Human resources

Investing In Your Workforce: Strategies To Help Your Team Achieve Their Development Goals

A CFO asks THE CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing our people and they leave us?” The CEO replies, “What happens if we don’t and they stay?” The most effective management practices aren't incidental, they are tied directly to your company's values. Most leaders can agree that employee development is a critical part of creating a lasting business. However,…

4 Ways Technology Improves the Human Resources (and Human) Experience

Many business leaders argue that technology is taking the "human" aspect out of human resources. However, from recruiting to hiring to connecting teams worldwide, the argument can be made that technology is greatly improving the human experience. Consider the case of Sarah Wilson, director of talent acquisition and principal staff officer at the Toronto bookstore, Indigo: Wilson has been…

Yes, Believe It: You Can Measure the ROI of Your HR and Culture

Most entrepreneurs are eager to measure the return on investment (ROI) of their business practices and strategies; I’m no different. But what really intrigues me is figuring out the ROI of categories that are traditionally -- and notoriously -- difficult to measure, like HR and culture. With that in mind, I sat down to chat with Maia Josebachvili, a well-known expert in the area of…

3 Touch Points to Better Engage a Multigenerational Workforce

Many workplaces today are in the unprecedented position of having five generations working together, side-by-side. While the exact definition of each generation may vary slightly, any office or workplace today could include members from the traditionalists (born 1927-1945), baby boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1980), millennials/Generation Y (1981-1996) and Generation Z (those born in…

Do not Shuffle People Into the Wrong Job Just Because They are Already on the Payroll

The old adage that a “bird in hand is worth two in the bush” may work in some instances in business, but slotting people into employee roles is definitely not one of them. I can’t tell you how many times I see early-stage entrepreneurs put someone in a role simply because it's convenient. This is particularly harmful when the individual already is known to…

5 Signs It is Time to Fire a Company Manager

Not every individual is a born leader. Heck, not every individual can even develop into one. Hiring good managers is one of the most important decisions a company can make. According to Gallup, however, 82 percent of companies fail to hire the right talent for the job. A bad manager can dim employee engagement and satisfaction, which is why people almost always quit their bosses, not their employer.…