Many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) can face high employee turnover if they struggle to keep workers happy in providing benefits, adjusting workload, and meeting other human resource needs. As an SMB owner, you may be worried about this reality since losing valuable team members can affect your overall performance, reputation among customers, and your bottom line. To determine the root cause of this growing issue, consider asking yourself the following questions: - What Are You Currently Doing to Keep Your Employees Engaged and Motivated in Their Jobs? Most SMBs often feel that salary is the top motivator for employee engagement, and [...]
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Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are often made out to be prosperous marriages that would bring all parties involved more success, but the truth is much more complicated than that. Many M&As use a process that often leaves both sides feeling dissatisfied, leading to a less than successful agreement. Without a change to this process, a company’s shareholders, customers, and employees will bear the brunt of the financial impact, preventing a potentially rewarding arrangement from coming to fruition. One of the most significant reasons for M&A failure is because companies tend to neglect their work culture and leadership. Without proper attention to [...]
Staff and management both benefit from a performance evaluation. Employees are able to improve the way they do their work and are complimented for their contributions. Along with that, management gets to be more involved with monitoring and helping their workers progress. However, there are some cases when a performance evaluation can come off as a little useless. This is always a bad sign and should probably require some thought behind the type of performance evaluation you did. Perhaps your team would benefit more from a conversation-based evaluation rather than numerical ratings. With either kind, though, there are definitely some [...]
The continued success of any business centers largely on its employees. They are the cornerstones of your company, so you should be able to manage them effectively. One of the best ways to manage employees is to make sure they are meeting all the expectations you have set for their position. Regular performance reviews for all employees at every level of your organization will help you recognize their value, clarify their individual roles, identify any gaps in training and development systems, and assist with succession planning. When done effectively, performance reviews are a great way to create a culture of open [...]
The Human Resources Department of an organization is the core of every business. They recruit and screen the most exemplary employees from the available workforce. They also work to engage and retain those people and mediate any conflicts that may arise. You may have heard the term talent management often used when discussing the skills that make a business successful. Keep reading if you’re curious about what breeds successful talent management and how you can adopt this business strategy to your enterprise. The Purpose Behind Talent Management To have the best business, you need to have the most clever and talented people on [...]
Running a business isn't just about doing the work; it’s about managing people, too. No company is made successful by just one person's work—you require employees to get the job done. Besides running your business, managing your employees is also an essential aspect of ensuring that your company operates smoothly. Business Owner and HR Manager—An Impossible Task A business owner or leader can’t be a human resources manager simultaneously, and you can’t sacrifice one for the other. Human resources is necessary in maintaining order in the workplace and in handling employee relations. To a small or medium-sized business, it can be [...]
Your employees are your most important assets, which is why you have to be wise when choosing who to hire. Failing to do so can lead you to employ someone who does not fit your company which can lead to tangible and intangible repercussions. Aside from implementing a systematic recruitment process, you can have a probationary period to have the opportunity to determine if the people you hire are suitable for their roles. Learn more about the probationary period and its importance by reading the information below. What Is a Probation Period? Probation is a trial period for newly hired employees [...]
After a lengthened deliberation and constant panel discussions, Bill 32 (also known as the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act) was given royal assent in Alberta on July 29, 2020. In an effort to uphold order and balance through just working practices and labour standards, Bill 32 seeks to fulfill its main purpose of amending the Alberta Employment Standards Code (ESC) and Labour Relations Code (LRC). Although some may dismiss it as a menial move by the Canadian Governor-General, the resulting effects of the development itself are what Alberta Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) must account for. To ensure that you are [...]
The employment landscape has changed significantly over the past decade and continues to shift. With this and alternative career paths like freelancing and the gig economy, the employer-employee relationship is constantly evolving. There tends to be less of a focus on employees' time, energy, and loyalty which has caused employees to leave companies after just a few years and search for greener pastures. Many employees are sick of the traditional 9 to 5 schedule, in an office environment, and they are looking for flexibility and creativity in their work relationships. However, according to human resources organizations, the best way to [...]
Every successful business understands that the road to growth lies in the people behind operations. In today’s fast-paced world, more and more employees look for fulfillment and satisfaction in their respective careers. In other words, people are more likely to stay in healthy work environments. For these reasons, employee engagement has now become a vital indicator of business success. Employees need more experience, going beyond sitting behind a desk for hours on end. They want to be more involved in their career paths, particularly when it comes to their purpose within the organization and the impact that their work makes. [...]