Small Business

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 […]

To Ask or Not to Ask for a Doctor Note

Small Business posted on May 20, 2016

It’s considered beneficial to have a clear, well-documented sick-leave policy in place regardless of the size of your organization. The policy should outline what is expected from an employee in relation to absence due to illness (whether short or long-term) and the associated requirement of a doctor’s note. When it comes to a doctor’s note, the decision is yours. What […]

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 […]

Win with Talent

Small Business posted on April 29, 2016

Recent stats have shown that having two company founders (instead of just one) significantly increases your odds of success. You will raise 30% more investment, grow your customers 3 times as fast, and will be less likely to scale too fast. Imagine great people… Being able to rely on each other is a key factor for success. And that’s with […]


Leadership, Small Business posted on March 3, 2016

Let’s do an exercise. Close your eyes. Imagine yourself engaging your employees and motivating them to make extraordinary things happen. That’s you at your leadership best. What makes a great business leader? Managing a modern business is more global, digitally enabled and transparent than in times past. Nothing big gets done without some kind of complex metrics—even for small local […]


Leadership, Small Business posted on December 18, 2015

Studies have shown that employees on a 40-hour work week spend 40% of their time in meetings. Think about how much productivity is being lost if those meetings aren’t producing results. When done right, meetings don’t have to be one or two hours long. In fact, a 5-minute daily meeting may be more productive! In planning the New Year ahead, […]


Culture, Small Business posted on December 17, 2015

Throughout this festive season, the smallest of gestures can go a long way. However, if you’ve never shown any interest in building a relationship with employees that goes beyond the call of duty, they might not feel like this is a genuine interest. So be careful that your holiday celebrations reflect your established company culture. Start in January Know your […]