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Define Your Corporate Culture in 5 Steps

Blog 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?

Blog 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 Your Employees Doing When No One is Looking?

Blog posted on March 16, 2017

A recent study from Deloitte proves that 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 […]

Award yourself with an OSCAR. Don’t overlook the fine prints.

Blog 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—and often for things that are not so easily corrected as switching an envelope. A quick check—an audit—would’ve caught the mix-up before it even […]

Are you Cultivating a Culture of Lies?

Blog 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

Blog 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

Blog 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.

Blog 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

Blog 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

Blog 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

Blog 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?

Blog 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 […]