My Week

Lina Hogg advises small and medium sized companies on human resource issues, as managing director of consultancy Picasso HR. The week's jobs included discipline, silly jokes and She is married to Martin, has two daughters and lives in Cretingham near Woodbridge.

Lina Hogg advises small and medium sized companies on human resource issues, as managing director of consultancy Picasso HR. The week's jobs included discipline, silly jokes and

She is married to Martin, has two daughters and lives in Cretingham near Woodbridge.

MONDAY

An early start in the office for me today, because I have a new advisor joining the team and I want to be able to spend time with him. It is always exciting when a new member starts, but I feel nervous at the same time.

I'm keen that everyone who joins the team can represent our philosophy and values perfectly.

By noon, I leave for the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce networking lunch. I'm now the vice-president of the chamber and attend this monthly event.

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My three-course vegetarian meal is delicious. For once a chef has actually thought about providing protein in a vegetarian meal!

I get back to the office around 2.30pm and have a host of calls to make. I'm on the phone a lot, dealing with the businesses which use us for their HR advice. One of the calls is to a potential client with 50 employees, based in Lowestoft. For a change, I get home by 6pm. I pour a glass of red wine and start preparing tea.

Martin arrives around 6.30pm and we compare our days, and watch the news and Paul McKenna on tv.

TUESDAY

Today is one of the days I spend at a client's premises - providing on-site HR support.

I counsel a very upset and angry young man who didn't get an internal promotion that was vacant.

He calms down after I give him some honest feedback on why, and then help him think about how to go forward from here. It's a busy day and I conduct interviews from 1pm to 4.30pm.

After this I rush off to the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce's monthly executive meeting.

As the next president it is important I don't miss any meetings.

We finally finish around 7.30 and I get home for 8 - ready to completely flake out.

WEDNESDAY

I start the day at the Chamber premises at Felaw Maltings to welcome the new chief executive officer John Dugmore. Later, I force myself to go to the gym as I am in Ipswich. It makes me feel completely exhilarated afterwards.

Lunch is at the Last Anchor with an associate, and at 2.30pm I begin a client visit to explore a disciplinary issue. I head back to the office by 4pm and have just enough time to catch up with the team before heading to a Suffolk Business Women's committee meeting at 5.30pm.

By 8pm I'm back home and can't wait for bed!

THURSDAY

Martin and I leave together this morning, to drive to Welwyn Garden City and see a potential client.

We're very excited about this one and we know the company is keen to work with the right HR organisation. It seems to go very well, so I'm delighted.

We have lunch in a pub before heading back. I catch up on e-mails on my XDA (a pocket computer - the wonders of technology!). At 3.30pm, I catch up on some admin and then I make sure I finish work in good time so that Martin and I can go out for a meal with a group of friends.

FRIDAY

I make an early start today to drive to Southwold to see a potential client for a 9am appointment.

This sounds promising, so I head back and write up a proposal.

Although I've been hoping for a quiet day, the phone just hasn't stopped ringing by the time I leave to conduct a disciplinary hearing for a client. This incident involved someone playing silly jokes with clocking in cards (used for roll call in case of a fire). I was not amused!

At 5.30pm I get home to find my daughter Helen is back from university for the weekend.

She'll be 21 soon and it's so hard to believe. We all decide to go out for a curry, as in our home almost every Friday night is curry night!

SATURDAY

Martin brings me tea in bed around 9.30am - what a treat!

I get on with the weekly washing, catch up with unfinished Picasso HR work, have a light lunch and then go to Fitness First for a workout. I get the weekly supermarket shopping done and then spend the evening with Helen and Martin and chilling out.

SUNDAY

Throughout the morning, Martin and I work on the emailed Picasso HR newsletter.

Helen has been busy in the kitchen making Sunday lunch with a vegetarian option, so I'm really grateful for that. We miss Jenny (my other daughter) today. She's still at uni slaving over the books.

Living out in the sticks has its compensations, so we go for a walk after lunch.

I end the day with some reading - I'm trying to finish 'The Historian' by Elizabeth Kostova - and watching TV before another busy week starts.

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