Small Business

The Weird Effect of Bill 148 on Small Business Company Culture

Small Business posted on February 20, 2018

There are many ways to measure the health of a business. Robust growth, profits, market-share, or vigorous productivity are a few. And of course, company culture measures such as low turnover, and a low tally of employee sick days are also important indicators of a company’s good health. But how important overall is a small business culture as a measure […]

Bill 148: The Alarming Impact of Ontario Labour Laws On Your Business

HR Solutions posted on January 6, 2018

If you own a business in Ontario, you’re probably worried about how the newest of Ontario labour laws,  Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148)  will impact your bottom line. This is because, as of Monday, Jan 1st, you are required to do a major overhaul to your employment contracts or face hefty fines, reputational damage, and major issues with your […]

The Secrets of Small Business Human Resource Management

Leadership posted on November 20, 2017

Recruitment is such a critical role for small businesses. Having a good team in place fuels growth.  But recruitment challenges will prevent growth and are very costly. Knowing how to do recruitment well is imperative for successful business owners. Last week, we shared how expensive poor recruitment can be for small businesses.  This week we are going to explore the […]

Top Small Business Hiring Mistakes That Hurt Profits

Hiring & Employment, Small Business posted on October 30, 2017

Hiring new people can be exciting for business owners, especially if hiring is the result of growth for the company. Recruiting new employees is also a process that can be laced with costly downside risk, especially if you don’t ask the proper job interview questions. A bad hire will hurt your profits, which is why business owners must properly prepare […]

Engaged employees always go the extra mile

Small Business posted on April 27, 2017

Did you know that employers with the highest percentage of engaged employees increase their margins by an average of 3.64% and their net profit margins by 2.06%?[1] And that offices with engaged employees are 43% more productive? [2] The concept of employee engagement stems from high economical fluctuations and the rise of unemployment rates after 9/11 in 2011. A new […]

Is Human Resources one of your blind spots?

HR Solutions, Small Business posted on March 30, 2017

Many business owners don’t take time to think through HR policies or even hire an HR manager. There‘s false assumption that they can do HR’s job. They think they are not “big enough” to need HR. I hear that a lot from many owners. The truth is, every Company needs HR. However, not all companies need HR on a full-time […]

It’s never okay

Small Business posted on February 3, 2017

Bill 132 took effect in Ontario on September 8, 2016. Bill 132 amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Employers must now investigate a workplace harassment complaint in a manner “appropriate to the circumstances.” What does this mean? As a general practice, the investigation should be completed within 90 days (absent extenuating circumstances). The investigator must not be the employer […]

Refresh your Small Business. Change and Adapt.

HR Solutions posted on January 5, 2017

First, I’d like to welcome my readers to the new year. Thank you for being loyal and for sharing your feedback throughout the year. Let me share with you the HR priorities of 2017: A different approach to performance management Earlier we made a plea about why you still need to measure performance, because we believe in the relevancy of […]

Get Ready for the Next Change in your Business

Assessments, Leadership posted on December 22, 2016

One of the HR trends in 2017 is to hire based on “culture add” as opposed to “cultural fit.”  This means hiring candidates that will bring new perspectives, different ideas, and diversity to your business, with personalities and skills that don’t perfectly mirror those of everyone else in the company. This will make it even more complex for you, hiring managers. […]

A pay cut over traditional working hours

HR Solutions, Small Business posted on September 15, 2016

A recent study has shown that employees are choosing positions with flexible hours for four major reasons: work-life balance (79%), family (52%), time savings (48%), and decreased commuting stress (47%). The majority of respondents were ages 30-49 (54%), followed by those ages 50-59 (23%), and ages 20-29 (12%). Why offer flexible hours Given the study, it’s clear that changing the […]

When an employee says “I’m sorry”

HR Solutions posted on June 23, 2016

Dr. Barbara Benoviel is a professional mediator and president of Preferred Solutions Conflict Resolutions, which focuses on resolving disputes. She recently wrote an article related to the relevancy of apologizing in the workplace. This topic is very appropriate in my own field of practice as a human resources consultant. The Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment policy, now part of the […]

Are you still biting your nails?

Hiring & Employment, Small Business posted on May 10, 2016

In a recent study, 73% of CEOs reported being concerned about the availability of key skills. Our article Win with Talent focuses on the importance of continually sourcing candidates. As a business owner, you don’t just need to compete effectively in this new war for talent. You need to win the war! Avoid being in the headlines Let me share […]

Small Business Owners must also be HR Experts! 
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