Author Archive - Marcia Scheffler
The first snowflakes gently fell from the sky this past weekend in Waterloo, a reminder that the holiday season is fast approaching. In our house we were tuning up the snow blower and writing Christmas lists. It is also that time of the year when organizations should create a year-end payroll checklist and prepare for any tune ups needed for the first payroll of the New Year. We all want to stay on the Canada Revenue Agency’s “nice” list and off of the “naughty” list!
Business integration of the HR function occurs fully when the talent management system, including performance management, succession planning, competency management, systems integration, employee engagement, corporate culture, change management and leadership development is able to successfully align the development of the people in its system to meet business performance objectives. People operations and processes are designed to empower people to achieve development and organizational goals.
If your organization wants to stay competitive and improve employee engagement, you don’t want to be the last ones sticking to your outdated annual performance appraisal and ratings system. The options available to transform your system are multiple, depending on your size and budget. The best systems incorporate one on one discussions between managers and employees, continuous goal setting and innovative technological solutions with incredible employee interfaces often available on a mobile platform.
Do you use nudges in your organization? You probably do, even if you are not aware of them. If you are not aware of the nudges that your organization is providing, you also may not be nudging in a strategic direction. A recent business book has opened my eyes to the strategic use of nudges in various human resources functions, both for the betterment of employees and the organization.
Recent news in the media has highlighted competing perspectives on mental health, one story focusing on the importance of mental health privacy, and the other campaigning for speaking out about mental health. Wednesday Jan 27, 2016 has been designated as the Bell Let’s Talk day, meaning let’s talk about mental illness, as part of Bell’s multi-year campaign around the issue. This seems in contrast to a recent human rights decision about student mental health privacy rights at York University.
Does your company do an annual Christmas bonus or appreciation? Has it been going on for a long time? Do employees expect it? Feel entitled to it? At some point an annual Christmas bonus becomes an employee entitlement. They begin to feel they deserve or are entitled to it. The same can be said for seniority awards.
The triple threat: flexible work policies, workplace accommodation procedures and WSIB return to work
Your company can ensure that it prepared to deal with requests for workplace accommodation on any of the prohibited human rights grounds and that it can provide compliance to WSIB Return to Work requirements by having a solid foundation of flexible work policies.
Volunteers are crucial to many not-for-profit and public organizations. All not-for-profits have volunteers – even if it is just at the Board of Director level. There is widespread awareness that the training standards for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) apply to both volunteers and staff in the organization. But what about the accessibility standard for employment? Is it applicable to volunteers?
Does your organization have an employee handbook? Are you thinking about creating one? Do employees and managers have questions or conflicting beliefs about your current handbook? The following overview discusses what an employee handbook is not, highlights the key purpose of an effective handbook and outlines some tips for effective employee handbooks.
This is the first summer that Ontario employers have new liability and responsibility to summer students who are with them in unpaid co-op or internships. The Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage expanded to unpaid co-op students and learners in work placements, effective November 20, 2014. For employers, this means that unpaid summer co-op students […]
Training employees is a compliance issue—even if your organization is not in Quebec. In Quebec organizations are legislated to direct 1 percent of total payroll to be allocated to eligible training costs.
You must file your Accessibility Compliance Report on or before December 31, 2014. It is not too late! Companies that do not comply with the requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) can face penalties. Non-compliance includes failing to file an Accessibility Report.
It is that time of the year again when people are starting to think about making their holiday lists. Organizations who want to stay on the Canada Revenue Agency’s “nice” list and off of the “naughty” list should start ticking off the boxes on a year-end payroll check list as well as preparing for the first payroll of the New Year.
There have been a few articles and books recently that have highlighted the importance of culture in an organization.