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Resuming Operations: Is It Time to Go Back?

Posted by HRdownloads on May 5, 2020 2:38:00 PM

Are you and your employees tired of working from home? Well, we might have some good news! Many jurisdictions across the country are starting to pull back restrictions, allowing many Canadians to go back to work. While it might still be some time before employees working from home can return to offices, there is hope right now.

There are a few things you need to consider, though: just because you can let everyone come back to work, should you? And, if you choose to, what other challenges may arise? We received many questions like these after our most recent COVID-19 webinar. We’ll take a look at some of the most popular questions, but you can also download the full webinar at the bottom of this article to get valuable advice from one of our experts.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Small Business, HR Challenges

Don’t Stand So Close to Me: Social Distancing in the Workplace

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 30, 2020 3:11:00 PM

With some provinces loosening restrictions and beginning the return to normal work, it’s important that social distancing and other preventive measures are not forgotten.

Most people are familiar with the basics of good hand hygiene—soap and water, thorough scrubbing, avoid sneezing into your hands or touching shared surfaces, and so on—but the concept of social distancing is new to many. While most of us have caught on to it in grocery stores and other essential trips, new challenges may begin to arise when employees return to work.

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Topics: Health and Safety, HR Challenges

Lessons from Past Pandemics, Part 3: Acting with Purpose

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 23, 2020 3:25:00 PM

Big or small, your contributions are important. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have done amazing things to help. From making masks to transitioning employees to working remotely for the first time, everything Canadian business can do to help each other matters.

So you may be asking right now, what can my organization do to help others during this pandemic?

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Topics: HR Challenges, Leadership

Lessons from Past Pandemics, Part 2: Finding Perspective

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 21, 2020 2:32:00 PM

Many employees are suddenly working from home while essential workers continue to go into the workplace, leading to profound disruption of normal routines. Consequently, mental health and wellness are important topics many employers should be thinking about.

Employees working at home are dealing with taking care of children and family members, financial struggles, technical challenges, and may even be starting to feel like the walls are closing in. This not only puts a strain on their ability to do their job, but also adds to mental health illness and decreases mental well-being. Essential and frontline workers are dealing with additional wellness issues that may be beyond our ability to explain. There are no perfect solutions, but as the pandemic continues, could a little perspective help us cope?

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Topics: HR Challenges, Leadership

Lessons from Past Pandemics, Part 1: Preparing for a False Start

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 17, 2020 1:35:00 PM

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a month since the WHO declared a pandemic, and almost as long since provinces began declaring states of emergency. While we settle into what the prime minister is calling our “new normal,” it’s important to look at what we’ve done so far and what we can still do to prepare.

But with so much uncertainty about the coming weeks and months, how can we know what to do? We start by looking to the past to prepare for the future.

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Topics: HR Challenges, Leadership

COVID-19 Question Series: How Much Should You Be Cleaning?

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 14, 2020 11:25:00 AM

We received many questions during our recent webinar on COVID-19. In case you missed it, you’ll find a link to the recording at the bottom of this article. In a difficult time like this, we wanted to make sure the answers to these challenging questions were available, so we’ve created a multi-part question series on our blog to help ensure employers and HR professionals have access to the information they need. We will continue to post these COVID-19 Question Series articles, so keep your eye on our blog and subscribe for updates.

In this article, we discuss some precautions you should take to slow the spread of COVID-19. You may be forgetting to clean some commonly touched surfaces.

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Topics: Health and Safety, HR Challenges

COVID-19 Question Series: We’ve Got You Covered with Even More Answers

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 9, 2020 1:39:00 PM

We received many questions during our recent webinar on COVID-19. In case you missed it, you’ll find a link to the recording at the bottom of this article. In a difficult time like this, we wanted to make sure the answers to these challenging questions were available, so we’ve created a multi-part question series on our blog to help ensure employers and HR professionals have access to the information they need. We will continue to post these COVID-19 Question Series articles, so keep your eye on our blog and subscribe for updates.

In this article, we address additional questions Canadian businesses have asked on all the topics we’ve covered so far.

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Topics: Health and Safety, HR Challenges

COVID-19 Question Series: All About Working From Home, Work Sharing, and Those Feeling Left Behind

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 7, 2020 11:02:00 AM

We received many questions during our recent webinar on COVID-19. In case you missed it, you’ll find a link to the recording at the bottom of this article. In a difficult time like this, we wanted to make sure the answers to these challenging questions were available, so we’ve created a multi-part question series on our blog to help ensure employers and HR professionals have access to the information they need. We will continue to post these COVID-19 Question Series articles, so keep your eye on our blog and subscribe for updates.

In this article, we address questions we’ve received about working from home and potential job sharing options.

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Topics: Health and Safety, HR Challenges

COVID-19 Question Series: More Answers About What You May Owe Employees

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 3, 2020 2:32:00 PM

We received many questions during our recent webinar on COVID-19. In case you missed it, you’ll find a link to the recording at the bottom of this article. In a difficult time like this, we wanted to make sure the answers to these challenging questions were available, so we’ve created a multi-part question series on our blog to help ensure employers and HR professionals have access to the information they need. We will continue to post these COVID-19 Question Series articles, so keep your eye on our blog and subscribe for updates.

In this article, we address additional questions we’ve received about what you may owe your employees or may wish to provide to your employees.

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Topics: Health and Safety, HR Challenges

COVID-19 Question Series: More Record of Employment and Layoff Answers

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 2, 2020 3:16:00 PM

We received many questions during our recent webinar on COVID-19. In case you missed it, you’ll find a link to the recording at the bottom of this article. In a difficult time like this, we wanted to make sure the answers to these challenging questions were available, so we’ve created a multi-part question series on our blog to help ensure employers and HR professionals have access to the information they need. We will continue to post these COVID-19 Question Series articles, so keep your eye on our blog and subscribe for updates.

In this article, we address additional questions we’ve received about how seniority affects layoffs, the wording we used in the webinar to communicate a layoff, and how to properly complete a Record of Employment in a variety of difficult situations.

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Topics: Health and Safety, HR Challenges

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