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Recruiting New Board Directors: What Not-for-Profits Need to Know

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 29, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Your mission is important; the nature of a not-for-profit organization is helping a worthy cause. You likely got started because you had a passion for something that lit a fire in your life. Everything you do, you do for a purpose. But your least favourite part about the job is probably when someone leaves.

One of the hardest positions to fill is a spot on the board of directors. Many not-for-profits have a board of directors that serves as an agent and overseer for the organization. The board is crucial for maintaining long-term sustainability and vision fulfilment. Over time, however, the board will experience turnover as long-serving directors complete their terms, retire, or relocate. Finding replacement directors is a task that all board-based not-for-profits must face sooner or later. But how do you even begin your search?

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Topics: Recruitment

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

Recruitment Wars: How to Overcome the Job Seekers’ Market

Posted by HRdownloads on Nov 15, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Employers across Canada are losing sleep over labour shortages, which are expected to last throughout the next decade. These shortages affect a company’s revenue and growth, increasing costs associated with wages and benefits, requiring existing employees to work longer hours, and influencing competitiveness because of deteriorating quality or unfulfilled services—not to mention a frenzy of recruitment wars.

Labour shortages affect organizations of all sizes but are particularly concerning for smaller employers. A recent survey conducted by Business Development Bank of Canada found that 39 percent of small to medium-sized companies are having difficulty finding new employees. Why? Because a labour shortage leads to a job seekers’ market. Job seekers can place higher demands on employers because the number of job vacancies is high. Job seekers have options and they know it; many employers are fighting for the same talent. So the next question is: what can employers do?

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Topics: Recruitment

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: Recruitment, Workplace Culture, Workplace Wellness

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