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

Preparing for a Graceful Exit

Choosing & Preparing a Successor Takes Time

The BDC says that 3 in 5 owners of small to medium-sized businesses in Canada are 50 or older and a good many of them have done no planning whatsoever for a business transition, let alone choosing and preparing a successor.   The lack of planning is sometimes about not having the time to think about it. Its often about not knowing how or where to start.  And of course for some its just that they 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

Stop Putting off the People Side of Business

Getting your HR House in Order

Staying on top of the people related side of your business is critical.   As a small business you can’t risk the cost of poor performers, compliance errors, turnover, or planning gaffs.  Consider the possible implications of things going wrong: the hard dollar costs of fines, the impact of mandatory reinstatement of a terminated employee, paying back-pay or damages, forced sensitivity training, or the damaged reputation as an employer or service provider. I hear many so-called Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On the category of HR Consulting + Human Resources

What I learned in my first year of business

Happy 1st Birthday Ridgegate Consulting!

I’ve always said that I’ll know when it’s time to move on from a job when I have stopped learning.   With that in mind I can tell you that all indicators point to many more years of work as Consultant and Owner at Ridgegate Consulting.  The amount I learned in my first year of business has been incredible.  Some of it painful, some of it invigorating.  All of it useful. Here are just some of Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On the category of HR Consulting

Master Distillers and Barrel Raisers

Reasons I Love HR

Working in HR has given me the chance to interview people from around the world who do interesting jobs.  For instance, a few weeks ago  I interviewed a fellow in Israel via Skype.  His job is to coach neurosurgeons on using the piece of equipment that allows them to probe the human brain.  He often does it over the phone during surgery.  (I skipped the interview question about how he does under pressure!).  I’ve also interviewed a Pickle Packer Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On the category of HR Consulting

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

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