We both have extensive experience of working in human resources within the public sector. In the summer of 2015 we took early retirement. Between us we had worked over sixty years’ in local government across the gamut of HR activity; strategic planning, industrial relations, contract management, payroll, training, policy and casework to name a few. Time to make a change! Since then we have pursued a new adventure setting up Nawrat Seymour HR Service Ltd and undertaking consultancy work. Whilst organisations differ in culture and structures there are common issues that are faced. A happy and productive workforce are desirable goals. Are these achievable? Certainly, they are! But success needs to be planned and worked upon.