My move into consultancy was not planned but came about at a perfect time for me. After being made redundant, facing a personal loss and a terminal illness in my family, I’d taken time out from Human Resources to work part-time for a local charity.

The charity focused on supporting local people facing homelessness or food poverty, a sometimes heartbreaking subject but one with hope, in that we can help turn things around for people. Here the work can be unpredictable, frustrating, emotionally draining but ultimately rewarding and satisfying. However, I did miss working on business challenges and the impact HR can make on improving outcomes for both the business and its employees.

A holistic approach to reward

When Rameez, the Founder and Director of 3R Strategy, contacted me about his business and the type of consultancy work he was doing, I was immediately intrigued. Here was an opportunity to work with numerous organisations on reward solutions but in a holistic way that saw a project through from start to finish—rather than just provide recommendations. The approach of 3R Strategy is clear: they exist as an extension of your current HR team, providing you with specialist knowledge and technical expertise as and when you need it.

As Rameez is equally passionate about charity work, he offered me a role with his consultancy that would allow me to work flexibly and continue my commitment to charity. This includes working from home and managing my own hours.

Finding a balance

It has now been over a year and so far I’ve worked with clients in the transport, energy, charity and insurance sectors, to name a few. We’ve covered benchmarking, pay grading systems, job evaluations, benefit options and recognition plans.

I look forward to meeting each new client and learning about their current challenges and working together to find a solution. I enjoy understanding the aims and values of each organisation and how we can tailor reward to their unique needs.

I’m very grateful to have found a way to balance work as a consultant and continue with my charity work.