Leadership Matters

Cultural shift and digital disruption are changing the way we do business, and the very fabric of the economy. Dave Ulrich tells us how HR can keep pace.

By Liz Bernier

HR has long been envisioned by those not exactly “in the know” as the gatekeepers, red-tape dispensers or the unglamorous pushers of paper in a business ecosystem. While generally an unfair assessment, it is true that HR has historically been regarded as an administrative function as opposed to a strategic one.

By Karen Stone, CHRE

This month’s cover story is all about mergers and acquisitions (M&As) – an area in which HR has a critical role to play to ensure a company’s success.

Today’s transformational mergers and acquisitions make HR’s role in the process more critical than ever

By Melissa Campeau

For HR, few endeavours are as high risk, high reward as mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Organizations head into M&A transactions with their sights set on some kind of gain. In building a new organization, there’s tremendous opportunity for HR to help craft new policies, shift culture and find new ways of developing and retaining talent.

Making sure people feel understood is key

By Christina Harbridge

Ever been on a phone call, in a conversation or in a meeting and realized the conversation is unclear, or not working? Humans often go into conversations thinking about what they want to say rather than first thinking about what the listener is willing to hear. Communication is a two-way street, yet it is not always treated that way. Since communication requires that another person is listening, it really doesn’t matter what is being said if no one is listening.

By Karen Stone, CHRE

This month’s cover story is a forward-thinking one – quite literally. It’s all about the future workplace, the digital shift and the HR professional’s role in advancing the people side of businesses in this age of significant automation and analytics.

The challenges and opportunities of HR planning in a quickly changing world

By Melissa Campeau

A decade ago, you probably weren’t contemplating the best onboarding app for your new recruits. You likely weren’t having conversations about interpreting employee analytics to manage performance, either. And looking beyond Canadian borders for talent? That was likely the exception, not the rule.

How ready was your organization for each of those changes? Did you, for example, dive into cloud technology when it was first available? See the value of employee analytics when that possibility came to light?