There’s plenty of advice out there for small business about finance; about marketing, and about strategy. But you won’t find much out there on managing people. If you’re a small business – or not-for-profit organization – then your people are probably the most precious, and expensive, asset you have. Happy Working Relationships is an accessible, honest and easy-to-read journey through the ups and downs of employment relationships. Aimed at owner/managers of small businesses, or entrepreneurs starting a new business, this is a straightforward and practical approach to getting the best out of the people you work with. Although the legal context is based on that of the UK, the general advice is applicable to managing people wherever you are.
Simon Jones is an experienced Human Resources professional who set up and runs Ariadne Associates, a UK based HR consultancy business which works with small and medium businesses and voluntary organizations.
In addition to HR and management experience gained in both private and public sectors, Simon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds an MA in Strategic Human Resources Management from Liverpool John Moores University. In addition to his business, he is an associate tutor on Liverpool Hope University’s CIPD and Chartered Management Institute programmes.
Simon lives in Liverpool, UK, with his wife and daughter.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As someone who works in HR, I am regularly shocked by the lack of knowledge about basic people management skills among some very experienced business people. When I reviewed what was available in the market to explain these skills, everything seemed to be very legalistic or academic in its approach – not what a busy executive needs! So I decided to write something in plain, simple and easy to read – the sort of book you could read on a flight or train journey.