Employers

We recognize the challenges that come with running a successful business. Our blog for employers focuses on hiring advice and the latest workplace trends that affect businesses in Western Canada.

Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources

Graeme Burke, Recruitment Consultant at The Headhunters, recently had an article featured in The Manitoba Post on Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources. As Graeme discusses, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already become ubiquitous in households around the world, with the emergence of virtual assistants and smart home technology like Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. However, AI's impact on [...]

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Western Canada Economy: Seeing a Shift

Our Co-Founder & Chief Strategist, Cam Macmillan, shares insight on the current economic climate and job market: Our business is somewhat unique in that we see trends developing ahead of the curve. Meeting with job seekers, senior leaders, entrepreneurs and CEOs keeps the information flowing, and flowing fast. Western Canada is in a really [...]

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How To Gather Feedback From An Exiting Employee

Traditionally known as an exit interview, the process of gathering feedback from a departing employee has evolved to also include written surveys and unstructured conversations. Regardless of the format you choose, the knowledge you acquire from the process can be used to improve your business and ultimately increase employee retention. Furthermore, by tracking the data over time [...]

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Getting Back to Work After Parental Leave

Allison Ford, Vice President at The Headhunters, was recently interviewed for an article in Today's Parent on how to go back to work after an extended maternity leave. As a recruiter with over 20 years of experience and a mother herself, she has seen first hand how many parents who take time off from [...]

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Four Words Killing Your Chances of Hiring Top Talent

"We'll wait until Fall" Four little words. That’s all it takes to kill your chances of securing top talent. EVERYONE starts hiring in Fall: you, your competitors, your suppliers, your partners, your neighbour, your neighbour’s dog.... Ok not your neighbour’s dog. But you get the picture. Take it from us. Here's why you need [...]

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9 Recruitment Mistakes Made By Hiring Managers

As Recruitment Consultants, we focus on recruiting every single day. But for hiring managers, recruiting is a small slice of their large, overflowing pie of duties. Here are 9 recruitment mistakes made by hiring managers that can cost them top talent. Make sure you’re not falling into these common traps! 1. Asking for two positions [...]

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Go Green & Get Productive: The Power Of Plants In The Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC]

Want to improve your employees’ levels of engagement and productivity? Take a look around and assess your office space - perhaps it needs a refresh. It has been well documented that an employee’s environment can have a significant impact on their concentration and motivation levels. One simple way to improve your décor is by [...]

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Onboarding Tips for Effective New Hires

Recruitment Consultant Graeme Burke was recently interviewed for an article with the Manitoba Post about onboarding tips for increasing the effectiveness of news hires. As Graeme explains, having an effective onboarding strategy helps to smooth a hire's transition into their new work environment, setting them up to excel in their role. In the article, he [...]

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Rural Recruiting

Danielle Bragge, our Vice President and Co-Founder, was recently interviewed for a Workopolis article on how to recruit in rural areas. The Headhunters has extensive experience in rural recruitment, helping companies source top candidates in communities where the talent pool is smaller. In this article, Danielle discusses six ways to successfully recruit in rural areas: Look [...]

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On the Hunt: Why Companies Hire Recruiters

Danielle Bragge, our Vice President and Co-Founder, was recently included in an article in Business in Edmonton about head hunting, along with Lori Schmidt and Tom Lieu from GO Productivity, one of our close partners. "Head hunting" is the practice of professionally recruiting an employee. Recruitment agencies like The Headhunters specialize in connecting employers and employees [...]

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5 Ways to Build Leadership Presence

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Lisa Martin on the topic of building leadership presence. Lisa discussed five ways to unleash your leadership confidence, influence and performance. WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING We learned a lot from Lisa during this webinar! Here are some of the key take-aways: People who possess leadership presence exude [...]

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Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Nicole McCabe on the topic of diversity and inclusion. Nicole brought excellent insight on this topic, drawing on her successes in her recent role as SAP’s Global Head of Gender Equality and her leadership of the largest EDGE certification project. WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING We learned a lot [...]

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Avoiding Unconscious Bias When Hiring

Danielle Bragge, our Vice President and Co-Founder, was recently included in an article by TalentClick about unconscious bias—specifically, how it impacts the recruitment process and how to avoid it. Unconscious bias is our deep-seated prejudice about others. It can be positive or negative, influencing our everyday decisions, usually without us realizing it. As Danielle [...]

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How to Invest in Your People to Drive Productivity

Join us for our next free webinar for employers!  May 24: How to Invest in Your People to Drive Productivity Please join us as we learn from Lori Schmidt, CEO of GO Productivity, as she discusses how to grow and optimize your business through better utilization of people and resources, including: What is productivity? How does investing [...]

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How to Terminate Employees: The Do’s and Don’ts

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Howie Outerbridge of Logan HR about how to terminate employees. Howie shared some excellent insight and useful tips on this topic, focusing on the 'do’s and don’ts' of conducting termination meetings. He draws on over 15 years of experience in learning, career exploration and the development of [...]

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How to Tap Into Free Money with Business Grants

The Headhunters is pleased to announce the third webinar in our Employer Webinar Series! March 29: How to Tap Into Free Money with Business Grants Please join us as we learn from Stephanie Sang, CEO of Granted Consulting, as she discusses how to develop an effective grant strategy for your business and how to be successful in applying for [...]

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Reduce Stress & Improve Employee Wellness with Mindfulness

The Headhunters is excited to introduce the second webinar in our new Employer Webinar Series! February 15: How to Reduce Stress & Improve Employee Wellness with Mindfulness Please join us as we learn from MindWell-U’s Co-Founder & Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway, as he explains what mindfulness is, the impact it has on employee stress, resilience, health and performance [...]

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Webinars for a Safe & Happy Workplace in 2017

The Headhunters is excited to introduce a new webinar series starting this year. We've partnered up with organizations who are experts in their fields to bring you top-notch, free advice! If you are an HR professional, hiring manager or just interested in great tips for your workplace, please join us for one of our free upcoming webinars: [...]

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Alleviate Holiday & Year-End Stress with Temporary Staff

It's no secret that business gets busy during the holiday season, and that year end can be a stressful time! Temporary staffing is a great option when your team needs a little extra support for certain pockets of the year. 1) Free up your permanent staff to focus on core business activities A temporary staff member will [...]

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BCBusiness Interview: Why Fit Matters When Hiring—And How to Spot It

Cam Macmillan, our President and Co-Founder, was recently interviewed by BCBusiness about the importance of fit between an employer and employee. Cam's advice includes: Understand what traits you are seeking and use a robust tool like our Workstyle and Performance Profile (WPP) to assess work style and increase the likelihood of hiring high performers who can help [...]

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6 Questions To Ask When Selecting A Recruitment Agency

Recruiting quality candidates is one of the most important responsibilities of a hiring manager. Choosing a qualified recruitment agency whose approach and values complement your own organization can be overwhelming. To help you through this process, we have devised 6 questions to ask when choosing an agency: 1. Who will spearhead the search? With many [...]

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Get Happy, Be Productive [TED TALK]

How to be more productive is one of the most discussed topics of today. Authors, psychologists, business professionals and I'm sure even your fellow colleagues, are forever offering up their strategies to help you become more productive. Write 'to do' lists, don't write 'to do' lists, do your planning at the end of the day, set [...]

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To Be A Successful Sales Professional In 2016 & Beyond You Need To Do These 3 Things

Technology has impacted just about every aspect of our lives and the sales profession is not immune. In fact, in my role as a specialized Recruitment Consultant, I have been witness to a remarkable evolution. Across the world, progressive organizations and innovative sales professionals are using technology to re-engineer the sales process. So, what does [...]

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Want To Be An ‘Employer Of Choice’? 11 Lessons From A Company From Down Under

Employer branding is one of the hottest topics right now. Many companies are striving to become an 'employer of choice' in the hopes of attracting the best-of-the-best talent and reducing their turnover rates. With such a competitive market for good candidates, and given the power of social media, company review websites such as Glassdoor, and industry word-of-mouth, it [...]

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10 Things To Offer ‘The One’ When You Can’t Move On Salary

10 Things To Offer 'The One' When You Can't Move On Salary So, you’ve found the one. That person you have been searching long and hard for. You have gone through rounds of interviews, they tick every last box on your list and the team loves them. But then, they increase their salary requirements and you [...]

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Seeking A Stress-Free Summer? We Have The Solution

Summer has arrived. No doubt, there is a buzz around your office as your colleagues are discussing long weekend plans, where they are going on vacation and how they will manage child care over the period. Meanwhile, that buzz is manifesting itself as stress for you as you contemplate how you are going to keep [...]

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15 Ways To Say ‘Thank You’ This Admin Professionals’ Day

Today, April 27th, is Administrative Professionals' Day. Say thank you to all the people that keep your organization running smoothly, support your team in achieving their goals and improve your business operations. Here's 15 ways to say thank you and show your appreciation: Just say “thank you!” – words are incredibly powerful. Hand write a short thank [...]

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Interviews: How To Manage Them

Interviews: How To Manage Them Most job seekers on the market ensure that they are well-prepared for job interviews and the same ought to be true of those conducting the interviews. Many managers are expected to lead the hiring process, so knowing the basics of interviewing best practices is useful. By keeping such essentials in mind, even inexperienced [...]

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Hope For Canada’s Economy In 2016-2017

Hope For Canada’s Economy In 2016-2017 Week by week, Canadian business owners have had a tumultuous 2015. Between the federal election, oil price roller-coasters, and foreign economies impacting our own, Canada's performance can seem to get lost in these ‘big picture’ narratives. Thankfully, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report recently that breaks [...]

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Focus On Winnipeg: Manitoba’s Growing Job Market

Focus On Winnipeg: Manitoba’s Growing Job Market Let’s head east in our three-part series addressing the recruitment challenges of The Headhunters' respective branches. It is a testament to Canada’s diversity that while our Vancouver team is spearheading the recruitment of high-tech jobs, our Winnipeg office is meeting a classic challenge: sourcing skilled labour for remote [...]

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Focus on Edmonton: A “Lower For Longer” Economy

Focus on Edmonton: A “Lower For Longer” Economy Last week we took a look at the recruitment challenges that Vancouver companies face when it comes to securing tech talent. Let’s move east, to The HeadHunters and TempsAhead office in Edmonton, where many talented individuals have been laid off in the oil patch. “Lower for longer” [...]

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Focus On Vancouver: Recruiting For The Tech Boom

Focus On Vancouver: Recruiting For The Tech Boom With offices in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg, The HeadHunters and TempsAhead enjoy working with a range of companies in numerous industries. The recruiting trends that occur in each city and province are remarkable at times. That’s why we are embarking on a series of focused reports on [...]

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Canadians: Happy At Work, Happy To Leave [INFOGRAPHIC]

Canadians: Happy At Work, Happy To Leave A new Mercer survey of Canadian workers goes a long way to cementing the idea that modern employees are a fickle bunch. It turns out that up to 59 percent of Canadians who enjoy their current job have one eye on the door. Mercer calls this an “engagement [...]

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How To Onboard Temporary Employees

How To Onboard Temporary Employees Often temporary employees are sourced ahead of time for assignments such as maternity leave coverage or vacations. In such instances, the onboarding of the temp is a pre-planned process. Often, however, a temporary worker is hired at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances, like a permanent employee falling ill. Unfortunately, [...]

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Coffee: An Employee’s Best Friend [INFOGRAPHIC]

Humourist Dave Barry once quipped, “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” Talk to your java-inclined coworkers at 8:31 a.m. and Barry’s opinion might not be taken as a [...]

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Five Perks that Won’t Break the Bank

Five Perks that Won’t Break the Bank Land a job at Google and you may never leave. From on-site physicians and nurses, to extended parental leave, to reimbursements for degree-level education, to free legal advice, to free food, to free… well, you get the picture. With tech companies, creative perks are an industry standard that [...]

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Fit Employees: A Perfect Fit For Productivity [INFOGRAPHIC]

Fit Employees: A Perfect Fit For Productivity It is a generally accepted truth that employees who look after themselves are good for business. People who eat sensibly, don’t smoke, and exercise regularly are less likely to miss work due to health problems. In fact, employees who engage in regular exercise at work may actually [...]

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Managers Can Now Access Google’s HR Practices

Managers Can Now Access Google’s HR Practices Google has a reputation for having immaculately brilliant human resource strategies. The search giant has made headlines over the years for bold policies on matters such as parental leave and environmentally-friendly commuter initiatives for its staff. Even with Senior VP, Laszlo Bock admitting last year that “Google is not [...]

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How to Close the Skills Gap with Employee Cross-Training

How to Close the Skills Gap with Employee Cross-Training If you are a business owner who struggles to replace outgoing employees because your candidate pool falls short of the required skills, you have a very Canadian problem. In recent years, this “skills gap” has been a hot topic, not least during the federal election. Among [...]

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From Our President: A Shout Out To My Business Partner

I'm so proud of my business partner, Danielle Bragge, that I wanted to share the news about the incredible work she is doing in Nicaragua. Currently Danielle is leading a group of fifteen ladies to work with an orphanage in one of the poorest places within the country. Danielle and her team, including Recruitment [...]

How To Master Your Memory [INFOGRAPHIC]

It seems that memory is not the essential tool it once was now that the digital age has put the world’s answers at our fingertips. You will likely agree that it is passé these days to learn vast swathes of information. That being said, it is still advantageous as an employee or manager to be able [...]

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Canada’s Human Resources Innovators

Canada’s Human Resources Innovators At The HeadHunters we dedicate ourselves to finding candidates that fit our clients’ culture as well as the job descriptions they are hiring for. While our specialty is recruitment, we are often impressed when other Canadian companies think outside of the box to innovate their HR processes. Inspired by Great Place [...]

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As Canadians We Have Plenty To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

"In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity and mutual respect." - Bill ClintonWhat a wonderful quote to usher in Canadian Thanksgiving, encapsulating a self-image that many Canadians embrace. These words are Bill [...]

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Give Thanks To Your Employees This Thanksgiving

  Christmas-time and service anniversaries are typically when employers show that they appreciate the hard work of their employees. Often these traditional moments are expected by staff but an impromptu way to show that you value your colleagues is to mark Thanksgiving by giving thanks! As such, here are our top five tips for saying “thank you” [...]

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How To Ensure Remote Workers Are Valued and Connected

Research published in a 2012 MIT Sloan Management Review article indicates that companies with remote workers usually benefit from the set-up, while the actual telecommuters often draw the proverbial short straw. Indeed, companies reduce real estate costs significantly by allowing staff to telecommute; and the diminished headcount in-house allows managers to focus on those employees [...]

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5 Of Our Favourite Online HR & Business Resources

  At TempsAhead and The Headhunters we take a keen interest in industry news and trends. We love to stay on the pulse and share knowledge with our clients. As part of our market intelligence strategy we read and subscribe to a number of HR/Business resources. Our favourites that we recommend you check out: 1. [...]

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How to Manage Career Development Action Plans

Work-life balance, salary, and culture all contribute to the retention of your top employees. But at some point, as many careerists will tell you, ambition may tempt your most talented assets to search elsewhere when internal opportunities run dry. At such times, career development action plans (CDAPs) are a useful way to channel employees’ ambitions [...]

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4 Things You Can Do To Help Manage Parental Leave

Parental leave can cause significant disruptions in your business if you are not prepared for it.  By having in place a culture, along with policies and systems that support parental leave you will enable a smoother transition. In addition, you will promote your business as a family friendly workplace that your valuable team members want [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Different Office Designs [INFOGRAPHIC]

The office environment can have a significant impact on an employee’s motivation and therefore it is important the space is designed for productivity. Before choosing the finer details of your office such as wall colour, plants and art, you need to choose the layout of your desks and work stations. The design you opt for [...]

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A step-by-step roadmap to create an employee wellness plan

A recent report on the health of Canadian employees confirmed that workplace wellness programs are associated with significant bottom line benefits: 11% higher revenue per employee 1.8 fewer days absent per employee per year For every $1.00 spent on wellness programs, medical costs fall by about $3.27 and absenteeism costs fall about $2.73 With statistics such as these, and the [...]

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The Power of Recognition [INFOGRAPHIC]

We recently wrote about employer branding and its importance when attracting employees. Another important topic closely related to this is employee recognition. Once you have managed to secure the best talent from the market you want to be sure you can keep them motivated and committed to your organization.Have you considered the cost of a disengaged employee in [...]

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Attracting Top Talent With A Powerful Employer Brand

Competition for attracting and retaining the best talent is fierce. So how do you standout from the crowd and secure highly skilled candidates? By building a powerful employer brand.   What is your employer brand?  It is your ethos, your culture, your values and the way you operate. Every company has an employer brand, whether [...]

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Why Happiness at Work is Important [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a society we are obsessed with happiness: finding it, keeping it, measuring it and sharing it... why? Because happiness feels good and when we are happy we have better relationships, health and an overall sense of wellbeing. Happiness also has a big impact on work place performance. The infographic from Growth Engineering below, Why Happiness [...]

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How To Deal With Absenteeism This Summer

With summer coming up shortly, it’s perhaps time to address a HR problem that often arises during warmer weather: Absenteeism. Data from Statistics Canada shows that the average Canadian worker is away from work 9.3 days in a year. The estimated direct cost of absenteeism to the Canadian economy was $16.6 billion in 2012. Most businesses [...]

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Is Your Hiring Process a Turn-Off?  

We often compare the recruitment process to dating. Two parties, testing the waters, seeing if they should commit to something more long-term. But what happens when things turn sour? The dream date, your favourite candidate, decides to take themselves out of the running. What did you do wrong? Why did they ditch you when you [...]

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10 Ways to Improve Your Employee Experience [INFOGRAPHIC]

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” - Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup Most leaders agree that investing in your employees is key to achieving long-term success. We often talk about employee engagement and employee experience, but what does that mean in practical terms? This infographic from BrilliantInk walks through 10 ways you [...]

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How Do You Rank When It Comes to Onboarding Temps?

Recently, I was told about an organisation who really invested in their onboarding approach, and not just for permanent employees, but for an intern who was on a short term assignment. It made such a positive impact on the intern that their positive feedback filtered back to the market and proved to be a great [...]

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How to Qualify a Job Opportunity

So you’ve decided to make a move or perhaps the decision has been made for you in the form of a layoff – either way – you need a new job. Candidates will often come to recruiters with a high sense of urgency, saying their work environment has changed, and they need out. This change [...]

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Using “Temporary to Hire” to Reduce Hiring Risk

Employers and contractors alike commonly view temporary employment as a dress rehearsal, or test drive of a job, before a decision to hire or not hire is made. More and more companies are using temp-to-hire, or “temp-to-perm” services to find great personnel. An effective temporary to hire strategy can provide employers with:  Immediate access to skilled contract workers Flexible, quick-learning and adaptable candidates Thoroughly [...]

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5 Tips for Better Resume Screening

A little extra care during resume screening can ensure your efforts are spent on only the most fitting applicants down the track. Don't waste time poring over piles of irrelevant resumes when you can take a more pointed approach. Below are five tips to assist in resume screening and ensure those that reach the next stage are worth the [...]

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The Common Characteristics of Gen X Managers

Generation X is an age group we don’t hear much about anymore, but in the pre-Millennial world, Gen X was all the rage. You were either Gen X or you were just like everyone else. Now that the Boomers are heading off into retirement, Gen X managers are quietly taking over their ranks. But what [...]

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Top Blog Posts of 2014

Another year comes to a close and we’re wrapping it up with our annual list of our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014. It’s been a fun year on the blog, we’ve done some back-to-basics stories, as well as broken new ground on upcoming trends.For job seekers, interview tips continue to be our most-read articles. [...]

Key Questions to Ask During an Interview to Determine Character

An interview is nothing more than a formality unless an employer asks insightful questions. Additionally, key questions to ask during an interview should do more than require an applicant to list bullets off their resume. The questions should establish the character of the individual, and distinguish their key strengths and weaknesses from other applicants. Good [...]

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9 Resolutions for 9 of 2015’s Biggest Workplace Trends

As an HR professional, 2015 is going to be a continually evolving landscape. To help you succeed in the year ahead, CareerBuilder have released their 9 Resolutions for 9 of 2015's Biggest Workplace Trends (full report below). Among the top trends, technology and employer brand feature heavily in the changing landscape. Below is a quick snapshot at [...]

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How to Recruit for a Maternity Leave Replacement

According to Statistics Canada, 90% of working mothers take maternity leave, and their average leave is approximately 44 weeks (even though Canadians can receive up to 50 weeks). While the birth of a child is truly a momentous occasion, a mother on maternity leave can be disruptive for an organization that isn't prepared for her departure [...]

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Millennials at Work: What They Really Think

With millennials soon poised to make up the majority of the workforce, Bentley University conducted a study into how millennials approach work. They polled more than 1,000 U.S. individuals aged 18 to 34 and their findings both reinforced and challenged some of the popular stereotypes associated with this generation.  Key Highlights from Study Findings Below are some of [...]

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What Employees Want in an Ideal Workplace  

Business owners are frequently coming to us with the same struggle: hiring and retaining the best of the best. As the employer you need to be active and engaging to keep top performers content. Here are some of the things that top the list of what employees want from their ideal workplace, so that you [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Mentorship in the Workplace

In this week’s Ask A Recruiter, we look at internal mentorship programs as a low cost, yet highly beneficial way to improve retention and productivity. A manager wrote to us with this turnover dilemma: “I manage a fairly sizeable team and we’re having a real retention issue with our entry-level employees. We have a very rigorous training [...]

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Why it’s Essential for Companies to Embrace Mobile Recruiting

With more and more individuals incorporating mobile technology into their day-to-day lives, there has become a constant need for online services to adapt to mobile consumption trends. Aside from entertainment, and social media sites, there has been a slower adoption rate among businesses to understand the importance of mobile recruiting.   The State of Mobile Recruiting [...]

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Join Us at the 2014 Productivity Summit

The Headhunters and TempsAhead are proud to be sponsors for the upcoming 2014 Productivity Summit by Productivity Alberta. The Productivity Summit is the first in what will be an annual event by Productivity Alberta, providing industry and organizations from across Alberta and Western Canada the information and inspiration they need to continue building on their productivity improvement performance. [...]

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How to Avoid Employee Burnout

Employee burnout can have a deep and costly impact on a business, including reduced productivity, high turnover and, in some cases, increased safety hazards. Burnout isn’t just caused by heavy workloads; often it is a symptom of deeper organizational and managerial issues. Here are just some of the precautions you should take to avoid employee [...]

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The Essential Employee Onboarding Checklist

On-boarding employees can be a difficult task if you are not properly prepared. This employee on-boarding checklist will keep you organized during the process and ensure that your new hires get integrated into the workplace quickly. Be sure to review the checklist in full and then return to it during the on-boarding process to help [...]

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The Math of Sales Recruiting

Do recruiting services seem too expensive for your budgets? My first question to you would be: What is the average length of time that it takes you to fill your vacancies? I do work with a few accountants who have lead multi-national corporations to unprecedented growth and shareholder value.  They will attest to the fact [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Creating a Personal Development Plan

A busy professional ask us about personal development and career advancement  - "I was wondering if you had any advice on how to practically fit personal development into your work week? Over the summer I discovered this beautiful stack of career development books that I have either barely read or never even opened! I know [...]

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Building an Effective Talent Pipeline    

Building a talent pipeline helps you gain a deeper understanding of people that join your company and spend less time trying to look for candidates to fill your open positions. With the right practices, you can create a pipeline that benefits both your company and the candidates that you are considering for your open positions. [...]

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6 Tips for Improving Workplace Culture

Poor workplace culture leads to low morale among employees, loss of productive employees and high turnover. All these things ultimately lead to low profits. If your company isn’t experiencing the right level of workplace culture, you’re not alone. Every Canadian company experiences poor workplace culture at one time or another. The key is doing what [...]

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Why You Need a Razor Sharp Talent Acquisition Strategy

Talent acquisition is a complex process; it’s never just about filling open positions. Organizations that employ it as a strategic endeavor scrutinize every element of talent at their disposal and are better placed to identify and address skill shortages enabling them to meet growth objectives. They integrate the pre-hire stages of an employee life-cycle, right [...]

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Screen for Employee Retention Potential During a Candidate Interview

Employee retention isn’t just about incentives and benefits; reducing turnover goes way back to the hiring stage.  Hiring the wrong employee is costly.  The expenses involved in replacing a new employee are, on average, approximately one-third of their yearly salary.  Replacing senior level employees increases the costs significantly, while replacing a CEO could cost millions.  [...]

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How to Make the Most of Social Recruiting

Undoubtedly, social media has become one of the most fascinating phenomena of the century. Social media has touched practically all facets of life from marketing down to employment. According to a 2013 Jobville Social Recruiting survey, an astounding 94% of recruiters already use or plan to use social media in their marketing efforts. Even more impressive, [...]

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How to Grow Your Leadership Skills

Successful leadership depends on loyal followers. The path to business success is paved by leaders who inspire and motivate people. By developing an engaging narrative that maps out your vision you can get others to pay attention. This strategy may sound like acting, but it's much more about being authentic and passionate about your business. [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Knowing When to Hire and Delegate

A client asked us a question about appropriate interviewing times that hinted at a larger issue: Is it unreasonable to ask for candidates to come in for interviews between 7pm and 9pm? I’m the President and Founder of an extremely busy and fast-growing tech company, we desperately need to hire but it’s hard to fit [...]

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Top 5 Questions about Recruiting Agencies

Recruiting agencies are organizations that can be extremely helpful for people that are looking for a job as well as employers that want to easily find top talent. The best recruiters act as matchmakers that connect people with jobs that they are best suited for, which saves time and energy for everyone in the process. [...]

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The Headhunters Co-Founder Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

We’re proud to announce that Danielle Bragge, Co-Founder of The Headhunters Recruitment Inc, has been selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM 2014 Prairies Award.   Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 21st year of honouring the country's most [...]

5 Lesser-Known Benefits of Outsourcing Temporary Hiring

Outsourcing temporary hiring gives you access to the best candidates, plain and simple. Often businesses find and hire the “right” candidates only to discover quickly they weren’t right for the company. This costs your company temporary hiring time and money. Outsourcing temporary hiring staff allows you to hire the right candidate at a reduced cost. [...]

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5 Organizational Change Management Tips

Change is a fact of life and an essential part of doing business. In today's fast moving and highly competitive environment, the only way businesses can remain profitable is by changing to adapt to emerging realities. Organizational change management involves careful planning and implementation after thorough consultation with, and involvement of, the people directly or [...]

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How to Find the Right Fit for Your Corporate Culture

What are the qualities that you want in a candidate when looking to fill a position in your organization? Normally educational qualifications and work experience rank top of the list. And then you want someone who is willing, committed, honest and passionate about their work. During the interview, every candidate tries to project the message that [...]

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Qualities to Look for When Hiring Contract Workers

Contract workers can be a useful and essential part of businesses. In every trade and profession there are certain needs that must be met but at the same time don’t require the hiring of a new permanent employee. Contract workers not only allow these needed tasks to be completed but also bring unique areas of [...]

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Are Long-Term Employees a Thing of the Past?

New research has shown that the average tenure for a Canadian worker is under two years. Workopolis mined data from over 7 million work history records, comparing job tenures from 1990-2000 and 2000-Present.   From 1990 through 2000 the number of people staying at their jobs for less than two years doubled from 16 percent [...]

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What is an Employee Engagement Strategy?

Employees are considered the biggest assets of a company. Sadly, only a small percentage of employees are truly engaged in their work. According to the report "2013 Trends in Global Employee Engagement" by Aon Hewitt, only 60% of employees are "engaged" in their work worldwide. The rest are either non-engaged or disengaged. Since the growth [...]

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What You Need to Know About Recruitment Agencies in Canada

Recruitment agencies can have different roles in different countries. In this post, we’ll be breaking down what you need to know about working with recruitment agencies in Canada – from what fees apply, to what service they provide.   Employment agencies exist for three main purposes: Assist employers with recruiting fitting employees. Match job seekers [...]

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The Cost of Recruiting New Employees

Behind every successful business is a talented team. This is true of everything from mom-and-pop shops, to highly dynamic start-ups, all the way to large corporations. Consequently, there is one strategy that is consistent across all industries and types of business: hiring the right people.   But finding new employees who will thrive in your [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Are you neglecting your brand when dealing with temporary and contract employees?

In this week’s Ask A Recruiter, we tackle a hidden brand killer that most companies overlook: how you train and treat your temporary and contract employees. We asked TempsAhead Manager, Ioana Bucsa, to explain why failing to explain your brand to temporary employees and treat them like your regular permanent team, can hurt your business: Any [...]

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Your Guide to the Selection Process for Recruitment

Welcome to your back-to-basics guide to the recruitment selection process! In recruitment, selection is the process of identifying the right applicant to fill an open position. It involves filtering though candidates who are a good fit and rejecting those who aren’t. During the process, useful information about the applicant is collected (usually in a series [...]

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What Motivates Professionals to Switch Jobs [INFOGRAPHIC]

In the battle for the best talent on (and off) the market, what can an employer do to woo them over? What are the real 'hooks' that will lure them over to your workplace? LinkedIn surveyed more than 18,000 professionals in 26 countries to shed light on the workforce’s attitude toward job seeking, job satisfaction [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: How to Start Succession Planning

A company President asks us how to start succession planning: I started my own business 9 years ago, we’ve grown and become quite an established and successful player in our niche market. I’m very proud of what my team and I have achieved; it’s been my life for the past 9 years. But recently I’m feeling [...]

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How to Attract Employees Who Will Make an Impact

The job market is tough; not just for job seekers, but also for companies that are seeking stellar employees to fill their ranks. The competitiveness of the recruitment process can make finding the best talent for your company seem like an indomitable task. To help you with this, we are going to provide you with [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Take Advantage of Your Recruiter

Often we find that employers aren’t leveraging their recruiter relationships to their full potential. In today’s Ask A Recruiter, we asked Monica Lewicki, our Sales Recruitment Consultant in Edmonton, to answer that silent question that hiring managers don’t ask often enough “How do I make the most of my recruiter?” -   When you [...]

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The Staggering Cost of a Bad Hire [INFOGRAPHIC]

How much does a bad hire actually cost your company? And what can you do to prevent it from happening in the future? With the average bad hire costing you $25-50,000, this infographic from Mindflash looks at the damage each bad hire does to your bottom line; as well as the reasons why bad hires happen and how [...]

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4 Essential Methods for Hiring Top Talent

If you want to hire the best of the best when it comes to your industry, you have to know the essential methods for doing so. To  hire the best employees, you have to think creatively and strategically.   The following are the 4 essential methods for hiring top talent for your business:   1. [...]

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How to Recruit Employees Effectively

Although it may seem straightforward, there’s more to recruiting employees effectively and successfully than just sorting through resumes. It’s easy to hire someone to work for you, but it takes a bit more effort and strategy to find the best fit for your workplace. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best [...]

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9 Awesome Employer Branding and Recruitment Videos

Struggling to attract top talent? Data from Careerbuilder indicates that job postings with video icons are viewed 12% more than postings without video and, on average, receive a 34 percent greater application rate. In our increasingly visual society, recruitment videos are a great tool to showcase your employer brand and company culture. We've collected nine examples of awesome employer branding [...]

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Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do you wake up 3 hours before work? Do you exercise aerobically at least four times per week? Do you make your children volunteer at least 10 hours per month? Well, some of the world's wealthiest people certainly do. In this infographic from NowSourcing, the habits and traits of the world's richest people are on display. [...]

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Weeding Out Toxic Employees

Despite best efforts in hiring and management, every company has a toxic employee infect its ranks at some point. A toxic employee is different to a poor performing employee (although one can be both). A toxic employee is someone whose negative behaviours affect not only themselves, but their fellow team members as well.   Some examples [...]

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Define Yourself as a Leader

Guest post by Lisa Martin There is no single, definitive way to be a RockStar Leader. You can certainly learn by example but trying to adopt someone else’s leadership style will never work in the long run. I’m a huge believer in defining your own leadership brand. I get how odd and disconcerting it may [...]

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Do Men Have Better Work/Life Balance? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Turns out men are happier than women in the office, at least according to a recent survey by digital media company Captivate Network. After polling 673 white-collar professionals, men reported being 25% happier at work and generally more satisfied with their work-life balance than women, despite working longer days on average.

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Creating a Win-Win with Reverse Mentorship

  When we think of mentorship, traditionally the picture is of a seasoned professional taking a younger employee under their wing. Mentorship is a valuable institution but in an age where there are up to four generations in one office, reverse mentorship is also proving to have great benefits.   Reverse mentorship sounds like one [...]

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4 Holiday Hiring Secrets

I want to share a secret with you: the holiday period is the perfect time to poach talent from your competitors. Perhaps that’s not really keeping with the festive spirit of this time of year, but it makes great business sense. Let me share why…   1. Top performers are more open to headhunting calls  We’ve [...]

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Recommended Reads for Leadership

In our recent Leadership for the Future breakfast panel in Edmonton, our audience were keen to know what leadership books our panelists recommend.So, without further ado, here is the leadership reading list recommended by our panel of experts: Monica Norminton, Lori Schmidt, Robert Huizinga, Chris Hayman and Stephen Race. Monica NormintonMonica is the former President and [...]

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Is Your Hiring Process Scaring Away Top Talent?

Happy Halloween readers! Today we’re dedicating this post to all the things that go bump in the night hiring process. Your hiring process is one of the first contact points potential employees have with your company and heavily affects your employer brand.   How you treat candidates during the hiring process is often a fair [...]

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15 Small Business Tips to Hiring Rock Star Talent

Today marks the start of "Small Business Month" around the country. And one of the biggest challenges of small business is hiring; how can you lure the cream of the crop away from the prestige and perks that large corporations have to offer? This Slideshare presentation from LinkedIn walks through some of the best practices [...]

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Leadership: Going from Good to Great

We’ve all met those leaders in our lives. Men and women who surpass being just ‘good’ leaders; and instead live, breathe and inspire greatness in others.   But what makes a leader go from good to great?   Joel Peterson, Chairman of JetBlue Airways, recently shared in this LinkedIn post four core principles that he [...]

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7 Social Recruiting Sins

A survey by Jobvite found that 94% of companies were already using, or plan to use, social recruiting in 2013. So, if you’re not using social media for recruitment, you definitely should put it on the “to-do” list because your competitors are there already.   But before you start tweeting, pinning and instagraming (or even [...]

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How to Optimize Recruitment for Mobile [INFOGRAPHIC]

It's been forecast that by the end of the year there will be more mobile devices than people worldwide. And with the improvements in smartphone technology, people are doing more and more from their mobile phones.. including job hunting! The below infographic from Zao suggests why and how to optimize your recruitment for mobile. SOME HIGLIGHTS INCLUDE: [...]

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Brain Boosting Work Snacks

Not all snacks are created equal. There are snacks that slim you down, snacks that wake you up, and then there are some snacks that will keep your brain fighting fit!   Here are six healthy brain boosting snacks to keep around the office when your stomach starts growling -   Blueberries   Evidence accumulated [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Industry Experience vs Performance

A business owner asks what's more important when hiring sales people: industry experience or performance?  – When it comes to hiring sales reps, what do you think is more important: industry experience or passion and proven sales capability regardless of industry? Of course it’d be great to have both! But what have you found is a [...]

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5 Insider Tips for Writing Better Job Titles

As young Juliet of House Capulet once famously pondered “what’s in a name?” When it comes to hiring, naming your job ad plays a much bigger role in attracting the right talent than most people think. Most people post jobs with their company’s regular title and are done with it. But a few seconds of [...]

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5 Movies Lessons About Teamwork

Hollywood loves a good teamwork flick, and so do we! Here are five of our favourite team-based movies and the valuable lessons they teach us about teamwork: The Avengers Trying to bring together competing egos is tough enough in a regular team environment; imagine trying to battle the egos of six A-type Superheroes! In The [...]

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How to Interview like Google

How many golf balls can fit into an airplane? How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle? How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap? These are the kinds of impossible brainteasers that Google’s interview process used to be famous for. But no longer!   Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior [...]

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What Are Your 3 Keys for a Great Hire?

When we talk with clients, one exercise we always do is get them to define their "3 keys". The 3 key attributes they believe a candidate needs to have to be successful in the role they’re hiring for.   The 3 keys can be things like industry experience, technical skills, education or certification requirements, certain [...]

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The Glowing Introduction Technique for Networking

Guest post by Gayle Hallgren-Rezac A Glowing Introduction™ is a technique that all good networkers and connectors use.  Most people take the easy way out and say things like: “This is Jasmine, we work together.” or “This is my better half.” (Seriously, do people still say this?  Yes, they do, and it’s cringe-worthy.)  Instead of these lacklustre ways [...]

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Recruitment Metrics: What You Should be Measuring

It’s all about data these days and your recruitment efforts should be no exception. Recruitment metrics are vital for tracking how successful your hiring has been and how well you've nurtured the talent onboard.   As we’re now at the middle mark for the year, now is the perfect time to review your business and [...]

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Time for a Mid-Year Business Review

Where does the time go? 2013 is halfway over and summer is finally here! And while it’s tempting to ditch our suits for sunscreen and hit the beaches, July is the perfect time to review the first half of the year and reassess your plan of attack for the rest of the year.   Most [...]

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Business Lessons Learned from the Fall of House Stark

Game of Thrones is undeniably the talk of TV land as its fans reel from the latest shocker episode, The Rains of Castemere, last Sunday. The beloved House Stark was dealt a brutal blow in the show famous for its duplicitous plot twists where Seven Kingdoms vie for ultimate rule. Spoiler Alert: Do not read [...]

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How to Tell an “A” Performer from All the Rest

One of the most difficult tasks facing managers is how to rapidly identify the top candidates from among the average. Although there are few "secret" “A” players, you can speed up the sorting process by compiling a list of key identifiers or commonalities that “A” players consistently have (and that “C” players don't have).    [...]

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New Hires: Sink or Swim?

Last week we wrote about a new employee’s first day on the job. But what about day 5? Day 30? 90? 6 months? 1 year?   Beyond that initial orientation, most managers throw their new hires into the deep end with a ‘sink or swim’ mentality. “You’ll pick it up as you go along” or [...]

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How to Decline Leave Requests

Summer is peak season for vacation requests and if you’re one of those managers who has leave forms piling up on their desk, you might find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to decline a few. So let’s brush up on some managerial etiquette on how to diplomatically decline leave requests. 1. Establish the [...]

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5 Step For Dealing With Absenteeism

With Summer coming up shortly, it’s perhaps time to address an HR problem that often arises during warmer weather: Absenteeism. Data from Statistics Canada shows that on average, in 2011, full-time employees lost 3.7% of their work time each week due to absenteeism. Dianne Dyck, an occupational health and safety specialist, explained in this article [...]

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Earth Day 2013: Going Green at the Office

April 22 is Earth Day; a global day addressing environmental challenges worldwide. While environmental issues aren't solved in a day, use today as motivation to finally kickstart any of those 'green' initiatives you've had on the backburner. Even right now, at work, there's lots you can do to make your office space a green space. [...]

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What Employees Want

It’s not money. Well, it’s not JUST money. Beyond satisfying a basic level of financial comfort, money becomes a decreasingly important factor when choosing an employer.   As the economy pulls out of the downturn, many companies are boosting their hiring efforts in 2013. In Canada, there are large parts of the country that are [...]

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April Fools’ in the Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC]

Victim of a prank or jokester mastermind? Today's the day where wisecracks in the office have a laugh with some April foolery. Did you pull a prank today? If your answer is no, that may have been the smart move - more than half of bosses don't think they're appropriate for the workplace according to [...]

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Job Jumps and Career Changes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Millions of Millennials leave their college nests behind and venture into the workforce each year, but they aren’t sticking to their jobs the way previous generations did. This infographic from Notre Dame College Online shows how due to contrasting values and needs from their predecessors, employers must understand what this new generation is looking for in [...]

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4 (out of 17) Ways to be Happier at Work

Respected sales blogger Geoffrey James recently wrote a post suggesting 17 ways to be happier at work. It’s a great list and worth the read when you have the time.   Meanwhile, we'll take a look at four which really stood out and our own takeaways from it.   1. Don't compare yourself to others. Everybody, [...]

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Generational Gap Series: Generation X in the Workplace

Following on from the Baby Boomers, this week in our Generational Gap Series we take a look at Generation X; sometimes referred to as the ‘misunderstood generation’.   GENERATION X (Born 1965 - 1980) This relatively small generation is playing an interesting role in today’s workforce. Currently in their 30s and 40s, most Gen Xers [...]

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What To Do When Your Star Employee Quits

If you manage teams for long enough, it’s bound to happen to you at least once, probably more. You have a great team that’s performing well and a star employee you nurtured under your wing. And then he quits.   It’s business of course, nothing personal. He gets headhunted (sorry!), or perhaps just wants a change of [...]

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International Women’s Day

It's International Women's Day and today we're celebrating women in the workforce. We love this video made for International Women's Day - Celebrating Working Women. It highlights some of the interesting inventions by women, as well as just how far we've come in the fight for equality in the workforce worldwide. While we still [...]

Oh How You’ve Changed

  Managing change in 2013 is a different ball game from ten years ago. Failing to carefully communicate and manage change in your workforce can mean facing a PR nightmare. This year we’ve seen HMV have their twitter hijacked by disgruntled employees during a mass firing, and an internal Yahoo! memo leaked the unwelcome abolishment of working-from-home benefits. The [...]

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Generational Gap Series: Baby Boomers in the Workplace

During the month of March we’re taking a look at each of the generations in the workplace in our Generational Gap Series. Find out what characteristics are typical of each generation and the most effective way to manage them.   Over the next four weeks we’ll cover four installments: Baby Boomers in the Workplace Generation [...]

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The Happy Secret to Better Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

It's like the chicken and the egg. When it comes to work, does success lead to happiness or is it happy workers who breed success?   This infographic by MyCareertopia.com is based on the work of Shawn Achor in his book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. It takes [...]

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7 Hiring Red Flags to Avoid

  Typos in the resume, late to the interview, these are some of the common red flags we spot in potential new hires. But have you sat on the other side of your own hiring process? Is it setting off any red flags and scaring away top talent? To a job seeker, a company’s hiring [...]

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Following the Right Road to Talent [INFOGRAPHIC]

In recruiting, as with everything, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. So which path does your hiring process follow? Are you puzzled by your lack of applicants? Do you find they're dropping off like flies during the process? Perhaps it's time to review your recruiting practices to see if it [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Answering the Salary Question

A job seeker asks us how to answer the most dreaded interview question: I have read so much conflicting advice about how to answer the most dreaded interview question – “What salary are you looking for?” Some people suggest avoid saying anything at all until the interviewer says a number first but that seems quite [...]

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The Puzzle of Motivation

With the announcement this week that the hugely popular TED Conference will be moving to Vancouver, we decided to revisit one of our favourite TED talks. Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we [...]

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Could You Lead Your Team to the Super Bowl?

  This Sunday most of us will be sitting on the sofa, glued to the TV, immersed in chips and dip. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, the Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers' Jim Harbaugh will be pitted against each other in the Super Bowl’s first ever head coach sibling rivalry.   The two [...]

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Are you really looking for a Guru, Rock Star or Ninja?

We recently read a fantastic article over at The Undercover Recruiter about how choosing entertaining yet ambiguous job titles in your job ads can backfire. The same is also applicable for job seekers who have LinkedIn titles like "Inside Sales Rockstar" or "Digital Marketing Guru". While you may think adding 'creative' job titles to otherwise fairly [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Are Reference Checks Worthwhile?

A hiring manager asks us about reference checking: I don’t really see the point in conducting reference checks. From the reference checks I’ve conducted they’ve provided a good reference but the candidate hasn’t performed as expected, leaving me to wonder if the reference was lying or even real. So, my questions is, are reference checks [...]

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