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Puff, Puff, Passing Along the Right Information: Addressing Employees’ Cannabis Concerns

Posted by HRdownloads on Nov 1, 2018 2:30:00 PM

The changes to cannabis legislation can be confusing and stressful for everyone, whether you felt prepared or not. Recreational cannabis is now legal across Canada, but the work is not over for employers. By now you should have updated your organization’s policies and put provisions in place to address illicit use and impairment at work, but have you thought about what happens when your employees start to indulge in legal cannabis use?

It’s inevitable that some people will start consuming cannabis for recreational use now that it is legal. Most employees can be trusted to abide by the rules, so legalization doesn’t necessarily mean employees will suddenly start showing up high on the job. While the main concern for most employers is intoxication and impairment, have you considered some of the questions that may be on your employees’ minds surrounding cannabis? You may be ready to deal with cannabis, but chances are your employees have a whole bunch of questions beyond whether or not to come to work high.

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Topics: Recreational Marijuana

Mind Your Manners: Improving Your Leadership Etiquette

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 25, 2018 2:30:00 PM

While workplace etiquette should be common sense, in today’s modern work environment a casual work culture might promote a casual management style. How people interact with each other seems less formal than it used to be, which can lull people into forgetting etiquette altogether. As a manager, you may be able to bend the rules some of the time, like showing up to a meeting a few minutes late, or answering a text during a meeting. But how would you like it if your employees did the same things? What if it was reversed and an employee decided to step out mid-meeting to grab a drink or refill their coffee?

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Topics: Leadership, manager employee relations

One Step Forward or Two Steps Back? Effective Progressive Discipline

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 18, 2018 2:30:00 PM

It’s Friday morning before the long weekend, and you’re looking forward to a quick workday. When you arrive to work, you find an unexpected notice. The employee you let go last month has made a claim of wrongful dismissal. You wonder how this can be; you provided the employee with a verbal warning, then a written warning, followed by a three-day suspension before they were terminated. Surely, you’ve done enough to cover yourself legally, right?

Progressive discipline is a great management tool when used effectively. Unfortunately, two steps are often missed during the coaching stage: support and facilitation. Going through the motions is not enough—employers need to actively engage in the process. The intent of progressive discipline is to provide employees with opportunities to modify or correct inadequate performance and behaviour. Without actively supporting employees and facilitating opportunities for performance improvements, that purpose is undermined.

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Topics: managing employees, Performance Management

Deep into the Weed: Understanding the Basics of Recreational Cannabis

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 11, 2018 2:30:00 PM

The official date for legalization of recreational cannabis across Canada is October 17, 2018. That date is coming swiftly, and employers are busy preparing their policies and conducting risk assessments.

With all of this preparation, you might feel as if you have become a cannabis expert—or you may feel overwhelmed by all the information that is out there. There are definitely many considerations when assessing the risks of cannabis use in the workplace, as well as the types of accommodations that may be needed if legalization results in more accommodation requests. To truly understand how recreational cannabis use may affect your business, let’s start with the basics.

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Topics: Recreational Marijuana

How Not to Hire: Common Interview Mistakes

Posted by HRdownloads on Oct 4, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Hiring can be difficult. There’s more to it than simply filling a vacancy with a body. It’s more like a complex, 1000-piece puzzle where at first glance several pieces seem like a good fit, but it takes more analysing and thought to find the right piece.

Think about the last time you interviewed someone or were interviewed. What went well? What didn’t? You can always improve your interview skills, whether you are the interviewee or interviewer. When it’s time to select someone for your team, it’s important to understand what you are looking for in a new hire and what you are allowed to discuss in an interview before the meeting begins.

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Topics: Hiring

Mental Health First Aid: Are You Prepared?

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 27, 2018 2:30:00 PM

An employee asks to speak with you. They are sweating, having trouble breathing, and teary-eyed. They disclose they're having an anxiety attack, and they feel as though their heart will jump out of their chest. What would you do?

Not all leaders or employees can confidently say how they would respond in this situation. However, with the increased visibility of mental illness in the workplace and chronic mental stress changing the adjudication of workers' compensation board claims, employers need to be proactive and prepared to respond immediately if an employee has a mental health crisis in the workplace.

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Topics: Mental Health, Health and Safety

You’re Not the Boss of Me! Managing an Employee You Dislike

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 20, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Have you ever come across someone who rubs you the wrong way? Maybe you can’t quite put your finger on why—maybe you know exactly why—but tolerating the person is a constant challenge. Now, imagine that person is your employee and reports directly to you. What do you do?

Many managers will come across this a few times in their career. One of the drawbacks to a management role is that you don’t always get to pick your direct reports. Perhaps you inherited the employee when starting a new management role, or the organization restructured and your team had an open spot. No matter how they got there, you are their manager and need to be able to work with and manage them effectively.

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Topics: managing employees

If You Build It, Will They Come? Building a Workplace Wellness Program That Employees Actually Use

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 13, 2018 2:30:00 PM

One of the most common tactics for employers to distinguish themselves from competitors is a workplace wellness program, although in the arms race of the so-called ‘war’ for talent, merely having such a program isn’t enough. By now, having a workplace wellness program of some kind is largely expected—the real distinction is what the program offers employees. Not every employer can offer an onsite gym or catered healthy lunches. Then again, not every employer should.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Workplace Culture, Recruitment

First Things First: What to Do in Case of a Workplace Injury

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 6, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Every employer should be aware that protecting the health and safety of employees is not merely best practice, it is a legal requirement. With changes to health and safety legislation occurring all the time, more and more responsibilities are placed on employers to ensure their employees’ safety in the workplace. These responsibilities are enforced through disciplinary measures which vary across jurisdictions but can include fines and even jail terms. Under health and safety legislation, employers must evaluate, determine, and remove risks of injury in the workplace. However, despite best efforts, workplace injuries still occur, and when they do, employers need to know how to react.

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Topics: Health and Safety

Guess Who? Identifying and Managing Challenging Employees

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 30, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Do you remember the board game Guess Who? Players race against each other to identify their opponent’s character by considering physical characteristics like clothing, glasses, and hairstyles. Surveying your work team for the difficult employee who may be causing turmoil behind the scenes can make you feel like you’re playing a grown-up version of Guess Who?, but instead of the obvious signs, employers often have to rely on behavioural clues.

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Topics: HR Challenges, HR Management, managing employees

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