The Recruitment Debates

Reference checks? Behavioural interviewing? Sourcing or Posting? Internal or external recruiters? There seem to be quite a few opinions around recruitment so I ask two experts.

Recognition in a Hybrid Workplace

Engaging hybrid teams is hard, so recognize them! We may miss the unplanned meetings, jokes, and smiles,  but employee recognition will help. And the good news: it’s cheap, easy and something most of us instinctively understand. It improves morale and builds the connective tissue that keeps us working well together. Sarah McVanel, this week’s guest, is a recognition expert, author, keynote speaker and more.

Reconciliation and HR

Reconciliation is foundational piece of inclusion and workplace belonging – certainly in Canada. It’s also something that you should have heard, particularly with what has come to light with recent Residential School findings. So what is Reconciliation and what does it mean for individuals and organizations? 

Engaging Employees During Uncertainty

Engaging employees during uncertainty feels tricky. But it might not be as hard as you think. It takes emotional intelligence, communication and the application of the basics of engagement like recognition and setting goals. But the thing is, you may have to be more intentional about it. I spoke with Rob Catalano of WorkTango. It’s a platform to help you listen to employees better and create more engagement. So he has learned a thing or two about engagement and is in a position to share.

Your Leadership Journey


Leadership is a journey.  So in this video you will get practical insight and tips from someone who is studying leadership and you might just FEEL better about how you are doing it. Ryan Rex has been an HR Director and is doing a doctorate in leadership. He says we all have characteristics that aren’t ideal in every leadership situation – it’s important to be self-aware and manage yourself.

Getting started with people analytics

Where do you start with people analytics? A lot of HR folks aren’t that numerically gifted to begin with and this can seem daunting. In this video, Allen Hornung suggests you should start where you are and dedicate someone at least part-time because it isn’t something you can do off the side of your desk.  You may need to do a creative business case to get the support in developing your people analytics capacity.  And it will be important to pick the right problems to get going.

The case for recognition


Recognition at work is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve the workplace! There is more to it than a simple ‘thank you’ although that is a good place to start. Good recognition is personal, specific and timely. It’s also a cheap way to improve your culture, build positive relationships, retain employees. Sarah McVanel is the founder of Greatness Magnified. She’s a ‘recognition expert, professional speaker, coach, author, recovering perfectionist, and movement maker of F.R.O.G. (Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness)’.

Preparing for Claims


Organizations implement elaborate OH&S policies to avoid injuries and then, when someone is injured we do things to respond. But we should also be PREPARED for workplace injuries so that we can act quickly to mitigate the financial impact to the organization. Preparation includes things like having reporting processes in place, a plan to support employees, and modified work ready. This episode was particularly interesting for the compelling insight into WHY you should do all of this.