In 2016, Montague Rural Action Centre hired a Human Resources Project Officer for a year to develop effective Human Resources best practices for small business owners in Eastern Kings.
“We are pleased to have secured funding for another year to continue this much needed support to small business owners,” says Martina MacDonald, General Manager, Rural Action Center in Montague. “Human Resources Project Officer Margaret Gallant will continue to work with local businesses. Small business owners don’t have the time or the funds to hire an HR specialist.”
Margaret provides a wide range of services such as:
- developing HR policies, programs, manuals and succession planning
- implementing leadership training to conduct staff reviews
- identifying best practices within the workplace
- processing and assisting with recruiting, interviewing, and retaining staff
“The HR need was validated by the successful results of last year,” says Margaret. “Working together resulted in creating jobs and increased business confidence in relation to their HR planning.
“Goals for this year include helping the businesses continue to create employment, to bring employees to rural PEI, and have them remain here.”
Grandview Welding – Rick Speelman, Owner
“Being a part of this HR project was transformational. Our needs were assessed, and an HR strategic and change management plan was implemented. The HR project had a significant impact on our company and its people practices.”
Cahill Construction – Chris Cahill and David MacAulay, Co-Owners
“The HR Project Office developed a working plan that over time was adjusted to meet our needs. She connected with funding programs that we could take advantage of to ensure we were meeting current industry standards.
“We valued that Margaret was there to reach out and focus on the plan and keep it going with minimal impact on our day to day work.
“A year later, we have key people in place who were needed, we have realigned some roles, and we feel very confident that our company is in a better place because of the HR project and Margaret’s leadership.”
All services provided by Rural Action Centres collaborate through a cooperative service model to ensure complete and seamless access for support to develop programs for business start-ups, the business community as a whole, and other community groups.
For more about Rural Action Centres, visit www.ruralactioncentres.ca. For more about the HR Program and Services, contact Margaret Gallant at 902-838-4030 ext. 239. Cell: 902-394-4625. Toll free: 1-855-297-9898. Email: [email protected].