Mister Safety Shoes steps into savings, simplicity by outsourcing

Ontario retailer outsources HR and payroll
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2011

Forty years ago, Frank and Nella Colatino started Mister Safety Shoes in Ontario, focusing on selling safety footwear. Now the company has eight retail outlets along with 15 mobile stores that travel throughout the province.

But where once there were six employees, there are now 70 full-time workers. And HR responsibilities have grown accordingly. As a result, Mister Safety Shoes now outsources all of its HR functions.

“We’re looking to sell shoes — that’s our main focus — and there’s so many things to keep track of that there’s no way we could keep track of all that stuff on our own,” says John Colatino, managing director at Mister Safety Shoes in Toronto. “(HR) is certainly more complex than it was 25 years ago as far as what the rules are and what you need to do as an employer.”