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How do I manage office gossip without losing my mind (and my time?)

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Nora Jenkins Townson is the founder of Toronto’s brightest HR consultancy, Bright + Early. As an outspoken, unconventional HR expert, she has helped Canadian companies like Wealthsimple and FreshBooks grow from startups into household names.

How Jen McPherson is making her mark on West Coast HR

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The first time Jennifer McPherson found herself on the interviewer’s side of the table, she was 19 years old. Since then, she’s hired and managed hundreds of employees at companies across Vancouver.

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Quantifying Company Culture

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Elisha Gray is the Director of People and Culture at Street Contxt, a global communication platform for investment professionals. Combining business savvy, street smarts, and a military upbringing, Elisha brings a truly analytical mindset to modern HR.

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

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Across Canada, the conversation around marijuana in the workplace has been heating up. Legislation is loosening. Social perceptions are shifting. And an increasing number of companies are extending their group benefits coverage to include medical cannabis products.

Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.

I’m not comfortable with hugs. Can I ban them at work?

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Elisha Gray has the rare ability to navigate people management with equal parts tact, pragmatism, and personal care. Following her tenure as Director of People and Culture at Street Contxt , Elisha has taken on the role of senior consultant at the modern HR consultancy, Bright + Early.

I accidentally yelled at a new employee. How can I make amends?

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Jane Watson is the Head of People at Actionable.co and the influential voice behind Talent Vanguard, a must-read HR blog. With more than 15 years in the field, Jane brings curiosity, thoughtfulness, candor to modern people management.

Less Fad, More Philosophy

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Cerys Cook is the Director of People and Culture at The PUR Company , the creators of the #1 selling aspartame-free gum and mints in the world. Not only is PUR kicking aspartame, Cerys is kicking the notion that going to HR is anything like going to the principal’s office.

How to evaluate HR software

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As the HR software sector becomes more crowded, it’s getting harder to evaluate which HR platform—or platforms—will bring the most value to your organization.

An easy Linkedin hack to reduce bias in recruiting

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This year’s news cycle has been full of reminders that the tech industry has a diversity problem. Women and minorities are underrepresented in tech and leadership roles. They are also more likely to face discrimination, harassment, and the hot mess James Damore’s Google ‘Manifesto’ has created.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

5 Videos on Building an Authentic Company Culture

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In startups and larger organizations alike, there’s a misconception that employee perks and company culture are one and the same. Both are important for employee engagement and retention.

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10+ Canadian startups shaping global workplace culture

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“There’s something special going on in Canadian #fintech. ” In fact, there’s something special going on in Canada as a whole: more economic freedom, affordable business tools, unparalleled diversity, and an influx of both homegrown and foreign talent have made Canada an attractive and powerful home for successful startups. Multi-million dollar companies like Slack, Shopify, Hootsuite, Vidyard, Wealthsimple and Freshbooks already have their roots in Canada, though many still confuse them for U.S.

Can we stop employees from speaking other languages at work?

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Brett Reed is the passionate Talent + People leader at SnapTravel. With years of international and tech recruitment under his belt, Brett is among the best at finding bright, passionate people from around the world and making sure they have everything they need to get their best work done.

What’s the real difference between corporate and startup HR?

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Meet Sneha (right) and Shalaka (left). One works for Canadian mega-brand Shoppers Drug Mart. The other is employee #7 at foodora Canada, a startup success story two years in the making. …And did we mention that they’re sisters?

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Why Collage HR has The Disruptors Talking

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Can HR be disruptive? Bruce Croxon, former Dragon’s Den investor and host of BNN’s The Disruptors, thinks so. Last week, Bruce and co-host Amber Kanwar discussed the need for disruption in the HR and benefits space in a special segment on Collage.

How should I approach an employee who takes way too many breaks?

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This week, Collage’s very own Sophia Jaffer, CHRP, takes on Good Question. As our company’s very first hire (!!), she has played an invaluable role in shaping our product and our culture. Equal parts HR and client service, Sophia brings a balanced perspective no matter how challenging the situation.

Mastering Employee Engagement Surveys

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This article includes a free employee engagement survey template. To access it, simply open the link and click “make a copy.” ” by Jessica Collins, CHRL. The results are in: Employee engagement drives work performance. Engaged employees work harder and smarter.

Who makes the final hiring decision: HR or the CEO?

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Jacqueline English is a modern HR consultant with over 20 years of experience building foundational HR programs and strategies.

How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

How eSight saves hours onboarding with Collage

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eSight Eyewear is a mission-driven tech company that enables the legally blind to actually see. With campuses in Toronto and Ottawa, the company has doubled to 90 employees in the past year and plans to double again soon.

An easier way to recruit, hire, and grow your team

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Business owners love to hate hiring. Growth equals success, (congrats!) but it also means putting in the time, money, and emotional investment to find the right person for their team.

Can I confront an employee who is lying on Linkedin?

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Leanne Shaw is the HR Lead at Carlson Construction Group and its three subsidiary companies.

How Eyecarrot improved their employee experience with Collage

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Eyecarrot is a Canadian startup on a unique mission. They’re using mobile platforms and user-friendly tech to advance human vision performance. When it came to their fast-growing team, the company knew they’d need the same technology to ensure smooth scaling and a great employee experience. We spoke with founder Adam Cigielski to find out how Collage’s cloud-based HR helped Eyecarrot bring their tech values and employee experience back into focus. _.

The Art of Selecting Candidate Pre-Hire Assessments

Speaker: Melissa Dobbins, Founder & CEO, Career.Place

At the core of successful hiring practices is the fair and accurate evaluation of skills, abilities, knowledge and other criteria for a job. One powerful method to do this is through psychometric assessments. The right assessments used in the right way provide objective evaluation of criteria that are far more accurate than interviews alone. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong assessments or using assessments in the wrong way can lead to bad choices, biases, and even discriminatory practices that violate compliance standards.

The research-backed wisdom of taking breaks at work

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Call it the busy trap, virtual hamster wheel, or just plain workaholism. Either way, our inability to take breaks from work is working against us. We turned to science to find out why stopping work is necessary to getting any work done. By Jenny Aitken. _. Take a break” is the kind of advice that’s easy to give, yet irrationally hard to take. We’re quick to dish it out—to friends, partners, even coworkers who share the same desk and deadlines.

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5 Ways to Rethink your Recruitment Process

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When was the last time you thought about your recruitment process? Like, really thought about it. Not when you’re in the middle of an interview, wondering if your questions are ‘structured’ enough. Not while you frantically flip between emails and spreadsheets looking for a candidate’s reference list. And certainly not when a new vacancy opens up at your company—that position needs to be filled ASAP. You don’t have time to think about hiring funnels!

Making Sense of New Hire Documents

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Job offers and employment contracts are among the most important documents in your HR toolkit. They are the prerequisite of any employment relationship, and nearly every business has to refer back to them at some point to make good on a promise or to resolve a dispute. In both cases, misunderstandings or ambiguity can cost employers tens of thousands of dollars. Employment contracts carry significant weight for startups in particular.

HSA vs. FSA vs. WSA: Which is Best For Your Employees?

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“Fast, good, or cheap – pick two” is a common mantra in business, marketing, and many other areas of life. But it doesn’t have to apply to employee benefits. Employee spending accounts, including HSA or FSA options, are a hot topic in employee compensation right now precisely for their ‘golden trifecta’: flexibility, affordability, and ease-of-use. Two current trends are bringing employee spending accounts to employers’ attention.

Recognition and Rewards Buyers Guide

Recognition and rewards are an integral part of your company’s employee experience. So, it’s critical to get a platform that fits your company culture on the first try. Check out this guide to understand what questions to ask before finding a new Recognition & Rewards platform.

7 Ways to Cut Group Benefits Costs

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Group benefits have never been more important to employees. Access to health care can increase job satisfaction and productivity, and today, 77% of Canadians believe they are entitled to employer-sponsored benefits. At the same time, Canadian health care costs are rising even higher in 2017. This leaves employers in a difficult situation. Should they continue to offer group benefits knowing the costs will only increase? Or do they risk cutting back and facing employee resentment and backlash?

Highlights from Ontario’s New Labour Law Review (Bill 148)

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Last updated January 4th, 2018. Rumours and debates about Ontario’s changing labour laws have been swirling since the Liberal government announced plans to ‘overhaul’ employment legislation for the first time in nearly 30 years. Today, we finally have a clearer picture of what to expect.

Catherine Graham on protecting her people

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Catherine Graham is the President of RIGHTSLEEVE and CEO of commonsku, two successful Toronto-based companies shaping the promotional products industry. Prior to her entrepreneurial undertakings, Catherine earned her MBA and worked as a management consultant for Fortune 100 companies. She has been published in The Globe and Mail and National Post and has spoken for the W100 Idea Exchange for Canada’s top female entrepreneurs, among other great initiatives.

Workplace Blitz!

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Recent inspection blitzes conducted by the Ministry of Labour have identified the most common—and most costly—compliance violations made by Ontario businesses. Here, we break down four key lessons that can help protect your business and your people. __. People dropping into your office unannounced isn’t usually a big deal—unless they’re from the Ministry of Labour, that is. Ontario employers have recently been the target of ‘inspection blitzes.’

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

Building Trust in Business

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Trust is a deeply human need, but it doesn’t always translate well in the workplace. Just ask Anastasia Dimitradou, PhD and head researcher at Toronto-based communications firm Aegis. She’s traveled Europe and North America studying how companies earn and build trust, and how trusting relationships—or a lack thereof—can impact the bottom line. Trust is an elusive concept,” she explains. “It’s It’s very difficult to define.