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Setting the [Employee] Record Straight

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Employee records management may seem like one of the easier aspects of running a business: collect your employees’ names, addresses, and banking information, get them to sign a few forms, and then lock that dossier up for…wait, what is the legal requirement again? Five years? Seven years? Am I supposed to keep this stuff forever? Clearly, it’s not as easy as it would seem.

How to Become a Great Place to Work in Tech

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Sophia Jaffer Director of People, Culture & Operations at Collage HR. Since Collage HR was honoured with the “Great Place to work in Tech” award, we sat down with the Director of People, Culture & Operations at Collage HR, Sophia Jaffer to celebrate and discuss this significant milestone.

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How The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Used Collage HR to Regain Time and Mitigate Risk

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Industry: Non Profit Media Arts Organization Location: Toronto Company size: 40 Employees The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional media arts organization in Canada.

How Leonardo Canada – Electronics successfully scaled their team by 300% with the help of Collage HR

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Leonardo Canada- Electronics Industry: Aerospace, Defence and Security Location: Ottawa Company size: 57 Employees Leonardo develops multi-domain capabilities in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sector.

The HR Playbook: How to Decrease Costs & Increase Engagement

Learn how to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing employee morale.

How Leonardo Canada – Electronics successfully scaled their team by 300% with the help of Collage HR

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Leonardo Canada- Electronics Industry: Aerospace, Defence and Security Location: Ottawa Company size: 57 Employees Leonardo develops multi-domain capabilities in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sector.

How Railz Financial uses Collage HR to manage, grow and engage their distributed team

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Railz Financial Industry: Financial technology Location: Toronto Company size: 56 Employees Railz is the only financial data-as-a-service solution that connects, normalizes, and provides insights and analytics on financial data from top accounting service providers. __.

What Ontario’s “Working for Workers Act, 2021” means for you

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On December 2, the “Working for Workers Act, 2021” became law in Ontario. The Act received news coverage as the first of its kind in enforcing an employee’s right to disconnect. It also bans non-compete agreements, enforces the mandatory licensing of recruiters, offers protection to immigrants during the recruitment process, and more.

How to build strong relationships in a remote team

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This is a guest article from our friends at Paperform ! Source: [link]. It’s clear that the last year had a huge impact on everyone, including businesses. Even minor changes have consequences, and it’s not always easy to predict all the ramifications that could come from 2020.

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. Here, she kicks off our new HR advice column, Good Question , to help business leaders navigate the complex world of people management. Have a question? Submit it here. __. Q: I work at a small business with a relatively young workforce.

Connecting the Dots Between Your HR Systems Strategy and Strategic HR

Speaker: Stacey Harris - Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner, Sapient Insights Group

Join Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, as she shares groundbreaking research on how organizations can move the needle by 2025, reaching critical business outcomes through a strategic approach to HR processes and system strategies.

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.

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. Today, Jen is the General Manager at Nested Naturals , a nutritional supplements company built on core values like transparency, freedom, and a total approach to wellness. As the company scales from 10 to over 25 employees, her focus is to protect their culture at all costs.

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. Here, she brings her wisdom to our HR advice column, Good Question , which helps business leaders navigate the complex world of people management. Have a question about your workplace? Submit it here. __.

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. Yet finding accurate information about managing medical marijuana at work is still a challenge for employers.

10 Steps to HRIS Success: A Guide to Buying HR Software

10 Steps to HRIS Success is an easy-to-follow handbook to help you select the best HRIS software for your company. Download this eBook now to learn how to define your department’s needs and systematically compare those with available HRIS products.

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. We spoke with her to learn how she thinks product development can inform people and culture and why HR metrics truly matter. __. One of the most talked-about topics in HR today is the need for metrics and quantification.

How to grow your startup with a great company career page

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SnapTravel is a high-growth startup looking to double its team within the year. In this article, we asked Talent Acquisition Manager Brett Reed how they re-designed their company career page to hit those ambitious growth goals. Read on to learn: How to set recruiting goals. What candidates look for on a career page. Top career page examples . What to include on your company career page. How to build diversity and inclusion into your hiring process.

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. Tech’s diversity problem is complex and many-layered, and there isn’t just one way to address or help solve it.

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. Previously, Brett gave us the inside scoop on how he redesigned SnapTravel’s career page to more than double their growth. Here, he offers sound advice on speaking other languages at work.

Psychological Safety & Employee Wellbeing: Building a Healthy & Accountable Work Environment

Speaker: Tracie Sponenberg - Chief People Officer, The Granite Group & Melissa Doman M.A. Organizational Psychologist, Mental Health at Work Specialist, Former Clinical Mental Health Therapist

In this webinar, Tracie Sponenberg, Chief People Officer, and Melissa Doman, Organizational Psychologist & Mental Health at Work Specialist, will discuss methods for developing and maintaining employee wellness and psychological safety in your workforce!

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. _.

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. Here, she tackles a manager’s dilemma for our HR advice column, Good Question. Have a question about your workplace? Submit it here. __. Q: I’ve been under a lot of pressure at work lately.

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!

All You Need to Know to Retain, Engage, and Energize Your Workforce.

The Great Resignation and tight labor market make recruitment challenging and retention crucial. This eBook explains exactly how team building can improve employee onboarding and help you retain, engage, and optimize the performance of your teams.

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. Both can help to attract new hires and differentiate you from the competition–but there is an important difference. Your company culture is determined by what your company stands for and how you treat customers and employees.

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. We had the opportunity to interview her to find out how and why she does what she does. __. Cerys Cook isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

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.

The HR Compliance Playbook: How to Improve Speed-to-Hire

Every global growth to-do list should begin with compliance. Navigating international jurisdictions can be complex and time-consuming, but with solid, up-to-date compliance procedures, companies can maximize efficiency, speed-to-hire, and mitigate risks.

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? After a chance encounter at DisruptHR Toronto, we sat down with Sneha and Shalaka to talk about modern HR and the unique challenges of working in corporate versus a startup. __ _.

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. Here, she applies her signature level-headed approach to help one of our readers confront an absentee employee. Do you have your own workplace question? Submit it anonymously here. __.

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.

Compliance Throughout the Remote Employee Lifecycle

Compliance is a constantly evolving challenge, from the recruiting stage all the way to employee offboarding. Companies must stay compliant at all stages in the employee lifecycle. This eBook offers strategies to maintain compliance, outlines common compliance mistakes, and more.

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.

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. Watch the full clip below: Getting people benefits as an entrepreneur can be a real pain – there’s definitely a need for this. Bruce Croxon on Collage. Trouble seeing the video? Disable AdBlock for the best viewing experience.

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. They stick around longer, refer new people, and help to grow your business. Best of all, engaged employees create a virtuous circle where they encourage and uplift other employees to be more engaged, too.

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 HR Biweekly Payroll Calendar Template

Paying employees accurately and on time is a must for every business. But with new compliance regulations and hiring challenges popping up everywhere, keeping track of pay dates can be tricky. To help, Paycor is providing a downloadable biweekly payroll calendar complete with 2022 pay dates.