3 HR Lessons from Hogwarts #Lumos
Sep09

3 HR Lessons from Hogwarts #Lumos

The purpose of this article is to embrace my comedic “vulnerability” of being a Harry Potter fan as a child to shed light on children that are facing very real vulnerabilities throughout the world. Hopefully, you will find “just a smidge” of entertainment in this post. Hogwarts HR It is no easy task managing the day to day operations of a human resources team, especially when operating in a world-renowned school of “Witchcraft and...

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Engendering Transgenderism In The Modern Workplace
Jun07

Engendering Transgenderism In The Modern Workplace

Many years ago I worked with a guy called Terry. Terry was quiet, but friendly enough, a bit of a loner, but social enough. Terry was introverted, but just outgoing enough to be someone with whom to look forward to having a chat. We crossed paths often in the kitchen, the men’s room, the elevator, Starbucks, etc. We would chat about everything from food, life, family, and sports, to shoes. One day during a chat about our childhood I...

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A Hierarchy of Needs for the 21st Century Workplace
May29

A Hierarchy of Needs for the 21st Century Workplace

A simple guide to improving workplace engagement by taking care of your employees’ needs.  Food, safety, love, and esteem. These are considered the most basic needs required for humans to survive in society, based on Maslow’s infamous Hierarchy of Needs, developed in 1943. But what about surviving in the modern workplace? Certainly our needs there have evolved in the past 70 years. From the flexible—yet precarious—schedules of...

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Interview with #CLOCANADA’s Speaker: Fran Hansen, VP of Talent & Culture at Loblaw
Apr28

Interview with #CLOCANADA’s Speaker: Fran Hansen, VP of Talent & Culture at Loblaw

Recently, we got the chance to interview one of the incredible speakers of the Chief Learning Officer Exchange Canada, happening this July 23-25, in Toronto. In her role as the VP of Talent & Culture of Loblaw, Fran Hansen is responsible for the design, development and implementation of all strategies, programs and policies relating to culture and talent management for the enterprise. Fran enjoys bringing practical and simple...

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Emotional Intelligence: Two Simple Lessons
Apr24

Emotional Intelligence: Two Simple Lessons

“We should take care not to make the intellect our God. It has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead, it can only serve.” – Albert Einstein Emotional Intelligence (EI) can be defined as the capability of individuals to recognize their own, and other people’s emotions, to discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour,...

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Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.
Apr07

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens.

Homeless In The Workplace, It Happens. I once worked with the poster child of an Administrative Assistant. He was always energetic, very prompt, a PowerPoint whiz and a master of streamlining processes. A college-educated young man who never seemed to have a bad day. Even though he was homeless. Several clues led to this revelation. His clothing was always a bit crumpled, but never inappropriate. His grooming was not polished but...

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How To Encourage Employee Engagement Through Leadership
Feb20

How To Encourage Employee Engagement Through Leadership

HR managers are always looking for ways to improve employee engagement and no wonder. Engaged employees are happier and more productive and ultimately create more resilient organizations. What’s more, engaged employees are more likely to describe their company as a great place to work. That makes it more likely for a company to attract other bright and engaged employees. Leadership has a lot to do in encouraging employee engagement....

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6 Surprising Ways Kindness Can Boost Your Career
Feb14

6 Surprising Ways Kindness Can Boost Your Career

When it comes to career success and professional aspirations, kindness is easily overlooked in favor of qualities like work ethic, tenacity, and perseverance. Many people falsely believe that being nice will hinder your career. While being overly nice or passive can hold you back in certain situations, genuine kindness plays an integral role in the workplace and can be a valuable tool for your success. The concept of “paying it...

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