Challenge Accepted

By: Saira Ganji

When our Leading Lady, Michelle Berg, pitched the idea of a team contest designed to help us to grow the business, challenge us to move outside our comfort zones, and reward us (in a big way!) for succeeding, our response was unanimous:  Hell. To. The. YES. While I like me some healthy competition, what I love about this contest is that in order to succeed, we have to work together to brainstorm creative ideas, to build each other up, to push ourselves – and each other – towards the finish line.  After all, the only thing that’s better than one of us winning is all of us winning.  It may sound très fromage, but it’s true.

So with our game faces on, we wanted to share the details of the contest with YOU, because we need as much help and support as we can get!

Here are the contest details:

Goal:  To bring in $40,000 of new revenue (either brand new clients or growing existing accounts) between now and October 2016.  The five of us:  Carrie, Abigail, Kat, myself and Michelle (because that’s what real leadership is) – have to work together to bring this home, so that we can all enjoy the prize (see below).  It doesn’t mean we each have to bring in exactly $8K of new business; it just means that collectively, we have to hit the $40,000 goal.  It’s a stretch goal, but we believe that it’s totally achievable, even in this economy (basically “if you build it, they will come” is our new team mantra!).

Prize:  an all-expense paid trip (flights, accommodations and the golden ticket) to the Inc.5000 Conference & Gala that is being held in Austin, Texas from October 18 – 20, 2016.  (check out all the details about the conference here).  AMAZING right?

The fine print:  While the contest is designed as a team goal, if we fall short of the $40,000, Michelle will look at who met the individual target of $8,000, and those team members will get to go with her to the Inc.5000.

Deadline:  while we technically have until October to hit our goal, we do need to buy tickets and the early bird deadline for discounted tickets is August 22, 2016 (gasp! I told you it was a stretch goal!)

Call to Action:  So how can YOU help us meet (and hopefully, exceed!) our goal so that we can wreak havoc in San Antonio (but also learn and bring back amazing ideas to you!)?

Get the word out about how the awesome team at Elevated makes sure that HR doesn’t have to suck, and help us make new business connections – tell your friends, tell your business partners, tell your enemies, tell everyone (please).  Our “sweet spot” is small to medium-size businesses (anywhere from 5 – 200 employees), that don’t have in-house HR support.

We aren’t your typical HR and while we do offer some typical HR services (i.e. recruitment and selection, compensation design and administration, employee relations, learning and development, performance management, employee engagement, policies and procedures, health and safety and yes, even – terminations), we also consider ourselves to be the intersection between HR and marketing.  We are committed to creating “employee experiences that matter” and we specialize in the areas of culture and values, creating strong employer brands, and creating customized people strategies and programs that reflect WHO you are.

The cherries on top?  We’re local to Calgary (and in this economy, who doesn’t want to support local businesses?) and our team is award winning – receiving local, provincial and national recognition and acclaim (not to toot our own horns or anything!)

What’s in it for YOU? (because I totally get how this works…)

  1. If you introduce us to someone that signs on the dotted line to be a new client of Elevated, then one of our team members will personally deliver some tasty cupcakes to you (don’t worry, I won’t be in charge of baking them) along with a bottle of Prosecco. If you’re a health nut, you can swap the cupcakes out for some fresh pressed juices.  (see how Elevated provides you with tailored solutions to meet your unique needs?)
  2. If you or your company throws some project work our way, we will make a $100 donation to a charity of your choice. Project options include: (1) HR Assessment + Values session (2) HR Assessment + Employee Engagement Survey, Analysis and Report  (3) Customized Employee Handbook  (4) Customized Performance Management Strategy & Design (5) Customized Orientation Strategy & Design or (6) another combination of projects that we agree on.
  3. If you or your company sign on to be a retainer-based client (minimum value is $1,000/month over a one year period), we will give you the first five hours of an Elevated team member’s precious time for FREE. That’s right, free awesome HR support.  If you’d rather we spend our five hours volunteering at a charity of your choice, weeding your garden or babysitting your kids, we’re willing to negotiate!

So please, share this widely and help us to meet our goal so we can move towards the path of enlightenment (found at the Inc.5000 Conference).

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4 Tips to Keep Your “Office Bod” in Check


By: Carrie Beckett

Considering we spend a huge amount of time of our lives at work (approximately 100,000 hours!), it is no secret that if we sit during that entire time, our bodies are going to start to complain. Whether it be neck pain, shoulder pain or sore hip muscles, we will likely feel the effects of sitting at our desk 6-8 hours a day without taking the proper care and attention we need to.

Normally, when an employee comes to you with aches and pains from sitting at their desk, fear of a WCB claim pops into your head. But trust us – it doesn’t have to be a daunting task to fix.  Adjusting a workspace to improve ergonomics doesn’t have to be difficult nor expensive. As a matter of fact, most workplaces have exactly what we need to improve our set up right at our fingertips—phone books, paper reams, clipboards, binders and more.

So how can you help yourself or your team members with to stay in peak condition at the office? Here are are a few tips:

1)    Stop slouching! Okay okay, we get it. Easier said than done (but I bet you just re-adjusted after reading that sentence!) It’s common sense that slouching puts more pressure on the discs and vertebrae of your back. Use the lumbar support of your chair and avoid sitting in a way that places body weight more on one than on the other. Move your chair as close to your work as possible to avoid leaning and reaching. Make sure to “scoot” your chair in every time you sit down. And one more – set a calendar notice daily to just simply ask yourself if you are slouching so you can correct yourself (or give yourself a pat on the back if you are sitting correctly!)

2)    Monitor Placement. The monitor should be placed directly in front of you, with the top no higher than eye level. The keyboard should be directly in front of the monitor so you don’t have to frequently turn your head and neck. Avoid eye strain by making sure that your monitor is not too close, it should be at least an arm’s length away.  For those with laptop’s? If you’re at the office either ask for another monitor or ask for a key board so you can raise your monitor.

3)    Mouse Placement. The mouse should close enough to prevent excessive reaching which strains the shoulders and arms. Try to avoid twisting your wrist on your mouse and keep it neutral.

4)  Do a little yoga in the office. In other words, STRETCH!   When you get up to go to the washroom or for a break, remember to do a light shrug of your shoulders and rotate your wrists. In order to improve our muscle elasticity, we need to stretch our muscles after continued usage (such as sitting in one spot). The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion. A great resource for stretching is Dr. Kelly Starrette’s book Deskbound.

Oh and we weren’t sure if you knew this or not, but before getting into HR, I was an Occupational Therapist. For a tailored workstation set up assessment or information regarding proper stretches, please contact your Elevated partner and I can definitely help you out!

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Pokemon Go – Get Ready!

pokemon go

By: Michelle Berg

I still remember 2007 and Facebook taking over the office like it was yesterday.  I worked for a company that was incredibly progressive as it related to employee engagement with the exception of the digital world.  They wanted to shut it down instantly.

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Wrap Up – A Month of Dresses for June Dresses

By: Carrie Beckett

Since June 1, the team of Elevated has been participating in the June Dresses challenge. June Dresses is a month-long, peer-to-peer fundraising campaign for women, where participants pledge to make a difference by wearing a dress each day in June (and was started in Alberta!!). Their efforts have raised over $90,000 and awareness for women-focused initiatives run by local charities in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.

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Michelle Berg of Elevated HR Solutions Receives Leader Award from Business in Calgary Magazine

CALGARY, ALBERTA – June 29, 2016 – Elevated HR Solutions is proud to announce Leading Lady and CEO Michelle Berg has been selected as one of twenty top leaders by Business in Calgary Magazine. Working alongside clients, entrepreneur Michelle created a retainer-based business in 2010 to help small to medium sized business develop Human Resources programs that matter, influencing the entire employee experience from start to finish.

Despite the challenges of the current Calgary market conditions, Michelle strives to continuously support the business community by helping companies budget their HR needs against an annual strategic people plan. When her own business was impacted by the effects of the market, Michelle stated “I thought that it would be so simple to walk away. But I didn’t do this to be simple. All it took was a fleeting thought to get my mind right and re-committed to our purpose”. Michelle is committed to service innovation, understanding the “one size fits all” approach does not and cannot apply to all businesses.

Michelle and her team at Elevated HR are incredibly honoured to be recognized within the business community, and attribute their success to the partnerships and client relationships they have built since the inception of Elevated HR Solutions. Together, they truly make “employee experiences matter” and prove “HR doesn’t have to suck”.

About Elevated HR Solutions:
Elevated HR Solutions is a boutique Management Consulting firm that brings a radical and creative approach to HR. Developing solutions that actually work for start-ups and small businesses, Elevated HR develops programs and initiatives custom to each organization they work so they can create valuable employee experiences. Since its inception, Elevated HR has helped well over 200 businesses throughout North America. A small but mighty team of six, they are responsible for HR programs that touch the lives of over 2500 employees. For more information, please visit:

About Business in Calgary:
Business in Calgary is the city’s monthly business magazine, dedicated to supporting the visions of entrepreneurs one story at a time. Each month they promote the entrepreneurial spirit of the city by producing intelligent, colorful articles about the people, trends and events that make Calgary a prominent business centre in the west. From start-up companies to corporate giants, they showcase the best within their pages. They focus on this concept, work for this community and deliver to this audience. For more information, please visit:

About the Business in Calgary Leaders Awards:
Leaders Awards recipients possess strong company leadership (including personal integrity and key employee initiatives), product or service innovation, as well as industry involvement and a commitment to community and philanthropic activities. Leaders are owners, partners, CEOs or presidents of successful private and public companies based in Calgary, and are the primary stakeholders responsible for the performance of their employees and company direction. Their companies are Calgary-based and have been in existence for a minimum of three years.

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