Published Articles

April 2018

  • Off the Shelf

    By Lindsay Risto

    The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams

    By Sam Walker, Random House, 2017

  • Meet the HR Influencers: Matthew Savino, CHRE

    Leadership through Engagement

    By Lisa Gordon

    When Matthew Savino started his human resources career 24 years ago, he was quite literally working in the salt mines.

  • Show Me the Money

    Starting salary: negotiable or not?

    Many job postings close with a statement indicating salary is negotiable, but how often do job seekers speak up to secure a better package? According to a survey from global staffing firm Robert Half, 36 per cent of Canadian workers tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last job offer.

  • Great Workplaces

    The link between engagement, trust and revenue

    By Jen Wetherow

    For more than two decades, companies on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For have provided three times the return of standard stocks (Figure 1). One thing they have in common? These are large companies that dedicate considerable resources toward employee engagement. It seems that a correlation clearly exists between organizational trust, employee engagement and performance.

  • The New Frontier of Legal Research

    Not sure how to handle upcoming workplace impacts from legalized marijuana use? Ask an artificially intelligent legal tool.

    By Benjamin Alarie

    Not so long ago, the legalization of recreational marijuana and the practical application of artificial intelligence in human resources seemed like remote possibilities. Yet, as far out as they may seem, these developments are a reality and their impacts on the workplace are imminent.

  • Undermining the Binary

    When it comes to inclusivity at work, the language we use is of critical importance. Here’s why.

    By Alyson Nyiri, CHRL

    There’s no doubt about it: feminism has arrived in the workplace. Gender, sex and sexuality are part of our new lexicon. Discussions within an organization about people and talent need to integrate current thinking about gender, sex and sexualities.

  • Rewarding the Individual

    HR personalization is becoming a key differentiator in business success

    By Stefany Bonanni

    The idea of “personalization” is on the rise in HR circles, with more companies buying into the notion that individually cared-for and respected employees are engaged and productive employees.

  • Reframing HR for the Future of Work

    Prioritizing people at all levels is the key to an organization’s success 

    By Justin Fragapane

    By now, we’re all hopefully aware that the shift toward employee engagement is here to stay.

  • A Benefit to All

    Getting the most from your health and safety committee

    By Jennifer Miller

    Recruitment, diversity, motivation, effectiveness and retention: these are the cornerstones that an efficient health and safety committee is built on. Getting the most from your health and safety committee is beneficial to everyone.

  • Mental Illness at Work

    Why employers need a change of mind

    By Ed Mantler

    Unemployment rates for people living with mental health challenges can be as high as 70 to 90 per cent, which disadvantages employers as much as it discriminates against people keen to be part of Canada’s economy. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), stigma and prejudice, along with inadequate employment supports, are major obstacles that prevent people with mental illnesses from getting – and keeping – a job.

  • How to Achieve National Pharmacare

    A clear definition is needed before proceeding

    By Helen Stevenson

    Calls for national pharmacare, which have long been simmering, have boiled over as of late. The federal government has taken the first step toward a national strategy with the release of the 2018 Federal Budget. Dr. Eric Hoskins, the former Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario, will chair an advisory council to review options and establish ideas for the framework for a national pharmacare program. 

  • Healthy at Work

    How to start a cost-effective workplace health and wellness program

    By Laura Pratt

    More and more companies are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy workplace and they’re taking initiative to offer services that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees.

  • Designated for Excellence

    HR is taking on an increasingly strategic role within organizations – and designations are a key factor for success

    By Liz Bernier

    It’s already apparent that having an HR designation leads to bigger paycheques and faster promotions. There’s more than a $10K jump in median pay for HRPA-certified versus non HRPA-certified HR professionals, according to 2017 Payscale research.

  • The Business of People

    Business leaders speak out about what they want from HR now and in the future

    By Sarah B. Hood

    As president and CEO of Meridian Credit Union Ltd., Bill Maurin expects his human resources team to be thinking one step ahead of the rest of the company.

  • Anton Piller Orders

    An extreme tool when trust has been broken

    By Mark Repath

    Companies place a considerable amount of trust in their employees. Confidential and sensitive information that has taken years and millions of dollars to develop is placed at the disposal of various employees within an organization. In the vast majority of cases, this confidential information and trust is not abused by employees.

  • HR by the Numbers

    By Karen Stone, CHRE

    It may be a safe assumption to say that HR professionals have well-developed people skills. We are in the business of people, and much of our time, thought and strategy centres on talent development and building productive workplace environments where good communication and dialogue occur.