Lisa Howarth's Blog (3)

How to best take advantage of your employees in a poor economy?

I have heard many people's anecdotal accounts of how the poor economy of the past 18-24 months has affected them from a job perspective; but I am particularly interested in this as we emerge from the other side.

I have heard how employers reduced the number of workers to substantially lower levels, seemingly to reduce overhead costs, trimming budgets while hopefully increasing potential profits. This seems like a sound idea, particularly for shareholders looking for strong returns.… Continue

Added by Lisa Howarth on May 24, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Change is on it’s way … HST’s Affect on the Contract Industry?

There has been much debate over the decision in Ontario and British Columbia to implement a harmonized sales tax (HST) in July of this year. Some say that over time it will reduce consumer costs, but I have my doubts.…


Added by Lisa Howarth on February 21, 2010 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Manage by Rate? Manage by Margin? It's a confusing world out there ...

In the past few years, I've seen the increasing trend of Corporate HR and Procurement departments paying attending to their contractor spend.

Back in the good old days, when a hiring freeze was put in that generally meant a wealth of need for contractors .. after all, the work has to get done right? It seemed like the wild west when I first got into the business .. companies just wanted a body in a chair, and didn't get too concerned about how much money they were being charged… Continue

Added by Lisa Howarth on January 24, 2010 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment


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