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Human Resources

Define Your Employment Brand

Add Value to Your Bottom Line

Your Company brand articulates to customers what it’s like to do business with your organization.  Similarly, your employment brand tells potential employees what it’s like to work with your organization.  Both should be grounded in your corporate culture and, therefore, intimately tied together.   They are two sides of the same coin. I recently chatted with Suzy from Switchback Creative about the fact that many organizations miss the boat by paying little or no attention to Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On March 29, 2015

Recruiting in a Slow Economy

Quantity does not equal Quality

If you recruit in Alberta you may be experiencing an unusually high influx of job applicants for your positions.  It could be because you are an amazing organization to work for and you have a highly effective recruiting strategy.  If so, nicely done!  Or, it could just be that our labour market is flooded with laid-off energy sector workers, former Target employees and Shaw Communications people who are anticipating the closure of their call centre Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On March 15, 2015

Not Having Job Descriptions can be a Mistake

5 Tips on Writing Great Ones for Small Businesses

Many small businesses make the mistake of not being clear on who does what. That makes sense in the early days as it’s typically ‘all hands on deck’. However, as you get a few more employees on board things can get complicated. Without even basic job descriptions, you’ll likely end up with people who decide for themselves what their job is and what they’re supposed to be doing. And if you don’t have job descriptions, Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On February 26, 2015

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Lessons from Forrest Gump

I’m a big fan of the movie Forrest Gump. It’s a great story with some great characters and who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? What I really liked about Forrest was the way he lived his life. He was polite and respectful. He took care of the important people in his life. He spoke up for himself when he needed to…“Stupid is as Stupid does”. He didn’t judge others, he worked very hard and committed to everything he did. Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On February 11, 2015


The Quiet Gems in our Workplace

How well do you know your employees? Knowing them – who they are, what makes them different, how they approach their life and their work – can be the key to their success and ultimately yours. Sometimes we focus on what appears to be the negative aspect of people, trying to ‘fix’ it. Maybe it’s the thing that is most different from you or the fact that differences make a person stand out in an awkward way.  It seems Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On February 7, 2015