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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

Game of Phones - Tips for Providing Employee References

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 24, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Recently, HRdownloads asked our clients about their experiences providing references for former employees. The poll results revealed some interesting insight. This information may help your organization decide how it will handle references, and what you need to do to better protect your organization against claims by former employees affected by negative references.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Performance on Trial: Effective Probationary Period Arrangements

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 22, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Many employers and HR professionals assume they have no obligations to probationary employees until the probationary period has ended, but this simply isn’t true. Probationary employment involves a new hire performing a job for a predetermined trial period before the employer decides whether to offer them a permanent position. Recently, court rulings on Canadian employment law have consistently supported the notion that probationary employees should be given reasonable opportunity to demonstrate their ability to perform the job they were hired for before being terminated. In other words, probationary periods do not provide an employer with carte blanche—or unrestricted authority—to terminate employees while they are on probation. In fact, many employers mishandle the probationary process by extending it and then dismissing probationary employees without notice, or pay in lieu of notice, leaving themselves vulnerable to wrongful dismissal claims.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Two Truths and a Lie: How to Detect Resume Misrepresentation

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 20, 2017 10:15:00 AM

When sitting down with a job candidate who seems too good to be true, you might wonder whether somewhere during the hiring process this person has been dishonest about their skills, education, or experience. A survey conducted by CareerBuilder revealed that over 50% of all job candidates admit to fabricating or embellishing details during the hiring process. The odds are then that you have been told a fib or two during the recruitment and selection process.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Hire Remorse – The Costs of a Bad Hire

Posted by HRdownloads on Apr 6, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Making the right hiring decision is not always easy, even for veteran hiring managers, and there is a lot at stake for organizations. The more systematic and objective your recruitment and selection processes are, the more likely you are to make a good hiring decision.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Been There, Asked That - Rethinking Common Interview Questions

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 27, 2017 2:10:00 PM

The hiring process has changed a lot over the years; telephone interviews, video interviews, and Internet applications are increasingly mainstream now, but were almost non-existent even twenty years ago. The traditional in-person interview remains popular, however, as the preferred method to evaluate candidates. For some companies, these interviews are now just one phase of a larger hiring process; for others, interviews may be the only step in recruitment. In either case, the face-to-face interview is given a lot of weight in the final hiring decision, so it bears close examination to ensure it’s used as effectively as possible. The best possible interview is the one that asks the best possible questions. Without the right questions, you can’t get the answers you need from candidates to make a reasoned, informed decision.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

Targeting Soft Skills - The Benefits of Hiring Well-Rounded Applicants

Posted by HRdownloads on Jan 23, 2017 9:23:00 AM

The traditional approach to recruitment used by many companies has been to focus almost exclusively on the essential technical skills applicants need to do the job they were hired for. After all, targeting specific technical skills is essential in order to ensure that your employees are competent in their roles. This approach isn’t in itself wrong—but what about soft skills? Most positions demand more than just the basic ability to perform the task.

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Topics: Recruitment, HR Management

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