Human Resources

 You need HR but can’t justify a full-time hire, or your existing team is at capacity. Seasoned HR consultants cover all aspects of HR in a way that works for your business.

Think you can’t afford HR? We offer, flexible, affordable HR consulting uniquely designed for your small or mid-size business.

Whether you are a small company with no human resource presence or a more mature organization with a small HR team, outsourcing some or all of your HR requirements can make great financial sense and is a smart approach to building capability and capacity in a critical function.

A Tailored Approach

HR consultants deliver the full spectrum of HR services, from strategy through to execution. Our approach is to immediately resolve any burning HR issues that are creating pressure in the organization, while identifying other areas that should be considered to improve overall performance. This sustainable business model allows you to turn up or down the engagement as your business needs change.

Our broad team of Senior HR Leaders, HR Business Partners and HR Generalists become part of your team, either virtually or in-house. This allows them to develop relationships and understand your organization’s unique culture and values, with an added focus on embedding skills and capabilities to your internal team.

Human Resources Services

Outsourced HR Management

You may not need a full-time HR professional, but still need someone to carry the HR load. Outsourced HR Management becomes your virtual or in-house HR department.

We manage the complete HR function within your organization by assigning a team of senior and operational consultants to operate as embedded resources. This sustainable model provides long-term support on as “as needed” basis, often in very small monthly amounts or when new issues arise (ex. legislative compliance deadlines).

Many clients find great piece of mind in knowing that their HR is taken care of and often continue this engagement over the long-term.

HR Health Check

If you aren’t sure of your HR needs, our cost-effective and comprehensive HR Health Check will identify any potential gaps or areas for improvement in your organization.

This is a typical starting point for many client engagements, and helps to map out future requirements. With that said, we require no commitment from you to proceed beyond the health check. It can be a helpful tool to understand your compliance risks across different jurisdictions, or how your policies compare to other organizations.

We will provide you with a detailed report that indicates both minimum legislated standards and best practices for each area.

  • HR Practices Review
  • Compliance Assessment
  • Organization Alignment Review
  • Compensation Review
HR Strategy

Senior HR Leaders provide guidance and direction regarding your strategic HR plan. Their presence at the executive table ensures that you’re fully aligned to build a best-in-class organization.

With your people as most significant investment, strategic HR planning must be an integrated component of your business plan. Our Senior HR Leaders can help with the following strategic HR initiatives:

  • Change Management
  • Compensation Strategy
  • Organization Design
  • Workforce Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Whether you are in a high growth phase of your business or at the early stages of identifying key leadership positions, we can support your strategic hiring efforts.

Acting as an in-house resource, our recruiting professionals will help to develop a targeted recruitment strategy, while at the same time provide increased visibility and branding for your organization.

We typically bill only for hours used and there is no limit to the number of hires we can support. We generally find that cost-per-hire is much lower than external recruiters, and we can address other areas of support while delivering on recruitment priorities.

  • Resource Planning
  • Full-Cycle Recruiting
  • Sourcing Strategies
  • Attraction & Retention
  • Job Descriptions
  • Applicant Screening
  • Onboarding Process
  • Job Offer Negotiations and Documentation
Compensation & Benefits

BSG compensation specialists are well versed in a wide range of total reward programs – including cash, variable and equity compensation. We are also experts at working with brokers to set up benefit programs for smaller organizations.

We will help to define compensation structures that are best suited for your organization. The Business Sherpa Group’s unique partnership with BenchMarket also provides our clients with exclusive access to compensation data.

  • Job Level Structure
  • Salary Structure
  • Stock Options/Equity
  • Sales Compensation
  • Total Rewards Framework
  • Incentive Programs
  • Benefits
  • Pay Equity
  • Job Evaluations
  • Market Survey & Analysis
Employee Engagement

While it’s important to attract top talent to your organization, it’s even more critical to ensure that your workforce is highly engaged.

Ensuring that employees have clearly defined expectations that align with the company’s vision, mission and values, will help them understand how their role contributes to the company’s overall success.

Employee engagement is an area where employers have tremendous opportunity to enhance business performance, but it can also be one of the most challenging areas to address if a team has become disconnected and misaligned.

Our experienced Senior HR Leaders will help your managers get more connected with their teams, and will work to develop a performance management process that aligns with your business goals.

  • Performance Management
  • Change Management
  • Organization Performance
  • Internal Communications
  • Team Effectiveness and Coaching
Policy Development & Compliance

Employers in Canada must navigate a wide range of complex employment situations and maintain compliance with legislations that govern workplace practices.

These legislations have proactive implementation and reporting requirements, with substantial fines and penalties for non-compliance.

The Business Sherpa Group has built up a strong repository of experience, skills, resources and tools to help our clients address these requirements and meet the thresholds of implementation and reporting (including developing policies, conducting assessments, and training staff).

  • Employee Manuals
  • Employment Terms Best Practices
  • Employment Terms Benchmarking
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Bill 168 (Harassment and Workplace Violence)
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Employment Standards Act of Ontario (ESA)
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Compliance Training
Training & Development

Business Sherpa Group offers a diverse set of programs that enhance leadership and team effectiveness.

We tailor the session to the specific environments and unique challenges of your organization. For real cultural change to take place, the learning needs to be integrated in your business environment, so we look to build practices into how you operate over time.

Some of the sessions we offer:

  • New Manager Development
  • Managing Change
  • Leading with Impact and Influence
  • Effective Communicating Skills
  • Leading Challenging Conversations
  • Understanding Conflict Resolution Styles
  • Effective and Values-Based Hiring
  • High Performing Team Development

HR Partners

BenchMarket is a leading provider of specialized compensation related guidance, advice and market intelligence. The Business Sherpa Group and BenchMarket have formed an exclusive partnership that offers eligible BSG clients with a unique opportunity to access benchmark salary data for specific roles for free or at greatly reduced pricing.

Human Resources

Their TechEdge Survey for the technology sector includes salary data, employment benefits and best practices for over 800 roles and levels in both large and small companies, with a customized regional focus in Ottawa, GTA and Waterloo. Their Association Compensation Study is a new innovative survey with pre-published data for Association/NGO sectors in Ottawa and the GTA.

What Our HR Clients Are Saying

  • At Modern Niagara, we have had a spectacular experience with Business Sherpa Group. Beginning as a small construction company 50 years ago, we had limited HR experience and no formal HR department within our company. Around 3 years ago, we began expanding at a rapid rate, and needed expert advice to build the HR function within Modern Niagara. This is where Business Sherpa Group helped us with our expansion. Not only did they provide us an experienced and knowledgeable HR Business Partner who has become a seamless member of our team, but they also recommended a series of strategies and ideas to further expand the HR function. Without Business Sherpa Group, we would not have fully recognized the need for a larger HR function within our company, something that we now could not survive without. The advice and knowledge they provided us had incomparable value. Business Sherpa Group has helped us create strategy that supports the people side of our business, including; recruitment, performance development, employee relations, compensation and benefits, learning, and policy, to name a few.  We are so grateful for Business Sherpa Group’s contributions to our HR team, and would highly recommend their services to other businesses.

    Terry Kelly​
    Terry Kelly​ Director, People and Culture, Modern Niagara Group Inc.
  • Fairtrade Canada hired Business Sherpa Group to assist us in the recruitment of a new Executive Director. BSG worked with us to ensure we had the right job description and profile as a first step in successful recruitment. They then successfully managed the posting and promotion of the job which led to a fantastic number of qualified applicants. They led the sorting of candidates based on pre-defined criteria and the initial screening interviews. During this process they consulted with our board to ensure that we were aligned in our expectations. The result is that they presented 6 highly qualified and well suited candidates for interviews by our Board. Their expertise enabled our board to be involved in the process without having to do the heavy lifting required when hiring. For our volunteer board this was extremely valuable and the process was very cost effective.  I would highly recommend these services to others who are looking to streamline their recruitment process.

    Jennifer Williams
    Jennifer Williams Board Chair Fairtrade Canada

Ready to build your HR team?

Start typing and press Enter to search