Human Resources

is office romance okay?

Office romance is okay (until it’s not)

Melissa Allen| Feb 14, 2014 03:11 pm


Is workplace workplace romance still taboo? In most cases it’s an accepted part of life when you spend a large portion of your time working closely with people you have things in common with. Read on to learn about when it’s probably not okay to date your colleague.



Category: Hiring Advice, Human Resources,
giving a better performance review

5 things to do now to give better performance reviews later

Melissa Allen| Jan 27, 2014 07:03 pm


Crafting an employee’s performance review is often one of those exercises left to the last minute, even though they play a critical role in shaping how the next year will play out. These five, simple tips will tell you what you can do starting now, to avoid the last-minute performance review rush next year.



Category: Help & FAQ's, Human Resources, Management,
negative performance appraisal

How to give a negative performance review

Melissa Allen| Jan 13, 2014 08:11 pm


Often awkward and uncomfortable, a negative performance appraisal can still have a positive outcome if done correctly. An effective performance review can actually help an employee improve their performance and advance their career if the issues are addressed properly, followed by an action plan and regular follow up. Here are some tips on how to give a “good” negative review.



Category: Help & FAQ's, Human Resources, Management,
Legal job interview questions

“What colour is your spouse?” and other questionable recruitment moves

Colleen Clarke| Dec 9, 2013 10:23 am


Employers need to be careful that they don’t inadvertently violate the law by recruiting in a way that directly or indirectly discriminates against candidates. Here are some pitfalls to watch for.



Category: Hiring Advice, Human Resources,
Holiday gift giving at work

HR’s perspective: Handling holiday gift giving at work

Marisa Baratta| Dec 4, 2013 09:03 am


Holiday shopping is difficult enough without having to worry about the strain it can put on your office relationships. Jodi Martin, an HR professional in the digital media space, weighs in to help you find the perfect gift for every colleague on your list.



Category: Human Resources,
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Should your organization use Stay Interviews?

Melissa Allen| Dec 2, 2013 06:15 pm


Stay interviews are a proactive method of increasing employee retention and job satisfaction. Does your organization need them?



Category: Human Resources, Management,
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Decoding a job candidate’s body language

Julie Labrie| Nov 4, 2013 09:34 am


Within the first four seconds of meeting a candidate you’ve already answered four important questions. Recruiter Julie Labrie discusses what hiring managers can learn from a job candidate’s body language.



Category: Hiring Advice, Human Resources, Recruitment Challenges,
Skeleton job interview

Recruiters share their true job interview horror stories

Elizabeth Bromstein| Oct 25, 2013 09:15 am


We’ve all experienced the terror of the job interview. The sweaty palms, the pounding heart, the paralyzing fear! But have you stopped to think about what it’s like from the other side of the desk? Recruiters share their candidate horror stories.



Category: Human Resources,
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6 tips for giving feedback that employees will actually listen to

Melissa Allen| Oct 3, 2013 07:07 pm


Giving feedback is often a manager’s least favourite part of the job. Keep reading to find out how to give corrective feedback that will help both you and your report grow professionally.



Category: Help & FAQ's, Human Resources, Management,
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The 8 characteristics of a star performer (it has nothing to do with IQ)

Melissa Allen| Oct 1, 2013 06:18 pm


Star performers are responsible for much of an organization’s productivity and output. Believe it or not, traditional performance indicators such as IQ and college GPA actually play a relatively minor role. Here are the characteristics that do matter.



Category: Human Resources, Management,