Are you Cultivating a Culture of Lies?
posted on February 15, 2017
There is a tremendous amount of talk around the topic of fake news. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook recently called for a massive campaign against it. Fake news goes beyond politics or partisanship; it could be damaging and dangerous to your company’ culture. But how about the impact this behavior has on leadership and culture? HR can do something about […]
It’s Never Okay
posted on February 3, 2017
Bill 132 took effect in Ontario on September 8, 2016. Bill 132 amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Employers must now investigate a workplace harassment complaint in a manner “appropriate to the circumstances.” What does this mean? As a general practice, the investigation should be completed within 90 days (absent extenuating circumstances). The investigator must not be the employer […]
How Donald Trump Impacts HR
posted on January 19, 2017
Globalization has changed the face of organizational culture. Diversity has infiltrated the workplace, leading many businesses to success. In fact, in many cases, diversity became part of the employer’s brand. Since the talent pool is shrinking, diversity offers the potential of accessing a changed market place. It facilitates recruitment and increases retention of top talent. It helps organizations more effectively […]
Refresh your Small Business. Change and Adapt.
posted on January 5, 2017
First, I’d like to welcome my readers to the new year. Thank you for being loyal and for sharing your feedback throughout the year. Let me share with you the HR priorities of 2017: A different approach to performance management Earlier we made a plea about why you still need to measure performance, because we believe in the relevancy of […]
Get Ready for the Next Change in your Business
posted on December 22, 2016
One of the HR trends in 2017 is to hire based on “culture add” as opposed to “cultural fit.” This means hiring candidates that will bring new perspectives, different ideas, and diversity to your business, with personalities and skills that don’t perfectly mirror those of everyone else in the company. This will make it even more complex for you, hiring managers. […]
Making Mistakes Deserves Respect
posted on December 9, 2016
At every year-end, I pay attention to Failwatching’s top chess listing. As they put it, Failwatching ‘focuses on failures because we’re intrigued by success.’ Unless you’ve been living disconnected from the world, you probably heard or read about the Volkswagen scam, the Wells Fargo fraud or the look of the new Toblerone chocolate bar. These are three cases of disastrous […]
Employers, Think Beyond Mental Wellness
posted on November 11, 2016
In a recent study, Statistics Canada revealed that the rates of substance use disorders are higher than the rates of mood disorders. Shame is the biggest hurdle faced by employees. Rather than seeking help, their behavior at work results in absenteeism and decreased productivity. If the employer is not asking the right questions, the situation could result in disciplinary action […]
Do You Hire Employees with an Expiry Date?
posted on October 28, 2016
A recent article in HRM revealed the results of a recent study on the loyalty of Canadian employees. 49% of those surveyed believed that 10 years is an appropriate length of time with an employer, while 57% said that the appropriate length of time with the same employer was 6 years or less. The role of Human Resources It’s certainly […]
ARE YOU BEYOND THE BREAK-EVEN POINT?
posted on October 13, 2016
It’s Monday morning, you’re getting ready to present to one of your biggest clients. Your director of operations resigns, your administrative assistant calls in sick and you are made aware of a client’s complaint of assault from one of your employees. You didn’t see any of this coming, yet you need to manage these events. These moments are significant and […]
Because We Are In 2016
posted on September 29, 2016
[Close your eyes for a few seconds] Imagine yourself mobilizing others to make extraordinary things happen while building meaningful relationships in the process. That’s you at your leadership best. What makes great leaders today? In this global, digitally enabled and transparent 21st century, nothing big gets done without some kind of complex metric. Relying on traditional and narrow 360-degree surveys […]
A Pay Cut Over Traditional Working Hours
posted on September 15, 2016
A recent study has shown that employees are choosing positions with flexible hours for four major reasons: work-life balance (79%), family (52%), time savings (48%), and decreased commuting stress (47%). The majority of respondents were ages 30-49 (54%), followed by those ages 50-59 (23%), and ages 20-29 (12%). Why offer flexible hours Given the study, it’s clear that changing the […]
Why did Donald Trump Fired his Campaign Manager?
posted on September 1, 2016
The New York Times wrote last June: “Mr. Lewandowski had been a lightning rod for controversy, making headlines about himself that overshadowed his boss.” It turned out that one of the reasons Donald Trump fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, have that he never before worked on a National race. Experience is not all of it Undoubtedly, Mr. Lewandowski did a […]