Published Articles

July 2017

  • Disruptive Leadership

    By Karen Stone, CHRE

    This month’s publication focuses on one of the most important themes facing the business landscape today: disruption.

    It’s a common refrain in business books, articles, case studies and probably even within your own organization – how can we be nimble enough to adapt to a rapidly changing and uncertain business environment? How can we stay one step ahead?

  • Bill 148 Amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards and Labour Laws

    An expensive roller coaster ride for employers –  and an action plan

    By George Vassos

    This has been a roller coaster ride like no other for HR professionals.

    The ride started in May 2015 when the Ontario government appointed two special advisors to conduct the “Changing Workplaces Review.” The top of the ride came two years later on May 23, 2017, when the special advisors issued their extensive final report (and a summary report) with 173 recommendations

  • HR, Interrupted

    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.

  • Economy, Interrupted

    How HR can support an organization through – and out of – tougher times

    By Melissa Campeau

    There’s a volatile mix of elements at work for many organizations right now. Market and political uncertainty, record-breaking M&A activity and a nonstop onslaught of disruptive technologies combine, in many cases, to create some uncertain times.

  • Stop: Apologize and Listen

    Understanding behaviours to push us forward

    By Craig Dowden, Ph.D.

    Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold more than two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. He is also a top-rated executive coach and influential business thinker. His newest book is Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be.

  • Stop Playing Hard to Get

    Three ways to get straight to the point

    By Lee-Martin Seymour

    In HR, we’re tasked with hiring the best and brightest – it’s one of the most important parts of the job, because, as we all know, a business is only as good as its people. However, recruiting the right personnel can also be the most challenging part of the job.

    HR professionals come across a lot of great and not-so-great candidates, recruiting for all manner of positions. Interviewers also ask a lot of great and not-so-great questions.

  • Walking the Talk

    Five steps to align leadership with your brand values

    By William A. Schiemann, Ph.D.

    Metrus Institute, Towers Watson and PwC, among others, report increasing difficulty attracting and retaining the best talent. In some markets – such as the San Francisco Bay area, with three per cent or less unemployment – there is an adrenaline pumped competition for good talent. Many firms are increasingly looking to their employer brand to help them land talent.

  • The Importance of Objectivity and Subjectivity in Tech Recruiting

    Assess technical skills before moving candidates forward in the interviewing process

    By Natalia Panowicz

    According to a December 2016 survey by the career site Indeed, nearly 90 per cent of companies reported they find it challenging to find and hire technical talent. Seventy-five per cent of HR managers surveyed said that the time it takes to fill IT positions has increased in the past three years.

  • Meet the HR Influencers: Jan Boase, CHRE

    Coach and performance consultant

    By Jill Harris

    Jan Boase didn’t necessarily intend to end up with an HR career, but after seizing an opportunity and proving her capabilities more than 30 years ago, she hasn’t looked back. For decades, Boase dedicated herself to corporate HR functions, including working her way up to senior vice president, HR at Liberty International Underwriters.