Toxic employees can bring the whole team down

Toxic employees can bring the whole team down

Toxic employees can cause damage to an entire office. Whether it’s because they’re lazy, gossipy, vindictive, negative or some combination of all four, their attitude brings down morale and productivity. And, the behaviour can even increase employee turnover because some just can’t stand working in a poisonous environment.  The problem is that unless the situation […]

Employee recognition: A little goes a long way

Employee recognition: A little goes a long way

Your employees are your front line and the backbone of your company. Without them, where would your company be?  But how often do you say thank you for a job well done? And how often do you recognize employees who go above and beyond to meet a deadline or exceed client expectations?  The best employers […]

What HR departments must learn from the Ghomeshi ordeal

What HR departments must learn from the Ghomeshi ordeal

One of the biggest names in Canadian news this past year has been Jian Ghomeshi. Now, there’s no need to waste any breath or space writing about what he did or did not do because the courts have already ruled, he has already apologized and everyone already holds their own opinions.   From an HR perspective […]

The do’s and don'ts of managing employees older than you

The do’s and don'ts of managing employees older than you

The workplace has always been a multi-generational affair. But for decades, this affair followed a familiar pattern – the older generation lead, managed and mentored the younger generation of employees.  These days the story often follows a different script. More bright, young entrepreneurs than ever before are starting their own businesses and these new owners […]

Managing employees who work outside of work

Managing employees who work outside of work

Three years ago, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer dropped a bombshell on her employees – no more working from home.  “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by side,” read the leaked internal memo from the company. “Speed and quality are often sacrificed […]

Focus efforts on employee retention to slow revolving door

Focus efforts on employee retention to slow revolving door

There’s a high cost to employee turnover. Some studies estimate that the cost of replacing a salaried employee is six to nine months worth of salary in recruiting and training expenses. Other studies have found that cost to be even higher – up to two times an employee’s annual salary, particularly if it’s an executive […]

Are you compliant with the more accessible Ontario?

Are you compliant with the more accessible Ontario?

January 1 has long since come and gone. And with that date firmly in mind, did you meet the deadline for the next set of requirements under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)?  Not sure? Let’s start from the beginning.  The AODA has been in place for a number of years. It’s […]

Workplace mentoring needs to be more than an ad hoc exercise

Workplace mentoring needs to be more than an ad hoc exercise

Mentoring is an important business development tool that is too often seen as an ad hoc exercise. Training sessions, career development courses and workshops are thoroughly researched, organized and executed, but mentoring is often viewed as simply informal meetings between a manager and his or her team members.  While managers should provide feedback to employees […]

The benefits of offering wellness benefits

The benefits of offering wellness benefits

Offering benefits as part of an overall compensation package has almost become a no brainer. Employees practically expect to be offered benefits that cover – either completely or partially – their prescription drug costs, their dental visits, their paramedical services and their prescription glasses. So although salary is a key factor in attracting and retaining […]

Holiday parties don’t need to become legal nightmares

Holiday parties don’t need to become legal nightmares

With a little over a month left until Christmas, we have officially entered ‘holiday season.’ And, that means company holiday-party time.  And while the idea behind holiday parties is to celebrate the festive season and reward employees with an opportunity to kick back and enjoy themselves, such events can be a breeding ground for problems […]

What makes the great companies so great?

What makes the great companies so great?

Last month, the New York Times wrote a rather brutal exposé about Amazon. The article examined the company’s workplace practices and painted it as an absolutely horrible place to work. The Internet then proceeded to light up with everyone trying to tell both sides of the story. Regardless of whether you love or hate Amazon, […]

Tap into informal learning

Tap into informal learning

Learning at the water cooler   Is chatting by the water cooler or engaging in an online conversation wasting time on the company clock? Not necessarily, says Concordia’s Saul Carliner, director of the Education Doctoral Program and associate professor in the Department of Education. Both can be valuable learning experiences — what education experts call […]

Social media in the office: to ban or not to ban

Social media in the office: to ban or not to ban

Social Media In The Office: Two Truths And A Lie   While most executives understand that social media use in the workplace is a reality, their approach to managing it varies dramatically. Yes, there are still those of you who want to simply block outright or allow all social media applications like Facebook and Twitter […]

Solid HR Strategy is Key to Small Business Success

Solid HR Strategy is Key to Small Business Success

Solid HR Strategy is Key to Small Business Success The first year or two after a business opens its doors can be an extremely challenging time. Securing financing, establishing a clientele and spreading the word about the new venture present plenty of obstacles to overcome. But one of the most risky and least-planned-for challenges involves […]

Focus HR on Process Improvement

Focus HR on Process Improvement

Focus HR on Process Improvement To deliver more value, the human resources function needs to spend more time accelerating operational improvement and less time on its traditional administrative and compliance activities. As Randy MacDonald, senior vice president of HR at IBM, told me, “It’s important for HR to decide what is core and non-core. Administrative […]

Human Resources – It's Time for a Reset

Human Resources – It's Time for a Reset

Human Resources – It’s Time for a Reset According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, the road to top jobs in major corporations is shifting. The article, which details research findings relative to “The New Path to the C-Suite,” discusses how the functions of marketing, finance and human resources (HR) are evolving. But perhaps […]

12 ways to keep your employees motivated

12 ways to keep your employees motivated

There is a holy grail in the workplace, but like the one in the popular book and movie “The Di Vinci Code,” it’s not exactly what you’d expect. In any company, the products and the location are important. So, too, are the branding strategies, packaging and pricing — but in the end, it’s the employees […]

Top Ten Reasons Employees Quit

Top Ten Reasons Employees Quit

Whether it’s a high-profile tech company like Yahoo!, or a more established conglomerate like GE or Home Depot, large companies have a hard time keeping their best and brightest in house. Recently, GigaOM discussed the troubles at Yahoo! with a flat stock price, vested options for some of their best people, and the apparent free […]

The 10 Commandments of Employee Onboarding

The 10 Commandments of Employee Onboarding

The 10 Commandments of OnboardingRules to live – and work – by for a divine onboarding experience. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy employee. Few things are more disappointing than the realization that the job you thought you were hired to do is sorely different than what you’re actually doing. As an employer, […]

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