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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.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

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.

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.

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?

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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.

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.

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 Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

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.

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. _.

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.

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

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!

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.

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.

COVID-19: Returning to the Workplace in a New Reality

COVID-19 has created a new set of risks that require a new way of working. Download Gallagher’s latest COVID-19 report for insights into encouraging resiliency in your people, building confidence in your organization, and preparing for the future of work.

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.’

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

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.

The Short Guide to Hiring Bilingual Employees

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By Tatiana Morand. The demand for bilingual employees has more than doubled in recent years—and not just in the customer-facing roles you’d expect. “We’re We’re seeing this especially with software companies who have a strong multilingual component, such as where the product itself is available in multiple languages,” says Jarett MacLeod, CHRP and talent acquisition specialist. But finding this talent is a challenge, especially if your hiring manager doesn’t speak the language.

How to Manage Remote Work Employees

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Whether they’re at a nearby café or on another continent, remote work employees can feel light-years apart. We spoke with two Canadian HR experts managing employees from South Africa to San Francisco to learn their best practices for keeping everyone on the same page. By Jillian S Wood. __. Working remotely isn’t just a millennial fad or phenomenon reserved for tech startups. It’s a global trend.

Letter from the Editor

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At Collage, we believe that the Canadian workplace is fundamentally changing. From the death of the 9-to-5 to the rise of Chief Happiness Officers, work just isn’t what it used to be. Some of these challenges aren’t exactly new. Others, however, would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago: Is AI creating or threatening new jobs? What does the gig economy mean for recruiters? And is paw-rental leave really a thing?

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.