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VOLUME 35 / NUMBER 13 DECEMBER 2018
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Jason Beeho, Levitt LLP
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for a New Year
Every year at this time it seems that as a collective whole, we
look back and reflect on what was and what could have been,
both personally and professionally. It’s not surprising, the
New Year is the symbolic fresh start that many of us use to
inspire growth and improvement for the coming year. We set goals
and make resolutions, and perhaps – like me – you make detailed
plans that are intended to be the blueprint of the year.
It would be a fair assessment to say that 2018 was a bit of a wild
ride that didn’t exactly stick to a blueprint. First, Bill 148 came into
effect on Jan. 1, and as employers felt settled in with the new employ-ment
standards, the newly elected Ford administration decided to
shake things up with a repeal of the Bill. Not to mention, the legal-ization
of recreational cannabis by the Trudeau government put
HR departments and employers in a mad rush to update policies
and ensure a smooth transition into this uncharted territory.
As 2019 approaches, I think it’s safe to say that HR profession-als
can except another wild ride and we want to make sure you have
the most detailed plans to build the best blueprint for an incred-ible
year. To help you, this month’s cover story on page 16 dives
into three of the biggest trends for 2019: Analytics and AI, recruit-ment
and retention, and atypical working. These have been growing
trends over the last year, but 2019 is sure to see some real growth in
Building diverse and inclusive workplaces will continue to be a
trend in 2019. Page 31 has some great information on gender iden-tity
that can help you to build a safe and supportive culture at work.
As the talent pool continues to shrink, the way organizations
reach their potential recruits has to evolve. Many companies are
utilizing video in their recruitment efforts with great results. That
article can be found on page 35.
I hope that this edition of HR Professional helps you build your
HR blueprint for an incredible and successful 2019. On behalf of
all of us here at HR Professional, I want to wish you a safe and joyful
holiday season with friends, family and of course, your work teams.
Best wishes for 2019!
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