By Lisa Gordon
In his 38-year human resources, labour relations and consultan-cy
career, Hugh Secord has specialized in helping organizations
through challenging times.
“It’s about much more than change management,” said
Secord, who is co-owner and chief strategist of Uxbridge,
Ont.-based Oakbridges Labour Relations Strategists Inc. The
three-person consultancy firm specializes in the natural resource
sector – particularly mining, oil and gas – as well as the broader
power industry and manufacturing.
Working in complex, unionized environments, Secord enjoys
the challenge of applying systemic thinking to deep issues that are
anything but transactional or routine.
Plus, there’s the added benefit of working in many different en-vironments,
from a diamond mine in the Canadian North to a
distillery in Kentucky.
HR Professional caught up with Secord just before he travelled
to an assignment in Trail, B.C. We asked him to share his thoughts
about labour relations, the role of HR and how it all comes togeth-er
in what Secord called his “dream job.”
“THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS GETTING
ORGANIZATIONS TO UNDERSTAND
THE IMPORTANCE OF A HOLISTIC
APPROACH TO SOLVING ISSUES.”
– HUGH SECORD
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