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How Toxic Employees Can Keep You Out of Trouble

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Avoiding a toxic hire, or letting one go quickly, delivers $12,500 in cost savings. A Harvard Business School study of more than 60,000 employees found that “a superstar performer–one that models desired values and delivers consistent performance” brings in more than $5,300 in cost savings to a company. Amazon is known for its demanding work environment and because of this, all employees […]

Business Owners Don’t Confront Workplace Harassment at Their Peril

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The threat of a workplace or sexual harassment claim, makes most business owners shudder. And the thought of having to handle one is a sure-fired way to feel a spike in your heart rate. It’s so much easier to not think about the possible existence of these issues in your workplace, to be deluded by a dangerous complacency. Consider this. […]

Leading From A Place of Empathy

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On March 6, I flew to Halifax for a ten-day business trip. Social conventions had already started to change during my stay. Shake hands were scarce, people tended to stay away from each other, and the rush for toilet paper was already in the headlines. It was the Purell era for me. It was upon my return to Toronto on […]

Reopening for Business in 3 Steps. Hands on DEC(k) Deprogram. Experiment. Communicate.

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On March 24, the government of Ontario requested the closure of non-essential workplaces due to the COVID-19. As a result, restarting the economy will be guided by the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials. Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances are essential to the small businesses and employers continued success. Throughout […]

COVID-19 is for HR what Y2K was for IT

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The pandemic the world is going through is directly linked to climate change. And while we are recognizing that COVID-19 is a rehearsal for entrepreneurial approaches to climate change, we are heavily impacted by the chaos and rapid changes we are going through. At the same time, the coronavirus brought out human resiliency and ability to act in an emergency. […]

The Gains and Losses of COVID-19 on Your Business

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We are undoubtedly living the biggest disruption in all aspects of our lives. Right now, the workplace is going through a major shit of paradigms. In fact, how people work requires to reinvent itself on a daily basis. Needless to say that the situation is fluid and unforeseeable. There is so much to worry about right now. COVID-19 is impacting […]

HR Tool-box to Grow Your Small Business

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At Aline Ayoub HR Consulting, we believe in a bright and successful future.  The only caveat to this belief is that success does not come knocking at your door. In fact, you need to build that door. In this article, we will help you with identifying the tools you need. Our goal is to help you build that door with […]

The Rippling Effects of Holidays Parties

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It’s that time of year where employers are planning to offer a holiday evening to their employees. You are challenged by the desire of offering a memorable party, while avoiding excesses and inappropriate behaviour. There are so many factors to consider! How to control alcohol consumption? Can recreational cannabis be banned? What to do in case of inappropriate behaviour. Basic […]

Why Hiring Based on Cultural Fit Is a Disruptive Practice

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Tina Huang, an Asian woman, filed for discrimination based on gender, saying current employees hire and promote candidates who look and act like them. Do you find yourself guilty of this practice? Making diversity part of your hiring process will provide the appropriate structure for learning and succeeding in this multi-cultural market. It Starts from the Top Diversity in the […]

Why Company Culture Is the Best Prescription to Make Your Business Great

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Great company culture can improve people’s lives as well as your bottom line. Having a great culture does not mean you’re “done”.  As the organizational goals and strategy change over time, the culture should intentionally be changed. But, what can you actually do to make your culture great? 82 percent of the respondents to Deloitte 2016 Global Human Capital Trends […]

How Work-Life Balance Limits You from Moving Forward

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Chris O’Neil CEO of Evernote, masters work-life balance. He makes a list every night, stays fit, blocks out his workweek by theme and listens to his children. How does all this magic happen? Where are the children when he is at work (or the gym, or on the road, or sitting serenely in a meditative state on a pillow)? When […]

The Truth of On-boarding a New Employee. Dare to Try it

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6 months. This is how long it takes for a new employee to decide to stay or go, says a study by Deloitte. Think about the time you have spent writing the job description, posting the job, sourcing candidates, interviewing and hiring. Therefore, you certainly want a return on your investment for having spent so much time and effort finding […]

If You Read One Article About Absenteeism at Work Read This One

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Whenever an employee working for you is away from work due to illness, it’s often causing some degree of frustration.  Because unexpected absences, can be detrimental to the productivity and efficiency of your operations. Furthermore, there are direct costs associated with paid sick leave or other benefits. And there is also the cost of other employees working overtime to complete […]