We hired Jouta to assist us through a merger of two big companies. We picked Jouta for their holistic approach to HR. They go beyond HR and assist you with the company vision and goals, and also your communication strategies. We were impressed with the one-to-one interviews and the detailed reports that ensued and the employee handbooks they wrote as a result of drawing comparisons of policies from the two companies. Also, they did a culture survey and did a great presentation to the management team and got them to agree to a common culture. Overall, our experience was so positive that our parent company is using us as a model example for future mergers. Kudos to the team, Cori, Sheri and Chantal. They were all awesome.
President, Crosby Property Management Inc.
During the fall of 2008, we retained the Jouta Group to help build out the HR umbrella for a growing group of our technology companies. Cori and her team took great care to understand our businesses and culture before they evaluated our framework and made recommendations. When we did move ahead, the action plan was customized to fit some very specific expectations around how we wanted to communicate both internally and externally. The Jouta Group fostered both strategic and operational relationships with our management teams that allowed us to strengthen our infrastructure and better communicate our identity without compromising a sense of who we are and what is important to us. Jouta has served us very capably in varying roles, ranging from HR resource to support team to sounding board to mentor—and all from a perspective that is less about implementing a template, and more about customizing a solution. We would recommend them to any small business looking to enhance and complement HR management within its organization.
Chief Operating Officer, Yummy Interactive Inc.
From the moment I contacted Cori, I was impressed by her passion and dedication. She held no reserve in learning everything she could about my company so we could work together to achieve my goals.
Since that moment, my faith has been more than justified. Cori is not only a valuable business consultant, but a friend as well. This has created an atmosphere of trust between us, allowing me to freely share my thoughts and ideas as we move toward realizing my dreams.
Cori and her staff have always exhibited a great deal of professionalism… even going as far as delivering a document on my behalf after business hours… always conducting themselves with energy and enthusiasm. As an ongoing support network, they are invaluable!
I must say, it has been a blessing to have come into contact with Cori and her staff. The Jouta Performance Group has successfully helped open many doors for Senior Performance, deepened my relationship with my employees, and been integral to our continued success in delivering excellent services in the health and wellness field.
I have no hesitation in recommending Cori’s services to anyone interested in seeing their small business grow from strength to strength.
Owner/Director, Senior Performance.
Cori is by far the best HR manager I have met in my career that spans more than three decades. She is experienced, knowledgeable, and resourceful. She is also honest, straightforward, and forthcoming. However, I have met many HR managers with these qualities. What makes Cori different is her ability to immediately instill trust. She has a talent to defend company interests before employees, and employee’s interests before company management while not losing respect and trust from both sides. Time after time she proactively prevented potential conflicts in the team thus improving employee retention. Since losing a software developer costs an employer about 100k, this alone saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars.
~Eugene Nizker, PhD
Partner, Evident Point Software Corp.
The merging of organizational success and individual empowerment has never been more imperative than in today’s work place. This awareness is core to Cori’s consulting methodology, combined with a personal style and professional methodology committed to accountability. I experienced Cori’s effectiveness first-hand during the year over which we transitioned Norfolk during its merger. Our deliverables didn’t miss a beat, and co-workers flourished as employees and as individuals.
~David J. Payne
President (ret’d), Norfolk Financial Group
Cori’s coaching and support helped us work through an ongoing conflict within our office. Cori developed a workshop for us which was fantastic—it was both informative and insightful. During this trying time, Cori’s support was critical for me. Her professional support and direction proved invaluable to the firm. I have since recommended Cori to colleagues at other firms and to clients who are looking for top quality HR services.
~ Kathryn Nairne, MCIP
Associate, David Nairne & Associates
As I worked with Cori over a period of almost four years at Heath Benefits, I came to realize that a strong HR presence in an organization is so fundamental to a company’s success, as well as the importance of the HR and Finance areas of an organization to be working in sync. Cori provided that strong HR presence and her professionalism made all the difference.
~Thomas Arnould, CA
Cori and I worked together as the HR leaders involved in an acquisition. During this time it became immediately obvious to me that Cori had a high degree of integrity, collaborative spirit, sensitivity to all stakeholders and an intuitive sense that identifies the best HR leaders.
~ Ann Stanbra
Managing Director (previous), Human Resources, Morneau Sobeco
Small Business BC, a non-profit organization helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses since 1993, continues to work with the Jouta Performance Group to deliver information packed human resource seminars to small businesses around the province of British Columbia. We are excited to be working with Cori and her team to provide our small business clients with workshop based seminars in recruitment, retention and employee development initiatives. Cori is a great presenter and her “Human Resources for Small Business” seminar presented many key mistakes and methods to overcome; the personal approach to employee development is key to keeping an employee
~HR for Small Business participant
It was fantastic and informative. Loved the small group atmosphere as it allowed for lots of interaction and helping one another with their small business HR challenges.
~HR for Small Business participant
~ Jennifer Reid
Manager (previous) of the Small Biz Education Centre, a division of Small Business BC