I was a leader in a company that managed 45-60 hotels across Canada and HR/IR Satellite Inc and Platz & Associates were hired as our off-site HR consultants. HR/IR Satellite Inc is the HR and LR component of the business and Platz & Associates focuses on executive coaching and strategic planning. I worked with these companies for over 15 years, with the majority of those years working directly with John Platz. He is a true professional with a wealth of knowledge and was always focused on results that were fair and consistent.
During our first few years, I worked almost exclusively with HR/IR Satellite concentrating on training programs, policy manuals, training, employee satisfaction surveys and psychometric tools. Having everything available on-line made keeping current very easy. Response time was prompt and answers to every question were thorough and well-documented.
When Bill 168 was introduced in Ontario in 2009, John worked with our company to ensure we were well-versed in the upcoming changes, helped us incorporate Bill 168 into our policy manual and conducted several information sessions on-site as well.
John also led our leadership group through the Pay Equity process, which was a lot more work than anyone imagined. Without his guidance, we would have struggled to achieve the objective and certainly would have missed the deadline.
As our business relationship grew and I was promoted into a Director role, John took on the role of my executive coach. He focused on leadership effectiveness, strategic thinking, how to motivate and inspire others, how to develop my direct reports; all things I thought I knew how to do. Over time, John pushed me farther and focused on getting me to understand how to manage and lead change and how to manage difficult people and situations. He was patient and determined to help me become more self-aware and to reach my potential.
I have since joined a company that is large enough to employ their own HR and LR departments however I keep in touch with John. My new role is exciting and the opportunities are endless. The executive coaching I received from John is a significant reason why I’m in the position I’m in today.

~ Kelly Anne

Our relationship with Platz & Associates and affiliate HRIR Satellite Inc., has been a productive one over many years. We have found consulting services whether for recruiting, strategic review or drafting of Human Resources Policy Manuals and collective agreements to be of a high calibre. The Employment Advisory Service provides us immediate and direct access to para-legal advice that helps us ensure compliance and mitigate risk for all HR matters. Platz & Associates knowledge of employment Law keeps us on top of changes, and their emphasis on “Industrial Relations” means that we have pro-actively worked to build trusted relations with our labour force. The Employee Satisfaction Survey and other tools help us anonymously monitor the climate or mood of our workforce.
I recommend HRIR Satellite tools and Platz and Associates consulting to any organization seeking to navigate the increasingly complex minefield that we know as HR.

LORD ELGIN HOTEL, David Smythe, CHA, General Manager, Director of Operations, Gillin Hotels

TLS has been the beneficiary of a highly productive partnership with Platz & Associates and affiliate HRIR Satellite Inc., over the last 20 years. We have found their consulting services whether for day to day HR practice to the more strategic work around organizational structure, pay equity and our policy manual to be of the highest caliber. We rely on their consistently proactive communication with the most up to date Employment Standards information, and have come to rely heavily on the Employment Advisory Service which enables us to operate with confidence while mitigating risk on all HR related matters. John has always made himself easily accessible and has met our every need. I have and will continue to recommend HRIR Satellite tools and Platz and Associates consulting to any organization seeking competent skill in HR related matters.

Laurie Dietz, President & CEO, TLS Inc.

In times of uncertainty it is valuable to have a trusted source to call upon to help anchor thinking and know the rules and best practices. Whether as a sounding-board for ideas, or specific advice on complex human resources issues; I have appreciated the easily accessible services of John Platz at HR/IR. I have worked with John for 15 years and would recommend John and his team and their HR tools and effective timely advice to a friend.

Dan Steward, President & CEO, Pillar To Post Inc.

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