Introducing Audrey Schmidt – The Newest Member of the Elevated Team

Audrey opening up her Tiffany's bracelet that all new employee's receive as a "Welcome" gift!

Audrey opening up her Tiffany’s bracelet that all new employee’s receive as a “Welcome” gift!

By: Audrey Schmidt

It’s been 27 years since my last orientation.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been part of the delivery of orientations as I added new members to my team, but in 27 years I have not had to start over again from square one.  Sure, I was afforded many opportunities to learn and be promoted at Manitoba Hydro but the stability of the same company never made it feel that different.

So here I am. “Old” enough to retire (based on tenure) but definitely not ready to.  I’m working remotely and in another time zone. And did I mention I’m Michelle’s mom?  Sounds like quite the experiment doesn’t it?

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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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