Meet Jos Hutchinson from The Engaged Space

 

Welcome to The Engaged Space, a progressive and innovative HR consultancy firm, where their sole intention is to create a positive impact on your workplace culture and employee engagement. Led by Jos Hutchinson, our Business Partner of the Month is loved by clients for being able to remove the HR overwhelm, bring them closer to their business goals, and provide guidance and advice right throughout the entire employment cycle.  

And, in the rollercoaster year that is 2020, these are services that are in high demand. As Jos reveals here in her chat with  Jess McEachen Copywriting – the pandemic has produced an absolute moving feast in HR. Jos also dives into why the uncertainty of this year has again shown why business culture is so important, the positives of working from home, how she was able to overcome self-doubt to win a major award, and how the support of the SA Woman network is making our business community more resilient. 

 

//  Thanks for chatting with us! Jos, you’ve said yourself that there’s never a dull moment in HR! And this year has been a doozie hasn’t it!

How has COVID changed the HR landscape and what have you found to be the biggest stumbling blocks and lessons that have come from it?

What are your biggest tips for surviving & even thriving this year?

There has been a lot for business leaders to keep up with in terms of managing their employees through COVID, no matter whether the Pandemic has reduced or expanded their operations. From understanding JobKeeper, stand down orders, trying to recruit whilst socially distancing, WHS, understanding temporary provisions put in place by Fair Work through to remote working, it’s been a real moving feast.

What I’ve seen as a positive shift is the increase in employees who are now able to access remote working opportunities. This has untapped sections of talent who through these inclusive work practices can more effectively increase their engagement with the workforce.

The pandemic forced people to adapt and showed it was possible.

However, it also highlights how important organisational communication and the systems that support connecting into the workplace are critical to ensuring it’s successful.

 

// You’ve been key in shaping the culture of many businesses, to help create great workplaces and improve business productivity.

Do you feel like 2020 has made workplace culture even more important? Is it a significant opportunity for business leaders to optimise & benefit from?

When managing uncertainty and change as seen in 2020, it highlights the significant influence that culture has on business productivity.

What makes up a unique culture for every business has no doubt seen significant changes, either across a changing business direction, the ability to lead, how teams work together, how people are managed and the systems and processes that underpin the workings.

These core areas that influence workplace culture have likely shifted in many businesses and it’s an opportunity for leaders to work with their team to reframe and engage their employees in these new ways of working.

 

// Congratulations on celebrating 4 years in business in August! What have been the biggest highlights for you?

It’s been quite a journey. I started The Engaged Space as a mum on maternity leave. I felt there was a gap in the market for businesses who weren’t looking to have an employed HR manager but who would value from ongoing HR and business support.

I launched softly to ensure I completed my Masters of Business Administration (MBA), which happened in 2019 and through this time I have been able to grow and work with some really amazing clients.

The other major highlight would be the experience of winning the 2019 Ausmumpreneur SA Business Excellence Award.

What I’ve seen as a positive shift is the increase in employees who are now able to access remote working opportunities.

This has untapped sections of talent who through these inclusive work practices can more effectively increase their engagement with the workforce.

The pandemic forced people to adapt and showed it was possible.

Jos Hutchinson

The Engaged Space

// That leads us perfectly into saying a big congrats on winning South Australian Business Excellence Award in the 2019 Ausmumpreneur Awards!  That must have been amazing!

What were your biggest takeaways from being involved & being a winner?

Thanks. My biggest takeaway, was overcoming self-doubt and having the confidence to put myself out there.

Going through an awards application process is a great opportunity to look at your journey, your successes and what you want to achieve in the future.

I was fortunate to meet a number of great mums in business and just recently was provided the opportunity to hear amazing stories of business resilience through judging a Victorian business category in the 2020 event.

 

// I know how much our SAW members love having you in the group because of the guidance you’ve been able to give on a range of HR topics. What do you love about being part of the SAW community?

SAW brings together an incredibly talented group of women who are passionate about supporting and learning from each other.

The support provided through the network also makes us as a business community more resilient to the challenges we face.

 

// Lastly, a question we do love to ask everyone – where are your favourite spots for a delish working lunch?

My local is Café 1923 in Blackwood. Great coffee and a delicious menu.

 

Thanks for chatting with us Jos!


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