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Making a Difference: Creating a Successful Workplace Diversity Program

Posted by HRdownloads on Mar 7, 2019 2:30:00 PM

The world is diverse, and our workplaces should be, too. A diverse workforce can help your organization develop fresh approaches and solutions to problems, and can open up new and untapped customer bases. Achieving diversity is about making a sincere commitment to recognizing that people of different backgrounds and experiences bring value because of those differences, not in spite of them.

Many organizations recognize the value of hiring from historically marginalized groups and already have diversity programs in place to broaden their talent pipelines. Yet many of these same companies may find their diversity programs are not working out the way they had hoped. Maybe it’s because the employees don’t seem to be staying as long with the company, or don’t seem to be advancing. This may be especially frustrating for organizations that have actively tried to recruit from a diverse background. When these organizations step back, they may realize that although they have a strong diversity program, particularly when it comes to recruitment, they have missed the mark on inclusion.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Workplace Inclusion

Here’s My Number, So Call Me Maybe: How to Get Real with References

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 28, 2019 2:30:00 PM

You’ve found your superstar candidate: they have the skills and experience you need, and the interview went well. With a great candidate right at your fingertips, you might be tempted to jump the gun and offer this person a job on the spot. After all, how important is a reference check, anyway? Experts estimate that approximately 20% to 50% of candidates lie on a résumé to embellish their credentials, so checking references isn’t a step to neglect. Reference checking not only allows you to confirm facts, it acts as a figurative crystal ball allowing you a glimpse at the past and an idea of what the future might hold.

You want to know whether this person is too good to be true and get a better sense of how they might fare at your company. A quick conference with a couple people can make a world of difference. Gaining independent insight about a candidate’s previous on-the-job performance is a key feature of the reference check. It verifies the information provided by the candidate on their résumé and during the interview.

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Topics: Employee References

Talent Is More Than Skin-Deep: Appearance-Based Biases in the Workplace

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 21, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Some people seem to have all the luck. But is it really luck, or just looks? How much influence do appearances have on success? We all know appearances can be deceiving, but if we believe that “clothes make the person,” then maybe things aren’t so simple, and maybe sometimes we really do make decisions based on nothing more than how someone looks.

Human resources practices are more inclusive than ever, and workplace cultures tend to be open, progressive, and accepting of people in their infinite variety. Yet biases continue to exist, sneaking into our judgements and decisions more than we might want to admit. These unconscious biases might be invisible to ourselves but have real and significant effects on our workplaces.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Challenges

The Growing Pains of HR: How to Successfully Foster HR in Your Organization

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 14, 2019 2:30:00 PM

The HR function has evolved over time and continues to grow in response to the fast-paced and dynamic world of employment. Organizational leaders and HR professionals have a greater number of responsibilities today than in the past, and they face a variety of challenges. These challenges include ensuring policies and practices comply with changing legislation, recruiting and retaining talent in competitive labour markets, ensuring administrative tasks are complete, and keeping up to date with relevant technology and best practices.

Adding to the increasing responsibilities of HR professionals is a push for equality, diversity, and transparency in employment practices, which further influences the role of HR. Human resources professionals are deeply connected to questions of hiring, retention, compensation, and communication between management and staff. Therefore, it’s important they work to stay up to date with evolving trends. But how?

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Topics: HR Trends

Wellness Is ‘Snow’ Joke: Maintaining Workplace Wellness in the Winter

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 7, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Winter is here, and with it the snow, the cold, and the long dark nights. Even when the weather is nice and the sun is shining, employees can find it difficult to do their best work. Some employees may even suffer from seasonal affective disorder, which can cause significant depressive effects in sufferers. Winter makes maintaining health and wellness difficult to the point that it can seem impossible that spring will ever arrive.

Despite how tough it is to maintain workplace wellness in the winter months, employers should make the effort to do so. Wellness is important year-round, affecting productivity, turnover, and employee engagement, and employers have considerable control over the conditions that make workplace wellness possible.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Sweating the Small Stuff: When to Discipline Small Behavioural Transgressions

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 31, 2019 2:30:00 PM

We’ve all been there; it’s Friday afternoon, you haven’t been back to your desk in hours and can just imagine how many e-mails and phone calls need responding to before you can leave. You walk past your team and overhear them discussing the upcoming potluck and pulling up food photos on their computers. They should be working, but how big of a deal is it, really? They’re hard workers, and you’re happy that they are excited about this company event, so what do you do? Or, more specifically, how do you decide what to do?

Managers constantly run into these grey-area situations where they don’t want to rule with an iron fist, but also don’t want to encourage bad behaviour. How can you decide if it’s worth it?

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Topics: Employee Management

Bills, Bills, Bills: Helping Employees Navigate Legislative Changes

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 24, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Implementing organizational change can be a difficult task for employers because employees don’t always welcome change. When implementing change, employers can use various approaches to help smooth the transition. These approaches often involve employees participating in the process, either by asking for their input or having them provide feedback. But what should employers do if the change is motivated by external factors?

Legislation influences all facets of HR: recruitment and selection, compensation, health and safety, labour relations, and so forth. It’s important for employers to be aware of the existing laws that govern the company, as well as proposed amendments and new legislation, as these can be significant external drivers for organizational change.

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Topics: Communicating Policy Changes, Legislative Changes

Sneaking Away: How to Respond When You Suspect an Employee Plans to Leave

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 17, 2019 2:30:00 PM

You likely know the signs. An employee showing up to your business casual office in a suit, then taking the afternoon off. A sudden surge in sick days, although they seem fine and healthy. A new reluctance to take on any long-term projects. You might not observe anything at all, but hear the news through the company rumour mill that so-and-so has been taking calls from recruiters or was seen visiting one of your competitors’ workplaces.

Turnover is a fact of any organization. Sometimes you have plenty of warning; an employee may be open about looking elsewhere. On other occasions, though, a departure catches you completely by surprise and you are left scrambling to cover the sudden gap in your staff. And sometimes the employee hasn’t said anything about departing, but you suspect they already have one foot out the door. Is there anything you can do?

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Topics: Resignation, Employee Management

Don’t Take It Personally: Managing Sensitive Employees

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 10, 2019 2:30:00 PM

We’ve all been there. You have a tough talk with an employee, then they’re overcome with emotions and begin to cry. For some managers, this display of emotions can make a difficult situation even more uncomfortable. So what do you do with an ‘over-sensitive’ employee?

As an employer or HR manager, you are tasked with managing a wide variety of employee personalities every day. It’s likely that you have worked with highly sensitive employees, and there are many challenges and opportunities associated with developing strong working relationships with these workers. Sensitivity means being aware of others’ needs and emotions, as well as understanding that how others behave affects how we think and feel. What are the first things that come to mind when you think about a sensitive employee?

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Topics: HR Challenges, Employee Management

Dollars and Sense: Financial Literacy and Workplace Wellness

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 3, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Canadians worry about money. More than two fifths of Canadians consider money to be their biggest stressor, and stories abound of people struggling under mortgages, bank loans, and student debts, or failing to save money for their future. Commentators ascribe some of this worry to problems of ‘financial literacy,’ the understanding people have (or lack) about money, especially about saving, spending responsibly, and investing.

Many Canadians now find themselves living from paycheque to paycheque, their financial situation so precarious that one emergency could be disastrous. A survey in the United States found that 47 percent of respondents would not be able to cover a $400 emergency, or would have to borrow money or sell something to cover it; another study found that more than a quarter of participants could not come up with $2,000 for an emergency in 30 days, and a further 19% could only come up with that much money in time if they pawned possessions or took out payday loans.

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Topics: Financial Literacy

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