The Friends and Family Hiring Plan

focus-bigpic-familyfriends-2colAt Elevated, we tend to work with a lot of companies that have family members and/or good friends working inside the organization.  When I was an HR executive I would have fought hard against nepotism but as a business owner – I get it. I totally get it. I’ve done it. I’ve totally failed at it…and I’m definitely going to do it again.

 

So why do business owners hire friends and family?

 

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Thanksgiving All Year!

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By: Carrie Beckett

Ahhh…Thanksgiving: the day society has designated to give thanks for everything we are grateful for.  And while it is typically an amazing time with my supportive husband and family (which I truly am thankful for), I have to admit that I think there is something fundamentally wrong with only doing it one day a year.

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The Goal: To Disrupt Disrupt HR

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Back in May, Elevated was a proud supporter of Disrupt HR Calgary.  I took a chance and did my thing in front of the room, completing a 5 minute, 20 slide presentation on why most company’s core values are full of shit.  How did I do? Let’s not go into that right now. I think the better question is, “How did I feel?” And there is only one word to describe it. Humbled.

 

But our support for Disrupt HR did not waiver. In fact, when Rob and Matt asked if we wanted to get involved in the second iteration of the event, we jumped all over it.  And this time, Rob had a plan to Disrupt HR even further.  Let’s get someone in that can truly own a stage and do justice to the format like no other.

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A farewell to Kathryn Sebesten

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It’s a sad day for us today at Elevated.  Just over 3 years ago, Kathryn Sebesten walked into our lives and today we are having to say goodbye.  For the past 2 years, Kathryn has lived and worked in our Vancouver office, pushing me to learn how to manage a distributed work force (which, I’m the first to admit that I failed at…but more on that in a later blog post!)

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Employee Fraud: Are You Next?

News broke earlier this month that the Alberta Motor Association has been the victim of an $8.2 million fraud. The alleged perpetrator? Their own IT vice president. The VP is accused of spending millions of stolen dollars on homes, boats and expensive cars. He is accused of fabricating invoices and electronic transfers to U.S. bank accounts (it’s important to note that these allegations have not yet been proven in court). You can read more about the story here.

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