HR Professional


September 2015


"Almost Cause" | The Toxic Workplace | Interviewing Salespeople

Effective HRIS Implementation
Transforming Data into usable information


  1. Effective HRIS Implementation
    Ins and outs of introducing an HRIS into your organization
  2. The Diversity Advantage
    The future of HR is creating cultures of inclusion within organizations
  3. Job Connections
    Compass Group Canada reaches out to employees with "Cafe"
  4. Meet the HR Influencers
    Kelly Davis, CHRL, CHRE, H.R.C.C.C


  1. Letter from the Editor
  2. Leadership Matters
  3. Upfront - The latest HR news
  4. Legal Words - No reduction in notice period for "almost cause"
  5. Culture - How a toxic workplace affects employee mental health
  6. Policies and Procedures - Accommodating employees with mental health and addiction disabilities
  7. Recruitment - How to interview prospective salespeople effectively
  8. Communications - Aligning HR and PR
  9. Health and Wellness - Addressing passive-aggressive behaviour in the workplace
  10. Amanda Laverty: HR generalist
  11. Off the Shelf - What's Worth reading
  12. The Last Word - Becoming a best workplace for women

Volume 32 / Number 6 September 2015
Editor: Jill Harris
Managing Editor: Duff McCutcheon, HRPA Legal Editor: Malcolm MacKillop, Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP
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Editorial Advisory Board
Michael Bach, Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion/Institut canadien de la diversité et de l’inclusion Mary Ann Baynton, Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace Christine Burych, StarlingBrook Corporation Eric Cousineau, OCG Strategy & Organizational Consulting Joseph (Val) D’Sa, York Region District School Board Bonnie Flatt, Master Coaches Mandy Hanlon, Oakbridges Labour Relations Consulting Inc. Jennifer Laidlaw, Ontario Securities Commission Norm Sabapathy, Maple Leaf Foods Dr. Parbudyal Singh, York University Sandra Smith, southlake Regional Health Centre Melissa Sonberg, McGill University Christine Thomlinson, Rubin Thomlinson LLP HR PROFESSIONAL is published eight times per year for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

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