HR is on Stage!
posted on May 11, 2017
Building a talent base and improving leadership effectiveness has never been so relevant! Society by and large is moving at the speed of light. Whether it’s adjusting to a multi-generational workforce, facing economic and political worldwide challenges or dealing with a brand-new style of leadership, there is one common-denominator. People. Expertise in human resources has never been so relevant! Today, […]
Engaged employees always go the extra mile
posted on April 27, 2017
Did you know that employers with the highest percentage of engaged employees increase their margins by an average of 3.64% and their net profit margins by 2.06%? And that offices with engaged employees are 43% more productive?  The concept of employee engagement stems from high economical fluctuations and the rise of unemployment rates after 9/11 in 2011. A new […]
Define Your Corporate Culture in 5 Steps
posted on April 13, 2017
Most business owners understand the value of branding for products and marketing, but did you know that your office culture needs to represent your brand too? Candidates will join your company based on the brand image you present, so you should do your best to ensure it’s consistent in both your marketing and the way you work. A company culture […]
Is Human Resources one of your blind spots?
posted on March 30, 2017
Many business owners don’t take time to think through HR policies or even hire an HR manager. There‘s false assumption that they can do HR’s job. They think they are not “big enough” to need HR. I hear that a lot from many owners. The truth is, every Company needs HR. However, not all companies need HR on a full-time […]
What are employees doing when no one is looking?
posted on March 16, 2017
A study from Deloitte proves companies with a leadership culture are nine times more likely to be good at identifying and developing leaders than those lacking a leadership culture. What is a leadership culture? Companies reflect the ethics of the leaders who run them. Anita Roddick founded the Body Shop to show that you could build an environmentally friendly corporation […]
Award yourself with an OSCAR. Don’t overlook the fine prints.
posted on March 3, 2017
By now you’ve all probably seen the infamous mix-up on the Oscar stage. You might think that such a thing would never happen to you, but you’re wrong. Things like that happen to entrepreneurs all the time. They are not so easily corrected as switching an envelope. A quick check—an audit—would’ve caught the mix-up before it even happened. But hindsight is […]
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 […]