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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.

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.

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.

The Ultimate Hiring Toolkit

Hiring is hard enough. Without the right HR templates and tools, keeping track of and managing the whole process can get out of hand quickly. Get the essential toolkit for all your recruiting and hiring needs, from job requisition to hire. 8 templates, tools and worksheets for every stage of recruiting.

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.

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.

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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.

Workplace Wellness Programs for Startups

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Thanks to companies like Google and sites like Glassdoor, it’s easy to believe that workplace wellness requires on-site gyms, nap rooms, and personal chefs on payroll. Actual workplace wellness, however, isn’t about costly perks (which, on their own, is all those really are).

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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Dice 2018 Recruitment Automation Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are rapidly changing the way many recruit and hire talent. Read Dice's first-ever Recruitment Automation Report to discover how you can employ new, cutting-edge technologies to source and hire tech talent faster.

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.

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.

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?

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.

HR Service Delivery software for the non-traditional workforce

The rise of the gig economy means HR must support a variety of worker types. This eBook explains how HR can easily serve the non-traditional workforce, including those in manufacturing and retail who work away from a desk or outside traditional office hours.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hard to Hire: Third-Party Recruiting & the State of Talent Acquisition Report

The talent acquisition challenges of today are unparalleled: 90% of survey respondents feel that the current hiring market is more challenging now than in the past! Recruiting as we’ve known it is evolving - how are you keeping ahead of the competition?

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 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. _.

Building AI to Unlearn Bias in Recruiting

Research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. While we have made progress to solve this, it’s potentially at risk due to advancements in AI technology. This eBook covers these issues & shows you how AI can ensure workplace diversity.

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.

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.

Who to hire? Independent contractor vs. employee

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Do you know if your worker is an independent contractor or employee? With provincial governments cracking down on employee misclassification, we asked Toronto-based corporate lawyer Darielle Teitelbaum why it matters and how to avoid costly compliance violations.

How Recruiters Can Create a Predictable Candidate Pipeline

Even the most experienced recruiting professionals face challenges filling critical roles in their organizations from an inability to establish, nurture and grow a sustainable talent pipeline. Download this eBook to get a jump on sourcing and learn how to build a high performance recruiting pipeline.

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.

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.

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.

Live Webinar: Our Gift to You – 12 Tips, Tools and Tricks for Recruiting in 2019

With the New Year right around the corner, make the resolution to get your recruiting processes dialed in. Attract top talent by providing a cohesive and enticing experience that get candidates in the door and excited about your company. Join Alissa Bencks, VP of Organizational Effectiveness at Wonderlic and leading Recruiter Rick Powell in a joint webinar to learn how you can drive more candidates to each opening, 'sell' your company to top candidates, and create a positive brand image with your recruiting efforts this holiday season with 12 tips for a more impactful hiring process.

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.