Published Articles

July/August 2014

  • Considering Career Engagement

    By Deirdre Pickerell, Ph.D., CHRP, GCDF-i

    Human resources professionals are the lifeblood of any organization. In this knowledge economy, HR is tasked with managing an organization’s most valuable commodity – its people.

  • Off The Shelf

    By Alyson Nyiri

    In his new book, Les Dakens writes about his experience as a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), and provides a career development plan for HR professionals looking to reach the top spot in the C-Suite. In a recent interview, Dakens shared what he has learned as a CHRO.

  • Interview with an HR Hero: Chris Judge, SHRP

    By Lisa Gordon

    Chris Judge doesn’t mind admitting that academically, he was a late bloomer. After struggling through high school in his native England, he ended up at a community college to earn a diploma in business studies. For him, that’s where it all clicked."

  • Hearts, Guts and Mind

    By Carlos Davidovich, M.D., MBA and Suzanne Hood,

    In our current age of rapid change, strong leadership skills have never been more valuable. Many words come to mind when thinking of an ideal leader: rational, logical, decisive, single-minded. But how true is this ideal image?

  • Next Gen Recruitment

    By Colin Martin

    When a Toronto recruiter first tried out video interviewing earlier this year, she was amazed at the ease of the process and how comfortable the applicant seemed to be. Little did she know, the candidate – dressed conservatively from the waist up – was actually doing the interview in his underwear.

  • Is Sitting The New Smoking?

    By Heather Hudson

    According to Dr. David Harper, Canadians’ sedentary behaviour could put our health at risk as much as smoking cigarettes.

  • Does Your Workplace Have a Culture of Sick Leave?

    By Yafa Sakkejha

    A colleague once remarked to me that seven people in his department, out of a company of 400 people, had claimed short-term disability (STD) for stress leave in the last two years. I asked how this could be – is there something going on in the workplace?

  • The Benefits of Your Benefits Plan

    By Joel Kranc 

    With 15,000 employees spread throughout the country, Best Buy has its human resources work cut out for it. To make things even more complicated, HR is tasked with addressing the needs of four talent pools – employees of Best Buy, employees of Future Shop, distribution warehouse workers and corporate head office employees.

  • Performance Management

    By Leann Schneider, M.A. and Tim Jackson, Ph.D.

    No one likes to be judged. Imagine yourself entering a performance review, or a debrief of your assessment results, and knowing that all of your strengths and weaknesses would be scrutinized, talked about in the open and evaluated.

  • Is Giving the Key to Success?

    By Craig Dowden, Ph.D. 

    Adam Grant, Ph.D. is the youngest tenured professor at the prestigious Wharton School of Business. Last year, his first book, Give and Take, was published to international acclaim and became a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.

  • Conversational Intelligence

    By Judith E. Glaser 

    Conversations can be dynamic, interactive and inclusive – impacting the way we connect, engage, interact and influence others, and enabling us to shape reality, mindsets, events and outcomes in a collaborative way.

  • Organizational Culture

    By Melissa Campeau

    Plug “organizational culture” into Google and you get more than 32 million results. Clearly, culture is a topic on many people’s minds.

  • Ensure your Organization Complies with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

    By Laura K. Williams

    By now, your organization is likely aware that new legislation commonly referred to as Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) is coming into effect on July 1, 2014.

  • Leadership Matters

    By Phil Wilson, CHRP, SHRP

    There’s a paradox in the Ontario economy: youth unemployment is sitting at 17 per cent, yet the province is facing a skilled trades shortage that’s costing Ontario $24 billion annually.