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June 9, Happy Tax Freedom Day 2017!

The Fraser Institute just announced that June 9 is Happy Tax Freedom Day 2017 (although the date varies depending on where you live in Canada). According to the Fraser Institute calculations, from that day onward, employees are finally working for themselves and their family. Moreover, if you had to pay all your taxes up front to different levels of government, you are now in the clear to keep the rest of your earnings until a new year begins.

 

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People analytics at work: Achieving objectives and realizing outcomes

In this week’s blog, we’re taking a look at the first and most critical step in kickstarting your analytics journey to bring value to your business—identifying and prioritizing your business objectives.

 

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Gender pay equity: How do you measure up?

The gender pay gap has been much in the news lately as well as on the minds of the CEO and CHROs. It’s an issue that exists at the intersection of state/federal legislation, social values/ethics, and the economic realization that gender pay equity is good for business.

 

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Workforce analytics pureplay: Are you a fit?

7 questions to ask yourself to see if you/your company is a fit for this approach to HR analytics and reporting. Hint: if you’re mid-market in size (1000–5000 employees) you just may be a fit.

 

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HR practitioners: The new HR mandate

The trend toward chaos and fear not only exists within the context of politics and social issues, it is also a business or an organizational issue. Albeit for entirely different reasons, businesses are nervous and looking for solutions. A survey of Canadian CEOs revealed that they are concerned about many things; herein the top worries are listed.

 

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Fostering a culture of gender diversity through human capital practices

Is your organization using the best human capital practices to harness the value of gender diversity at senior leadership levels, including on boards and executive committees? If you are an HR professional or a senior leader in your organization, use this information to #BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day 2017! Put gender on your agenda!

 

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HR should be doing HR, not spreadsheets

John Pensom, CEO of PeopleInsight, talks about the urgent need for HR to get beyond spreadsheets, leverage new technologies, and make a transformative contribution to the business.

 

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Consider your audience: HR analytics

As we discussed in last month’s post, one key aspect to successfully using analytics to drive decision making is being able to tell the story—apply important context to the results to understand what they mean. Another key consideration is your audience. Your audience should determine what analytics to focus on and how you visualize the results.

 

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Power your people analytics with storytelling

In our last post, we explored the value of visualizations in bringing workforce data to life and simplifying understanding. So what comes next once we have robust people data, deeper understanding, and great visualizations? It’s time to start using HR Analytics to share insight and drive decision making with executives and lines of business. What’s the best way to do this? It’s through storytelling. That’s right…good old–fashioned storytelling.

 

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The power of data visualization

With so much HR and Talent data at our disposal, its critical that we come up with ways to distill the volume into manageable and meaningful chunks of information. A key way to do this is via data visualization. It seems common sense, but why then do we still attend or present at meetings with slides consisting of rows and columns of numbers, or text–heavy slides with a crude chart or two as illustration of the points? Why do annual reports favour flat data, charts and lists, and heavy text explanations?

 

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Year-end payroll: Make a list and check it twice!

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!

 

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Trump’s campaign and human resource strategies

Like everyone else, I watched the US presidential election with much fascination and of course appreciation for Canadian values and the way we in Canada still have the decency to, at least in public, treat some things as unacceptable. But politics aside, I think Donald Trump’s campaign has very key lessons for human resource practitioners. So I would like to relate, in true obsessive form, the key strategies of his campaign to some strategies I think could be useful for human resource practitioners.

 

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Integrate and elevate your HR functions for business and people success

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.

 

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Should human resources be waiting for a seat at the table or setting the table?

Ever since I entered the Human Resources (HR) profession, even in graduate school, there has been dialogue around what HR needs to do in order to get a seat at the table. This dialogue seems to have picked up even more steam in recent years and much of the growth in HR research has been focused on finding a way for HR to get that seat at the table through proving its legitimacy and its value. My view is that HR should, instead of trying to fit in or get a seat at an existing table, focus on agenda setting.

 

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HR metrics: A data driven look at sales teams

All of this got me thinking about the ways in which analytics can guide and drive the building out and scaling of a highly effective sales capability. With this in mind, I put together some thoughts on the inputs and decisions needed to gain a 360 degree view on your sales talent, broken into three components—Company Context, Candidate Profile & Recruitment, and Development, Support & Motivation.

 

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