If you don’t Onboard, You will Offboard

If you don’t Onboard, You will Offboard

A lot of start-ups and small business owners don’t think they need an onboarding process because they have a welcoming culture or they are a small team or everyone needs to “hit the ground running”. Well that is all lovely but won’t happen if you are not consistent...
Bereavement Leave for Pets

Bereavement Leave for Pets

Last week we said goodbye to our 9 year old dog – Oreo. My husband and I had got him before we were married and he truly was our first baby. Dog people will get this, the rest of you may have to bear with me. The grief has been devastating. Knowing we would be a...

3 Ways to Combat Mental Illness in the Workplace

Earlier this month a small Nova Scotia town was devastated when a Canadian soldier presumably killed his wife, daughter and mother before turning a gun on himself. Unimaginable! How does a family recover from this? As a parent, I cannot fathom the state of mind...

6 Office Holiday Celebration Ideas

 6 Office Holiday Celebration Ideas As we enter the holiday season, I can’t help but reminisce about my previous holiday celebrations in the workplace. While I see my clients start to decorate their workspaces, the poinsettias arrive, the trees go up, employees seem...

When to Hire Your 1st Employee

I attended a conference recently and ended up talking to the founder of a fairly successful tech start up company.  I say fairly successful,  because while the technology had experienced great success, the expected returns just weren’t where he thought they would be a...

How to Terminate an Employee with Respect

I was 24 years old and working as a Human Resource Manager for a large call centre. I had only been in the role about a week when I had to perform my first employee termination. I had trained for this. I had been coached by others on this very topic. I knew we had the...

How Parenthood Made Me a Better Leader

How Parenthood Made Me a Better Leader Like many parents these days, I became a parent later in life (mid-30s). Most people wait because they want to establish a career or they just haven’t found the right partner yet. For me, I just wasn’t ready and I really didn’t...

5 Reasons Small Companies Need a People Strategy

After a career of working with companies ranging in size from 5 people to 25,000 people there is one thing I have learned – small businesses have different needs. Ask any owner of a start up or other small business what challenges they are facing and they will usually...

4 People Issues to Watch for During Company Growth

 4 People Issues to Watch for During Company Growth When you think about company growth it is usually all positive thoughts – more customers, more employees, expanded product or service, greater revenue, and hopefully more profit. The most common concerns during rapid...

8 Steps to Changing Company Culture

Everyday on Linkedin I see inspiring quotes from well know leaders and innovators. They are usually simple statements that serve as a reminder of how we tend to create unnecessary complexity in our lives. The other day I stumbled across one of those quotes that I...
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