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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

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

But We Can Still Be Friends: Effective Offboarding

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

When a valued employee leaves your company, it can affect multiple people and areas within the organization. There are many moving pieces that follow an employee departure, which can cause additional stress for the manager and other employees. Using a formal offboarding process helps not only the departing employee, but their manager, their team, and the overall company culture.

Just as your onboarding program addresses all aspects of an employee joining your organization, an offboarding program addresses everything to do with employee departures—whether due to termination, resignation, layoff, or otherwise. An effective offboarding program should be a positive experience for everyone it affects, and like an onboarding program, should be formal, consistent, and supported with adequate resources.

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Topics: Employee Management

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

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

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