Paul Mee, Maxus UK’s Head of People & Culture, discusses his future HR plans for the media company.
What did you do when you found out about the new role?
I was in the midst of a busy day of meetings at the BBC so, after taking the call from Maxus, I took a moment to compose myself before going straight back into another meeting! I did, however, manage to celebrate with friends over dinner and a few drinks that evening.
Why are you expanding the HR department? What does this mean for the company?
Without a doubt people are the most important asset of the business here at Maxus; our people are the reason we are successful and able to continue growing. The agency has huge ambitions when it comes to people and culture, and we need to ensure that we have the expertise and resources in place to build on the fantastic work the team has done so far.
Do you have any HR issues in mind you hope to address in your new role?
I’m very keen to spend time getting to understand exactly what we do and our core business priorities. Business growth will be a significant influence on the people and culture strategy. Having a clear framework for developing talent and career progression will be an important feature, helping to enhance what we already have. I was blown away by the development programme Maxus has, called ‘Never Stand Still’, which provides access to a whole host of activities aimed at professional and personal growth – I’ll be taking up language lessons myself! This is fantastic work for the People & Culture team to build on as we launch year two of this initiative.