Michelle

About Michelle Hamelin

Michelle Hamelin provides business consulting and coaching services, working primarily with owners of small businesses. I am a planner by nature, which means I work with you to gather facts, analyze the work, and then help you create a plan to get to your goals.

How Workplace Bullying Nearly Ruined Me

By |April 26th, 2017|

From early on in my career, I always got head-hunter calls. When you reach a certain level of expertise, they find you. This was before LinkedIn and Facebook, and they could still find you. At the time, I was not interested in going anywhere. Sure, my boss ignored me most of the time, but I […]

Why Employee Turnover Is Expensive and What You Can Do About It

By |March 6th, 2017|

As we grow our businesses, there comes a time where we need to hire someone to pick up the slack. Oftentimes, these are the entry-level jobs. While entry-level jobs aren’t the highest paying jobs, turnover can make them expensive because you are spending time, money, and resources in hiring and training new employees.

What is employee […]

Three Simple Tools to Keep You on Track

By |February 10th, 2017|

Here are my top three tools to keep on track:

First: Schedule Everything
This works for everyone, whether you are running a business, running a family, or both! The power of getting things done is to make time for it. This includes self-care, business development, client work, sitting down and doing homework with your kids… I have […]

Does Your Website Serve Your Customers?

By |February 10th, 2017|

Since all leads either get to your website or landing page, your site needs to be clear, useful, and designed for the needs of your audience.
The quality and quantity of valuable information on the site will impact how many people can find it in search engines and consequently the number of daily hits your site […]

6 Reasons You Should Ask for Referrals

By |October 5th, 2016|

Referrals are an often overlooked means to growing your business. Here are my top reasons why you need to find the courage and ask for them:

Referrals don’t cost money: Yes, you have to take the time to make the calls or send out the warm letters. Other than that, referrals can an affordable part of […]

Why You Should Customize Your Employment Policies

By |September 1st, 2016|

These days, you can buy a boiler plate policies and procedures manual. You can just go to your friendly neighbourhood office supply store or bookstore and buy it. Phew! What a relief! Not really.

There are three problems with buying and implementing standardized policies:

 Your company culture is unique
Your organizational values and objectives are unique
Your workforce is […]

Are little errors starting to happen?

By |July 5th, 2016|

Why do I ask that? It is one of the signs that it is time to get some help. The main signs are:

You have turned down work.
Quality issues are surfacing like missed deadlines, administrative errors, product returns, and customer complaints.
Excessive overtime. When was the last time you took a day or even an afternoon off?
You […]

Hiring: How to do a Needs Analysis

By |May 1st, 2016|

Sometimes a job opening arises because someone left an existing position. Sometimes you just have a sense that you are working longer hours and cannot keep up. Or other people on the team are overworked. Here are some of the signs that it is time to look at the quality and the quantity of your […]

Recruiting Mistakes You Can Avoid

By |April 25th, 2016|

I am sharing some tips on the recruiting mistakes I have come across in my research the past few months. Some of these are simply no brainers and I am positive there are more items we could add to this list. These are some issues I have had people ask me about and discussed in […]

The Importance of Commitment in Business

By |April 18th, 2016|

In business and in life, you need to set some goals and then you need to implement and follow-through on them.

There are a few articles in this blog on goal setting, including how to set SMART goals and reviewing targets. (Check them out here: http://www.michellehamelin.ca/category/goal-setting.)

Here is a high level summary of some of the categories […]