Employee Share Ownership Plans from the Owner’s Perspective

Most owners of privately-held companies are also the founders.  Why?  At some point in the past, they had a dream and a desire to own their own business.  For many, this required giving up a secure job working for someone else and entering the uncertain and ambiguous realm of an entrepreneur.  Although there was a huge risk, they believed in themselves and their dream, and they took the leap.  For many, this required using their own savings, as well as putting their house and everything they owned on the line as collateral.  This was not an easy decision on their part.

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Does Happiness Create Success in Business?

In a meta analysis of 225 academic studies by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King and Ed Diener (as reported in the 2012 Harvard Business Review) it was shown that happy employees have a higher productivity rate by 31%, increased sales by 37% and are 3 times more innovative and creative.

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Should You Make The Scary Switch To Employee Share Ownership (ESOP)?

Should you make the scary switch to an ESOP?  Or is it a scary switch?Employee Share Ownership - is it scary?

There is often a perception that inviting employees into the ownership circle can  take away value, rather than adding value to a company.  When designed well, this is not true at all. In fact, there are many huge advantages for the owner, the company and the employee team.

Tema Frank of Frank Reactions interviewed Employee Ownership Specialist, Dan Ohler, from Edmonton, AB to explore these questions.

We invite you to grab a cup of coffee, put on your headset, and enjoy the interview.

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Employee Ownership. Is It Right For You?

In our daily conversations with business owners and senior management, we receive lots of questions about employee ownership of business through an ESOP.  Most fit into two categories characterized as:

  1. How do we implement an ESOP?
  2. We’ve got an ESOP. How do we keep it fresh and alive?

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Is it the Right Time for Canadian Employee Ownership?

It is no secret that our Canadian economy is changing. How does this relate to Canadian employee ownership?  A great question.

In Alberta, as in many other places across Canada, thousands of oil-related jobs have been lost. Downtown Calgary was almost impossible to drive through a year ago, yet now, rush hour is quite manageable – and it’s not because people are riding bikes.

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The Conversation Canada is Missing On Minimum Wage

Recently, B.C., Alberta and Ontario have committed to raising the minimum wage and predictably in all cases, these wage hikes are met with scorn and praise from both sides. While a minimum wage is an essential factor to protect workers and create a minimum standard of living, there is a better solution that Canada should be exploring to help more people build wealth and ensure a competitive economy.

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