With more than 25 years of experience working in Human Resources (HR), it is such privilege to include such an accomplished professional as Blaise Enright.
With more than her share of big city experience, having worked in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, she succumbed to the lure of the Kootenays ten years ago and has been providing her unique and extensive brand of expertise to a variety of regional businesses and organizations.
Impressed with KAST’s vision for the economic development of the Kootenay communities and the very high level of support provided to Venture Accelerator Program (VAP) clients to grow their ideas and business ventures, Blaise knew this was a program she wanted to be a part of.
“I want to be a part of this exciting venture and of bringing this vision to its ultimate fruition.”
Specializing in HR policy and program development, coaching and training, conflict resolution, labour relations and human rights in the workplace, Blaise is committed to developing internal HR skills to ensure people-related business practices and processes are optimally aligned with changing business needs.
She’s also passionate about organizations keeping up-to-date and in compliance with evolving mandatory regulations pertaining to human resources management.
As an HR consultant in the HERE/VAP programs, Blaise finds that most clients are wanting to better understand how to develop comprehensive and formal Human Resources policies and procedures.
“Many HR policies are legislated and regulated by the Provincial or Federal governments – such as bullying and harassment policy and procedures, protection of personal information policy and procedures, and others.”
“General audits by governmental agencies, or audits as a result of employee complaints, eventually reveal these gaps, however, the majority of Employers recognize that it is prudent and beneficial to have these policies in place to prevent and mitigate issues and complaints and to ensure successful audits.”
Ms. Enright finds that the businesses looking for HR consultation are those without formal HR office or in-house functional responsibility. Smaller businesses who may not be at a point where they can afford an HR staff member.
However, given the general and legal responsibilities of employers relating to their employees, and the desire of employers to develop and maintain a high functioning workplace with productive and satisfied staff members, experienced assistance with the HR function is often necessary to ensure the best outcomes.
Blaise understands that knowing how, who and when to hire, and how to retain your best talent, is key to the success of any business. Staff turnover and low morale always result in stress at the workplace and at home, additional workload, as well as unanticipated financial and social costs.
“It’s been said before – people are your most valuable asset – never underestimate the value your Employees bring to your business – while at work and in the communities where they live.”
Diversity is recognized as an important element of high functioning workplaces.
“Gender, culture, generation and skills diversity are “must haves” in highly successful organizations. Along with that, are leaders who understand how to manage diversity; how to provide a respectful and collaborative workplace; how to hire and retain highly motivated talent.”
Many companies are shifting to hiring more freelancers and contractors to tap into a growing talent market, while at the same time providing career building opportunities in-house.
“My consulting experience thus far in the Kootenays has drawn attention to the fact that the day to day operations of small business organizations appear to be in great shape but that it is difficult for employers to find enough time in the day to engage in strategic planning for workforce development. “
Having help to develop HR policies and procedures to assist with recruitment and retention, and to mitigate and resolve future workplace issues, allows managers and employees to contribute at their highest levels to the success of the organization.