Many small, early-stage or rapidly growing organizations realize that they can’t address Human Resources challenges on their own, but they don’t have the need for a full-time HR professional.
Pobl offers flexible and customizable HR solutions to suit your organization’s needs so that you can concentrate on building your business.
Pobl was founded to service the Greater Toronto area.
We offer flexible and customizable HR solutions to suit your organization’s needs so that you can concentrate on building your business.
Margaret Evans is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Pobl. As a bilingual HR professional with 20 years of experience, Margaret has focused on strategic HR management to maximize organizational effectiveness and business value in a variety of private and public-sector industries.
In addition to her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, Margaret holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Guelph, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from Humber College, a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto, and a Certificate in Private Investigation from the Canadian School of Private Investigation and Security Ltd. Since 2020 she has completed Rotman School of Management’s Executive Program in Strategic Human Resource Leadership, York University Osgoode Hall Law School’s Advanced Certificate in Human Resources Law for Senior HR Executives, and York University Osgoode Hall Law School's Advanced Certificate in Workplace Investigations.
Margaret works with a team of independent HR consultants who are either experienced at a senior generalist level, or who are experts in a specific area of HR management. As a team, we specialize in developing and optimizing HR capabilities for small, early-stage or rapidly growing businesses.
PARTNERS + SKILLS.
We partner with subject matter experts on an as-needed basis who share our commitment to bringing you the best possible solutions to your unique HR challenges. Having these experts in our network offers our clients highly specialized guidance when they need it. Our partners include specialists in:
Efficiency and Productivity
Mergers & Acquisitions
Current and past clients operate in the following sectors:
Web-Design and Branding
Food & Beverage
Consumer Packaged Goods
Travel & Tourism
A start-up client in the healthcare sector found themselves growing more rapidly than projected. They had trouble finding time to keep up with the demands of the business, and needed immediate help with the recruitment for four critical roles.
Our team worked with the client to develop job descriptions, a compensation strategy, and a sourcing plan to ensure that the best possible candidate pool was established.
We were able to quickly fill the roles with top-tier professionals while the client was able to focus primarily on other business priorities.
We have since provided assistance to this client in other capacities.
A client in the private education sector with French speaking employees needed an employee engagement survey created quickly. They had run into challenges with another consultant, and discovered at the last minute that they had to start from scratch.
Our team started work the same day. We listened to exactly what the client wanted to achieve, and developed the survey with the end-goal in mind, ensuring the questions were created in both English and French.
The survey went out on time, and we were asked to compile and analyze the results to present to senior management.
The client was impressed with our efficiency and ability to offer services in both of Canada’s official languages, and asked us to continue working with them under a retainer agreement.
A client in the spa services sector struggled with the turnover of massage therapists and aestheticians. Through the exit interview process, they discovered that the compensation they offered was no longer competitive within the market.
We were able to leverage relationships in the industry, and put together a compensation survey to obtain current and relevant data. From the results, we designed a new compensation strategy for the client.
Turnover has decreased by 85% since the implementation of the new strategy, and the client has retained our services for several other major projects.
A client in the trucking sector struggled with performance issues across some employee groups. We were asked to come up with a solution.
After conducting a preliminary audit of their policies and programs, we discovered that their performance management program was dated, and not consistently used across the workforce. Some employee groups were receiving regular performance reviews, recognition and discipline, and other employee groups received no feedback whatsoever.
We worked with management to determine exactly what outcome they wanted to see from a new performance management program, and were able to build a simple system to be used across all employee groups. We trained all managers and communicated the new program to the employee base through information sessions.
The program is now used consistently, and the client has reported that both employee complaints and turnover have decreased since it was implemented. We continue to work on a project-to-project basis with this client.
A client in the maintenance sector planned on acquiring a smaller business. They wanted to ensure that preliminary due diligence was completed from an HR perspective and that there would be as few transitional challenges as possible, but they did not have in-house resources or know-how.
We helped the client from the planning stage through to final program integration and training.
The client was pleased with how smooth the process was, and we have since assisted them in the recruitment of a permanent HR Manager.
HOW WE work.
If you are not quite sure what you need, we begin by assessing your current environment and prioritizing immediate projects that may resolve any business friction – such as performance management, internal communications, or legislative compliance. After evaluating the organization and addressing urgent needs, ongoing engagements typically focus on delivering both strategic and operational services on an “as needed” basis over time.
In other cases, we deliver custom projects or interim support based on your exact needs and timelines.
For all clients, our goal is to drive business results through appropriate and effective HR strategies and tactics.
We work collaboratively with you to determine exactly where we can leverage our expertise to meet your organization’s needs.
- HR Practices Review
- Compliance Assessment
- Organization Alignment Review
- Compensation Review
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- Salary Structure
- Executive Compensation
- Stock Options/Equity
- Sales Compensation
- Job Levelling
- Incentive Programs
- Benefit Plans
- Job Evaluations
- Market Survey & Analysis
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
- New Employee Orientation
- Communication Skills
- Manager Development
- Performance Management Concepts
- Leadership Training
- Thinking Strategically & Innovatively
- Planning & Execution
- Cross-Functional Collaboration
- Project Management Basics
- Managing Change
- Difficult Conversations
- Customer Service
- High Performance Team Development
- Effective Hiring
- Workforce Planning
- Change Management
- Total Compensation Strategy
- Organization Design
- Succession Planning
- Rewards & Recognition
- Performance Management
- Employee Engagement
- Conflict Management
- Mediation Services
HEALTH & SAFETY
- Program Audits
- Hazard Assessments
- Workplace Inspections
- Joint Health and Safety Committee Training
- Complete Program Development
- Awareness Training for Workers
- Awareness Training for Supervisors
- Claims Management
- Violence, Harassment & Sexual Harassment Prevention
RECRUITMENT & TALENT ACQUISITION
- Resource Planning
- Sourcing Strategies
- Attraction & Retention
- Job Analysis
- Job Descriptions
- Onboarding Process
- Employment Agreements
POLICY DEVELOPMENT & LEGISLATIVE COMPLIANCE
- Employee Handbooks
- Policies & Procedures
- Employment Legislation
- Compliance Training
- Accessibility (AODA) Programs
- Workplace Investigations
- People Success Platforms
- Applicant Tracking Systems
- Employer of Record Systems
- Employee Management Systems
- Human Resources Information Systems
- Payroll Administration Systems
- Talent Acquisition Software
- Training Software
We love working with other people. If you are a consultant looking for expertise or assistance on a project, contact us!
Our services are truly customizable. Contact us to discuss how we can help you.