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Glory Days: How to Maintain Company Culture During Growth

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 20, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Plenty of advice is available on how to grow a strong company culture or how to fix a damaged culture for organizations. This type of advice can provide great insight on how to resolve a problem after it has occurred, but what proactive measures can companies take to maintain a strong culture while scaling their business? For most organizations, culture is easily established when the company is in its infancy and the company is relatively small in size. As a company grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain and foster that culture, especially because culture usually isn’t a priority until it’s a problem.

Company culture affects employee engagement, retention, recruitment, performance, well-being, and absenteeism. With the proper planning, companies can grow their organization while preserving their culture, so they’re not left reminiscing about their start-up’s cultural glory days.


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Topics: Workplace Culture, Employee Management

Burnout 101: What It Is, Why It’s Bad, and How You Can Help

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 13, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Look just about anywhere online and you’ll read about burnout in the workplace. You’ll read that it’s widespread and getting worse. You’ll read that it affects people in every industry and at every level of responsibility. You might even find people referring to it like a public health crisis, using words like ‘epidemic’ to describe the issue’s severity. A recent survey from Robert Half found that 96% of senior managers in Canada believe their employees are feeling some degree of burnout, and nearly 95% of workers agreed.

The most prevalent definition of burnout is a feeling of depletion, exhaustion, and negativity arising from chronic workplace stress, and its consequences can be devastating to any organization. Common responses to burnout focus on what employees can do to mitigate feelings and effects of burnout in the workplace, but employers have a greater role to play. An employee’s influence over the conditions of their workplace is necessarily quite small, but an employer can dramatically alter things to address burnout on a larger scale.


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Topics: Employee Management

What First Impression Does Your Orientation Make? A Best Practice Guide

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 23, 2020 2:30:00 PM

First impressions count, especially for workplaces. A new hire will determine within their first few months of starting a new job whether they will stay with that employer for the long term. Starting an employment relationship off on the right foot is critical if you want to retain talent, and it starts with ensuring that day one leaves a positive impression. A survey by Glassdoor found that employees who had a highly effective onboarding experience were 18 times more likely to feel committed to their organization. Effective orientation is necessary to set up employees for success in their new role, welcome them to the team, and ease their first-day jitters.

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Topics: HR Management, Employee Management

Back to the Future (at Work): Re-onboarding Employees

Posted by HRdownloads on Dec 19, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Employees come and go, but are you prepared for when they come back? In the movie Back to the Future, Marty McFly goes on an adventure through time, returning to a profoundly changed present. Employees who return from a prolonged leave of absence can feel like they, too, have travelled through time, uncertain of exactly where they are, what’s different, or what they should do next.

It’s easy to presume that when employees return to the workplace they will pick up right where they left off. But if an employee has been gone a long time, getting back into the daily flow of their job could be difficult. Your company might have grown, workspaces been rearranged, colleagues left and been replaced by new faces, and processes been altered. Even slow, small changes you don’t notice from day to day can be overwhelming for an employee who encounters them all at once after an absence.

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Topics: HR Challenges, Employee Management

Working Nine-ish to Five-ish: Helping Employees Make the Most of Flexible Work Arrangements

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

Employers today are likelier than ever to offer flex-work, or flexible working arrangements, like variable schedules, telecommuting, or core hours. In a recent survey by the Conference Board of Canada, more than 85% of employers said they offer some form of flex-work to their employees.

Despite this generosity, uptake from employees often falls short—the same survey found that less than 40% of employees actually use the flex-work options their employer offers. And yet flexible working arrangements are a consistent draw for candidates, with a flexible schedule consistently ranking high in desirable features for a job—often just behind competitive pay and good culture. So if lots of employers offer it, and lots of employees want it, why don’t more employees actually use flex-work?

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Topics: Workplace Culture, Employee Management

Don’t Get That Summertime Sadness: How to End Summer Contracts

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 5, 2019 2:30:00 PM

The end of warmer weather may be fast approaching, but don’t let the end-of-summer blues distract you from sending off your seasonal employees with a bang. Many employers know that summertime and seasonal contracts are the perfect way to meet business deadlines and ensure coverage for permanent employees’ vacation time during peak seasons.

Despite how important these employees are to organizations, they are often forgotten or their efforts are neglected, and they are rushed out the door as fast as they were brought in. Failing to recognize these temporary employees before they leave is a mistake many organizations make that could be costing you time and resources.

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Topics: Employee Management

Don’t ‘Leave’ Them in the Lurch: Helping an Employee Return from Leave

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 8, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Sometimes life gets in the way, and employees have to step away from work to devote their time to an illness, a family member, or something else. Whatever your jurisdiction, legislation offers protected leaves for a variety of needs so that employees can tend to their lives without sacrificing their jobs. These leaves generally include maternity or parental leave, various kinds of sick leave, bereavement leave, depending on the jurisdiction.

Not only are leaves legislatively required, they can also offer many benefits for your organization. Allowing employees time off can reduce unplanned absences and improve morale, which boosts retention rates. Productivity is another major benefit, with 89% of companies allowing paid time off reporting a positive effect in overall productivity as reported by A study by Business Wire found that 58% of workers want paid family leave from their employers, outranking the demand for other popular perks.

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Topics: HR Challenges, Employee Management

What Is a Volunteer, Exactly? Avoiding the Perils of Worker Misclassification

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

No matter what type of company, no matter what industry, how you categorize the people who work for you matters a lot. Each jurisdiction has strict rules about employers’ responsibilities towards workers, but these responsibilities change depending on just what kind of worker we’re talking about. For example, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour outlines a six-part test to determine whether someone is an intern or an employee, but what about a volunteer?

Generally speaking, neither an intern nor a volunteer is paid for their efforts, neither receives employee benefits, there’s no understanding of a job at the end of the relationship between the organization and the individual, and only a negligible material benefit to the company. So, what exactly is the difference, and why does it matter? The easy part to answer is that it matters because misclassifying workers is one of the commonest mistakes employers make, one that government regulators regularly watch for, and one that can have significant legal consequences for noncompliant organizations. As regulators crack down on exploitative and misleading ‘internships’ across the country, it’s more important than ever to make sure that all categories of workers are appropriately classified.

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Topics: Volunteers, Employee Management

Accessibility for All: The Benefits of Creating an Accessible Workplace

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 11, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Statistics Canada estimates that one in every five working-age Canadians lives with some form of disability. The most common types of disabilities are related to mobility, pain, and mental health. Most people living with these conditions can work and do seek meaningful employment, yet nearly 40 percent of working adults with disabilities are currently unemployed. Those living with disabilities could enter the labour market, actively participate in the workforce, and contribute to the economy if organizations made improvements to workplace accessibility. This is why it is important for all organizations to promote accessibility in their workplace, both for employees and customers, even if they are not specifically required to do so by legislation.

Businesses that work to identify and reduce barriers and improve accessibility for job seekers, employees, and customers can see considerable economic gains. So why isn’t everyone creating an accessible workplace?

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Topics: Accessibility, Employee Management

It’s Time to Up Your Training Game: Getting Employees Engaged in Training

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 4, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Have you ever been involved in workplace training with a group of employees and felt the energy in the room slowly decrease? The trainees’ eyes glaze over, their attention shifts elsewhere, and soon the room might as well be empty for all the good the training is doing. It’s a situation that most of us have experienced, whether from the perspective of the trainer or the trainee.

The memory of sitting in a room listening to a monotonous presenter might come to mind, or images of PowerPoint presentations filled with outdated clip art and big, boring blocks of text. The trainee might manage to pick up a few facts, but are they really learning? The good news is, training doesn’t have to be this way anymore!

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Topics: Employee Management

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