these are to a given role or position. It helps you to ensure you have the right people in the right roles and that you are developing them to reach their full potential.

HPTI for Leadership Potential supports your existing leaders in becoming the best they can be and gives you an objective tool with which to identify and nurture your next generation of leaders.

Use HPTI for Leadership Potential to:

• Create and support leadership development plans

• Boost teamwork and collaboration amongst leaders

• Inform succession planning

• Add greater certainty to graduate recruitment

• Boost employee engagement by creating strong leadership

• Retain future leaders by developing them into senior roles

We are also able to provide comprehensive 360’ appraisals and team audits through Thomas International.