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A Balanced Approach to Unbalanced Pay: How to Provide Individual Raises

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 27, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Everyone wants and deserves to be compensated fairly for their work, and employers bear responsibility for meeting that need. Unfortunately, 46% of professionals feel they are underpaid at their jobs.

You might be thinking, “If my employee is unhappy and money is the problem, I’ll just give them a raise!” But it is important to consider more than just the wants and needs of the employee who receives the raise. What about that employee’s colleagues? How will they react when they are not given comparable raises? Unexplained differences in pay only stand to cause greater unhappiness and other negative effects on the workplace.

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Topics: HR Challenges, Employee Management

Hiring Outside Your Comfort Zone: Advice for Small Business Owners

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 20, 2019 2:30:00 PM

For so many small businesses, the owners wear multiple hats and take care of tasks that they may not be traditionally trained in. But as the company grows, business owners often find that their business needs have exceeded their knowledge or capacity.

As a business owner, you may know a lot of things, and may have even built your business from nothing, but as a business grows, processes change, which can include developing more specialized areas to adapt to that growth. At some point, you will need to hire someone for a specific role or function that is outside of your area of expertise. But where do you start?

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Topics: Hiring, Employee Management

Did You Do Your Due Diligence? Implementing Proactive Health and Safety Practices

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 13, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Unforeseen health and safety incidents can happen in any work environment. It doesn’t matter whether you work in an office, a retail store, or a warehouse—every worker is at risk of injuries in the workplace. Many times, however, we don’t think about reviewing or making changes to the health and safety program until after an incident happens.

As an employer, it’s your duty to protect your workers from workplace injuries and provide a safe environment, no matter what the job, and that begins with taking the steps to prevent incidents and proactively manage health and safety hazards. You may have heard the term “due diligence” used about health and safety in the workplace, but what does it actually mean?

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Topics: Health and Safety, Employee Management

Ontario’s ESA Has Changed Again: What Employers Need to Know About Bill 66

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 6, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Ontario’s provincial government recently passed Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019. The law amends a vast array of legislation, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (LRA). And while not as sweeping as Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, Bill 66 still makes significant and important changes to Ontario workplaces. As with many of the changes from previous employment legislation under the Ford government, Bill 66 primarily removes obligations from employers.

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Topics: Legislative Changes

Friends in High Places: Is After-Work Socializing Influencing Promotions?

Posted by HRdownloads on May 30, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Have you ever stopped to look at who is moving up in your organization? Is there a trend that employees in the same social circle typically move up the corporate ladder quicker than everyone else? If so, this may not be a coincidence.

While it may not be intentional, employees who participate in activities together, whether at work or outside of the office, can sometimes have a greater opportunity for advancements than others. Take for example a summer softball league for work, or employees who have a daily lunch ritual of grabbing a coffee together. These situations build those ‘getting to know you’ relationships that can uncover information about hobbies, life events, even career goals. If these interactions are around people of power in the organization, they may also provide additional ‘face time’ with the bosses, where work is likely to come up. The effect of these relationships can be completely harmless, but may unconsciously influence decisions when it’s time for promotions in the workplace.

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Topics: Employee Management

The Hard Facts About Soft Skills: What They Are and How You Can Foster Them

Posted by HRdownloads on May 23, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Imagine you’re looking at a job in your organization and reflecting on the tasks the person occupying the position has to carry out: to do the job, the candidate needs to be able to run diagnostic tests, set up online employee profiles, and install new technology. Sounds like some basic tasks a technology professional, for example, might have to do, right? Sure, these are some of the hard skills—specific, teachable, and easily defined and measured—but hard skills aren’t the whole picture. Other parts of the job that may be overlooked, like communicating with co-workers or being able to work under pressure, are equally important.

Enter soft skills. Soft skills are the attributes, traits, inherent social cues, and communication abilities needed for success in a job. They can include communication, creative thinking, decision-making, time management, problem-solving, and critical thinking, among others.

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Management

You Can Dish It, but Can You Take It? Handling Feedback from Your Employees

Posted by HRdownloads on May 16, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Leaders must constantly communicate feedback to employees on performance, behaviour, attitude, or work habits, under the expectation they will make improvements. Occasionally, you might hear begrudging complaints or have an employee who’s completely defensive about your feedback, but feedback, if done right, is one of the most constructive ways we can provide others with suggestions and ways to make things better, or different, than they currently are.

In a leadership position, you’re normally the one providing feedback, but what happens when an employee wants to turn the tables and give you some feedback of their own? It’s not only important to provide feedback to others, but to be open to feedback from your employees as well. This can help you monitor aspects of your team like engagement, satisfaction, and any concerns in the workplace you might not be aware of.

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Topics: HR Challenges, Employee Management

Workplace Detox: Bouncing Back from a Toxic Hire

Posted by HRdownloads on May 9, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Hiring is difficult, and sometimes organizations make mistakes. In the best case, the employee quickly realizes that the job is not for them, and they resign to find a better opportunity. In the worst case, the employee lingers, failing to achieve in their role and even making it difficult for other employees to get their work done.

A bad hire might even be worse than unproductive—they could have a toxic effect on the workplace, bringing strife and conflict into what was formerly a harmonious environment. Whatever specific effects a bad hire has on your workplace, the best option is to act quickly and use formal coaching and performance management to try to correct the issues. If this fails, or if escalation is warranted due to their behaviour, enact progressive discipline. The longer you wait, the more damage the bad hire could do.

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Topics: HR Challenges

People Skills: How to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

Posted by HRdownloads on May 2, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Every job involves some degree of human interaction, whether with managers, colleagues, direct reports, or external stakeholders like clients, customers, or partners. All of these human interactions have emotional dimensions, so that no matter how technical the topic of discussion, the psychological states of the people involved are critical to success. Because of how central emotion is to all professional activities, developing emotional intelligence (EI) is imperative. But what is emotional intelligence, and how can it be developed?

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to recognize, control, and express our own emotions, as well as the ability to recognize others’ emotions and manage interpersonal relationships with empathy. It influences every human interaction and is an essential skill to be an effective leader. One study found that emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of performance and that 90 percent of high performers in the workplace possess high emotional intelligence. Furthermore, the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report indicates that social skills, including emotional intelligence, will be in high demand across industries by 2020. Put simply, having high EI can significantly improve your professional success, especially as a manager.

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Topics: Leadership

Save the Earth and Save Money: How Going Green Makes Business ‘Cents’

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 25, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Environmental responsibility has become a popular concern lately. People are going green at home with energy efficient appliances and lighting, and the zero-waste lifestyle movement has encouraged individuals to buy in bulk, stop using disposable plastics, and use refillable and reusable containers. The same individuals are also looking for businesses they support to take on green initiatives and environmentally friendly operations.

Many businesses believe that going green is expensive and increases operating costs, but introducing green initiatives in the workplace can actually save money. The financial effects of going green are not only attracting new sources of revenue from environmentally conscious clientele, but also saving money directly by reducing disposable waste and energy consumption.

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Topics: Workplace Culture, HR Challenges

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