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Author Archive - Beyond Rewards Inc

Beyond Rewards is a boutique firm offering a full suite of Human Resource, Safety, Workplace investigations, Accessibility Standards and Risk Management solutions, online training programs and customized face to face training for our clients. Several exceptional expert consultants led by Lynne Bard, HBa, CHRP, CES, President/Senior Consultant, will be blogging regularly on First Reference Talks on behalf of Beyond Rewards Inc. Read more here.

Allergies in the workplace

Many people across the world face allergies that have an effect on every aspect of their lives, including the workplace. These allergies can impose difficulties on either being in a workplace or performing certain tasks in their job. One thing for employers to note is that if the allergy is severe enough, it would probably be considered a disability and must be accommodated appropriately.

 

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Hiring human resources staff member v. a human resources consultant

As Human Resources (HR) Consultants, we have often been posed the question: Why should we hire you rather than just hiring an HR employee?

 

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Zika virus – To panic

There has been a lot of stories coming out in the news about the Zika virus. To be clear, as of right now the chances of contracting this virus in Canada is extremely low and there has only been 9 confirmed cases in Canada (and rising); all cases have involved travel to countries that are known to have mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. At this time, stay calm, Canada is at minimal risk levels.

 

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Employee motivation as the key to higher retention rates

Employee morale and employee retention go hand in hand.  If employees do not feel motivated at work, they will most likely start to look for new jobs elsewhere.

 

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New legislation on vulnerable workers

As of November 20, 2014, Ontario gave royal assent and have passed the Stronger Workplace for a Stronger Economy Act, otherwise known as Bill 18. This Act certifies that vulnerable workers, such as unpaid workers, or temporary workers, receive proper training and protection in order to lower the amount of workplace deaths or injuries among these workers.

 

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Work-related parties with alcohol

Having workplace Christmas parties can be a fun and social way of bonding with your co workers and supervisors, however there is one major thing you must watch out for as a host of those sorts of events; alcohol. It is estimated that 63,000 people are injured annually due to drunk driving, and as an employer or supervisor hosting a work related event with alcohol, you are liable for any accidents that occur due to the consumption of alcohol at your event.

 

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Medicinal marihuana in the workplace

Over the years, workplaces all over Canada have seen many different issues, in particular regarding smoking and narcotic prescription drugs. The most recent issue workplaces are struggling with is medicinal marihuana. There is a lot of stigma around using marihuana for medicinal purposes, so you can only imagine how people would feel about using it in the workplace. Marihuana is scarcely viewed as a medicine, which is the biggest issue. Marihuana is viewed as an illegal drug, so who would think its ok to do drugs at work?

 

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