Posted: 30.06.20 at 09:11 by The Editor
A Bourne businesswoman has realised her ambition to launch her own company after being made redundant due to the coronavirus crisis.
Kirsten Sunter saw the redundancy from her role as a senior HR and business lead professional with a global firm as a pivotal moment and seized the opportunity to strike out on her own.
She has created HR consultancy Odin HR Ltd, aimed primarily at offering businesses without in-house HR resources an end-to-end solution for their employee matters.
The company is named as a nod to Kirsten's association with, and love of, Scandinavia - with Odin being the Norse God of Wisdom.
Kirsten told Bourne Nub News: "HR advice has to be combined with commercial pragmatism; finding solutions that work for a business.
"It’s not enough to just quote the law to directors and managers without looking for a practical way forward. This is where Odin HR excels."
Kirsten offers phone, email, virtual and onsite advice/support on the widest employee matters from basic legal questions to sensitive ill-health issues, performance meetings to managing large-scale business change and restructure/redundancy programmes - including full site closures and pension scheme change consultation/closure.
Businesses can choose between a 'pay as you need us' arrangement or through annual Retained Services Agreements.
For employers wanting to get the basics right to protect their businesses, Odin HR also offers an 'HR Check-up' and will put together policies and employee/management documentation for the entire employee lifecycle.
Kirsten explains: "You’ll see that many businesses refer to people as their greatest asset. That is so very true.
"What I do know from my many years of experience, however, is that an unhappy, angry employee who perceives themselves to have been mistreated can become at best disruptive and time-consuming to manage or at worst a reputational and even financial liability if they pursue matters legally.
"HR support and guidance can help so much in these cases."
Kirsten has vast experience in diverse sectors including leading large fast-moving fresh prepared foods sites, transforming HR management for the multi-site UK & Ireland logistics division of a global appliance manufacturer, business-partnering all head office divisions in a global business - for two years she juggled the people requirements of six UK Board Directors - and as head of HR for a top UK public school.
She is also a UK Employment Law specialist, qualified to Master’s level, providing her with the skill-set to guide, advise and risk assess employment situations, to protect clients against legal challenge.
Odin HR also offers interactive and impactful line manager training in HR and employment law, helped by Kirsten’s experience as a modern languages lecturer in adult further education.
"Creating a safe learning environment is a must for me," she says.
"A number of adults and managers that I’ve worked with have been undermined, even scarred, by school and other learning experiences.
"I took my learning from my teaching and applied that in my training room."
In addition, Kirsten is a modern languages graduate of the University of St Andrews; she speaks fluent French and has a sound command of Spanish. This has proven helpful to small businesses with overseas connections.
"I’m passionate about supporting local businesses to succeed," she says.
"If I can have any part in facilitating that and making the professional lives easier for our local entrepreneurs, then I should be very proud."