December 2018

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From our Editor
December 2018December 2018

 “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

With festive music playing in coffee shops and retail window displays adorned with tinsel and twinkly lights, we all know that the Christmas period is very much upon us. For some, this date holds no significance. For others, it may provoke a slight grumble among the bah-humbugs out there, who become vexed at how early the Christmas consumer push seems to start every year. Alternatively, for Christians, it’s a time to remember the religious beginnings of this celebration. Not forgetting that, for many, it’s a chance to start thinking about friends and family – often with a gift in mind.

Yet, is it right that we only consider others at this time of year? It’s true that modern life can feel increasingly hectic - we’re on a constant treadmill of non-stop emails, inescapable WhatsApp messages, perpetual phone calls and never-ending calendar requests. However, we are only one of many who bear much the same burdens. Whilst Christmas is a chance to be mindful of others and remember that you’re not the only person with challenges to overcome, is it a time to start making that commitment all year round?

Johnson & Johnson are one business who understand this. Their HR function is mindful of the balancing act and challenges that their people have to conquer – and being considerate has had an overwhelming benefit to the bottom line. Find out more on page 10 where Johnson & Johnson’s Head of HR UK, Ireland and Nordics, Clare Lee, reveals the ROI on being truly considerate to everyone that you work with.

And, with 2018 drawing to a close, from all of us at HR Grapevine, enjoy any time off that you may have over Christmas, switch-off and have an excellent New Year. You’ve earned it.


Sophie ParrottSignature Sophie
Daniel Cave - Head of Content






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