Mum on a mission to create ‘happy’ workplaces for staff returning to offices

Mother-of-three Julie Finnikin is on a mission to create ‘happy’ workplaces for staff returning to offices with the launch of her new business.

Born out of lockdown, Julie Finnikin Staff Happiness Strategist was launched to help support firms across the UK with their learning and development needs.

Julie, who lives near Leek in Staffordshire, set-up the business after leaving her corporate life at the end of last year in favour of going it alone.

The 38-year-old said: “I’ve specialised in learning and development in the corporate world ever since I left college.

“At the beginning of last year I was trying to balance being a mum with a career.

“The job wasn’t what I thought it would be – I was quite disengaged. However, the company was really flexible in regards to working from home, which gave me an insight into how you can have a career and be there for your children too.

“It gave me the incentive to take the leap and work for myself. It hasn’t been easy, but I have learnt a lot about myself and running a business along the way.”

Since leaving her job, Julie has been using her experience to write CVs for candidates and provide virtual assistant work to HR and training professionals.

But when the workload significantly died down during lockdown, Julie threw herself into launching her own business.

She said: “It was during lockdown that I decided to really make a go of it.

“I worked with a business coach who helped me build my confidence and made me realise that I’ve got all this experience that I wasn’t using.

“I’ve spent the last few months building the foundations to launch my own business.”

Julie Finnikin
Julie Finnikin

Julie now works with SMEs – who have up to 150 employees – to implement a series of strategies which help to improve productivity and increase profitability.

This includes recruitment and training to succession planning and all elements of learning and development.

She has also developed a signature system – called the HAPPY system – which she uses to ensure her clients have a ‘happy and productive profitable year’.

Julie said: “I have been in a job where I was not engaged and know exactly how it feels.

“My career has been all about developing people to be the best they can be, and now I want to use this experience to share my HAPPY system and create great places to work.”

She added: “I want to highlight the impact that employee engagement can have on productivity and profits, especially for small businesses.

“Business owners are facing the toughest few months and I want to help them to come out of this with happy and stronger workplaces.

“I get to know my clients and understand their business and their teams to make the changes where employees love their work so much that they don’t want to leave on a Friday night.”

Julie has now teamed up with workplace psychologist Richard Reid to hold a free masterclass on Wednesday, September 16, between 1pm and 2pm.

She is also offering 60-minute discovery calls for new clients, which can be booked in advance.

For more information, or to make a booking, click here.


Business Live – West Midlands