/Michelle Hamelin

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.

Goal Setting in December: How Unoriginal!

By |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00December 18th, 2017|getting things done, goal setting|

This time of year, you either see stuff about finishing the year strong or setting goals for the upcoming year. It all makes sense. We have been programmed to set New Year's resolutions. Most companies have their fiscal year timed with the calendar year, so you set goals at the beginning of the calendar year [...]

How Workplace Bullying Nearly Ruined Me

By |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00April 26th, 2017|human resources, leadership|

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 |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00March 6th, 2017|business growth, human resources, recruiting|

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 [...]

Three Simple Tools to Keep You on Track

By |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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... [...]

6 Reasons You Should Ask for Referrals

By |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00October 5th, 2016|business growth|

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 [...]

Why You Should Customize Your Employment Policies

By |2016-09-01T10:37:40+00:00September 1st, 2016|human resources|

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 [...]

Are little errors starting to happen?

By |2018-12-11T04:11:31+00:00July 5th, 2016|getting things done, human resources, leadership|

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 [...]

Hiring: How to do a Needs Analysis

By |2018-12-11T04:11:32+00:00May 1st, 2016|human resources, recruiting|

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 [...]