HR Off-Site provides practical, insightful solutions for employers. In most cases, what we call a solution is actually a series of simple ideas which, together, have a profound effect on the organization’s overall productivity. We try to take all aspects of our clients’ operations into consideration, rather than simply applying a text-book Human Resources approach. Sometimes we work on a project-by-project basis, sometimes on a retainer. It all depends on the client’s needs and preferences.
Most typically, our clients rely on us for
Enhancing Workplace Productivity
We offer practical, affordable training for Team Leaders, Managers, Supervisors, and HR Professionals. We deliver our training in several formats: as customized in-house training workshops at your organization; as training sessions in the community; and as Lunch and Learn information sessions. We stand by our work. If you later realize there are questions you should have raised during the session, just send us an email or give us a call and we’ll follow-up ASAP!
Leadership teams must be continually developed and supported. HR Off-Site helps company owners and organizational leaders in a variety of ways. Some of our customized solutions have included helping clients with strategic planning and goal setting; designing programs that help work teams anticipate and respond to change; and coaching supervisors to give them new skills that enhance their effectiveness.
Hiring the right people is easier when you know exactly what you want them to do, what skill sets you need them to have, and what you’ll need to offer in order to attract them to your organization. HR Off-Site believes that an effective recruitment strategy begins with clearly defining the skill sets and personality types that are most likely to be successful.
From there, we’ll help you determine the most effective way to market these opportunities to potential candidates and, if you wish, help you screen, interview and evaluate job applicants. We can also help you avoid many of the common misunderstandings between employers and new hires, by ensuring that each new employer/employee relationship you enter into is guided by an appropriate Employment Agreement.
Salaries, commissions, profit-sharing and benefits are just a few of the compensation options available to employers. In addition to researching current rates of pay in your labour market area, HR Off-Site can help you identify the most affordable and meaningful ways to attract and retain quality staff and compensate them for high performance.
If your workplace relations are strained, HR Off-Site can help you understand the source of the conflicts, open the lines of communication, reduce employee turnover and improve job performance. Some of the ways we’ve helped our clients enhance workplace relations include: conducting employee surveys; exit and stay interviews; implementing performance review and enhancement programs; orienting and training workers; training supervisors in the use of coaching and counselling techniques, and developing fair and balanced progressive discipline programs.
The HR Off-Site Manager’s Guide is a manual designed to help managers communicate policies that govern your workplace. The Guide not only covers the basics that keep you in compliance with the Employment Standards Act, it is also fully customized to include your company’s policies on matters such as:
- Standards of appearance for employees
- Protection of customer information
- Loans of company property
- Extended personal leaves without pay
- Hiring relatives
- Hiring employees
- and much, much more.
Making the Manager’s Guide even more useful is that it includes up to date copies of all relevant forms right in the sections to which they apply. No more rifling through filing cabinets to find that you have an outdated version of the form you need. With the Manager’s Guide, it’s easy to keep forms current and right where you need them. Not only is each policy clearly written and vetted by a Human Resources Professional, every form is professionally designed to include all of the information your company requires. HR Off-Site clients who have had customized Manager’s Guidesdeveloped for their workplaces tell us the customized Guide and Forms provide clear information, are easy to use and they wonder how they ever got along without them.
Mergers, acquisitions, rapid growth and market changes can all necessitate a comprehensive re-thinking of how you manage your employees. HR Off-Site works closely with its clients’ leadership teams to help them identify organizational strengths and weaknesses, set realistic goals, and understand and overcome any barriers to achieving them. If your organization is pursuing new opportunities, HR Off-Site will help you identify the people, positions and roles that are most critical to your success and develop workable plans to align your staff’s skill sets and day-to-day activities with your new strategic direction.
Performance management is not an annual performance evaluation meeting, nor is it a self-evaluation. Performance management is an entire work system that begins when a job or role is defined, and it ends when an employee exits your organization. Performance management defines your every interaction with an employee throughout his or her employment life cycle and ensures that each interaction is a potential learning experience.
Performance management entails creating a work environment that enables employees to perform to the best of their abilities. Processes that help to contribute to creating a performance driven work environment include:
- developing accurate and clear job description
- providing effective new employee orientation and training
- offering competitive compensation systems that reward employees for their contributions
- offering education, coaching and feedback
- providing personal and professional development opportunities.
Source: 2019. The Balance Careers. “Performance Management“
Has your organization’s culture been designed or created by default? Culture refers to how individuals within organizations behave – how they communicate, solve problems and function to get things done. The behaviour and words used by employees to describe the organization, its leadership and coworkers, is indicative of culture. If these descriptions are negative, the culture of your organization is likely to be detrimental to its success.
Cultural transformation focuses on changing the sum total of everyone’s behaviours in a way that aligns with the organization’s goals and drives it forward in achieving its mission and vision. Let us help you build a better picture of your current culture and ensure that the culture you desire moving forward, is well thought out and carefully designed!
Source: 2019. Eagle’s Flight. “Leading a Cultural Transformation“
Effective leadership is essential to growing and maintaining a successful business. For this reason, investing in the growth and development of both current and future leaders is imperative for competitive continuity. Que executive coaching!
Through a process of inquiry, conversation, planning and other tools, we seek to form a professional relationship with our clients with the mutual intent to help develop the client’s leadership or management performance. Our approach to executive coaching provides for effective guidance that helps clients to achieve desired goals, exceed both individual and organizational expectations and unlock their potential.
The benefits of executive coaching are recognized in both the individual client and in the organization through increased motivation, enhanced self-awareness and self-regulation, higher productivity, increased retention, reduced costs, and better working relationships.
Source: 2018. The Balance Careers. “A Manager’s Guide to Coaching for Executives”
Enhancing Workplace Health & Safety
Employment rules and regulations are always changing. HR Off-Site is in the business of helping Ontario employers determine which ones apply to their workplaces, as well as the most affordable ways to achieve and maintain compliance.
You owe it your employees, your suppliers and your customers to protect your workplace from costly litigation. To do this, policies and procedures need to be in place for virtually every aspect of your operation. They need to be clearly communicated in writing and in any staff training or orientation that you do. Customized job descriptions, employee handbooks and managers’ guides are all ways you can articulate key policies and procedures to your team. HR Off-Site has the expertise to create new policies or review and revise your current policies and procedures to make sure they reflect your needs and priorities.
Here are just some of the kinds of policies we’ve developed for our clients:
- Workplace Internet, social networking software and cell phone use
- Time away policies—vacation, personal emergency, reserve leave, organ donor leave, family-related issues.
- Telecommuting/work from home
- Performance management
- Facility opening and closing
- Use of company vehicles and/or equipment
- Customer information and confidentiality
Developing and maintaining a safe, healthy work environment for your team is in everyone’s best interests. Our clients count on us to help them prepare for Ministry of Labour inspections, so they can approach these occasions with confidence. With HR Off-Site, you’ll only pay for what you need. Whether it’s to develop, update or implement a comprehensive health and safety program; assist with preparation for Work Well Audits; provide WHMIS training sessions or just to review your Material Safety Data sheets, we’ll provide you with practical, affordable approaches that get results.