Why you should have an HR Expert on speed dial

I can think of a ton of reasons why every small business should have an HR expert on speed dial.  One reason is that your people are  are a key business differentiator for you.  Another is that it is critical to ensure your employees, the “face” of your company, are the best and most engaged around.  And I know that people can be a strategic priority for impacting your bottom line. I get it.  Those Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On the category of HR Consulting

4 Common HR Myths Debunked

  THERE ARE HR MYTHS – misunderstandings, inaccuracies, whatever you want to call them – that exist in the business world.  Myths that wreak havoc and fear in the hearts of small business owners.  I’m going to attempt to address just a few of them here to provide clarity, insight and hopefully ease some of the stress! HR Myth 1: I should not contact an employee when they are on sick leave It is common for Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On the category of Employment Law + HR Consulting + Policy Manual + Uncategorised

Question: Hire a Contractor or Employee?

Answer: It Depends.

I was asked recently for my advice about whether to hire a contractor or an employee to fill a role required at a small business.  I know the business owners were hoping I’d have a pat answer for them.  I didn’t.  I gave them an “it depends” answer instead.  Several items should be considered before getting to an answer. First things first.  You have to be clear on the difference between a contractor and an employee.  Alberta Employment Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On the category of HR Consulting + Human Resources

Is it Time to Purchase HR Software?

Signs that your small business needs HR automation

I’ve been asked by small business owners about the right time to purchase an HR software system.  In general, HR software systems help to centralize & automate work flows and manage employee information & history.  Every small business needs to do this – whether with paper, spreadsheets and filing cabinets, or with software. In my mind there are two big signs that indicate it might be time to invest in an HR software system. The Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On the category of HR Consulting + Human Resources

FAQs: working with Ridgegate Consulting…

Everything you wanted to know &
WEREN'T afraid to ask!

I’ve met with a lot of very interesting business people over the last few months.  Over a cup of coffee, we’ve talked about all kinds of things.  The best way to double the size of a company in three months.  How to handle a sticky ‘sick leave’ situation with an employee.  How the slow-down in the economy is impacting their business.  And why the heck millennials are such a pain in the !@#$!@#. Those same Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On the category of HR Consulting + Human Resources