One of the biggest challenges facing employers today is the fast pace at which the workforce is changing. These changes are a result of generational turnover, cultural evolution, immigration, emerging markets, and advances in technology. All of these factors have played a major role in creating complex work environments that create new barriers to recruiting, developing, and retaining employees. As a result of these changes, the importance of workplace diversity is crucial, as businesses work to develop more cohesive, collaborative, and creative work environments. Embracing diversity is a critical step for business to grow and have an impact.
A diverse workforce employs people from all walks of life – all backgrounds, genders, ages, races, religions, and abilities. These are employees who will all view the world differently, and who will apply their personal situations and experiences to bring unique perspectives to the workplace. There are some very positive benefits that can be had from having a more diverse workforce, some of which include:
1. Diverse Perspectives. Diversity in the workplace means that employees will have different characteristics and backgrounds, and therefore, they are more likely to have a variety of different skills and experiences. Employees in a company with a diverse work culture will have access to a variety of different perspectives, which will push them to “think outside of the box.” When these various perspectives come together, they open doors to innovation and new ways of doing things. This is extremely beneficial.
2. Increased Creativity and Better Ideas. People with different backgrounds tend to have different experiences and different perspectives. Exposure to a variety of perspectives and views leads to higher creativity. When put together, people who see the same thing in different ways, are more likely to get fresh, new ideas, and therefore improving the creativity of the workplace.
3. Higher Employee Engagement. The link between workplace diversity and employee engagement is straightforward – when employees feel included, they are more engaged. It’s that simple.
4. Reduced Employee Turnover. Companies with a diverse workforce are generally more inclusive of different individual characteristics and perspectives. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace cause all employees to feel accepted and valued. When employees feel accepted and valued, they are also happier in their workplace and stay longer with a company. As a result, companies with greater diversity in the workplace have lower turnover rates.
5. Better Company Reputation. Workplace diversity makes a company appear more interesting. If you present a diverse workplace culture, you will make it easier for many different people to relate to your company and your brand, opening doors to new markets, customers, and business partners.
6. Improved Hiring Results. Diversity in the workplace boosts a company’s brand and presents the company as a more desirable place to work. Workplace diversity is an especially beneficial asset for attracting top talent from diverse talent pools.
When next planning to hire new employees, consider making an effort to hire a diverse range of people, across gender, age and cultural backgrounds. Your organization could soon enjoy a wide range of benefits, such as those listed above.
When organizers of Small Business Week in Labrador West wanted a key speaker at a “Women in Business” breakfast seminar Jacqui Winter was a perfect choice.
Winter lived 17 years in Labrador West is known for many work facets: Communications, public relations, trainer, human resources management and work in community development and non-profit organizations, to name a few.
Winter eventually left Labrador West, and continued working in many of these fields. Her experience lead her to form a company, which has been growing since its inception.
Winter shares what it takes to be a successful.
“It is important to make connections and to make sure you keep up to date with them.”
She says connections with the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs gave amazing help and provided invaluable guidance and expertise.
She also says it’s important to not be afraid to take risks.
Winter worked as a consultant for about a year and a half beginning in 2014 and rebranded in 2015 to the company that is HR Project Partners today.
Winter told the seminar she went from working at home, to opening an office in St. Johns, to hiring seven full-time staff by 2017 as her business grew. In May of 2019 she opened second office in Labrador City and now has 35 contract employees,
Winter says key advice is ensuring good team support. She once formed a minority partnership which allowed her to grow and offer new business services so she says teamwork can make a difference.
Some participants wondered if there were any unique challenges being a woman in her business. She says bidding with oil and gas companies can be challenging as a small business owner, but she explained that’s when her contacts with NLOWE and the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association proved valuable.
“You have to believe in yourself.”
She said being a woman never held her back, and society today sees the value women bring to the table.
That’s why more women head up companies and corporations, she offers.
Winter has been featured in Atlantic Business Magazine and is a 2019 NLOWE award recipient.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) hosted its 22nd annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, NL. The event celebrates women in business in Newfoundland and Labrador, and seven business owners were awarded and honoured tonight for the positive impacts they’ve made in our province.
Jacqui Winter, owner of HR Project Partners in St. John’s, took home the Momentum Award, sponsored by Husky Energy West White Rose Project. This award recognizes an entrepreneur who has demonstrated significant growth and/or growth potential within a one- to three-year time span, having built a business that is adaptable and apt to successfully leverage opportunities for continued growth. Winter brings over 25 years of experience to HR Project Partners, which is a full suite HR consulting and recruitment company.
“I believe that the quality of service, our honesty and genuine approach, and attitude has helped us to grow,” says Winter. “Living and working our values every day and holding true to those values and keeping a high standard of service is what has helped us to grow and become a successful and respected HR service provider.”
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Read the full announcement on NLOWE’s website, here.
HR support to grow your business
After a 25-year career as an employee for other companies, Jacqui Winter stepped out on her own in 2013 as a direct contractor under her own business name. By 2015, Jacqui had realigned her business into a professional services firm and renamed it to the brand it is known as today – HR Project Partners (HRPP). She understands the work it takes to get your business off the ground and that there are many challenges and risks associated with making the decision to start a business.
Over the past six years, it has taken a tremendous amount of hard work, perseverance, resilience, teamwork, and dedication to client service for HRPP to be where it is today. Despite an initial slowdown in the industry, HRPP remained focused on its clients in the mining sector. Developing those relationships and building a portfolio has led to serving several of the industry’s major players along with clientele in engineering, construction, oil and gas, as well as small-medium sized businesses and projects that are in start-up phase.
A Growing Team to Offer More
What started as a two-person team has now grown to a team of seven inhouse staff and 30 plus employees who are working at HRPP client locations. To better serve its clients, it also opened a branch office in Labrador City.
HRPP is committed to offering high quality HR consulting and recruitment services to assist companies in reaching their goals. It is their mission to uncomplicate HR issues, and deliver the best possible HR services and solutions to make businesses run smoothly.
The value of HR Support to a Business
No matter what size your business, whether you are just starting or have been in business for years, implementing good HR practices, from employment agreements to policies, is an integral part to ensuring business success. Having a solid HR resource in your company or engaging a reputable firm to support your business on an as-needed basis can save you time and money. From recruiting the right personnel to outlining their compensation and benefits in an agreement, these are the steps you need to consider.
As one of our valued clients, Andrew Sinclair, Founder and CEO, trajectorE stated: “HR Project Partners has worked with our company for a few years now. They have always gone above and beyond our expectations. HRPP has become a trusted partner with us and is always prompt in their responses and confident in helping us with our recruitment needs, as well as being a valuable resource when we need assistance with issues in the field of Human Resources and compliance. When we need an immediate response to an issue, they will go out of their way to contact us immediately to resolve our issue. We appreciate their commitment and look forward to this partnership in the future.”
HRPP is your full-service HR provider offering a suite of HR services all across Canada, including, recruitment, provision of contract personnel, policy and procedure development, background checking, proposal support, and on demand HR Consulting.
HRPP is proud to be a growing business, and proud of its commitment to professional, quality client service.
Jacqui Winter, President
Cell 709-699-0294 | Office 709-221-8800 ext. 1
Jacqui@HRProject.ca | www.HRProject.ca
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